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Sorting Doesn't Work

My Alpine does not sort songs by artist. When on the screen where it list playlist, artists, and albums, I would enter playlists and it WOULD show them but when i clicked artists or albums it just listed my songs in alphabetical order.

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  • z_ward Jan 04, 2009

    How do I get to the settings because I'm trying and not finding it anywhere. I've tried everything and just can't get this thing to list my artists!

  • z_ward Jan 07, 2009

    How do I get to the settings because I'm trying and not finding it anywhere. I've tried everything and just can't get this thing to list my artists!

  • z_ward Jan 18, 2009

    My problem now is that When I plug my ipod into the alpine, it recognizes it and everything but I am not getting any sound at all from my speakers. my radio works fine and my sound is up on my ipod. What could the problem be?

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Here is a no nonsense no bull answer, if this info is not displayed then you have a problem with the reader circuit that decodes this info from the disk, either have it repaired or replace the unit, with today's repair costs replacement is almost always the best option. Thanks for Using Fixya

Posted on Jan 18, 2009

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Go to menu settings the music is sorted then try to see the manual

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You can try reset the unit default factory mode ..

Turn off the unit ..
Press the release button and remove the front panel ..
Press the reset button with ball point pen or similar pointed object ...

and try to play the songs :


Good luck...

Posted on Jan 07, 2009

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    Anand Kumar Jan 18, 2009

    If your not getting the sound from the ipod ,try different cable connector even this fails then connect another music player ,even this fails then player external audio connector is defective you need to replace it ..

    Good luck...


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This might be because you dont know how to use it or because its broken. Buy a new one because it will be hard and expensive to get it fixed. there is no easy way out. i once had a bad player and we ended up getting a new on. before getting rid of it check its warranty and the users manual/troubleshooting manual.

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Try going into setup menu. find scroll settings and set to auto instead of manual.

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After u put up the playlist u need to press set to put it up accordingly or else it will work as it is.

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Hello and welcome to FixYa!,

You will Need to go into the settings menu and change the way Music is Sorted!

Or Re-Store the music!

Hope this helps --P3NGYJ03

Posted on Jan 04, 2009

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