PTP-180 User`s Guide
Picture Porter
HANDHELD PICTURE VIEWER WITH
HARD DRIVE AND MEMORY CARD READER
User’s Guide
Note
Digital Foci, Inc. reserves the right to make improvements and/or changes to the products and programs
described in this User’s Guide at any time without notice. Please read the entire User’s Guide before operating
the device.
Digital Foci, Inc. assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in this User’s Guide. Nor does Digital Foci,
Inc. make any commitment to update the information contained herein.
Trademarks
Picture Porter and Digital Foci are trademarks of Digital Foci, Inc.
All names and products mentioned within this document are registered trademarks of their respective
companies.
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associated device. Neither this publication nor any part of this publication may be printed and distributed,
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readable form without the prior written permission of Digital Foci, Inc.
Digital Foci, Inc., 3111 Via Mondo, Rancho Dominguez, CA 90221 USA
Limited Warranty
As the original purchaser of this product, you receive these warranties from Digital Foci,
Inc.
Your Picture Porter (hereafter referred to as “Device”) will be free from defects in material
and workmanship and will perform in substantial compliance with your user documentation
accompanying the Device for 1 year from the purchase date providing proper use of the
Device.
Your warranty rights will be honored so long as you read and follow your user
documentation for all aspects of operating the Device. Any unauthorized or improper use of
the Device may cause your warranty to become void.
If there is a problem or defect with your Device, please contact Digital Foci, Inc.
Disclaimer
This limited warranty is the only warranty Digital Foci, Inc. makes for the Device. To the
extent allowed by Law, no other warranty applies, whether expressed, implied, or statutory,
including any warranty of merchantability, of fitness for a particular purpose, or of
non-infringement. This warranty does not cover accidental damage, wear and tear, or
consequential or incidental loss. Under no conditions is Digital Foci, Inc. liable for loss of
or damage to, a computer; nor loss of, or damage to, programs, records, or data; nor any
consequential or incidental damages, even if Digital Foci, Inc. has been informed of their
possibility.
Additional Rights
Some states or countries do not allow exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damages, or limitations on the length of an implied warranty, so the above limitations or
exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may
also have other rights which vary from state to state or country to country.
Caring for Your Picture Porter
To keep Picture Porter in good condition and working properly, follow these basic
guidelines:
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Do not drop, jar, bump, shock or expose Picture Porter to severe vibration.
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Do not handle or shake Picture Porter while data is being transferred.
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Do not operate or store Picture Porter in dusty environments.
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Do not leave Picture Porter under direct sunlight, in a parked car, or in other
situations where the temperature may be above 140°F (60°C).
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To prevent risk of short circuit and damage, do not expose Picture Porter to
liquids, precipitation or moisture.
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To avoid bodily injury or damage to internal components, do not take apart
Picture Porter.
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Never force the USB cable if it does not plug in smoothly. Instead, examine
the head of the cable to make sure that the plug orientation is correct.
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Never force insertion of the memory card if it does not insert smoothly.
Instead, examine to see if the memory card is facing the correct direction.
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Run file management tools such as Scan Disk, Disk Defragmentation, and
other similar tools periodically to keep Picture Porter performing at its best.
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Do not insert or remove memory cards or the USB cable while Picture Porter
is accessing data.
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Table of Contents
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Welcome! ..........................................................................................................................1
1.1.
System Requirements for Computer Connection ............................................................. 1
1.2.
Supported Memory Card Formats .................................................................................... 1
1.3.
Supported File Formats ...................................................................................................... 2
1.4.
Package Contents................................................................................................................. 2
Getting Started..................................................................................................................3
2.1.
Picture Porter Data Flow Overview................................................................................... 3
2.2.
Ways to Use Picture Porter................................................................................................. 4
2.3.
Device Layout....................................................................................................................... 5
2.4.
Main Screen.......................................................................................................................... 6
Basic Operations ..............................................................................................................8
3.1.
Navigation Mode.................................................................................................................. 8
3.2.
Power Management ........................................................................................................... 12
3.3.
Using Memory Cards on Picture Porter.......................................................................... 14
3.4.
Using Picture Porter with Your Computer...................................................................... 16
How do I… .....................................................................................................................19
4.1.
Transfer Memory Card Data............................................................................................ 19
4.2.
View Photos ........................................................................................................................ 23
4.3.
Play Video........................................................................................................................... 28
4.4.
Play Music .......................................................................................................................... 30
4.5.
Manage Files ...................................................................................................................... 34
4.6.
Use Additional Features .................................................................................................... 35
4.7.
Use the Bundled Ulead Software ...................................................................................... 36
Play through TV or Stereo .............................................................................................38
5.1.
View Photos and Slideshows on TV ................................................................................. 38
5.2.
Play Music through Stereo System................................................................................... 39
System Options ...............................................................................................................40
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6.1.
Change System Settings .................................................................................................... 41
6.2.
Change Display Settings.................................................................................................... 42
6.3.
View Version Information................................................................................................. 42
7.
Driver Installation..........................................................................................................43
7.1.
Windows 2000 (SP 2 or earlier) and Windows 98/SE Driver Installation .................... 43
7.2.
Macintosh OS 8.6 Driver Installation .............................................................................. 44
8.
Tips and Techniques.......................................................................................................44
8.1.
Renaming Hard Drive and Memory Card Labels.......................................................... 44
8.2.
Use Picture Porter as a Backup Device............................................................................ 45
9.
Frequently Asked Questions ..........................................................................................48
10.
Troubleshooting and Technical Support .......................................................................51
11.
Appendix – Picture Porter Technical Specifications ....................................................53
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1.
Welcome!
Congratulations on purchasing your Picture Porter – Handheld Picture Viewer with
Hard Drive and Memory Card Reader.
Picture Porter is:
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A palm-sized multimedia center for enjoying your favorite pictures, videos,
and music anywhere you go.
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A mobile photo album for taking your picture collection with you and easily
sharing them on Picture Porter or on TV.
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A portable photo storage device for storing photos while on the road so you
can free up memory card space and keep shooting.
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A multi-format memory card reader for accessing data from and transferring
data to memory cards used in your digital camera, digital music player, mobile
phone, and PDA.
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A portable hard drive for backing up important files from your computer.
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A data bridge for transferring large amounts of data between computers and
different operating systems.
1.1.
System Requirements for Computer Connection
1) Computer running any of the following operating systems:
o Windows® XP Home/Professional, Windows ME, Windows 2000*,
Windows 98/SE*
o MacintoshTM OS 10.1 and higher, OS 9.x, and OS 8.6*
o Linux OS kernel versions 2.4.x and higher
2) One available USB Port
* For Windows 2000 (Service Pack 2 and earlier), Windows 98/SE, and Macintosh 8.6, a CD-ROM
drive is required for driver installation.
1.2.
Supported Memory Card Formats
Picture Porter has been tested to support the following memory card formats:
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Memory StickTM, MS PRO, MS Duo, MS PRO Duo
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SD Card (SDTM) / miniSD with adapter
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MultiMedia CardTM (MMC) / RS-MMC with adapter
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SmartMediaTM (SM)
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CompactFlash® (CFTM)
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MicroDriveTM / CompactFlash 2 (CF Type-II)
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1.3.
Supported File Formats
Picture Porter supports the following file formats:
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Image formats: JPEG, TIFF, BMP, RAW*
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Video formats: MPEG-1, MPEG-4, MJPEG, DivX5.x
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Audio formats: MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV
* Refer to Section 11 Appendix – Picture Porter Technical Specifications for details
on RAW formats supported.
1.4.
