English Language User Manual
Gmini™
400
Pocket Music / Photo / Games / Video
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MPEG-4 Video Player
MP3 & WMA Music Player
Photo Viewer
USB 2.0 Hard Disk
Game player
User Manual for ARCHOS Gmini™ 400
Version 1.1
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Table of Contents
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INTRO - Ports, Buttons and Connections
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INTRO - First Time Usage
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
2.8
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5.3
5.4
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Playing a Playlist
Creating a Playlist
Saving a Playlist
Adding songs to a Playlist while listening to Music
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Cable Connections for Audio Recording
Recording Procedure
Microphone
Analog Line-In
Incremental Recording
Where is the Recording Saved?
Audio Editing
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MUSIC - Using Windows® Media Player 9
6.1
6.2
6.3
6.4
MUSIC - Using iTunes™ with your Gmini 400
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GAMES - Playing Mophun® games
8.2
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Installing Windows Media Player 9
Installing the WMP9 Service Provider Plug-in
Copying Music to your Gmini 400
Copy Protected Music Downloads
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8.1
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Button Control
Playing Through your Stereo System
Artist, Album, Title … ID3 Tags
The ARCLibrary (Browsing by Album, Artist, or Song name)
Setting a Bookmark
The Resume Function
MUSIC - Recording Music
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5.2
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MUSIC - Playlists
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
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Plugging in the AC Adapter
Turning on the Gmini 400
Shutting off the Gmini 400 and Battery saving features
Changing the Language
Foreign Character Sets
Charging the Batteries
Caring for the Gmini 400
Hardware Reset
MUSIC - Playing Music Files
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
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Downloading Games
Copy to Gmini 400 root
Playing a Game
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VIDEO - Playing Video
9.1
9.2
9.3
9.4
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Setting a Bookmark
The Resume Function
Display Format Settings
Playing Video Files from the Internet
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10 VIDEO - Creating MPEG4 video files with your computer
10.1
10.2
How to create an MPEG-4 video file
PC Tools
Macintosh Users
Installing the PC Software
DivX™ Codec
Virtual Dub™
MPG4 Translator
MP3 Sound Codec
Using MPG4 Translator
Select Source & Destination Files
Change Settings
Target & Priority
Start
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11 PHOTO - Viewing Photos
11.1
11.2
11.3
Viewing Photos
Magnifying Photos
Viewing a slideshow
Transferring photos to your Gmini 400
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12 BROWSER - Using the Browser
12.1
12.2
12.3
Navigating the Directory Structure
Navigating the Directory Structure
File Operations
Folder Operations
Copying and Moving Files and Folders
Using the Virtual Keyboard
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13 Connecting/Disconnecting the Gmini 400 to/from your PC
13.1
13.2
Connecting the Gmini 400
Windows® ME, 2000, XP (Home/professional)
Macintosh™ OS 9.X
Macintosh™ OS X
Macintosh™ OS X (10.2 Jaguar and 10.3 Panther)
Disconnecting the Gmini 400 from your Computer
Windows®
Macintosh®
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14 SETTINGS
14.1
14.2
14.3
14.4
14.5
14.6
Sound Settings
Play Mode Settings
Clock Settings
Display Settings
Power Settings
System Settings
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15 Updating the Gmini 400 Firmware Operating System (OS)
Download the Update_Gmini400.AOS file
Read the History.txt File
Copy to Gmini 400 root and Update
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16 Technical Support
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17 Troubleshooting
17.1
17.2
17.3
17.4
17.5
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USB Connection issues
Charging and Power issues
Gmini 400 locks up (freezes operation) or Stops
The Computer locks-up (freezes operation) or Stops
File issues, corrupted data, formatting, and partitioning
Windows® 98SE & ME Running Scan-Disk (Error Checking) 63
Windows® XP & 2000 Running Check Disk Utility (ChkDsk) 64
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18 Technical Specifications
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19 Legal
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Dear Customer,
ARCHOS thanks you for your choice of this exciting Gmini 400 product.
With this beautiful device in your pocket, you can enjoy digital music,
digital photos, games, or digital video anytime and anywhere. We are
sure that your Gmini 400 will give you years of listening and viewing
enjoyment. Of course you can always use it as a regular portable hard
disk too for all your personal computer files.
This guide will explain to you the functions of the Gmini 400. Our
engineers have packed this product with many functions and capabilities.
The better you know how to use it, the more enjoyment you will get from
it. Remember, with the Gmini 400, you can…
• Listen to MP3, WMA, or WAV music files
• Play a variety of 2D and 3D Mophun® video games
• Play MPEG-4 video files on the built-in screen, or to a television or video
projector
• View digital photos and make personalized slide shows
• Record music files directly into digital format from your hi-fi without a computer
• Use it as a voice recorder with its built-in microphone
• Store .DOC, .PDF, or any type of data file – it’s a portable hard drive too!
• Create music Playlists
• Copy Pictures or data from CompactFlash™ cards directly to the Gmini
400 (may require a freely available plug-in from the Archos website).
We wish you many years of enjoyment from your Gmini 400 product.
Please do register your product at our website www.archos.com/
register/products.html to ensure that you get access to our help line
and to be informed of free software updates for your product.
Wishing you the best music, photo, gaming, and video experience,
The ARCHOS TEAM
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Hard disk activity indicator (red)
On indicator (green)
Battery charger indicator (green) – blinks when the battery is fully charged
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On/Enter/Play/Go ► – Hold for 3 seconds to turn on the Gmini 400
Move UP (also increases volume during media playback)
Move DOWN (also decreases volume during media playback)
Move LEFT (also plays previous song or fast reverse through a song or video)
Move RIGHT (also plays next song or fast forward through a song or video)
Game Control 1 (Function depends on game) [acts as Enter/Play when not
in game mode]
Game Control 2 (Function depends on game) [acts as Escape/Stop when
not in game mode]
Escape/Stop/Go back/Off - Hold for 3 seconds to turn off device
F1 command or function
F2 command or function
F3 command or function
Function button F1 – activates the on-screen function or command above it (l)
Function button F2 – activates the on-screen function or command above it (m)
Long press to switch display between built in screen and external TV
Function button F3 – activates the on-screen function or command above it (n)
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INTRO - Ports, Buttons and Connections
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Multiconnect adapter – allows for an analog audio input (Line In)
Multi-connect jack – for headphones, AV cable, or FM Remote control
(optional accessory)
Microphone – for making digital voice recordings
CompactFlash™ slot – Type I compatible
USB 2.0 port (USB 1.1 compatible) to connect the Gmini 400 to your computer
Power Connector (Use only the supplied Archos power charger/adapter)
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INTRO - First Time Usage
Please take the time to read though this manual. There are many
things that this device can do that you may not be aware of.
2.1
Plugging in the AC Adapter
• Use only the included ARCHOS charger/adapter.
• Before using for the first time, charge the batteries completely.
• You may use the Archos Gmini 400 while its battery is charging, but it
will then take longer before the battery is completely charged.
2.2
Turning on the Gmini 400
• Hold the PLAY/ON button ► for 4 seconds. The green “On”
indicator light will turn on. Be patient, it will take a few seconds for the
operating system to boot up.
• If the unit shuts off after holding the ON button for several seconds, plug
in the Archos adapter/charger to make sure the batteries get charged.
2.3
Shutting off the Gmini 400 and Battery saving features
To shut off the unit, press and hold the STOP/ESC/OFF button for 3 seconds.
In the Power menu [Setup  Power: Battery Operation]
there is a Power Off parameter. It is factory set to 2
minutes. Thus, if your Gmini 400 is idle for 2 minutes, it
will shut off. This setting can be changed from one to nine
minutes or to ‘never’.
In the Power menu [Setup  Power: Battery Operation]
there is a Backlight Off parameter to save battery power
(the lighting of the screen consumes a lot of the battery
power). It is factory set to 30 seconds. That is, if there are
no buttons pressed, the screen will shut off in order to save battery life.
To turn the screen back on, just click once on any button. See section 14.5
for a complete explanation.
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2.4
Changing the Language
The Gmini 400 interface can be set to English (default), French, German
or Spanish.
• To change the language, move the cursor to Setup and then
click PLAY/ENTER ►.
• Then move with the joystick to Display and click PLAY/ENTER ►.
• Highlight the Language parameter.
• Use the Right or Left button to choose the desired language.
• Choose French, German, Spanish or English.
• The language displayed will change immediately.
• Click on the STOP/ESC button to exit this screen.
2.5
Foreign Character Sets
You have the possibility to display your file names, folder names, and
MP3 ID3 tags in various character sets (ex: Korean, Japanese, Simplified
Chinese, etc.). You can find the language files CodePage_name.4FZ
in the font folder under /Data on the Gmini 400 hard disk or on the
Archos website under the heading Software. If, for example, you would
like to have the Korean language display, then you would copy the file
CP949.4FZ into the folder /system on the Gmini 400 and shut down and
restart the Gmini 400. File names, folder names, and ID3 tags written
using the Microsoft® codepage for the language will now be displayed in
that character set. Only one .4FZ can be used at a time, thus you should
only put one .4FZ file into the /system folder. When an .4FZ language file
is used, the interface language will be set to English.
2.6
Charging the Batteries
Use ONLY an Archos charger/adapter that is specified for the Gmini
400. Other chargers or adapters may damage the Gmini 400. The green
CHARGE indicator lights up to indicate that the external adapter is
connected. The batteries will charge automatically when the AC adapter/
charger is plugged in. Once the batteries are fully charged, this light
will blink, indicating that you can disconnect the charger/adapter. Once
charged, you can get up to 10 hours* of MP3 music playback time and
up to 5 hours* of AVI video playback time (on the built-in screen) from
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the batteries. The Gmini 400 is made with integrated batteries which are
designed to last for the life of the Gmini 400. This means that you will
not have to change them. If, in the exceptional case, the batteries need
changing, this should only be done by an Archos technician.
* depending on how you use it (start/stop/writing, etc.)
2.7
Caring for the Gmini 400
The Archos Gmini 400 is an electronic product that needs to be treated
with more care than typical consumer electronic products.
• Do not subject it to shock.
• Do not subject it to heat. Keep it ventilated (especially when connected
to a computer).
• Keep the Gmini 400 away from water and excessively humid areas.
• Keep the Gmini 400 away from high electromagnetic fields.
