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Storing music in BOSE 38 system

When trying to store a cd after successfully storing one I get a message that the system is busy storing to speed up turn system off. It takes up to 15 to 20 minutes before I can store another cd.

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Re: storing music in BOSE 38 system

The Bose uMusic system is a very powerful music management tool. The uMusic storage process involves pulling information from your CD (approximately 3-5 minutes per CD) then storing this information into a buffer area for processing. The buffer area will hold approximately 10 CDs worth of data. After the buffer is full, it must stop taking new data and process the data already in the buffer. The processing time is about 30 minutes per CD.
This means 5 - 6 hous of processing per 10 CDs. So be patient. This is not unusual. Other "media servers" such at Escient and Audio Request take 24 - 48 hours to process a full buffer. There is a lot of data processing going on during this time period and the result is amazing music management once completed.

I recommend clients load 10 CDs in the morning and let it process till after lunch. Then another 10 CDs and let it process until after dinner. Then another 10 CDs and let it process overnight. This routine completes 30 CDs per day.

If you have 100 to 400 CDs an automated services is available from This is the only automated service available for this system.

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How do I store music in my Bose system

You insert the CD into the console and pushe the "store" button on the face of the system. You will then see the message accessing gracenotes and the % complete. Once this % has reached 100% the music is stored in the system. Hope this helps

Nov 20, 2011 | Bose Lifestyle 48 System


Bose LifeStyle 38 Video Mode

Bose LifeStyle 38 System Video Mode Change


Follow these steps to change the video setting from European to North American:

With the media center turned off, use the controls on its front panel to follow these steps:
  1. Press and hold the Enter button on the media center.
  2. While holding the Enter button down, press the Store button. Selections will appear on the media center display each time you press Store.
  3. When Video appears as the selection on the display, release the Store and Enter buttons.
  4. Use the Volume up and down buttons to scroll through the Video options.
  5. Stop scrolling at the proper selection:
  • For a component connection only, select:
  • -NTSC COMPONENT (in N. America)
  • -PAL COMPONENT (outside North America)
  • For a component connection and progressive scan, select NTSC PROGRESSIVE.
6. With the proper selection made, press Store to confirm the
selection and leave the Video options.

I hope that helps.
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on May 02, 2010 | Bose Lifestyle 38 System

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When trying to store cd's....get the message Failed 801 call bose. Also I have lost all that i did have stored.

get your money back.
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Feb 27, 2011 | Bose Lifestyle 38 System

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I have bose lifestyle system. i have store 10 cd but after that it is showing busy cd access prossess turn off system to store faster but is also not working.

Did you store these cd's in a row?

Wait a few hours, over night is good.

When you press store it doesn't burn them direct, it store in temp location. Temp location can only hold so many cds. Wait for it to transfer and it will be fine to go again.
If you turn off by remote it will be quicker because its only working on tranfer.

Jun 03, 2009 | Bose Lifestyle 38 System

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Bose lifestyle fault code 802 hi there- i have a bose lifestyle 48 and on display it reads format unsupported when i try to listen to cd's gut not on dvd's - in addition i am unable to store music into the...

Unfortunately, an 802 error is bad. That means hard drive (HDD) failure. This can happen to any hard disc drive, and there's no way to predict it and no way to fix it from home.
If you even try to troubleshoot it (reset etc), you could loose more data (music you've already stored to the system). If you try to access 'stored' music- the error will continue. Also, every time you turn the system off, it checks your HDD, and will probably cause the 802 or 801 errors to display again.
The "Format Unsupported" message may be related, but usually temporary. The 802 (and also 801) errors mean irreversible HDD damage so it doesn't matter.
Call Bose tech support immediately.. They can repair it for $165 and give a new 1 year warranty. And if it's already under warranty they will repair for free. In either case they will replace your HDD with a new one, and transfer any salvaged music files from your existing drive to the new drive.

May 31, 2009 | Bose Lifestyle 48 System

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Storing disk problem

Are you trying to store a few cds one after another? approx 7.
When you store the cd's, the Bose systems temp stores on unit then transfers to perm location.
Waits few hours then try agian, overnight would be good.

To prosess faster turn system off- normally a store gracenote message comes b4 it.
turn unit off to make transfer a bit faster because it only doing one thing.

Cd name can be labeled once on there not sure about songs but i think you can.
Is this burnt Cds, if so when you r burning them, go into options and select music and data, something like that, If ya burning from orginal cd. Easier then typing with remote.
hope this helps:)

May 07, 2009 | Bose Lifestyle 48 System

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Bose Lifestyle 38 can't read CD anymore...

some dvd player are unable to play burnt cds, does not support format, maybe your s.o.l

May 04, 2009 | Bose Lifestyle 38 System

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Bose Lifestyle sound system shows "Failed 801"

your hard drive is about to fail or has failed.
If you can still play music from stored area and If you want to keep your songs thats stored on system, turn off at power point and take to bose auth repairer, they should be able to transfer songs across to new hard drive.
I have same problem, this is a common problem with bose.... not good for how much they are. Hard drive is left of cd tray, on its side.
hope this helps :)

Mar 29, 2009 | Bose Lifestyle 38 DVD Home Entertainment...

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Not an Audio CD/Format Unsupported

Clean the CD and try again. Also, if DVD displays "not supported", call Bose and ask to recieve an update disc. These updates are released every 6 months. Document your remote control settings before loading the update as they may be erased by the update and will require re-entering settings after the update.

Dec 24, 2007 | Bose Lifestyle 38 System

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Homemade mixed CDs on 38

Yes, you can enter you own CD and Track information. First, note the CD number you wish to enter data, then press the System menu button on your Bose RC38T remote control (main). Select Stored and you will find an option to EDIT.
A on screen keyboard will allow you to enter CD/Track Info.

Sep 25, 2007 | Bose Lifestyle 38 System

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