Package Contents
Before using your Picture Porter, check that your package contains the following
items:
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Picture Porter
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Li-Ion battery
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Remote control
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AC power adapter
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Carrying case
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USB cable
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Video/audio cables
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Earphones
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Resource Disc (includes Ulead® Photo Explorer 8.5 SE, Ulead® Video ToolBox
2, User’s Guide, Quick Start Guide, and Driver for Windows 2000, Windows
98/SE, and Macintosh 8.6)
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User’s Guide
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Quick Start Guide
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Warranty Card
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2.
Getting Started
2.1.
Picture Porter Data Flow Overview
The diagram below is an overview of the Picture Porter data flow:
Inputs:
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From memory cards via card slots
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From computer via USB
Outputs:
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To Picture Porter color LCD screen
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To memory cards via card slots
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To headphones and stereo via audio output
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To TV and projector via video and audio outputs
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To computer via USB
Input
Output
Color LCD screen
Memory Cards
Via
Card Slots
Via
Card Slots
Via
Audio/Video
Memory Cards
TV
Via
USB 2.0
Computer
Via
USB 2.0
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2.2.
Ways to Use Picture Porter
Use Picture Porter to enjoy, share, and manage your pictures, videos, music, and
other data in many different ways:
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View photos and videos on Picture Porter:
o View pictures and videos on Picture Porter’s large color LCD display
anywhere you go
o See detailed views of your pictures by using zoom, pan, and rotate
functions
o Organize and view picture slideshows
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View pictures and videos on TV:
o Connect Picture Porter to TV via video/audio outputs to enjoy and
share pictures and videos on a big screen
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Play music files:
o Play MP3, WMV, AAC, WAV music files whenever you want
o Create on-the-fly playlists
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Copy and store photos to free up digital camera memory card space:
o Copy and store photos directly from digital camera memory cards to
Picture Porter so you can keep snapping away
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Back up, transport, and archive data:
o Use Picture Porter as a portable hard drive for backing up important
files from your computer
o Move data between computers with different operating systems by
using Picture Porter’s USB 2.0 connection as a common bridge
o Organize and archive your picture, video, and music library on Picture
Porter
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Access and transfer memory card data:
o Use Picture Porter as a multi-format memory card reader to access
data from memory cards used in your digital camera, digital music
player, mobile phone, and PDA
o Copy files directly from memory cards to Picture Porter, and vice
versa, without needing a computer
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2.3.
Device Layout
Top View
Power
Indicator LED
Power On/Off
Selector Keypad
Menu Toggle
Stop/Escape/
Back
Enter/Select/
Play/Pause
Zoom/Volume Select
Side View
CompactFlash/
MicroDrive Slot
Video Jack
Audio Jack (x2)
SmartMedia
Card Slot
Memory Stick/
SD Card/ MMC Slot
AC Adapter
Jack
Remote Control
Sensor
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2.4.
Main Screen
Shortcuts to special folders
on Picture Porter
Inserted memory cards
Picture Porter hard drive
System Options menu
To learn more about changing system options, refer to Section 6. System Options.
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Using shortcuts to special folders
On the main screen you will see the following folder names:
Music – Photo – Video – Backup
By selecting these shortcuts, you will be taken to the folder identified by the same
name on the Picture Porter hard drive as shown in the folder structure diagram below.
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Backup: All your memory card copy operations will create new folders that
will be located here.
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Music, Photo, Video: You can use these default folders to help you organize
your different types of content. By using these folders, you can use the
shortcuts for quicker access.
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3.
Basic Operations
3.1.
Navigation Mode
In the main navigation mode you will be able to navigate through all the folders on
Picture Porter and the inserted memory cards. You can choose to display the folders
and files either in Icon View or List View. Each view option is explained in detail in
Section 3.1.1 and Section 3.1.2.
To adjust the navigation view that is most suitable for your usage:
1. From any navigation screen, press the Mnu button.
2. Select the view option of your choice.
Note: Auto View instructs Picture Porter to automatically select either List View
or Icon View based on predetermined settings.
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3.1.1. Navigation: Icon View
Icon View shows thumbnails of photo files, and large icons representing each drive,
folder, or file on the navigation screen. The file and folder names will be shortened to
the first eight characters of the whole name.
Directory path
Scroll bar
indicator
Battery indicator
Green dot: loading complete
Hourglass: data loading in progress
Navigation Mode Icon
The following diagram explains how to use the navigation control panel when you
are in Icon View.
Directory – Icon View: Navigation Keys
Select item /
Enter directory
Move cursor up
Go up one
directory level
Display
menu
Move cursor
left
Move cursor
right
Move cursor down
Adjust volume
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3.1.2. Navigation: List View
List View shows all folders and files in a vertical list with a small identifying icon
representing each drive, folder, or file. For file types that Picture Porter does not
support, a question mark icon will be shown.
File system
Total capacity
Remaining capacity
List View will show information on file systems and capacities for the Picture Porter
hard drive and inserted memory cards. You will also be able to see longer file and
folder names.
The following diagram explains how to use the navigation control panel when you
are in List View.
Directory – List View: Navigation Keys
Select item /
Enter directory
Move cursor up
Go up one
directory level
Display
menu
Scroll
page up
Scroll
page down
Move cursor down
Adjust volume
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3.1.3. Navigation: Menu
The Menu view allows you to access the menu options available for the current
screen by pressing the Mnu button. The menu options will be different based on the
Picture Porter function you are using.
The following diagram explains how to use the navigation control panel when you
are in Menu View.
Directory – Menu View: Navigation Keys
Select
highlighted item
Scroll up
Hide menu
Display
menu
Not used
Not used
Not used
Scroll down
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3.2.
Power Management
3.2.1. Power On/Off
To turn on Picture Porter, press and hold the On/Off button for 3 seconds. The power
LED will light up green and the operating system will initialize the hard drive.
To turn off the device, press and hold the On/Off button for 5 seconds. Picture Porter
will shut down and the LED will turn off.
3.2.2. Power Indicator LED
The power indicator LED on Picture Porter indicates its power status.
Green: Picture Porter is powered on and running on battery power.
Red: Picture Porter is off and the battery is charging.
Orange: Picture Porter is powered on and charging. The battery indicator at
the lower-right corner of the screen will flash to show that it is charging.
When the battery is fully charged and Picture Porter is powered off, the LED
indicator will be off.
3.2.3. Charging the battery
Via AC Adapter
Included with Picture Porter is an AC adapter you can use to charge the battery and
run Picture Porter from AC power.
For best battery performance, charge Picture Porter for at least 6 hours before first use.
On a full charge, Picture Porter is capable of approximately 3.5 hours of continuous
video playback and 7.5 hours of continuous music playback.
Via USB Port
In addition to charging Picture Porter with the AC adapter, Picture Porter can be
charged by connecting it to a powered USB port.
You can charge the Picture Porter battery by connecting it to a powered USB port of
a computer that is powered on when Picture Porter is not powered on. The Power
Indicator LED will be red to confirm that it is charging.
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3.2.4. Battery Saving Feature
You can adjust the Auto Shutdown Timer in the Picture Porter Options settings to
maximize battery life for the usage pattern that best suites your needs. Refer to
Section 6.1 Change System Settings for more detailed instructions on how to adjust
the Auto Shutdown Timer.
This feature is disabled when Picture Porter is:
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Running on AC power
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Playing music, video, or slideshow
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Connected to another device via its USB, audio, or video jacks
3.2.5. Low Battery Warning
The green portion of the battery icon at the lower-right corner of the screen indicates
how much battery is remaining.
When Picture Porter starts to get low on battery, the battery icon will turn red and
continue to decrease.
Note: A full red battery icon indicates that the battery is almost completely empty.