• Keep any connected cords to the Gmini 400 neatly arranged. This light
product could fall if a cord is accidentally pulled by a child.
• Do not open up the Gmini 400. There are no user serviceable parts
inside. Opening will void your warranty.
2.8
Hardware Reset
In the event that your Gmini 400 freezes operation (due to electrostatic
phenomena for example), you can actuate a hardware reset by holding
down on the STOP/ESC button for 10 seconds. In normal operation, the
STOP/ESC button will shut down the Gmini 400 after being held down for
3 seconds.
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MUSIC - Playing Music Files
When you click on this icon in the main screen, you will be
sent directly to the Music folder. Use the direction buttons
to highlight one of the factory installed music selections and
then Click on PLAY ►. If you hear nothing at first, make sure
you have adjusted the volume control on the headphone cord. By clicking
on the Music icon in the main menu screen, you will enter into a ‘music
only’ mode. Other playable file types that may be in this folder are only
listed if you enter the folder via the Browser.
Current Directory
Play Order
Play Mode: One Directory
Status: Playing Volume (maximum:31)
Battery level (full)
Artist* or parent folder
Time of Day
Album* or current folder
Song title* or file name
File format and rec info
Next track to be played
*APIC Album picture
Relative location in the track
Volume level meters
Song elapsed time
Song time remaining
Song Length
Go to setup options
Show Music Options
Browse the hard disk for other tracks
*If the MP3 file contains these ID3 tag data
3.1
Button Control
Play/pause/resume song
Increase the Volume
Click once: Play the previous song
in the folder or playlist (during first
5 seconds of song) otherwise go to
the beginning of the song.
Click once: Play the next song
in the folder or playlist.
Hold: Fast forward through the
song.
Hold: Fast reverse
through the song.
Stop Song
Decrease the Volume
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To lock the Gmini 400 buttons, press and hold
the left function button for three seconds. The
Gmini 400 will display the message “Buttons
locked!” on the bottom of the screen. Press this
again for three seconds to unlock the buttons.
What the Icons indicate
Status
3.2
Play Order
Stopped
- no icon Play once
Blinks while playing
a track
Repeat playing
Current track is
paused
Shuffle (random)
track selection
Recording a track
Playing a playlist
Play Mode
See section 14.2
Playing Through your Stereo System
On your HiFi there are two RCA type
connectors that are labeled Aux in, CD
in, or Line-in. Typically they are color
coded white and red for left and right
stereo channels respectively. Just take the
included A/V cable and plug it into the
Gmini 400 headphone jack. Plug the red
and white connectors into the Aux in,
CD in, or line-in of your stereo system.
Do not plug the yellow (video) connector
into anything. On the front of your stereo,
select the corresponding auxiliary input
or CD input that you plugged into on the back of your HiFi system. Press
Play and then adjust the Gmini 400 volume (UP/DOWN buttons) in order
to supply your stereo system with a signal that is neither too weak nor
too strong. If the sound is distorted, you will need to reduce the Gmini
400’s volume.
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3.3
Artist, Album, Title … ID3 Tags
ID3 Tags are information about the recording
which found inside of an MP3 music file. When
someone creates an MP3 music file, he or she
has the option of adding information to it. This
information can include, among other things, the
name of the artist (Wes Burden), the album name
(Brave New World), the title of the song (Mirror), and a small image of
the album cover (only jpeg images not progressive jpeg). If these data
are present, the Gmini 400 will display them on the screen when it plays
the file. If they are not present, then the Gmini 400 will display in order,
the name of the parent folder, the name of the current folder, and then
the name of the file.
As of the writing of this manual, there are two versions of ID3 tags that
are firmly established standards, ID3 version 1 and ID3 version 2. Your
Gmini 400 can read either version of tags, and display the information. If
both sets of tags have information, the data from the ID3 version 2 tag
will be displayed. Other tag information may include year and genre of
music. These other tag data are not displayed by the Gmini 400, but are
used to index your music in the ARCLibrary (see next section). WMA files
also have tags and these are displayed as well when the file is played.
3.4
The ARCLibrary (Browsing by Album, Artist, or Song name)
The ARCLibrary is a system for choosing
your music by its characteristics. It can
be turned On or Off in the settings
from Setup > Playmode. As shown
in this screen capture, you can select
your music by Artist, Album, Song Title,
Genre, or Year. MP3 and WMA music
files have internal data tags to hold
information about the song. For MP3
files, these are known as ID3 tags. Not
all MP3 files have all this information filled in. If you purchase a song from
a music download service, the songs will have this information. If you
have an MP3 or WMA file without this tag information, then you can add
or change it by going to the properties of the file in Windows® Explorer.
Once you re-index the ARCLibrary, you will have access to this track
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from the ARCLibrary. Audio files created
with the microphone will be indexed as
Artist = ARCHOS and Album = Audio
Recording. The ARCLibrary indexes all
the music and playlists that it finds in
the folders Music and Playlists on
your Gmini 400’s hard drive, by using
the tag information in each song. When
you transfer music to your Gmini 400
from your computer, it goes directly to the Gmini 400 hard disk without
the ARCLibrary knowing about the new song. Thus, in order for your new
songs to be indexed into the ARCLibrary, you must update it with the
Update button as shown here in the Setup > Playmode screen. You
have the following options to set the ARCLibrary.
Off – From the Music icon, you will just browse music files in the folder Music.
On – You can browse music by its characteristics (ID3 tags) but you will
have to manually update the ARCLibrary each time you add new music
from your computer to your Gmini 400.
Automatic – The ARCLibrary will be set to On and it will automatically
update the library each time it notices that you have disconnected from a
computer. A message screen will appear indicating that it is updating the
ARCLibrary contents.
3.5
Setting a Bookmark
If you are listening to a song, or perhaps a long recording, and
would like to place a bookmark in it in order to pick up from
this point at another time, you can use the Bookmark function.
You simply click on the center function button labeled Options,
then choose Set Bookmark. This will set a
bookmark in the audio file at the current
position. You can only set one bookmark
per file. When you look at the file in your
browser, it will have a yellow check mark
on its icon indicating that this file has a
bookmark set within it. You can have a
maximum of 16 files bookmarked. Setting
more bookmarks will then start to erase
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the oldest bookmarks. The next time you play the audio file, you will be
presented with three options:
Resume: Start playing from the bookmarked position.
Ignore: Keep the bookmark but start playing from the very beginning.
Clear:
3.6
Clear the bookmark from this file and start playing from the
very beginning.
The Resume Function
When you turn on your Gmini 400 you will sometimes notice
that the icon which is highlighted on the main screen is not the
Browser but rather the Resume icon. This icon is highlighted when
the Gmini 400 can resume the last played audio or video file.
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MUSIC - Playlists
A Playlist is a list of songs that the Gmini 400 will
automatically play one after the other. The Gmini
400 can load one playlist at a time into its internal
memory. You can create new playlists, add or delete
songs from a playlist, or Save a playlist as a file (file
type .m3u) to be used another time. There is no
limit to the number of playlists you can save on the
Gmini 400 hard disk. Playlists are indicated by a special list icon (circled
icon to the left).
4.1
Playing a Playlist
To play a Playlist, you simply scroll to the
Playlist, such as ‘Jazz Music’ shown to the
left, and click on PLAY ►. The list of songs
will be loaded into the internal memory of
the Gmini 400 and then be displayed in a
separate panel.
Click on PLAY ► and the songs will
be played in the order shown. To
shuffle the music entries in a random
order, you can click on Playlist (F1),
then choose Shuffle. You can open
a Playlist file (Playlistname.m3u) on
your computer with a text editor such
as Notepad, and you will see that it is merely a list of files to be played
along with the hard disk path to find them. If you delete a Playlist from
your Gmini 400, you are only deleting the list and not the music itself.
Example of the contents of the .m3u Playlist file ‘Jazz Music’.
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4.2
Creating a Playlist
To create a Playlist, press the RIGHT
button while you are in the Music
browser. A second window will open
on the right side to display the Playlist
contents. You can now start adding
songs to the current Playlist. In the left
window, search for the songs you would
like to add to your Playlist. Once the song
is highlighted, click on the Add function
button to add it to the Playlist. The song will be added to the Playlist and a
small mark next to the music icon will be made to indicate that it is in the
Playlist. Continue searching and adding songs in this manner until you are
satisfied. You can also click the Add or Insert button when highlighting
a folder. All the contents of the folder and its subfolders will be added or
inserted into the current playlist.
You can jump back and forth between the browser and the playlist by
clicking on the LEFT and RIGHT buttons. A Playlist can have a maximum
of 5000 songs. We recommend that you save your Playlists.
4.3
Saving a Playlist
It is recommended that each time you
create a Playlist, you save it to a separate
folder called Playlists. These lists take
very little space on your hard disk and
if well named, give you easy access to
your favorite songs. Go to the Playlist
by selecting Music from the main menu
and then click on the RIGHT button.
You will then see the list of songs in the
current Playlist. Click the function button F1 then choose Save.
ATTENTION: Make sure that your left window is the Playlists folder,
because the open window on the left is the location the Gmini 400 will be
saving your Playlist to.
Save – Saves the current playlist to the folder open in the left window. The
* next to the playlist name indicates that this playlist has not been saved.
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Close – Closes the windows and returns to the main menu screen.
Rename – Renames the current playlist.
Shuffle – Randomly shuffles the order of the songs in the current playlist.
Clear – Clears the contents of the current playlist.
Button Move – Allows you to change the place in the list of the highlighted
song. Click on Move and then click on UP or DOWN to move the song up
or down the list. Click OK when finished.
Button Delete – Will delete the highlighted song from the Playlist. It will
not delete the actual song itself from your hard disk, just from the current
Playlist.
Important: Once you save a Playlist it is important that you do not move or rename the
actual MP3 files as the Playlist searches in the original file location. If you need to move your
MP3 files to a different folder, you’ll have to recreate your Playlist.
4.4
Adding songs to a Playlist while listening to Music
This can only be done if you have entered your Music folder via the Music
icon
and not by the general browser. To add the song you are listening
to or any other song to the current Playlist, do the following:
• While playing a song, click on Options and choose Edit
Playlist. A browser window and the Playlist will open.
• Click on the LEFT button to go to the hard disk browser
window.
• Select the song or folder of songs to add, then click the
button Add.
• Click ESC to return to the playing screen.
