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Duplicate ringtones/notifications

Discussion in 'Music & Media' started by markathome, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. markathome

    markathome Newbie
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    I've got duplicate ringtones in the phone and notifications menu settings. These ringtones were acquired from marketplace apps and saved. For instance, I have two 'Hello sir C3PO', three 'Incoming transmission', two 'Resistance is futile', and five 'You belong with me'. That's what I get for letting the kids play.
    Anyway, I have removed the apps, but, I cannot find the files to remove the duplicates from the menu list. I've checked the /system/media/audio files and checked the SD card and cannot find them.


  2. markathome

    markathome Newbie
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    Nobody has any ideas??
  3. Ziani

    Ziani Android Expert

    Think maybe they are actually in your phone memory :(
  4. markathome

    markathome Newbie
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    So, if they are in the 'phone memory', is there no way to clear them out? I guess I could do a hard reset, but, I'd have to investigate what else I'd loose besides the downloaded apps.
    Seems like this is a bug...:thinking:
    BTW - Motorola Droid
  5. jefm

    jefm Newbie

    I'm new to Droid/Android but I think you need to get a file manager (Astro, etc) and browse to /sdcard/media/audio
    Look around in Notifications/ringtones.
    Delete your extras, you might need to go back to settings and re-setup your tones.
    hope that works!
  6. markathome

    markathome Newbie
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    Yea, I've mounted it on my PC and searched the SD card and the all the local folders on the Droid. They aren't there....
  7. Ziani

    Ziani Android Expert

    As I said...think they will be on your phone memory. Just a thought though, could try reinstalling the App again then look on your SD card and see if they show up within the folder the App may have otherwise think it will have to be a reset.
    I suggest that you create a folder specifically for ringtones, notifications, alarms etc by doing this below then you can add and delete to your hearts content:
    In the SD card root, create /media/audio and add /alarms, /notifications, /ringtones and /ui to /audio. Files placed in these folders show up in the appropriate selection menus (and are ignored by Music).
  8. markathome

    markathome Newbie
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    Since reading those pointers on this forum, I've created that folder structure.
    I'm hoping not to have to do a factory reset, but, realize I might have to unless I want to live with those duplicates in the list.
    Maybe Google/Motorola will fix this bug...
  9. cranky_dan

    cranky_dan Well-Known Member

    I have the same problem, but mine cropped up *after* a hard reset.

    I hadn't installed anything afterwords, and noticed two of every ringtone. Altho there are not two of each in my ringtones folder on the sd card.

    So, like markathome, I'd really like to know how to manage the ringtones...

    Or fix the quirk.

  10. markathome

    markathome Newbie
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    Thanks for the support. Glad to know others are having this issue too...
  11. jumpinerd

    jumpinerd Lurker

    I did some minor searching using the terminal emulator through the /system/media/audio folder and it seems that we don't have two files of these ringtones/notifications. I believe it's an XML file that has two entries. I will try to find this XML file when I get home and see if I can edit and post it here for everyone. It is annoying to have two listings for the same thing.
  12. markathome

    markathome Newbie
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    Thanks in advance...
  13. markathome

    markathome Newbie
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    Just reading the forum today and there seems to be a lot of similar issues/request from other users. Very interesting. I think this is a bug.
  14. dkwak

    dkwak Lurker

    Yea im havng the same problm. I downloaded two ringtones onto my phonethrough Myxer - Download Ringtones and More, but the ringtones dont show up when i search it through the pc or through any app.
  15. dRm42

    dRm42 Lurker


    I've just read a thread the other day, becasue I was facing the same issue. Android shows all audio which is in a folder called Ringtones no matter where it is placed on your SD Card.

    For example you can have your audio files in media/ringtones and backup_folder/media/ringtones or whatever_folder/ringtones. In my case I had an extracted image on my SD, and it hooked all the audio files from the normal media folder and from that particular extracted images's folder as well.

    Think about if you have a folder copy with your manual backup, an extracted image or something like this...

    I hope this helps.


    here's the original thread: http://androidforums.com/droid-all-things-root/171359-sound-files-showing-twice.html

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