You should finish any copy operations and safely turn off Picture Porter or supply
AC power immediately to prevent possible data loss.
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3.3.
Using Memory Cards on Picture Porter
Picture Porter can support memory card access both as a stand alone unit and when
connected to the computer.
In both usage modes, you will be able to transfer data back and forth between the
Picture Porter hard drive and the inserted memory cards.
3.3.1. Inserting memory cards
Picture Porter has 3 different memory card slots, each designed to support a specified
set of memory card formats. Refer to Section 2.3 Device Layout for details.
Note: When accessing memory card(s) contents on you computer through Picture
Porter, insert the card(s) AFTER Picture Porter is connected and all the drives are
recognized by your computer.
Below each card slot on Picture Porter, you can see the text labels of the memory
card format for the corresponding slot:
(1) CF/MD: supports CompactFlash Type-I and Type-II and MicroDrive formats.
(2) MS/SD/MMC: supports Memory Stick, MS PRO, MS Duo, MS PRO Duo, SD
Card, miniSD with adapter, MultiMedia Card, and RS-MMC with adapter.
(3) SMC: supports the SmartMedia format.
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For all cards except SmartMedia, insert the memory card into its designated slot
with label side facing down.
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For SmartMedia cards, insert the memory card with the gold connector side
facing up.
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MS Duo and MS PRO Duo cards can be inserted without using an adapter. Since
the MS Duo and MS PRO Duo cards are narrower than regular MS cards, take
special care to center the MS Duo and MS PRO Duo when inserting.
To insert memory cards, push the card in gently until you feel a slight ‘click’ when
the memory card connectors make contact with Picture Porter.
Once the memory card is properly inserted, Picture Porter will display a picture icon
of the inserted card on its main screen or, if Picture Porter is connected to your
computer, it will display the label of the memory card on the computer screen.
Warning: Take special care to insert the memory card in its designated slot. If the
memory card does not slide in easily, double-check that you are inserting it in the
correct slot and in the correct manner.
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3.3.2. Removing memory cards
To safely remove memory cards from Picture Porter, take special precaution to
ensure that there is no data being written to or read from the memory card.
Note: If Picture Porter is connected to your computer, make sure that you disconnect
the card from your computer first before removing it from Picture Porter.
To do this in Windows:
1. Open Windows Explorer and locate the icon for the memory card you would
like to remove.
2. Right click on the icon and select ‘Eject’ from the list of options.
3. Safely remove the disconnected card from Picture Porter.
Warning: DO NOT remove memory cards or unplug the device while memory cards
are being accessed. Removing memory cards during data transmission may crash
your computer and Picture Porter and cause data loss.
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3.4.
Using Picture Porter with Your Computer
Once connected to your computer, Picture Porter becomes a portable hard drive and a
multi-format memory card reader/writer.
3.4.1. Connecting Picture Porter to your computer
1. Connect Picture Porter to your computer using the included USB cable.
Note: It is recommended that you use the AC adapter when Picture Porter is
connected to your computer. This will ensure a stable power supply and prevent data
corruption resulting from insufficient or unstable power from the computer USB
port.
2. Turn on Picture Porter and wait for it to boot up.
3. Picture Porter will display ‘Mass Storage Device’ and an USB icon at the bottom
of its screen to indicate that it is connected to your computer. While it is
connected to the computer, the buttons on Picture Porter will be disabled.
Once connected, your computer will automatically recognize* Picture Porter and
show five devices on your computer:
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One hard drive (with device label ‘P_Porter’)
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Four removable devices (corresponding to the supported memory card
formats)
You can access these five devices just as you would any other storage device on your
computer.
* For Windows 2000 (SP 2 and earlier), Windows 98/SE, and Mac OS 8.6, the device driver
from the Resource Disc must be installed for the computer to recognize and connect Picture
Porter. Refer to Section 7 Driver Installation for details.
Note: Insert the memory card AFTER Picture Porter has been successfully connected
to the computer and all drives are properly mapped in order to ensure accurate drive
mapping.
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On Windows, after installing the picture icon driver*, the five devices will be
displayed like this:
* The picture icon driver is the same driver used for Windows 2000 (SP 2 and earlier)
and 98/SE included on the Resource Disc. Although Picture Porter will connect to
Windows XP and ME operating systems without any driver installation, installing the
driver on these operating systems will create the picture icons for the memory cards
as seen in the example.
Note:
1) The Picture Porter and memory card icon labels may vary based on each
unique device and can be renamed. Refer to Section 8.1 Renaming hard drive
and memory card labels for details.
2) The devices will be listed in this sequence.
Drive letters may vary based on your specific computer configuration.
(E:) CompactFlash memory card slot
(F:) SmartMedia memory card slot
(G:) MMC/SD memory card slot
(H:) Memory Stick memory card slot
(I:) Picture Porter hard drive
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3.4.2. Disconnecting Picture Porter from your computer
To properly remove Picture Porter, disable the device before unplugging it from the
computer.
The method to disable the device will vary based on the operating system of your
computer. Refer to the instruction manual of your computer for details on how to do
this.
Disabling devices in Windows:
1. Locate the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ icon in the icon tray at the lower
right-hand corner of your computer screen. You can move the mouse pointer over
the icons until you see the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ label.
2. Double-click on this icon to open the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ window.
3. Select the hardware device named ‘USB Mass Storage Device’.
4. Click on the Stop button and a confirmation window will appear.
5. Click OK at the confirmation window to confirm the action.
6. Close the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ window by clicking on the Close button.
7. Now it is safe to unplug Picture Porter from your computer.
Warning: Unplugging Picture Porter before properly disabling it increases the risk
of disrupting data transmission between Picture Porter and your computer. This may
crash your computer and Picture Porter and cause data loss.
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4.
How do I…
This section details step-by-step instructions on how to perform specific functions on
Picture Porter. It will explain the navigation control panel and screen information for
each mode of operation.
4.1.
Transfer Memory Card Data
You can transfer data directly from memory cards to the Picture Porter hard drive and
vice versa. Here are some situations where you will find this function useful.
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While on vacation, you can copy pictures directly from your digital camera
memory card to free up limited memory card space and keep taking pictures.
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When with family, friends, or co-workers with digital cameras, you can easily
get your own copy of their pictures since Picture Porter supports all popular
memory card formats.
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You can easily import photos, music, and other files to Picture Porter without
needing a computer.
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You can conveniently share your pictures, music, and any other files on
Picture Porter with friends by transferring them directly from Picture Porter
to their memory cards.
Picture Porter provides you with three methods of copying files from memory cards:
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You can copy the entire contents of a memory card with the Full Backup
option.
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You can copy only the photo and video files from a memory card with the
Photo Backup option.
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You can select a specific folder or file to copy.
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4.1.1. Copy entire memory card contents to Picture Porter
To copy the entire contents of a memory card to Picture Porter:
1. Insert the memory card into the appropriate memory card slot on Picture
Porter. Refer to Section 3.3 Using memory cards on Picture Porter for details.
2. Once the icon for the inserted memory card appears on the main screen, move
the cursor to highlight the memory card icon.
3. Press the Mnu button to access the menu options.
4. Highlight Full Backup and press the Enter button.
5. Select YES to confirm the backup folder that will be created. This starts the
copy process.
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6. During the copy process, the screen will display the following information:
Source directory
Target directory
File being copied
Copy progress
7. The created folder and all copied subfolders and files will be located in the
Backup directory of Picture Porter. You can navigate to the Backup folder to
access the copied files.