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5
MUSIC - Recording Music
With the Gmini 400 series, you do not need a computer to create digital
music files. It is capable of recording from the built-in microphone or
an analog line source (ex: HiFi system, Boombox, CD Player, etc) into a
standard Windows® WAV format, either PCM (uncompressed) or ADPCM
(compressed).
5.1
Cable Connections for Audio Recording
Plug the multi-connect adapter into the Gmini 400 and then plug the
included AV cable into the side marked Line-In as shown here. Connect
the Red (Right) and White (Left) connectors to the audio output of your
Hifi or other audio device that you are recording from. Do not plug the
yellow connector to anything.
To the outputs of your audio
device.
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5.2
Recording Procedure
Before the actual audio recording begins, there is a pre-recording screen
which will allow you to adjust your recording settings.
1. From the home screen, select AudioCorder then click on ENTER/GO ►.
2. In the pre-recording screen, adjust
the recording level* by clicking on
the LEFT and RIGHT buttons. Click on
the F3 Start button to start recording.
Attention, the first time recording you
should adjust your Settings.
3. Click on Settings to reveal the recording parameters screen as shown
above. Be sure to set the correct
Source. You will hear silence during
recording and playback if the incorrect
source is chosen.
4. Once you have clicked on the Start
button, you can pause the recording by
clicking the same function button (now
labelled Pause), or stop the recording
by clicking on the STOP/ESC button.
* (Analog recordings only) You should try some test recordings before deciding on which
recording level gives the best sound quality. Don’t be tricked by the volume of the
headphones which can be adjusted independently with the UP and DOWN buttons.
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Microphone
The built-in microphone is located on the top of the Gmini 400 unit next
to the headphone jack. Make sure that you have selected Microphone
as the input source in the pre-recording Settings screen. The microphone
recording level is preset.
Analog Line-In
You can record from any line-level audio source to the Gmini 400. Make
sure that you select the Analog Line-In as the input source in the prerecording Setup screen. If you have the TV cradle unit, you can plug the
Red and White connectors of the AV In cables to the output of you home
stereo system or the audio device you are recording from. If you have the
optional multi-connect adapter plug, you can enter a stereo audio signal
into the AV400 directly. Be careful that the source audio is supplying a line
level and not an amplified signal (turning down the volume on the player
will work if you are using the headphone out signal of your audio device).
An amplified signal will make for a terribly distorted recording. You can
also use a high quality pre-amplified microphone, such as the one Archos
sells as an option.
Incremental Recording
While recording, you will notice the center function button
labeled Next. This allows you to create incremental recordings.
That is, the current recording stops and a new recording
instantly begins. The next recording has an additional number appended to
its name. Thus if you create multiple incremental recordings, you might, for
example, have files names of REC0000_01, REC0000_02, etc. This is good
for recording old cassettes and old vinyl records. You can click on the Next
button during the blank space between each song. That way, each song of
the vinyl disk or audio cassette will be one single audio file.
5.3
Where is the Recording Saved?
The default location for audio recordings is the folder called Music. If you
click on the Music icon in the main menu, you will go to this folder. Notice
that the right function button is labeled Record. Each time you use this
button to record audio instead of the AudioCorder button on the main
menu, you set the recording default location to the current folder. For
example, let’s say you have a folder called /Music/Voice/Lectures. If you
go to this folder and then make a recording using the right function button
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Record, you will set the default record location to this folder. Now, each
time you use the AudioCorder icon to start a recording, your recording will
be saved in the folder /Music/Voice/Lectures.
5.4
Audio Editing
Audio files (microphone recordings / analog recordings / FM Remote
Control (optional)) can be modified by deleting the sections you do not
wish included. If you would like to edit an audio recording, you have the
possibility to “crop out” the exact section of the recording you would like
to save. For example, you have recorded a lecture of 33 minutes and 22
seconds in length. You would like to cut out and save just one particular
important section from 12 minutes and 15 seconds to 21 minutes and 5
seconds. The diagram below illustrates the situation.
Desired audio section
00:00 (0min 0sec)
12:15
21:05
33:22
To keep just this section (cropping it), you will:
•
•
•
•
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locate this file from the Browser mode
Select Edit from the File menu in order to enter the edit mode
In the edit mode, set the cut-IN point (12:15 in our example)
Next, set the cut-OUT point (21:05 in our example)
Save the edit
Highlight the file to edit and select
Edit from the file menu. Only files
which have been created with the
Gmini 400 recording function will
show Edit in the file menu. Files
created from CDs or downloaded
cannot be edited. Once you enter
the edit mode, the audio file will
play in a continuous loop so that
you will be able to hear how your
edit sounds.
Use the fast-reverse and fastforward
buttons
(LEFT/RIGHT
buttons) to locate the points you
want the new file to start and end.
These are the cut-IN and cut-OUT
points. Once you have set these
points, you can save the edit. In this
example, a new file REC0000.wav
will be made. Your original file is
left untouched. You will notice that
your Cut-IN and Cut-OUT times are
marked just above the file name.
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6
MUSIC - Using Windows® Media Player 9
The Gmini 400 is designed to work seamlessly
with Version 9 of Windows® Media Player
(WMP9). By installing the Archos Service
Provider plug-in, WMP9 will recognize your
Gmini 400 as a connected music device. You
can then easily copy your CD collection to
your Gmini 400. WMP9 will encode each song into the WMA format
(preferred compressed format of Windows®) and then store them on your
connected Archos device. This Service Provider plug-in will also allow you
to play purchased music from on-line music services such as Napster.com,
MusicNow.com, BuyMusic.com, and Liquid.com.
6.1
Installing Windows Media Player 9
If you do not already have
Windows Media Player version
9 running on your computer,
you can install it from the
Archos
Installation
Utility.
Connect your Gmini 400 to
your computer. In Windows
Explorer, open up the hard
drive labeled JUKEBOX. It may
be called JUKEBOX (E:) or
with another letter. Open the
folder Data, then the folder PC
Installation, then double-click on the file Setup.exe. In other words, follow
the path E:\Data\PC Installation\setup.exe. Click on the icon according to
your operating system. Follow the on screen instructions.
6.2
Installing the WMP9 Service Provider Plug-in
You should first make sure you have properly installed Windows Media
Player 9 as explained above. To install the Service Provider Plug-in to
Windows Media player, run the Archos Installation Utility as explained
above, and then chose Archos Media Player Service Provider Plug-in.
Follow the on screen instructions. If you have accidentally deleted it,
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you can download it from
the Archos website ‘software’
category (www.archos.com).
With your Gmini 400 still
connected to your computer,
start Windows Media Player.
Normally, you will connect
your Gmini 400 to your
computer before you run the
WMP9 program. If you connect it after WMP9 has been started, you will
have to click on View > Refresh in order for WMP9 to go check and find
the connected Gmini 400.
6.3
Copying Music to your Gmini 400
Run Windows Media Player.
2. Choose the Gmini 400
1. Choose Copy to CD or Device and then check
the songs from your Music Library that you want to device then select the folder
you want to copy your songs
copy to your device.
to. Now click on Copy.
6.4
Copy Protected Music Downloads
With music download services such as Napster.com, MusicNow.com,
BuyMusic.com, and Liquid.com, you can purchase music on-line and
then store it on your Gmini 400. These music files are protected with the
Microsoft® copy protection system. When they are downloaded to your
computer then transferred to your Gmini 400, they will play only on your
devices. These files will not play on other people’s computers nor on other
people’s portable music players.
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7
MUSIC - Using iTunes™ with your Gmini 400
The easiest way to transfer music files between a
Macintosh® computer and your Gmini 400 is to use the
Macintosh Finder™ to drag and drop the files to and from
your Macintosh®.
However, for Macintosh® users who do want to use the
Gmini 400 with iTunes®, Archos has developed a special
i-Tunes® plug-in. You will find it in the folder /Data/i-Tunes Plug-in on
the Gmini 400 hard disk or from the Archos website. In this folder you
will find a .sit compressed file. Uncompress it and open the folder for your
operating system. You will a find a JPEG image illustrating where you need
to copy the plug-in to. Once this is done, iTunes™ will recognize the Gmini
400 as a ‘Device’.
To make your user experience easy as possible, please keep in mind the
following.
1) When you create your Playlists with iTunes® (you can only create
Playlists from songs that have been copied to your Gmini 400), your
Macintosh® will save these Playlists to the root directory of your Gmini
400. It will not save them to the Gmini 400 Playlists directory. It would be
best to use the Gmini 400 itself to make Playlists (section 4.2) and then
save these Playlists in your Playlists folder.
2) When you drag and drop MP3 files from your iTunes® library to your
Gmini 400, the i-Tunes® program will look at the ID3 tag information (See
section 3.3 of this manual for an explanation of ID3 tags) of the MP3 file,
and create a folder on the root of your Gmini 400 using the name of the
Artist as the folder name. Then it will take the Album name ID3 tag, and
create a subfolder with that album as its name. Finally, it will take the MP3
song itself and place it into that album subfolder. Thus, although it is a
clean structure of artists and albums, i-Tunes® does not follow the Gmini
400 convention of placing the music into the Music folder first.
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8
GAMES - Playing Mophun® games
Your Gmini 400 has a built-in Mophun® game engine. What that means is
that it can run games created for the Mophun® gaming platform. Included
with your Gmini 400 is the full version of one of the game titles available
from Archos. You will also find other sample games on your Gmini 400.
8.1
Downloading Games
To see a complete list of games for sale,
go to the Gmini 400 presentation page
on the Archos website (www.archos.com)
and click on the Gmini 400 Games link.
Once you purchase the game, you will
be presented with a download message
box. Your browser may warn you that the
contents of the download may harm your
computer. This is because the Windows®
system does not know what a .MPN file is. Be assured that Archos has
made every effort to ensure that the file does not contain viruses. Click on
the option Save to download this file to a convenient place, such as My
documents, in order to later copy this file to your Gmini 400.
Copy to Gmini 400 root
Connect
your
Gmini 400 to your
computer (section
13.1), and then
copy the .MPN
game file to the
root directory of
the Gmini 400. The
root directory is the
top most level of the directory hierarchy. Just drag this .MPN file onto the
Gmini 400 Hard disk in your file manager and it will place it in the top most
directory (outside any folder). Once this file is copied, safely disconnect
(section 13.2) the Gmini 400 from the computer.
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Once disconnected from your computer, the Gmini will notice that there
is a new game file on the root directory and will install the game
automatically. It will then erase the .MPN file that you copied to the root
directory. It is a good idea to keep a copy the installation file on you PC.
Even if that file gets lost, you can always go back to the Archos website
and re-download your purchased game free of charge.
You may notice that there is a folder on your Gmini 400 hard drive called
Mophun. You should not delete this folder nor copy any files into it.
Purchased games will install themselves into this folder.
8.2
Playing a Game
Just highlight the Games icon in the main screen and
click the Go button. You can choose from the list of
games presented. Once selected, follow the on-screen
instructions.
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9
VIDEO - Playing Video
Like a music file, you simply highlight the video file and
then click on PLAY/GO ►. The thumbnail images on the
right side will show you a frame from the highlighted video
file (center) as well as a frame from the file above and the
file below the highlighted one. By clicking on the Video icon
in the main menu, you will enter into a display ‘video only’
mode. Other playable file types that may be in this folder
are only listed if you enter the folder via the Browser.
To watch your videos on a television,
you must hold down the F2 function
button (the center function button) for
three seconds. The Gmini 400 screen
will go black and the video will be
sent out to your connected television.
Switch your television to auxiliary video
input (often found just below channel
1 – sometimes called L1 or L2). If you
don’t see a clear color image, you may
have to set your Gmini 400 to your
local television standard (NTSC or PAL) in the Setup > Display settings
menu.
• Use the PLAY/GO ► button to pause/resume the video.
• Use the UP/DOWN buttons to control the volume.
• Hold down the RIGHT/LEFT buttons to fast forward or
fast reverse through the video.
• Click the right function button to Hide/Show the overlaid video time
information.
• Click the Options function button to set a bookmark, change the screen
presentation. Long press to switch between built-in video and external
video.
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• Click on the left function button
to put the video into slow-motion
view. You can cycle through the
values Normal, ½ , ¼ , and 1/8
speed. The sound is muted when
in slow motion. While in slow mode
and paused, you can step image per image with the RIGHT button.
9.1
Setting a Bookmark
If you are watching a video and would like to place a bookmark
in it in order to continue from this point at another time, you
can use the Bookmark function. You simply click on the center
function button labeled Options, then choose Set Bookmark. This will set
a bookmark in the video file at the current position. You can only set one
bookmark per file. When you look at the file in your browser, it will have a
yellow check mark on its icon indicating that this file has a bookmark set
within it. You can have a maximum of 16 files bookmarked. Setting more
bookmarks will then start to erase the oldest bookmarks. The next time
you play this video file, you will be presented with three options:
Resume: Start playing from the bookmarked position.
Ignore:
Keep the bookmark but start playing from the very
beginning.
Clear:
Clear the bookmark from this file and start playing from the
very beginning.
9.2
The Resume Function
When you turn on your Gmini 400 you will sometimes notice
that the icon which is highlighted on the main screen is not the
Browser but rather the Resume icon. This icon is highlighted
when the Gmini 400 can resume the last played audio or video
file.
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9.3
Display Format Settings
You will notice in the Options button (center function button), that you
have a number of display format options. In certain cases, depending
on how the original video was recorded, you may want to use these
adjustments.
Default mode : Adjusts the video size to best adapt to the LCD screen.
4/3 aspect: Enlarge the image to fill the screen (usually a vertical fill) and
then cut the sides to completely fill a television screen.
16/9 aspect: Send out a TV signal without the black horizontal bars.
No Overscan: Picture will not pass into the overscan area. Entire picture
will always be seen on all televisions. Will not be cropped on the LCD.
9.4
Playing Video Files from the Internet
The number of encoding and compression schemes currently used to
create video files is very extensive and seems to change on a weekly
basis. There are so many standards and formats that it is very possible
that the video file you download from the Internet will not play right away
on your device. Due to certain “variations”, even when video files are
formatted in “MPEG4” they may not play right away. The Gmini 400 series
can play video files of type MPEG4 Simple Profile which have an MP3 or
IMA-ADPCM audio sound track. It can play such video files which have a
maximum size of 640 x 400 pixels (30 frames/second). The Gmini 400 will
not directly play files of type .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, or .avi files created with
codecs (compression/decompression) other than the XviD and DivX™
MPEG4 codecs. If you have video files of these other types that you would
like to view on your Gmini 400, they will have to be converted first. You
will have to use the software MPG4 Translator included on the Gmini
400 hard disk to re-encode them into the proper XviD or DivX™ MPEG4
format with an MP3 or IMA-ADPCM sound track. See chapter 10 for more
details.
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10
VIDEO - Creating MPEG4 video files with your computer
How to create an MPEG-4 video file
Please understand that video re-encoding is not always a simple one button
process. Video segments that come from your digital camcorder or which
are freely available on the Internet are encoded in many different ways. If
not already in the proper MPEG4 Simple Profile format, transforming these
videos into this format readable by the Gmini 400 requires use of the below
mentioned software tools. This is due to the relatively new nature of the
ISO (International Standards Organization) MPEG4 video format. Unlike
its predecessors MPEG1 and MPEG2, there are a number of levels in this
format and thus not all MPEG4 video files will work on all MPEG4 players,
and older MPEG1 and MPEG2 files must be re-encoded into this format.
Although you may have a bit of a learning curve in the initial re-encoding
of video files, once you have the process down, it is just a matter of letting
your PC or Mac go to work and create video files for playing on your Gmini
400.
PC Tools
The Gmini 400 is delivered with two Windows® based programs that allow
you to create MPEG4 Simple Profile .AVI video files. They are the MPG4
Translator and Virtual Dub™. The MPG4 Translator will call the Virtual Dub
program and give it the correct parameters to encode your video from its
original format, .avi or .mpg (mpeg 1), and then encode it into a DivX™
based MPEG4 .AVI file. The file will be scaled in order to be played back
properly. Only MPEG4 files encoded with DivX™ or XviD can be played on
the Gmini 400. Please visit the website of DivXNetworks, Inc (www.divx.
com) to download this codec. This is a free codec. This will allow your PC
to create DivX™ type videos which play on your Gmini 400. If you would
like to have your sound track in MP3 format, you may have to download
this audio codec (available freely on the Internet) if it is not already on your
computer.
Macintosh Users
Until recently, the Macintosh user community did not have any tools to create
DivX™ simple profile MPEG4 video files. There are now tools available for
purchase at the DivX™Networks web site which will allow you to create DivX™
simple profile files with your Macintosh that are playable on the Gmini 400.
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10.1
Installing the PC Software
If your video file is not an MPEG4 Simple Profile .avi file of the proper size,
you will need to re-encode it using the following utilities. For the Gmini
400, you will need to create an AVI file that is MPEG4 Simple Profile with a
maximum resolution of 640 x 400 and a sound track that is stereo MP3 or
WAV. Run the program SETUP.EXE (the Archos Installation Utility) found
on the Gmini 400 hard drive in /Data/PC Installation. Please install the
programs in the following order.
DivX™ Codec
This software will install the DivX™ Compression/Decompression onto
your PC. You should shut off any anti-virus programs when installing this
or other codec software. This is not a program that is run by itself. Rather,
it installs background software which allows your computer to do high
quality video compression. This is the MPEG4 compressed video type that
the Gmini 400 knows how to play. You can find this codec software, as
well as an application that allows you to play DivX™ videos on your PC, at
the website www.divx.com. The standard version is the one best suited
for your Gmini 400. If you do not use the standard version, uncheck the
bidirectional encoding in your DivX codec property page.
Virtual Dub™
A utility for transcoding one video file into another. This is a general
purpose transfer and cleanup utility which has many options allowing for
even the most difficult video translations. When you install it with the
Archos Installation Utility, it will automatically unzip. It will prompt you
to save it to C:\Program Files\VirtualDub. You should use this default
directory location. Otherwise you will have to instruct the MPG4 translator
program where to find it.
MPG4 Translator
This program, developed by Archos, is a “Front-end” for the Virtual Dub
program. It has a simple interface which you use and it then tells Virtual
Dub how to process the video file. It sets all the parameters for Virtual
Dub specifically to create a video file in the right size and format to be
read by the Gmini 400. When you run it for the first time, the MPG4
Translator will need to locate the Virtual Dub program. If you did not
install Virtual Dub in the default location, you will have to show the
program where Virtual Dub is.
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MP3 Sound Codec
If MPG4 Translator detects a suitable MP3 codec on your PC, it will use
it, and your video file sound track will be MP3. Otherwise, it will use the
standard IMA ADPCM codec. There are MP3 encoders (usually packaged
together as an encoder and decoder) available on the Web for you to
download. If you choose to use the LAME codec, make sure that you have
a version built with the ACM front-end. You can find other MP3 codecs on
the web by using the search terms ACM, MP3 and CODEC in your favorite
web search engine. Once this MP3 codec is installed into your system,
MPG4 Translator will be able to create final video files with MP3 sound,
even if the source video file does not have an MP3 sound track.
If you are unsure what codecs (audio
and/or video) have been installed on your
computer, you can see the list by going to
the following location.
For Windows XP, click on Start > Settings
> Control Panel > Sounds and Audio
Devices Properties > Hardware >
choose Audio Codecs, then click on
Properties. You will find a list here of
all the audio codecs that are installed on
your computer. Decoding of MPEG 2 video
files is currently not supported by MPG4
Translator. These are usually .mpg or .mpeg
format files, not the required AVI file. There are other tools found on the
Internet (FlaskMPEG, Rippack, etc.) that may be downloaded in order to
help you with these file types. A good starting place is the website www.
digital-digest.com.
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10.2
Using MPG4 Translator
Here you see the image of the main MPG4
Translator program. When you first run
the program, if the DivX™ codec has not
been installed yet, you will be notified. You
should download the codec and install it on
your computer. If the Virtual dub program
has not been installed, you will also be
notified, and you should install it (either
with the Archos Installation Utility or the
Virtual Dub website). If you have placed
the Virtual Dub program in a folder other
than the default, it will ask you to locate
the file.
Select Source & Destination Files
In the example above, a source file 24 hours of Lemans.avi has been selected
as the source video. You can see on the bottom of the window its original
characteristics (width 720, height 576, frame rate 25). Next, you must then tell
the program where to place (Set Destination file) the newly recorded version
of the file (don’t worry, it will not erase the original). You should give it a new
descriptive name, such as shown above Lemans_Gmini400.avi. Make sure you
add the .avi extension.