4.1.2. Copy only photos and videos from memory card to Picture Porter
To copy only the photo and video files from a memory card to Picture Porter:
1. Insert the memory card into the appropriate memory card slot on Picture
Porter. Refer to Section 3.3 Using memory cards on Picture Porter for details.
2. Once the icon for the inserted memory card appears on the main screen, move
the cursor to highlight the memory card icon.
3. Press the Mnu button to access the menu options.
4. Highlight Photo Backup and press the Enter button.
5. Select YES to confirm the backup folder that will be created. This starts the
copy process.
6. The created folder and all copied subfolders and files will be located in the
Backup directory of Picture Porter.
Note: Picture Porter can only perform this function if there is a DCIM (digital
camera images) folder on the memory card. Memory cards that have been used with
a digital camera will already have this folder.
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4.1.3. Understand Backup folder name assignments
Each time you use the Full Backup or Photo Backup functions on Picture Porter, a
new folder will be created on the Picture Porter hard drive to store your copied files.
Each 8-character folder name is made up of 2 pieces of information.
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The first few characters will be letters indicating the type of memory card
used.
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Those letters are followed by sequential numbers starting from ‘00’ (followed
by ‘01’, ‘02’, …) or ‘00000’ (followed by ‘00001’, ‘00002’, …) that show the
order in which the folders were created.
The memory card types are represented as follows:
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MS = Memory Stick, MS Duo
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MSPRO = MS PRO, MS PRO Duo
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SM = SmartMedia
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SD = Secure Digital
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MMC = MultiMedia Card
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CF = CompactFlash, MicroDirve
For example:
Folder is created in the Backup
directory on Picture Porter
/ BACKUP / CF–00002
3rd folder created of
this format
Compact Flash format
4.1.4. Copy a specific folder or file
You can copy a specific folder or file from the memory card to Picture Porter. When
copying a folder, all of the folders, subfolders, and files contained in those folders
will be copied.
Refer to Section 4.5.1 Copy and paste for detailed instructions.
4.1.5. Copy Picture Porter contents to Memory Card
You can directly copy files stored on Picture Porter onto an inserted memory card.
This function lets you easily share pictures, music, videos, and any other files stored
on Picture Porter with other people via memory card transfer without needing a
computer.
Refer to Section 4.5.1 Copy and paste for detailed instructions.
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4.2.
View Photos
You can view photos stored on Picture Porter or on inserted memory cards. Picture
Porter also lets you rotate, zoom, and pan the photos, view EXIF information, and
play photo slideshows.
The following image file formats are supported by Picture Porter:
JEPG – TIFF – BMP – RAW*
* Refer to Section 11 Appendix – Picture Porter Technical Specifications for details
on RAW formats supported.
4.2.1. Store photos on Picture Porter
You may want to transfer photos onto the Picture Porter hard drive so you can always
enjoy and share your photos on the go.
•
You can transfer photos directly from a memory card by using the Picture
Porter memory card copy function as described in Section 4.1.1 Copy entire
memory card contents to Picture Porter and Section 4.1.2 Copy only photos
and videos from memory card to Picture Porter.
•
Or, you can import photos from your computer. Refer to Section 3.4 Using
Picture Porter with Your Computer.
4.2.2. View photos on Picture Porter
To view photos:
1.
Select the folder that contains the photos you want to view.
Note: You can toggle between Icon View and List View by pressing the Mnu
button and select the desired view option. Icon View is more suitable for viewing
pictures because it shows thumbnails of the photos files. Refer to Section 3.1
Navigation Mode for more details.
2.
Highlight the picture you want to view and press the Enter button.
3.
Once the picture is displayed, you can scroll through all the other photos in
the selected folder:
o Press the Down button to see the next photo.
o Press the Up button to see the previous photo.
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View Photo: Navigation Keys
Rotate
photo 90
degrees
Previous photo
Return to
previous
screen
Display
menu
Not used
Not used
Next photo
Zoom in and out
The following diagram describes the screen layout when you are viewing a photo.
View Photo – Full Screen View
EXIF data
Photo X of total # photos
in selected folder
File name
Photo zoom ratio
Green dot: loading complete
Hourglass: data loading in progress
Photo – Full Screen Mode Icon
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4.2.3. Rotate photo
To rotate the photo that you are currently viewing:
1. Press the Enter button to rotate it 90 degrees counter-clockwise.
2. Repeat the rotation until you see the view you want.
Once you move to another photo, the rotated photo will return to its original
orientation the next time you view it.
Note: Rotating the photo will only change the display on the Picture Porter screen
and will not alter your original photo file.
4.2.4. Zoom and pan photo
While you are viewing a particular photo, you can zoom and pan to a specific part of
the photo.
1. Use the Zoom in and out button to increase and decrease the zoom. As you
adjust the zoom, the indicator at the lower right-hand corner of the screen will
display the level of zoom.
2. Once zooming, you can use the directional arrows to pan the photo and
display the desired portion.
3. Press the Esc button to return to normal view.
Zoom View: Navigation Keys
Rotate
photo 90
degrees
Pan up
Return to
normal view
Display
menu
Pan left
Pan right
Pan down
Zoom in and out
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The following diagram describes the screen layout when you are in the View Photo –
Zoom View.
View Photo – Zoom View
Photo X of total # photos
in selected folder
Photo zoom ratio
Green dot: loading complete
Hourglass: still loading data
Photo – Zoom Mode Icon
4.2.5. View EXIF information
EXIF information is additional information associated with each photo that your
digital camera captures when you take the photo. It identifies information such as
digital camera model, camera settings, exposure, resolution, and date.
While you are viewing a particular photo, you can view its EXIF information by
pressing the Mnu button and select Show EXIF.
To hide the EXIF information, press the Mnu button and select Hide EXIF.
4.2.6. Play slideshow
To play all the photos in the selected folder as a slideshow:
1. Select and display the first photo of the slideshow you want to play.
2. Press the Mnu button and select Slide show.
3. To adjust the time interval between each photo display during the slideshow,
press the Left and Right buttons. You can set the time interval between 1
second to 60 seconds.
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4. Press the Esc button to end the slideshow and return to the folder view.
Note: You can add background music to your photo slideshow. Refer to Section
4.4.3 Play music in background for details.
Play Slideshow: Navigation Keys
Rotate
photo 90
degrees
Previous photo
Stop / Return
to previous
screen
Not used
Decrease
slide interval
Increase
slide interval
Next photo
Adjust volume
The following diagram describes the screen layout when a slideshow is playing.
Play Slideshow
Photo X of total # photos
in selected folder
Green arrow: playing slideshow
Vertical bars: pause
Hourglass: data loading in progress
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4.3.
Play Video
To play videos on Picture Porter:
1. Navigate to and highlight the video file you want to play.
2. Press the Enter button to start playing the video file.
While the video is playing, you can perform the following functions:
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To adjust volume, use the Volume Select button at the bottom.
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To toggle between pause and play, press the Enter button.
•
To fast forward, press the Up button. You can increase the fast forward speed
by pressing the Up button again. To resume playing, press the Enter button.
•
To rewind, press the Down button. Press the Enter button to resume playing.
•
To scan forward, press and hold the Right button. The video will resume
normal playing when you release the button.
•
To scan rewind, press and hold the Left button. The video will resume normal
playing when you release the button.
•
To stop the video, press the Esc button.
Play Video: Navigation Keys
Play/Pause
Fast
forward
Stop / Return
to previous
screen
Display
menu
Scan rewind
Scan forward
Rewind
Adjust volume
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The following diagram describes the screen layout when a video is playing.
Play Video
Playing time
Play progress
Green arrow: playing
Vertical bars: pause
Double arrows: fast forward / rewind
Triple arrows: scan forward / scan rewind
Video Mode Icon
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4.4.