Change Settings
Next, you can change the parameters (Change Settings) of the DivX™
encoder to adjust the level of quality of the final image. Like MP3 music,
the higher the bit rate setting is
made, the higher the quality of the
music, or video in this case, that
you will get. However, this will also
take up more space on your hard
disk. A setting of 900 kbps will give you a nice looking image for viewing
on a television. For near DVD quality, you can set it up to 1200 kbps. If
you do not use the standard version, uncheck the bidirectional encoding
in your DivX codec property page.
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Target & Priority
You should select the target as
Gmini 400. You will see a Priority
box appear. This control is to
allow you to select which feature
of the video to be guarded. If for
example you are re-encoding a video file that is 800x600 in resolution
and 30 frames per second, this is beyond the maximum resolution that
the Gmini 400 can play. Thus, the MPG4 Translator program will have to
decrease the resolution. Choosing LCD optimizes the final video format
for viewing on the built in LCD screen. Choosing the TV option will
optimize the movie to keep the highest possible frame rate. You can see
what the size and frame rate will be by looking at the Video Image Size:
Destination parameters. When choosing TV, it is understood that the
output will be optimized for a television, and not the built-in screen.
Start
Click on Start and the program will call Virtual
Dub to start processing the video. Depending
on the power and speed of your computer,
this could take real time (a 60 minute long
video re-encoded in about 60 minutes) or
much longer. As shown to the left, you will see
the progress as it processes the video file. If
the Start button is grayed out, it would be for
one of two reasons. 1) The source file is not a
true AVI file. Even if the file name ends with
.avi, the internal file data determines if it is
truly an AVI file. 2) The Virtual Dub program
was not located when MPG4 Translator was
started up. Close the program, restart it, and make sure you locate the
Virtual Dub program.
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11
PHOTO - Viewing Photos
The Gmini 400 series support the viewing of JPEG (.jpg) and
Bitmap (.bmp) image formats. Progressive JPEG images are
not supported. The Gmini 400 will resize the image to fit on
the built-in screen or on a television screen if you choose the
television output. The yellow bar above the list of files indicates that you
are in the ‘Photo Only’ mode, meaning that only files of type JPEG or BMP
will be visible in the directory. The three images on the right are thumbnail
sized pictures of the highlighted file (center) and the picture just before
and just after the highlighted file.
If you are viewing photos on
a television (long press on F2
to switch to external video), it
is recommended that you set
the Image Display setting to
Progressive to eliminate any
possible screen flicker. You will
find this in the menu Setup >
Display.
11.1
Viewing Photos
When you click Enter ► on a highlighted image file, the Gmini 400 will
display the image in the carrousel, either alone, within a group of 4
images, or within a group of 9 images. A red rectangle will surround the
selected photo. Click on Enter ► again to display the image in full screen.
Once it is displayed as a full screen image, you can rotate it, magnify it, or
set it as the Gmini 400 screen background (Wallpaper).
1 x 1 image
2 x 2 images
3 x 3 images
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Rotate picture 90° left
Rotate picture 90° right
View next photo
View previous photo
• Click the left function button #-Pic to change the number of photos in
the carrousel view.
• Click the center function button Picture to display the picture options.
• Click on the right function button Hide to hide the picture name and
function buttons.
Magnifying Photos
Once the picture is displayed in full screen, clicking the PLAY/GO button ►
will magnify the image up to three levels. Each successive click of the
PLAY/GO button will magnify the picture one more level. You can use
your direction buttons to move the picture around in order to see the
desired magnified area. The small + signs on the bottom left of the screen
indicate the level of magnification, either +, ++, or +++. Click on STOP/
ESC to go back to an unmagnified view.
11.2
Viewing a slideshow
By clicking on Slideshow, the Gmini 400 will
present each picture in the current folder for
a set amount of time and then go on to the
next picture. You can set the amount of time
that each picture stays on the screen under
Setup > PlayMode > Picture Pause. This
parameter is the number of seconds each
picture displays on the screen.
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11.3
Transferring photos to your Gmini 400
To transfer pictures from your
digital camera directly into
the Gmini 400, you will insert
your digital camera’s Compact
Flash™ card* into the slot on
the left side of the Gmini 400.
Open up the door to the slot
by unlatching the center clasp
with your thumbnail.
*Attention: In order to protect the
delicate pins in the CF card slot,
the door to the slot only opens
far enough to allow the CF card
to enter. Do not force it to open
further than shown in the photo
here.
Slide the card in with its front side
facing the back of the Gmini 400.
When you insert the card, the Gmini 400 will recognize it and open up
two browser windows. The left window will show the contents of your
CompactFlash™ (CF) card* and the right window will show the contents
of your Gmini 400’s hard drive. Navigate to the folder on your CF card
which contains your photos (in this example /DCIM/113CANON). Move to
the right window (click the right button) and navigate to the folder you
would like to save your photos to (you can create a new folder if you need
to by clicking on the right window’s Folder (f3) button).
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Photos from CompactFlash™ on the
left, and your Gmini 400 hard disk on
the right. Choose destination folder
then choose File > Copy All.
Your files will be copied to the folder
on the right side of the screen. You
can now pull out the CF card from the
Gmini 400.
If your image files are not seen in the left screen, you may have to go the Setup
> System > Show all files parameter and set it to On. Once set to on, all file
types, regardless of their extention (.txt, .raw, .pdf, etc.) which are on your CF
card will be visible in the left browser screen. You cannot copy files to your CF
cards from your Gmini 400.
*If your camera uses SmartMedia™, Memory Stick® (MS), MultiMedia Card (MMC),
or Secure Digital™ (SD) memory cards, you can purchase the optional Archos
4-1 CompactFlash™ adapter which will allow these card types to be read by the
Gmini 400.
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12
BROWSER - Using the Browser
The browser is used to navigate the file system on the Gmini
400. The file system is FAT32, the same type of file system
that is found on Windows® based computers. That is, it is a
hierarchical system which includes folders and subfolders.
Because you will be putting hundreds of files on your Gmini
400, it is STRONGLY ADVISED that keep a neat and orderly file structure.
Otherwise, you will be spending time searching for files and not listening
or watching them. We suggest that on the first level of your file structure,
you include the folders: Data, Music, Playlists, Photo and Video.
The folders Music, Photo and Video are special folders in that the icons
on the main screen lead to these folders and then places you directly in
that folder. If these folders are deleted, you will be placed at the root level
(highest level) of the directory hierarchy.
12.1
Navigating the Directory Structure
Just below the top status bar, you
can see the path to the directory
you are currently viewing.
To navigate the directory structure you will use:
ENTER ► Open the
highlighted folder
(directory) or Play the
highlighted file.
Move the cursor up and
down to the previous or
next file or folder.
ESC/STOP Go back to
the main menu.
Move back and forth
between windows in the
double browser.
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Go to the parent
directory (go back up one
level). Example: Go from
folder /Music/Wes
Burden/ to /Music.
12.2
Navigating the Directory Structure
Depending on where you are in the directory system, you will have the
option to manipulate files and folders. From the main menu, click on
Browser. Attention, there is a setting in the Setup > System menu called
Show all files. If this is set to Off, the Gmini 400 will only display file
types .mp3, .jpg, .avi, etc. That is, it displays only the file types that it
knows how to play. To see all your files, including ones it cannot play,
change the Show all files system setting to On. Files that it cannot play
will be preceded by the unknown file type icon
.
File Operations
Info:
Delete:
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Folder Operations
Show file information such as song length, video length, photo
size, number of kilobytes used of hard disk space, date file was
made, etc.
Delete the file permanently from the Gmini 400. (Before it is
deleted, the Gmini 400 will ask “Delete file: xxxxx ?”. Use the
function keys to reply Yes or No. For folder, it will delete the entire
contents of the folder. It will ask “Delete folder: xxxxx and all
files therein?”. Use the function keys to reply Yes or No.
Rename: Change the name of the file or folder to something new. You
will be sent to the virtual keyboard (see next section) to enter
the new file or folder name.
Create: Create a new folder in the current level of the directory. You
will be sent to the virtual keyboard (see next section) to enter
the new folder name.
Copying and Moving Files and Folders
By using the unique Archos double browser system, you can copy or move
files from one location in the file structure to another (1000 files per folder
maximum). You simply click on the RIGHT button, and a second browser
window will open. The double browser can be used in:
Photo View:
Left browser shows the memory card and right browser
the Gmini 400 hard disk.
Music View:
Left browser is the Gmini 400 hard disk and right
browser the music Playlist.
Browser View: Two browser windows to browse two different parts of
the Gmini 400 hard disk.
In the Browser mode, you can jump between the two windows using the
LEFT and RIGHT buttons. Where the cursor is highlighting a file or folder,
that window is the source for the copy. The destination folder will be the
other window. For example, we want to copy the file Project X.doc from
the HD/Data/Files from Work folder to the HD/Data/Backed up
Files folder. We must start from the main screen Browser
mode.
1) Locate the file to copy.
2) Click the RIGHT button to open a
new browser window.
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3) Click the RIGHT button again to
move the cursor to the right browser
and find the desired destination folder.
12.3
4) Move back to the left browser (LEFT
button), highlight the file to copy, and
select copy from the file menu. The
file will be copied to the folder in the
right browser. Entire folders can also be
copied or moved in this same manner.
Using the Virtual Keyboard
It is recommended that you create folders and rename files or folders
from your computer when it is connected to the Gmini 400. The computer
keyboard is much easier. Often times, however, you are not near your
computer and you must enter the text directly with the Gmini 400. For
this, the virtual keyboard screen will appear.
The new text that you are typing in Cursor
Each key has an upper case and lower case
character (lower case mode shown here).
Press ENTER ► to enter the highlighted key.
Hold down on the LEFT or RIGHT buttons to
move the cursor within the line.
Change keyboard between upper case and
lower case
Confirmation to use the entered text
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Backspace button
13
Connecting/Disconnecting the Gmini 400
to/from your PC
Note that when the Gmini 400 is connected to a computer, it will use
more energy than usual. Your battery power will be consumed at a higher
rate than normal. If the Gmini 400 looses power while connected to your
computer you could damage your directory structure and/or loose data.
Thus, you should always use the AC adapter when connected to your
computer. Be careful to understand the disconnection procedure also since
disconnecting incorrectly can lead to data loss or computer/Gmini freeze
up. The Gmini 400 is not compatible with Windows® NT, Windows® 95, or
Windows® 98 (first edition). Windows 98SE® (second edition) drivers are
available on the Archos web site. While connected as a hard disk to your
computer, the Gmini 400 buttons are blocked and are no longer functional.
13.1
Connecting the Gmini 400
1) Use the power adapter to prevent the Gmini 400 from shutting off due
to low power. (This could cause damage to the contents of the hard
disk if not done.)
2) Plug the USB cable into your running computer.
3) Turn on the Gmini 400 – wait until it completely boots up.
4) Plug the other end of cable into your now running Gmini 400.
Windows® ME, 2000, XP (Home/professional)
When connected, the Gmini 400 will be
recognized as a Mass Storage Device and
display automatically within a few seconds
of being connected. You will see a new drive
letter, such as E: in My Computer called
JUKEBOX. You can now use the hard disk
called JUKEBOX like any other external
hard disk. Simply access it using Windows®
Explorer to drag and drop files to and
from the Gmini 400’s hard disk. If it is not
automatically recognized, please refer to the
troubleshooting section at the back of this
manual.
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Macintosh™ OS 9.X
You must update your operating system to a minimum
of version 9.2. Once done, you will not need any
special drivers or extensions. You simply plug the
Gmini 400 into your Macintosh as enumerated above,
and within a few seconds, the Gmini 400 will be
recognized as a mass storage device (Hard Disk) and
mount on the desktop. You can now use the Hard disk
called JUKEBOX like any other external hard disk.
Macintosh™ OS X
We highly recommend that you update to Macintosh OS 10.2.4
or later. If you have Mac OS X before the 10.2 upgrade, you will find that
version 10.1 may mount the Gmini 400 as a hard disk on your desktop,
but ONLY after a very long wait, up to 10 minutes. Version 10.0 of OS X
does not have the ability to properly recognize a mass storage device such
as the Gmini 400.
Macintosh™ OS X (10.2 Jaguar and 10.3 Panther)
If you have OS 10.2, you must update to version
10.2.4 or newer. This is a free update from Apple®
Computer. You will not require any special installation
of software drivers or extensions. You simply plug the
Gmini 400 into your Macintosh as enumerated above,
and within a few seconds, the Gmini 400 will be
recognized as a mass storage device (Hard Disk) and
mount on the desktop. You can now use the Hard disk
called JUKEBOX like any other external hard disk.
13.2
Disconnecting the Gmini 400 from your Computer
WARNING: You must properly remove (unmount) your Gmini 400 from
the computer before disconnecting the USB cable to avoid loss of data or
freezing the computer and/or the Gmini 400.
DO NOT SIMPLY PULL OUT THE USB CABLE AT ANY TIME!
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Windows®
To safely disconnect the Gmini 400 hard disk, click on the system tray
remove icon (green arrow as shown below) and follow the instructions.
Wait until you get a message saying that you can safely unplug the device
before disconnecting the USB cable. Attention: The operating system will
not allow you to safely disconnect the Multimedia Gmini 400 if you have
an open file from it in a running application. You will have to close all open
Gmini 400 files in any running application. Sometimes, even when files are
closed in an application, you will have to shut down the application. Using
the green disconnect arrow in the system tray will then allow you to safely
disconnect the Gmini 400.
1. The safe remove icon is in the system tray next to the clock.
Windows® XP
Windows® 2000 & Windows® ME
2. Click on the icon to eject (unmount) the Gmini 400 from the computer and
select the ‘Safely remove’ message.
Windows® XP & 2000
3. There will be a message indicating that it is now safe to disconnect the Gmini
400. You can now go ahead and unplug the USB cable from the Gmini 400.
Windows® XP
Windows® 2000
Note: Hitachi_DK23DA-20 only indicates the type of hard disk used inside of the Gmini 400.
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Macintosh®
Drag the Gmini 400 hard disk icon towards the
trashcan, the trashcan will become a big arrow as
shown in the screen shot to the left (Mac OS 9.x will
still retain the trashcan icon. This is OK, don’t worry.)
Drop the hard disk icon onto the arrow (or trashcan).
The hard disk icon will disappear from the desktop.
You can now safely unplug the USB cable from your
Gmini 400 and/or computer.
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14
SETTINGS
From the home screen, select the Setup option to reveal the menu
options for various settings.
14.1
Sound Settings
If you would like to customize the sound quality, you can adjust
the Bass, Treble, and other audio settings to suit your particular
taste. Normally you will do this while listening to music so that you
can hear the changes you make. Simply click on the LEFT function
button Setup while listening to music.
• Once in the Setup screen, move
over to the Sound icon and click
again on ENTER ►. Use LEFT and
RIGHT to change a parameter’s
value. You will hear these changes
instantly.
• Use the UP and DOWN buttons to
select a different parameter.
• Click on STOP/ESC when finished.
You will return to the Setup screen.
• Click on STOP/ESC again and you will return to the music playing screen.
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The Sound Parameters
Parameter
Description
Volume
32 levels of volume (0-31).
Bass
10 levels. Decreases or Increases the low frequencies.
Treble
10 levels. Decreases or Increases the high frequencies.
Balance
10 levels. Favors the right or left channel of the Stereo signal
Bass Boost
10 levels. Increases the very low frequencies
Reset button
Readjusts all settings to their default values
14.2
Play Mode Settings
If you would like the Gmini 400 to play through an entire folder of
songs, play songs at random (shuffle), or any of the other playing
options, you can set these parameters in the PlayMode settings.
• Click on STOP/ESC to return to the Gmini 400 main menu and click
on Setup. Or, while listening to a song click the LEFT function button
Setup.
• Once in the Setup screen, move over to PlayMode and click again on
ENTER.
• Highlight one of the five PlayModes and click on ENTER to check that
option.
• With the Repeat & Shuffle setting, choose if the songs are to be
played in order, repeated or shuffled.
• See section 3.4 for details on using
the ARCLibrary
• Picture Pause sets the amount of
time paused between pictures in
the slideshow mode. See the Photo
chapter for more details.
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Play Mode
Gmini 400 is currently playing from a Playlist
Folder: Play all tracks in the current directory
All: Play all tracks on Gmini 400
Single: Play a single track then stop
Queue: User can queue the next track to be played †
Scan: Gmini 400 plays first 15 seconds of each track††
†Queue Mode: While the current song is playing, click on Navigate, find the next song you want
to play, then click Play. This is your queued song. You can only queue one song at a time. See the
Playlist section to prepare multiple songs to play. Once the current track is finished playing, your
queued track will be played. If you do not queue another track at this time, the Gmini 400 will play
the next song in the directory.
††Scan Mode: Each track in the directory is played for 15 seconds. This allows a quick sample
of each song. If you want to play the whole song, click on the Play button during those first 15
seconds. The Gmini 400 will then revert to folder mode and play the rest of the songs in the folder
without scanning.
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14.3
Clock Settings
The Gmini 400 has an internal real time clock.
The time of day is shown on the top right of
the screen in either 24 hour or 12 hour display
mode. To set it, go to Setup then select Clock.
Choose parameter
Choose Value for
highlighted parameter
When finished setting the parameters, move down to the Set button, then
click on the ENTER/GO button. The clock time and date are now set. Click
on the STOP/ESC button to go back to the main settings menu.
14.4
Display Settings
These settings regulate the interface language and the presentation
of the screen.
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Setting
Description
Language
The Gmini 400 can be set to English (default), French, German
or Spanish.
TV Standard
NTSC (USA), PAL (Europe). In order to view images or videos on an external television, select one option to send the
video signal compatible with your country’s television system.
Countries other than European or American will use one of
these two systems.
Video Output
Internal LCD or External TV. To display via the built-in LCD
screen or to view the display via an external television. Holding the F2 function button for three seconds will also alternate
between these two options. Be sure your television is selecting
the correct external input.
Image Display
Interlaced, Progressive. This is the way the video output will
be sent to the television. When viewing still images (JPEG and
BMP) on a television screen, set this to Progressive to reduce
possible flickering in the image.
Appearance
Change the interface appearance
Setting
Description
Wallpaper
On, Off. When set to On, the selected picture (next item) will
be displayed as the Gmini 400 screen background.
Picture name
This option will display the names of the JPEG images in the Gmini
400’s System folder that can be used for screen backgrounds
(Wallpaper). You can add your own JPEG images to the System
folder by dragging and dropping a JPEG file from your computer.
You should use JPEG images with small dimensions, ideally 320
x 240 pixels (large files slow down the display).
Font Outline
If your screen background is a dark color, it will be difficult to
see the black text on the screen. Set Outlined font to On to
have a more visible white outlined font.
Color scheme
Allows you to choose what color you would like to have for the
status bar above and the screen buttons below.
Cursor color
Allows you to change the color of the cursor.
Previous settings
Click this button to return to the settings last set.
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14.5
Power Settings
These settings will help you to save battery power thus allowing a
longer battery autonomy.
You can set the Gmini 400 to conserve
power for both modes of operation
(when it is powered from the battery, or
when it is connected to the AC charger/
adapter (DC-Power operation).
Parameter
Description
Power Off
1-9 minutes (and Never for DC operation). The number
of minutes of user inactivity (no buttons pressed) before the
Gmini 400 shuts off. During the playback of MP3 and AVI
files, this setting takes effect only after the files are finished
playing.
Backlight Off
10-90 seconds, Never. The time of user inactivity (no
buttons pressed) before the Gmini 400 turns off the screen to
conserve power. During playback of slideshows and AVI files,
this setting only takes effect once it is finished playing.
Hard disk
10-90 seconds. The number of seconds from the time of
the last file access before the Gmini 400 tells the internal hard
disk to stop spinning. The longer this time is set, the more
often the hard disk is turning and the quicker the response
time when accessing files. However, as it is set longer, it will
quickly consume your battery. Caution: This setting should
only be changed by experienced users.
A typical use of these settings is to set the power off, screen off, and hard
disk to low values when used in battery mode. When the power adapter
is plugged in, you do not need to conserve energy and thus keeping
the Power on and the Backlight on makes using the Gmini 400 more
agreeable. Increasing the hard disk value beyond the default may actually
discharge the battery even when the Charger/adapter is plugged in. Note
also that your unit will run hotter when the backlight and hard disk are on
for long periods of time.