Play Music
Picture Porter can be used to playback music files that are stored on its hard drive or
from memory cards. You can listen to the songs by plugging in the earphones to
Picture Porter or by connecting Picture Porter to a stereo or set of external speakers.
The following music file formats are supported by Picture Porter:
MP3 – WMV – AAC – WAV
4.4.1. Store music on Picture Porter
You can organize your music files by arranging them in different folders. This will
make it easier for you to search through and find the songs you want to play.
•
You can transfer music files directly from a memory card to Picture Porter by
using the memory card copy function. Refer to Section 4.1 Transfer Memory
Card Data for instructions.
•
Or, you can transfer music files from your computer. Refer to Section 3.4
Using Picture Porter with Your Computer for instructions.
4.4.2. Play music on Picture Porter
To play music on Picture Porter:
1.
Navigate to and highlight the song you want to play.
2.
Press the Enter button to start playing the song.
Play Music: Navigation Keys
Play /
Pause
Previous song
Stop / Return
to playlist
Display
menu
Rewind
Fast forward
Next song
Adjust volume
While the music is playing, you can perform the following functions:
•
To adjust volume, use the Volume Select button at the bottom.
•
To toggle between pause and play, press the Enter button.
•
To skip to the next song, press the Down button.
•
To play the previous song, press the Up button.
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To fast forward the song, press and hold the Right button.
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To rewind the song, press and hold the Left button.
•
To stop playing the song, press the Esc button.
The following diagram describes the screen layout when you are playing music.
Play Music
Play progress
Playing time
Repeat /
Shuffle
setting
Song
information
Battery indicator
Green arrow: playing
Vertical bars: pause
Double arrows: fast forward / rewind
Music Mode Icon
As the song is playing you can press the Mnu button to access different playback
options:
Playlist shows the current list of songs that will be played and the
sequence in which they will be played. While accessing the play list, you
can skip to any song you choose by highlighting it and pressing the Enter
button.
Shuffle On / Shuffle Off toggles between playing songs in a random
order or in the order shown on the playlist. Highlight and press the Enter
button to change the setting.
Repeat Single / Repeat All toggles between repeating the current song
and repeating the entire list of songs in the folder. Highlight and press the
Enter button to change the setting.
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Equalizer lets you select the equalizer mode from: normal, bass, classic,
dance, live, rock, and treble.
4.4.3. Play music in background
You can have music playing in the background as you continue to use other functions
on Picture Porter. For instance, you can play background music while you are
viewing photos or slideshows.
To use this feature:
1. Navigate to and highlight the song you want to play.
2. Press the Enter button to start playing the song.
3. Press the Mnu button and select Play in Background to hide the jukebox
screen display.
Note: This will return you to the navigation mode and set all the songs in the
selected folder as the on-the-fly playlist.
4. You can now navigate through the folders, play photos, and play slideshows
with music playing in the background.
5. To return to the play music screen, press the Mnu button and select Jukebox.
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4.4.4. Create on-the-fly playlist
To add songs to the on-the-fly playlist that you have playing in the background,
follow these instructions:
1. With music playing in the background, navigate to the folder containing the
song that you want to add to the current playlist.
2. Highlight the song you want to add.
3. Press the Mnu button and select Add to Playlist.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to add more songs.
The songs selected have been added to the on-the-fly playlist and will play in the
order added.
To view the on-the-fly playlist while you have music playing in the background:
1. From any screen, press the Mnu button and select Jukebox. This returns you
to the jukebox screen display.
2. Press the Mnu button again and select Playlist. The screen will now display
the on-the-fly playlist.
3. To play a specific song in the on-the-fly playlist, highlight the desired song
and press the Enter button.
4. To hide the on-the-fly playlist, press the Esc button.
To stop playing music:
1. Enter the play music mode. If you are in the navigation mode, press the Mnu
button and select Jukebox.
2. Press the Esc button to stop music.
Note: Once the music is stopped, the on-the-fly playlist will be cleared from
memory and disappear.
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4.5.
Manage Files
4.5.1. Copy and paste
This operation will allow you to copy your photos, videos, music and other files to
another location. You can perform the Copy and Paste operation on Picture Porter, on
or between inserted memory cards, or between Picture Porter and an inserted
memory card.
Note: You can perform the Copy and Paste operation on both individual files and
entire folders. When copying and pasting a folder, all of the folders, subfolders, and
files contained in those folders will be copied and pasted.
1. Navigate to and highlight the file or folder you want to copy.
2. Press the Mnu button and select Copy. This will make a copy of the
highlighted file or folder and put it in an internal temporary clipboard
location.
3. Press the Enter button to confirm when the confirmation message ‘Copied to
Clipboard’ pops up.
4. Next, navigate to the folder location where you want to place the copied file
or folder.
5. Press the Mnu button and select Paste.
6. At the confirmation message, ‘Paste from clipboard?’ press the Enter button
to confirm.
The copied file now exists in both the original folder and the target folder. If you
would like to remove the file from the original folder, navigate back to the
original folder and perform a delete file operation. Refer to Section 4.5.2. Delete
file for more details.
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4.5.2. Delete file
This operation will allow you to delete individual files and folders. You can perform
this action on both Picture Porter and inserted memory cards.
1. Navigate to and highlight the file or folder you want to delete.
2. Press the Mnu button and select Delete.
3. At the confirmation message, ‘Delete file?’ select Yes and press Enter to
confirm the deletion.
The file or folder and all its contents are now deleted.
4.6.
Use Additional Features
4.6.1. Set background image
You can change the background image on Picture Porter to any picture of your
choice.
1. Navigate to and highlight the photo you want to make into the background
image.
2. Press the Enter button to view the highlighted photo.
3. Press the Mnu button and select Set as Background.
The selected image will now become the background image on Picture Porter.
Note: Once the background image is changed, the only way to revert to the original
background image is to load the original photo file from the Resource Disc and
perform this operation on that file.
On the Resource Disc, there is a folder called Background Images that contains the
default background image and other images you can load onto Picture Porter.
4.6.2. Set key lock
You can lock the control keys to prevent accidentally pushing any buttons.
1. From any navigation screen, press the Mnu button.
2. Select Key Lock.
To unlock the keys, first press the Mnu button, then press the Esc button. These
instructions are also shown on the bottom of the screen.
4.6.3. Reset Picture Porter
In the case that Picture Porter encounters an illegal operation and freezes, you can
reset it by pressing the reset button. This button is located in the pinhole at the
upper-right corner on the back of Picture Porter. Press the reset button by using a
paper clip or similar pointy object.
This will reset the operating system. You can power on Picture Porter and return to
normal operations.
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4.7.
Use the Bundled Ulead Software
Picture Porter comes with easy-to-use and powerful Ulead image and video editing
software to help you get the most out of Picture Porter.
Reference the Ulead online help included in the software applications or
www.ulead.com for more information about these applications.
4.7.1. Ulead Photo Explorer 8.5 SE
Photo Explorer 8.5 SE is a great tool that helps you manage your digital pictures,
video, and music.
For example, you can use Photo Explorer to enhance and edit your photos, organize
photos by date, and create slideshows composed of pictures from different sources.
Moreover, by using the Slideshow ‘Export Video File’ option, you can easily convert
your Photo Explorer slideshow into a MPEG video file that you can playback on
your Picture Porter.
Creating Slideshow in MPEG Format
To create a slideshow with Photo Explorer 8.5 SE follow these steps:
1. Run Ulead Photo Explorer 8.5 SE on your computer.
2. From the menu bar at the top of the Photo Explorer 8.5 SE window, select
‘Tools > Slideshow’.