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14.6
System Settings
The System settings allow
you control over the low level
parameters of the Gmini 400.
Parameter
Description
Show all files
Off (default), On. If set to Off, the Jukebox will only display
the file names of file types, with their corresponding icons,
that it knows how to play. If set to On, the Jukebox will
display the names of ALL the files on the hard disk (using
a ? icon for unknown types), even if they cannot be viewed
or played, such as .tif or .pdf for example. This setting
is important when inserting memory cards into the
CompactFlash™ slot. Setting it to ON will allow the Jukebox
to transfer all the files from the card media regardless of file
type. If set to OFF, it will only display file types that the Gmini
400 is capable of playing.
Update Firmware
Used to update the Gmini 400 to a new version of the
Operating System. See chapter 15.
Firmware Version
Displays the current version of the Operating System (OS).
Product Key
Each Gmini 400 device has a unique product key number. It is
an ID needed for plug-ins and games.
Hard Disk
Displays the amount of free and used space on the Gmini
400’s hard disk. The total is less than 20 GB due to space
taken by formatting.
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15
Updating the Gmini 400 Firmware
Operating System (OS)
Archos periodically updates the Operating System (OS) and makes
it available for free download on the ARCHOS website (www.archos.
com). Updates to the Operating System include new features, feature
improvements, and bug fixes. You should check to make sure that you
are running the most recent version of the OS. Each time the Gmini 400
starts up, the OS version is displayed on the screen (example: OS Version
1.1) on the bottom right. You will find the most recent version of the OS
and its version number at the Archos website (www.archos.com) under
the category Software.
Download the Update_Gmini400.AOS file
When you click on the link to
download the new OS file (the file
name is Update_Gmini400.AOS),
your browser may warn you that the
contents of the download may harm
your computer. This is because the
Windows® system does not know
what a .AOS file is. Be assured that
Archos has made every effort to
ensure that the file does not contain
viruses. Click on the option Save to
download this file to a convenient place, such as My Documents, in order
to later copy this file to your Gmini 400. If your Gmini 400 is connected to
your PC, you can even save it directly to the Gmini 400.
Read the History.txt File
You will also find next to the firmware download, a text file which details the
list of changes from the previous version of the OS.
Copy to Gmini 400 root and Update
When updating your Operating System, you must keep the AC charger/
adapter plugged into the Gmini 400 so that it will not shut down due to
low batteries while you are performing the update. Connect your Gmini
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400 to your computer (section
16.1), and then copy the
Update_Gmini400.AOS file to
the root directory of the Gmini
400. The root directory is the
top most level of the directory
hierarchy. Just drag this .AOS
file onto the Gmini 400 Hard disk in your file manager and it will place it
in the top most directory (outside any folder). If there is already an older
version of the Update_Gmini400.AOS file on your Gmini 400, Windows® will
ask if you want to overwrite the current file. Click on Yes. Once this file is
copied, safely disconnect (section 13.2) the Gmini 400 from the computer.
Next, go to the System parameters under Setup and then scroll down to
Update Firmware and click on it. The Gmini 400 will search for the .AOS
file and will ask you to click Yes, to start the update. Follow the on-screen
instructions. When completed, the Gmini 400 will restart itself and you will
see the new OS version displayed on the bottom right of the screen.
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16
Technical Support
• For warranty and services purposes, keep your sales receipt for proof of
purchase.
• If technical support (Telephone or E-mail) determines that your product
needs to be returned, please contact the place of purchase to have your
product repaired or replaced (depending on problem type). Customers
who purchased directly from the Archos website should fill out the form
on the website under Support: Product Returns.
• There is an FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions section at the ARCHOS
Website www.archos.com, Support: FAQ that can help answer many of
your questions.
• If you need technical help, you may contact ARCHOS directly in your
own language via these phone numbers. For other countries, please
use e-mail technical support.
------------Telephone Support-------------------------------------------DO NOT USE PHONE SUPPORT FOR MARKETING AND
SALES QUESTIONS. These numbers are to aid those
who have technical difficulties / malfunctions.
949-609-1400
(USA, Canada)
09-1745-6224
(Spain)
01 70 20 00 30
(France)
02-4827-1143
(Italy)
0207-949-0115
(UK)
020-50-40-510
(Netherlands)
069-6698-4714
(Germany)
------------E-mail Support------------------------------------------------tech-support.us@archos.com
tech-support.eu@archos.com
tech-support.de@archos.com
English (United States and Canada customers)
English or French (Europe and the rest of the planet)
German (Germany)
To respond to your e-mails efficiently, when sending one, please indicate
the product name and question type in the Subject of the e-mail.
For example:
To: tech-support.us@archos.com
Subject: Gmini 400 – Playing a Playlist
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WWW.ARCHOS.COM
Worldwide Offices
United States & Canada
Europe & Asia
ARCHOS Technology
3, Goodyear - Unit A
Irvine, CA 92618 USA
Phone:
1 949-609-1483
Fax:
1 949-609-1414
ARCHOS S.A.
12, rue Ampère
91430 Igny
France
Phone:
+33 (0) 169 33 169 0
Fax:
+33 (0) 169 33 169 9
United Kingdom
Germany
ARCHOS (UK) Limited
3 Galileo Park
Mitchell Close
West Portway Andover
SP103XQ Andover
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0) 1264 366022
Fax:
+44 (0) 1264 366626
ARCHOS Deutschland GmbH
Bredelaerstrasse 63
40474 Düsseldorf
Germany
Tel:
+49 211 1520 384
Fax:
+49 211 1520 349
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17.1
Troubleshooting
USB Connection issues
Problem: I cannot get my Gmini 400 to be recognized by the computer.
Solutions:
• Shut off and reboot the computer and the Gmini 400 and then try
connecting again in the preferred order mentioned in section 13.1.
• Only if using Windows 98SE, you must first install the Windows98SE
drivers.
• If you installed the Windows 98SE driver on your Windows® XP, 2000,
or ME edition, this could cause problems. Uninstall that driver and then
reinstall the generic Windows® Mass Storage Device driver.
• If using a USB hub, try connecting without using the hub (some hubs
are not powered and may not work with the Gmini 400).
• If using a USB port in the front of your computer, try a USB port in the
back. Front USB ports are often from non-powered hubs.
• Do not connect to a USB port repeated through a keyboard.
• On old computers, the USB driver software on your computer may be
out of date. Find your USB chipset type by going to My Computer >
Properties > Device Driver > Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controllers >
Host Controller. You may have a chipset VIA, Intel, SIS or another. It
is possible that you do not have the latest software drivers for these
chipsets. For VIA updates, check out www.viaarena.com. For Intel
check out www.intel.com. For SIS, uninstall the driver and reinstall the
Windows default USB controller drivers.
• If using a laptop computer and a docking station, try connecting
without the docking station.
• If Macintosh® OS 10.1.x says it cannot mount the volume, you can use
Disk Utility to reformat the Jukebox hard disk to type MS DOS FAT32.
However, files will only be readable from a Macintosh®, not a Windows®
machine. You should update to version 10.2.4 or better.
• On older computers, make sure in your system BIOS the USB port is
checked “ON” not “Off”. Usually this just happens on old machines.
• On older Win98SE computers, if there is a line “lastdrive=” in the
config.sys file, make sure that it is “lastdrive=z”.
• If the Files Allocation Table (FAT) gets corrupted, the Gmini 400 may
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not show up in Windows XP for over one minute, and then it comes up
as local drive. Use DOS Utility ChkDsk as shown below.
• Windows® XP may recognize the Gmini 400 hard disk but yet not assign a
drive letter to it. Right click on My Computer and select Manage. Then
select Storage, then Disk Management. Within this window you may
see the hard drive and be able to assign a drive letter by right-clicking
on the hard disk, and selecting the option Change drive letter and
paths…
Problem: What do I do if I try to disconnect via the green arrow but keep
getting “The device ‘Generic Volume’ cannot be stopped now. Try stopping
the device again later.”
Answer: Shut off any program that might be accessing data on the Gmini
400, including Windows® Explorer. If this does not work, shut down all
programs, wait 20 seconds, then try the green arrow one or two times
again. If this does not work, you should shut down the computer and
disconnect the USB cable once the computer is off.
17.2
Charging and Power issues
You do not need to fully discharge the batteries before recharging them.
Problem: A full battery charge does not last as long as the specifications
suggest.
Answer: The specifications are under the condition that the screen
backlight goes off after 30 seconds (for MP3 music) and the user does not
access the machine, it just sits and plays. If you get significantly less time
from a full charge, call our technical support hot-line.
17.3
Gmini 400 locks up (freezes operation) or Stops
Problem: The Gmini 400 locks-up. None of the buttons work.
Solution: If the lock buttons is set, none of the buttons respond. Hold
down the F1 function button for three seconds to turn off the lock buttons
function. A freeze up could also be caused by electrostatic phenomena.
That is, static electricity has temporarily knocked out the Gmini 400. Hold
down on the STOP/OFF button for 15 seconds and the Gmini 400 will shut
off. Restart it normally now.
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17.4
The Computer locks-up (freezes operation) or Stops
Problem: The computer locks-up.
Answer: Most likely because you did not use the green ‘safely remove
hardware’ icon in the system tray in order to remove the Gmini 400 from
your computer.
17.5
File issues, corrupted data, formatting, and partitioning
Problem: On the Gmini 400, I find new file names and folder names that
I never created or they have strange gibberish names.
Answer: Most likely, the Gmini 400’s file allocation table (FAT) has been
corrupted. This could have been due to the Gmini 400 shutting down
(due to low battery power) while reading or writing to your computer via
the USB connection. To fix a corrupted FAT problem, you should use the
Error Checking utility or the Check Disk utility explained at the end of this
section.
Attention: Windows and Macintosh often write extra files to the hard disk
such as finder.def or System volume info. These are normal and will
not harm the Gmini 400.
Problem: I have been using my Gmini 400 to transfer files back and forth
between different computers. Will defragmenting the Gmini 400 hard disk
do any harm to it?
Answer: Defragmenting the Gmini 400 hard disk may be useful after
having transferred many files to and from the Gmini 400. It is never
harmful to use the defragmenter on the Gmini 400. Make sure no other
program is running while using the Windows® defragmenter utility. Make
sure you power the Gmini 400 with the external power adapter during
this procedure.