3. Click and drag your slideshow pictures to the staging area at the bottom of the
window.
4. When you have finished selecting all of your pictures, select ‘Video >
Convert Images to Video…’.
5. Set the duration (in seconds) you would like each picture to be displayed and
click ‘Next’.
6. When the ‘Save Video File’ window appears, select ‘Options…’.
7. When the ‘Video Save Options’ window appears, select the ‘Compression’
tab.
8. Under ‘Media type:’, select ‘NTSC VCD’ in the drop-down list box and click
‘OK’.
9. Select the location you would like to save the file, type in your desired file
name, and click ‘Save’.
Once the file has finished saving, you can transfer it to Picture Porter for
playback.
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4.7.2. Ulead Video ToolBox 2
Video ToolBox 2 is a powerful tool which lets you convert almost any video format
into a format supported by Picture Porter.
For added ease of use, all of the default MPEG-1, MPEG-4, and DivX 5.x formats on
Video ToolBox 2 are supported by Picture Porter.
In addition, you can use Video ToolBox 2 to edit your video files. For example, you
can add transition effects to your video, create text titles, and insert voiceovers to
your video clips.
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5.
Play through TV or Stereo
You can connect Picture Porter to a TV with its video and audio outputs to enjoy and
share pictures and videos on a big screen.
Also, you can connect Picture Porter to a stereo or set of external speakers and play
the music files stored on Picture Porter.
5.1.
View Photos and Slideshows on TV
5.1.1. Connect Picture Porter to TV
Use the included video and audio cables to connect Picture Porter to your TV.
1.
Connect the audio connectors (colored white and red) to the audio input
jacks of the TV. Connect the other end of the audio cable into either
earphone jack labeled ‘Audio 1’ or ‘Audio 2’ on Picture Porter.
2.
Connect one end of the video cable (colored yellow) to the video input jack
of the TV. Connect the other end of the cable into the jack labeled ‘Video’ on
Picture Porter.
3.
Turn on Picture Porter and the TV. On the TV, select the proper video mode
for the input that Picture Porter is using.
4.
Use either the Picture Porter remote control or the control panel on Picture
Porter to operate the device.
Note: When Picture Porter is connected to the TV, use both the TV volume
control and the Picture Porter volume control to find the most suitable volume
setting.
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5.1.2. Remote control
When Picture Porter is connected to the TV, you can operate the device as you
normally do using the control panel on Picture Porter.
In addition, you can use the included remote control for added convenience. The
following diagram explains how to use the remote control.
Remote Control Layout
Menu
Escape/Stop
Enter/Select
Play/ Pause
Power Off
Selector/
Direction Keypad
Zoom Out
Zoom in
The remote control layout is exactly the same as the button layout on Picture Porter.
Refer to Sections 3 and 4 for details on how to use these controls.
5.2.
Play Music through Stereo System
To play music files stored on Picture Porter through a stereo or set of external
speakers:
1.
Connect the audio connectors (colored white and red) to the audio input
ports on a stereo or set of external speakers.
2.
Connect the other end of the audio cable into either headphone jack labeled
‘Audio 1’ or ‘Audio 2’ on Picture Porter.
3.
You can now play the music files stored on Picture Porter through the stereo
or set of external speakers using the control keys on Picture Porter.
Note: When Picture Porter is connected to the stereo system, use both the TV
volume control and the Picture Porter volume control to find the most suitable
volume setting.
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6.
System Options
This section explains how you can use the System Options to change system settings
and access device information. By adjusting the system settings to your unique
preferences, Picture Porter will be able to provide optimal performance for your
needs.
From the main menu, highlight Options and press the Enter button to access the
option screens. Use the Mnu button to change tabs between: System, Display, and
Version.
The following diagram explains how to use the navigation control panel when you
are in the System Options screen view:
Not used
Scroll up
Return to
previous
screen
Next option
tab
Not used
Change value
Scroll down
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6.1.
Change System Settings
Press the Mnu button until System is highlighted to access the System Settings
screen.
Each of the System Settings options is explained below.
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Language: Select among 10 different display languages for the user interface.
•
Auto Shutdown Timer: Adjust the amount of idle time allowed before Picture
Porter automatically shuts down to save battery life. You can set the timer to a
value between 1 minute and 30 minutes or Off. Select Off to disable this
feature.
•
Copy Speed (HD): Select copy speed among Normal, High, and Ultra. These
different copy speed settings let you utilize the newest technology to optimize
your hard drive copy speed. Note that if you select High or Ultra and have an
incompatible device, you may lose data in the copy process.
•
Copy Speed (CF): Select copy speed among Normal, High, and Ultra. These
different copy speed settings let you utilize the newest technology to optimize
your Compact Flash memory card copy speed. Note that if you select High or
Ultra and have an incompatible CF card, you may lose data in the copy
process. If you are using a CF card that does not support high data transfer
rate, you should select Normal.
•
Format Hard Disk: Format the Picture Porter hard drive.
Warning: Formatting Picture Porter will erase all data stored on the device.
Picture Porter is provided to you pre-formatted and ready to use. It is strongly
recommended that you DO NOT format Picture Porter.
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6.2.
Change Display Settings
Press the Mnu button until Display is highlighted to access the Display Settings
screen.
Each of the Display Settings options is explained below.
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File View Mode: Select among Icon View, List View, and Auto View.
o Icon View shows thumbnails of photo files, and large icons
representing each drive, folder, or file on the navigation screen.
o List View shows all folders and files in a vertical list, information on
file system and capacity, and displays longer file and folder names.
o Auto View automatically selects the more appropriate view based on
predetermined settings.
•
Screen Saver Timer: Adjust the device idle time after which Picture Porter
shuts off the screen and goes into standby mode. You can set the timer to a
value between 5 seconds and 180 seconds or Off. Select Off to disable this
feature.
•
LCD Backlight: Adjust the brightness of the display to a value between -9 and
+9.
•
TV Standard: Switch between NTSC or PAL standard.
Note: NTSC and PAL refer to television broadcast standards. All televisions
purchased and used in the US use the NTSC standard. While traveling in
foreign countries, you may need to change this setting to PAL when
connecting Picture Porter to a TV in that country.
•
6.3.
Cursor Color: Choose your preferred cursor color.
View Version Information
Press the Mnu button until Version is highlighted to access the Version Information
screen.
On this screen, you can view technical information such as the current firmware
version on your Picture Porter.
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7.
Driver Installation
Driver installation for Window XP and ME is not required for you to connect Picture
Porter to your computer. But, in order for your computer to display the picture icons
for the Picture Porter memory card slots, you will need to install the driver from the
Resource Disc.
For computers running on Windows 2000 (Service Pack 2 or earlier), Windows
98/SE, and Mac OS 8.6, driver installation is required.
7.1.
Windows 2000 (SP 2 or earlier) and Windows 98/SE Driver
Installation
1. Close all programs running on your computer.
2. Insert the Picture Porter Resource Disc into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Double-click on My Computer and locate the Resource Disc.
4. From within the Resource Disc, double-click on ‘Install Windows Drivers.exe’ to
begin driver installation.
5. Follow the installation instructions on the Install screens.
6. Restart your computer after installation is completed.
7. Once your computer has restarted, connect Picture Porter to your computer with
the USB cable. Your computer will recognize Picture Porter as a Hard Disk Drive
and 4 removable drives and create an icon for each in Windows Explorer.
Note: The drive letters are automatically assigned and may vary depending on your
computer configuration.
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7.2.
Macintosh OS 8.6 Driver Installation
1. Close all programs running on your computer.
2. Insert the Picture Porter Resource Disc into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Locate the installation program within the ‘Mac’ folder in the ‘Drivers’ folder on
the Resource Disc and follow the installation instructions.
4. Restart your computer after installation is completed.
8.
Tips and Techniques
8.1.
Renaming Hard Drive and Memory Card Labels
You can rename the Picture Porter hard drive and memory cards inserted in its
memory card slots to further personalize your Picture Porter. This makes it easier to
find the Picture Porter hard drive and memory cards when Picture Porter is connected
to your computer.
To do this:
1. Connect Picture Porter to your computer. Refer to Section 3.4.1. Connecting
Picture Porter to your computer for details.
2. Use your computer’s file management program to rename the volume label of the
device you would like to rename. The way to do this will vary based on the
operating system of your computer.
For Windows:
1) Open Windows Explorer.
2) Locate and right-click on the device you want to rename.
3) Select Rename from the list.
4) Type in your desired name and press Enter.
Note: At step #3, you can also select Properties instead of Rename.
Note: For memory cards, the renaming will apply to the specific memory card. So if
you rename a particular memory card ‘My Card’ that name will be applied to that
memory card only. If you take out ‘My Card’ and insert the same type of memory
card, it may have a different name.
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8.2.
Use Picture Porter as a Backup Device
Picture Porter can be used as a portable hard drive to back up important pictures,
music, videos, documents, programs, and files from your computer. This section
provides information on recommended backup schedules and techniques.
8.2.1. Recommended backup schedules
It is a good habit to back up your data as often as possible. Since it is easy to forget
running regular backups, here are some recommendations that will help you establish
a regular backup routine.
Business users / Heavy users:
If you use your computer daily for critical tasks where losing any data would cause a
significant setback, it is best that you back up at the end of each workday.
Non-critical users / Personal users:
If you use your computer occasionally or do not change your computer contents
often, it is sufficient to back up once a week or once a month depending on your
level of computer activity.
Special Events:
You should always back up your computer right after special events where you
significantly changed your computer contents.
For instance, after coming back from vacation and downloading your vacation
pictures to your computer.
Or, after finalizing that important presentation that you have spent the past 72 hours
working on non-stop.
And, at particular time markers such as the end of the quarter, the calendar year, and
the academic year.
Notebook Users:
If you use a notebook computer, you should take special care to back up your data
even more frequently than desktop users.
In addition to your regular backups, you should back up before events where you will
be transporting your notebook computer.
For example, you should back up before getting on the plane for business trips and
before leaving the office for meetings across town.
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8.2.2. Recommended Backup Techniques
Here are some useful backup techniques to help you get the most out of your Picture
Porter as a backup device:
Include a date code in the name of the backup folder:
This will help you identify the dates of the backup you make on Picture Porter. Also,
it gives you a convenient way to sort your backups by date on your computer. Your
computer file management program can organize Picture Porter’s contents by number
and letter sequence.
YYMMDD Name of Backup
Date
Last 2 Digits of Year
2 Digits for Month
Example:
This is a backup of My Pictures made on February 15, 2005.
Keep more than one version of the same backup task:
This will provide you extra security in the case that you need to find a file that you
deleted or changed before the most recent backup. If you keep multiple versions of
the same backup task, you have the option of going back two, three or however many
versions you keep to find the data you need.
You can use this technique together with using date codes to optimally manage your
backup tasks.
Combined Example:
In the combined example here, you can see that this Picture Porter owner has
backed up her ‘My Critical Data’ and ‘My Pictures’ at the end of 2004 on December
31.
You can also see that she regularly backs up her ‘My Critical Data’ once a week on
Fridays keeping 3 versions. And, that she backed up her ‘My Pictures’ again on
February 15, 2005.
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Group your backups by date or by name:
If you prefer to have all your backups grouped by date, put the 6-digit YYMMDD
date code in the front of the backup folder name.
If you prefer to view your backups grouped by name, put the date code at the end.
Use special characters to organize your backup folder listing:
In addition to using numbers and letters, you can also use punctuation marks to make
selected folders appear at the top of the list.
Alphabetical
Reverse
Listing
Alphabetical
Listing
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9.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many high resolution pictures can I store on Picture Porter?
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This depends on the average size of the high resolution digital photos you
take with your digital camera. Assuming each picture is 5 Mega Pixels (about
2.4MB), the number of pictures you can store on the different Picture Porter
hard drive capacities is:
o 20GB: ~ 8,300 pictures
o 40GB: ~16,600 pictures
How many music files and video files can I store on Picture Porter?
ƒ
Assuming music files are encoded at 128 kbps and video files are encoded at
500 kbps, the hours of entertainment you can store on Picture Porter are:
o 20GB: ~ 330 hours of music or 85 hours of video
o 40GB: ~ 660 hours of music or 170 hours of video
Will I need any memory card adapter for Picture Porter to access the different
types of memory cards supported?
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You can directly insert any of the following memory card types into Picture
Porter without using an adapter:
CompactFlash I/II, MicroDrive, SmartMedia, MultiMedia Card, SD Card,
Memory Stick, MS PRO, MS Duo, and MS PRO Duo.
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For miniSD and RS-MMC, you will need to use the adapter that came with
your miniSD and RS-MMC purchase.
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For MS Duo and MS PRO Duo, using the adapter that came with the MS Duo
and MS PRO Duo will make inserting these cards easier, but it is possible to
insert them without the adapter.
How long will it take to copy photo, video, and music files from memory cards to
Picture Porter?
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This depends on many different factors such as the type and brand of memory
card you are using, and the number and size of folders and files you are
copying. However, you may use the following information as a guideline:
o 50 high resolution photos (assuming 5 Mega Pixel, 2.4MB each), or
an equivalent of one full 128MB memory card: about 1-3 minutes
o 10 music files (assuming 4 minutes per song and 128 kbps MP3
encoding): under 30 seconds
o A two-hour movie (assuming 500 kbps WMV encoding): about 2-3
minutes
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Can Picture Porter run on power from the USB port?
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Yes, Picture Porter is able to run from the power provided by a powered USB
port.
Note: In some cases the power provided by the USB port may be insufficient
or unstable. Instances where the power supply provided to Picture Porter is
insufficient or unstable may cause Picture Porter to malfunction and corrupt
your data.
To ensure that Picture Porter receives proper power supply, it is safest to
verify the power supply from your USB hub or connect the AC adapter to
Picture Porter when it is connected to your computer.
Can the Picture Porter battery be charged from the USB port?
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Yes, when Picture Porter is connected to a powered USB port and turned off,
the Picture Porter battery can be charged. To verify that the battery is
charging, the Power Indicator LED will be lit red.
My computer only has USB 1.1 ports available. Can Picture Porter still be
connected?
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Yes, Picture Porter is backward compatible with USB 1.1.
What is the purpose of the Reset button on Picture Porter?
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In the case that Picture Porter performs an illegal operation and freezes, you
can reset it with the Reset button. The data on Picture Porter will not be
affected.
What happens when Picture runs out of hard drive space during a copy?
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Picture Porter will display an error message and abort the copy when space
runs out. You can browse through the contents on Picture Porter and delete
unnecessary folders/files to free up hard drive space for your new copy.
How are the folders and files listed on Picture Porter?
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The folders and files are sorted by internal memory locations. They may not
be listed alphabetically or by date.
Can I format Picture Porter with file systems other than FAT or FAT-32 (i.e.,
NTFS / HFS / HFS + / EXT2)?
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No, data transfer from memory cards to hard drive is compatible only with
the FAT and FAT-32 file systems. On the Mac OS, this is called ‘DOS
format’.
How long is the battery life of Picture Porter on a full charge?