Problem: I have copied files to my Gmini 400 via USB from my computer,
but now I cannot see these files on the device.
Answer: You have probably transferred a file which the Gmini 400 cannot
play, for example a PDF, MOV, or DOC file. Go to the System Settings
under Setup on the main screen and you will find a parameter called
Show all files. If you set it to on, the Gmini 400 will show all files, even if
it cannot play the file (you must browse via the browser mode from the
main menu screen). The browser will show a ? icon indicating that it is not
one of the standard file types that it can play.
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Problem: I want to reformat the Gmini 400’s hard disk.
Answer: You can do this, but it will erase ALL of the data on your Gmini
400. Sometimes this may be necessary if your FAT (File Allocation Table)
becomes so corrupted that nothing seems to fix your file problems. First,
as explained below, you should run ScanDisk or the DOS chkdsk (Check
Disk) program to try to fix your problem. If this doesn’t fix your problem
and you are sure you must reformat the Gmini 400 hard disk, then go to
the screen Setup > System and press and hold the Right function button
for three seconds. A button “Format HD” will appear. Use this button to
format the Gmini 400’s hard drive. Remember, doing this will erase all the
data on the hard disk!!!
Problem: I would like to partition the Gmini 400 hard disk.
Answer: If you know how to partition a hard disk, this is OK. The Gmini
400 will, however, only recognize a FAT32 partition. Thus it will just see
and use that partition of the hard disk which is a FAT32 partition.
Problem: My files have disappeared from the Gmini 400.
Answer: To see all your files, make sure the setting Show all files is set
to ON. Also make sure that you browse your files via the Browser mode
and not a filtered view such as Photo, Music, or Video.
Windows® 98SE & ME Running Scan-Disk (Error Checking)
•
•
•
•
Quit all running applications.
Properly connect the Gmini 400 to your computer as explained in chapter 13.
Make sure external AC adapter is powering the Gmini 400.
Right click on the Gmini 400 hard disk in Windows® Explorer and select
Properties.
• Select the Tools option and run the Error checking program
• Make sure you check the box to automatically fix errors.
• Be patient, this may take a while. Windows® may ask you to restart the
computer to make certain Windows files available. This is OK, click on Yes.
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Windows® XP & 2000 Running Check Disk Utility (ChkDsk)
If you still have problems with the file system on your Gmini 400 you can
try to fix it using the DOS utility, check disk (chkdsk). Do the following;
• Make sure external AC adapter is powering the Gmini 400.
• Quit all running applications.
• Properly connect the Gmini 400 to your computer as explained in chapter 13.
• Wait patiently (up to 5 minutes) for Windows XP to show the local drive
as mounted.
• Open a DOS window. Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.
• At the prompt, type chkdsk e: /f. Use e: or f: or whatever drive letter
is representing your Gmini 400. The /f argument tells the program to
automatically fix errors.
• Be patient, this may take a while.
• When it is finished, exit the DOS Window and properly disconnect the
Gmini 400 from your computer.
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Technical Specifications
ARCHOS VIDEO Gmini 400 series
Storage Capacity
20 GB*
Computer Interface
High Speed USB 2.0 (compatible USB 1.1)
Image Playback
JPG and BMP (4, 8, 24 bit) images, any size
Audio Playback
Stereo MP3 decoding 30-320 kb/s CBR & VBR, WMA, WAV.
Audio Recording
Analog stereo WAV (PCM & ADPCM) - SPDIF not supported
Video Playback
Video track: MPEG-4 Simple Profile compliant .AVI format (reads
DivX®** 4.0 & 5.0 & XviD) up to 640x400 pixels @ 30fps or 640x480
@ 25 fps.
Sound track: MP3 or WAV (IMA-ADPCM)
Screen
Color TFT LCD 220 x 176 pixels 262 thousand colors
Television
Video output in PAL (EU) or NTSC (US) standard
Playback Autonomy***
Up to 10 hours audio and up to 5 hours video
Scalability
Free Operating System updates downloadable from ARCHOS website
Ports
CompactFlash™ slot to read CompactFlash™ type I memory cards
AV Connections
Audio/video Multi-connect jack. Includes connections for audio IN
and audio/video OUT.
Power source
Non-removable internal Lithium-Ion battery pack.
External charger/adapter.
Physical Dimensions
106 x 60 x 18 mm (4.2 x 2.4 x 0.70 inches) - 160 grams (5.7 oz)
Temperature Range
5 °C to 35 °C running ; -20 °C to 45 °C storage
System Requirements
PC: Windows ME, 2000, XP - Pentium II 266MHz with 64MB ram
Mac: OS 9.2 or X (10.2.4), iMac, G3 or higher
*1 GB = 1 billion bytes, formatted capacity is less.
**Files compatible with MPEG4-SP AVI only ; MPEG-4: ISO/IEC standard by Moving Picture
Experts Group ; AVI: audio/video file container by Microsoft. DivX® is a registered trade
mark of DivXNetworks Inc.
***Depending on usage (stop/start/power settings)
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Legal
Warranty and Limited Liability
This product is sold with a limited warranty and specific remedies are available to the
original purchaser in the event the product fails to conform to the limited warranty.
Manufacturer’s liability may be further limited in accordance with its sales contract.
In general, the manufacturer shall not be responsible for product damages caused
by natural disasters, fire, static discharge, misuse, abuse, neglect, improper handling
or installation, unauthorized repair, alteration or accident. In no event shall the
manufacturer be liable for loss of data stored on disk media.
MANUFACTURER SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL
OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. EVEN IF INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY
THEREOF IN ADVANCE.
ARCHOS licensor(s) makes no warranties, express or implied, including,
without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness
for a particular purpose, regarding the licensed materials. ARCHOS’s
licensor(s) does not warrant, guarantee or make any representations
regarding the use or the results of the use of the licensed materials in
terms of its correctness, accuracy, reliability, correctness or otherwise.
The entire risk as to the results and performance of the licensed materials
is assumed by you. The exclusion of implied warranties is not permitted by
some jurisdictions. The above exclusion may not apply to you.
In no event will ARCHOS’s licensor(s), and their directors, officers,
employees or agents (collectively ARCHOS’ licensor) be liable to you for
any consequential, incidental or indirect damages (including damages
for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business
information, and the like) arising out of the use of inability to use the
licensed materials even if ARCHOS’ licensor has been advised of the
possibility of such damages. Because some jurisdiction do not allow the
exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages,
the above limitations may not apply to you.
Please see your sales contract for a complete statement of warranty rights, remedies
and limitation of liability.
Furthermore, warranty does not apply to:
1. Damages or problems resulting from misuse, abuse, accident, alteration
or incorrect electrical current or voltage.
2. Any product tampered-with or damaged warranty seal or serial number label.
3. Any product without a warranty or serial number label.
4. Batteries and any consumable items delivered with or in the equipment.
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Warnings and Safety Instructions
CAUTION
To prevent risks of electric shock, this unit must only be opened by qualified service personnel.
Power off and disconnect the power supply cable before opening the unit.
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture.
Use of this product is for personal use only. Copying CDs or loading music, video,
or picture files for sale or other business purposes is or may be a violation of
copyright law. Copyrighted materials, works of art, and/or presentations may require
authorization to be fully or partially recorded. Please be aware of all such applicable
laws concerning the recording and use of such for your country and jurisdiction.
SAFETY
For driving safety, only a passenger should operate the device when the car is in
motion and not the driver. Laws governing the usage of electronic devices by the
driver may be applicable in your jurisdiction and/or country.
FCC Compliance Statement
FCC Compliance
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with instructions, may cause harmful interference
to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not
occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference
to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment
off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more
of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
CAUTION: Modifications not authorized by the manufacturer may void users
authority to operate this device.
FCC Part 15 - Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference;
2. This device must accept any interference received including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
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Electrostatic Discharge
Note: During electrostatic discharge, the product may be malfunctioning. Reset to
return normal operation. The Gmini 400 reset is actuated by pressing and holding
the STOP/ESC button for 10 seconds. The unit will power off. Restart normally.
Copyright Notice
Copyright ARCHOS © 2004 All rights reserved.
This document may not, in whole or part, be copied, photocopied, reproduced,
translated or reduced to any electronic medium or machine-readable form without
prior consent, in writing, from ARCHOS. All brands and products names are registered
trademarks and the property of their respective owners. Specifications are subject to
change without notification. Errors and omissions accepted. Images and illustrations
may not always match contents. Copyright ® ARCHOS. All rights reserved.
Disclaimer of warranty: to the extent allowed by applicable law, representations and warranties
of non-infringement of copyrights or other intellectual property rights resulting from the use of the
product under conditions other than as here above specified, are hereby excluded.
LCD Pixel Policy
The LCD screen on your Archos Gmini 400 unit has been manufactured to rigorous
standards to provide a high quality viewing experience. Nevertheless, your LCD
screen may have slight imperfections. This is not particular to the Archos screen,
but to all devices which have LCD screens regardless of the original manufacturer of
the LCD. Each product vendor guarantees that his screen will contain no more than
a certain number of defective pixels. Each screen pixel contains three dot elements
(Red, Blue, and Green). One or all of the dots in a given pixel may be stuck on or
stuck off. A single dot stuck off is the least noticeable. All three dots of a pixel stuck
on is the most noticeable. Archos guarantees that its Gmini 400 screen will have no
more than 1 defective pixel (regardless if that pixel has one or more defective dots).
This means that during the period of guarantee for your country or jurisdiction, if
the screen on your product has two or more defective pixels, Archos will repair or
replace your AV400 product at its cost. Thus, one defective pixel is not grounds for
replacement or repair of the product.
Avoiding Hearing Damage
This product respects the current regulations for limiting the output volume of
consumer audio devices to a safe level. By listening to your device with headphones
or earbuds at high volumes, you run the risk of permanent damage to your ears.
Even if you get used to listening at high volumes and it seems normal to you, you
still risk the possibility of damaging your hearing. Reduce the volume of your device
to a reasonable level to avoid permanent hearing damage. If you hear ringing in your
ears, reduce the volume or shut off your device. This device has been tested with the
Archos supplied earphones. Other manufactures earphones may produces volume
levels higher or lower than the Archos delivered earphones.
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