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A full battery charge is capable of 3.5 hours of continuous video playback
and 7.5 hours of continuous audio playback.
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Is the battery replaceable?
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Yes, you can easily change the rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery by sliding
off the battery panel on the back of Picture Porter.
How can I help maintain the data on Picture Porter?
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There are two ways you can help maintain your Picture Porter contents.
- First, make sure to keep Picture Porter away from hot and dusty
environments. Be careful not to drop or bump Picture Porter. Do not touch
or move Picture Porter while it is connected to your computer and
transferring data.
- Second, periodically run Error-checking, Scan Disk, Defragmentation, and
other hard drive maintenance programs on Picture Porter. Your computer
should have adequate tools included with its operating system software.
Check the instruction manual of your computer for details.
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10. Troubleshooting and Technical Support
My computer does not recognize Picture Porter.
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Make sure that the Main USB connector is properly connected to your
computer and the Mini USB connector is properly connected to Picture
Porter.
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If you are running Windows 2000 (SP 2 or older), or Windows 98/SE, make
sure that you have installed the Windows driver. Refer to Section 7. Driver
Installation for details.
•
Plug in the AC adapter to Picture Porter. Picture Porter might not be getting
enough power from your USB port.
•
Make sure your computer USB Port is working properly.
•
If the above does not help, reset Picture Porter and try again.
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If the above does not help, restart your computer and try again.
My Picture Porter froze and would not respond.
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Reset Picture Porter with the Reset button, located in the pinhole at the
upper-right corner on the back of Picture Porter, with a paper clip or similar
pointy object.
•
Picture Porter may freeze if it is not properly disabled before disconnected
from your computer. Make sure that you always disable the device first. Refer
to Section 3.4.2 Disconnecting Picture Porter from your computer for details.
The data transfer between my computer and Picture Porter is slow.
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Picture Porter might be connected to a USB 1.1 port instead of a USB 2.0
port. Picture Porter can work on both USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 ports. However, a
USB 2.0 port is required to achieve high speed transfer rates up to 480 Mbps.
If your computer does not have USB 2.0 ports, you can consider adding a
USB 2.0 card to your computer. Visit your local computer repair store for
more information about this.
•
Plug in the AC adapter to Picture Porter to ensure a stable and sufficient
power supply. Insufficient power from the USB port might have caused data
transfer to be slow.
When disconnecting Picture Porter from my computer, I get a message saying
that the device was disconnected in an unsafe way.
•
You did not properly disable Picture Porter before disconnecting it from your
computer. This might cause data loss or cause your Picture Porter to freeze.
Refer to Section 3.4.2 Disconnecting Picture Porter from your computer for
instructions on how to properly disable Picture Porter from your computer.
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Some of my JPEG picture files are not showing up on Picture Porter.
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Make sure that the JPEG file extension is ‘.jpg’. Picture Porter uses the file
extension to identify the file type and can not recognize JPEG files with a
different extension such as ‘.jpeg.’ Modify the file extension to ‘.jpg’ and try
again.
•
Make sure that the JPEG file is in Baseline JPEG format. Picture Porter does
not support other formats such as Progressive or Arithmetical JPEG formats.
My Picture Porter is not playing music.
•
Make sure the earphones connector is pushed in all the way.
•
Make sure the volume is adjusted properly.
•
Press the Enter button. The song that is playing may be paused.
I cannot play a video that is in a format supported by Picture Porter.
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Since there are so many different video standards and settings, even within
the same format, it is possible to have incompatibilities. To resolve this, use
the Ulead Video ToolBox 2 software and convert your video file to one of the
default files in Video ToolBox 2.
I see no images or only distorted images on my TV after connecting Picture
Porter.
•
Make sure your TV is set to proper video mode that will display images from
the input source Picture Porter is using. Check the documentation that came
with your TV for more information about the different video mode settings.
•
Make sure all the cables are connected correctly. Refer to Section 5.1.1
Connect Picture Porter to TV for more details.
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Go to Options and access the Display Settings screen. Change the TV
Standard setting to NTSC or PAL, depending on the type of TV you are using.
Try both settings.
When connecting Picture Porter to my computer, my computer gives me a
warning about a power surge.
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Your computer USB port is unable to provide stable power for Picture Porter.
Attach the AC adapter to make sure that Picture Porter gets a sufficient and
stable power supply.
Technical Support Contact
If you are still having troubles using your Picture Porter, please contact Digital Foci,
Inc. technical support at [email protected]
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11. Appendix – Picture Porter Technical Specifications
Model No.
PTP-180
Hard drive
1.8” hard drive
Internal memory
2MB flash memory; 16MB SDRAM
LCD screen
2.0” color TFT LCD screen with backlight
Resolution: 558 x 234 pixels
Memory cards supported
CompactFlash I & II, MicroDrive, SmartMedia,
MultiMedia Card, RS-MMC, SD Card, miniSD,
Memory Stick, MS PRO, MS Duo, MS PRO Duo
Computer interface
USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 1.1)
Transfer rate
Up to 480 Mbps (with USB 2.0)
Image format support
Baseline JPEG, TIFF, BMP, RAW*
Video format support
MPEG1 (.mpg) - 352x240 @30fps;
bitrate: 1.5Mbps
MPEG4 (.mp4) - 640x480 @30fps / 720x480 @25fps
bitrate: 4Mbps
MJPEG (.dat) - 320x240 @30fps
DivX 5.x (.avi) - 640x480 @30fps / 720x480 @25fps
bitrate: 4Mbps
Music format support
MP3 (16 to 384 kbps)
WMA 7, 8, 9 (32 to 192 kbps)
AAC (16 to 320 kbps)
WAV
Bundled software
Ulead Photo Explorer 8.5 (image editing software)
Ulead Video ToolBox 2 (video editing software)
External power
AC 100-240V, DC 5V/2.5A power adapter
Battery power
Built-in 1800mAh Li-Ion rechargeable battery
Battery life
3.5 hours of continuous video playback
7.5 hours of continuous audio playback
OS compatibility
Windows XP Home/Pro, ME, 2000, 98/SE
Macintosh OS 8.6 and later
Linux OS kernel versions 2.4.x and later
File system support
Standard FAT 12/16/32
Dimensions
5.2" (L) x 2.8" (W) x 1.2" (H)
Weight
8.6 oz. (with hard drive and battery)
* RAW formats supported for following cameras:
Canon: 1Ds Mark-II, 1Ds, 1D-II, 1D, 20D, 10D, 300D (Digital Rebel, Kiss Digital), D30, Power Shot G2
Fujifilm: S2 Pro
Kodak: DSC Pro SLR/c, DSC Pro SLR/n, DSC Pro 14n
Nikon: D100, D70, D1X, D1
Olympus: E-1
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FCC Rules and Regulations – Part 15
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference.
2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operations.
The device has been tested and verified to be within the energy emission limits for Class B digital
devices as defined in Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a residential situation. This device generates, uses, and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may
cause harmful interference to radio communications. Installed correctly, it probably will not interfere
with your radio or TV. However, we do not guarantee the absence of interference.
If you modify the device in any way, without approval from Digital Foci, Inc., your device may violate
FCC regulations. Violation of FCC regulations may cause the FCC to void your rights to use the
modified device.
If you suspect this device is causing interference, power off and on the device while your radio or TV is
showing interference. If the interference disappears when you turn the device off and reappears when
you turn the device on, something in the device is causing interference.
To reduce interference, try these suggestions:
• Change the direction of the radio or TV antenna.
• Increase the separation between the device and radio or TV.
• Connect the device into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the radio or TV is
connected.
If these suggestions don’t help, consult your computer dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for
more suggestions.
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