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Philips GoGear 512mb

Hi, I have a Philips GoGear 512mb SA178. My husband recently received it from a friend who owns a store. But without the software or the user manual. I really dont know how to use it. I can't even turn it on. There's no power on button. Well I try searching for the user manual online but nothing. ALSO, When I plug it in through the USB port. The device gets detected, but the drive is not displayed in the 'My Computer'. After I plug out the device it says ' MEMORY FORMAT ERROR', Guys please help me fix this problem. Thanks. Regards, Janet.

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I'm not sure about the Memory Format Error, but you are going to need the software to not only recharge the player, but put music on it as well. To turn it on you have to hold down the play button until you see a little "Philips" logo pop up on it. I looked into downloading the upgrade to see if it could recharge that way, but it seems to be only what it says it is; an upgrade. I suggest you ask your husband's friend for the software disk.

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How you do you turn it on?

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If it is a Philips GoGear SA178 you turn it on by holding down the Play/Pause button and turn it off the same way.

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My philips gogear MP3 SA178(512) player is not working. I suppose I lost the software. How do I get this software.

Please go to this link. Enter the exact product number of your GoGear. The site will show you all software that you can download associated with that model.

Please remember to leave a vote for the solution. Link is below. Many thanks.

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How do i download music on my phillips go gear 8gb, without paying a monthly fee to rhapsody,etc.?

You can put your own music on it or your friends for that matter. See this tip on how >< Hope this solves your problem.

Jan 01, 2010 | Philips GoGear SA178 MP3 Player

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I want to download philips gogear software for pc

Welcome To Fixya DIY Community^^
Its my pleasure to help You solving this Problem.

Its obvious that after the installation of a new Windows XP version in your computer, The GoGear Won't operate as usual Because it's missing drivers and the Music downloading utility in the computer Interface.
  • Now you should install the Drivers To Solve this Problem.
You can Download Drivers and utilities from the link below:
Aditional Support:

--ask me if you need any further info. i am always available.^^

*do not use te software upgrade utility, install only the necessary drivers for your MP3 Player.
the upgrade utility is useful when the firmware of Your MP3 player is corrupted or defective.

Jul 12, 2009 | Philips GoGear SA178 MP3 Player

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MY philips go gear 2gb music player does not getting on.

Run a Repair in Philips Device Manager - the program came on the installation CD.

If that fails the first time: Unplug the GoGear from the PC. Uninstall all Philips software in the Add/Remove Programs section of Control Panel. Restart your computer and reinstall the software. Replug the GoGear. Re-run the Repair.

Good luck!

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Dec 27, 2008 | Philips GoGear SA178 MP3 Player

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Connect your mp3 player to the computer.
Open the Philips Device Manager
Run the Repair function.
If the Device Manager does not recognize the player, connect the player to the computer (while the player is in the OFF position) while holding in the volume + button. Continue holding the vol + button for 5-15 seconds until a window pops up on the computer screen that says Found New Hardware Wizard. Follow the directions and it will lead you to do a Repair in the Philips Device Manager.

If this strategy doesn't work, your player is screwed. Call Philips and find out how to get an in-warranty replacement (or take it back to the store).

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Nov 16, 2008 | Philips GoGear SA178 MP3 Player

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I lost my installation cd

You can download the software & manual from the Philips website:||type=CONSUMER||locale=gb_en||mode=prod_text||item=sa178||page=1||show=50&xsl=search_result.xsl

Click on your particular country variant in the list. (SA178/XX)

This number is on the label on the end of your player.

Click on software & Downloads, then click on the download file.

Click on User manuals to download instruction manuals.

May 18, 2008 | Philips GoGear SA178 MP3 Player

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No funciona mi mp3 Philips GoGear SA178

Go to: (Va a:) - click on Espanol
Enter your model number (Entra su numero de modelo)
On the next page, click on your exact model number without the "B" on the end
On the next page, click on "User's Manuals" - look for "Repair"

En Ingles:
Make sure you back up all songs on the GoGear before attempting this solution.

1) Back up all files on the GoGear
2) Open up Philips Device Manager (Start --> All Programs --> Philips)
3) Click on the Repair Tab, and look for a msg that says connect the player while holding the volume + button
4) Disconnect the GoGear from the computer and turn the GoGear off - hold in the volume + button and continue to hold it as you reconnect the GoGear to the computer; after holding the volume + button for up to 20 or 30 seconds, a window will open up saying that your device is being repaired (now you can let go of the volume + button); after the repair is successfully complete, your GoGear will be good as new

Now you can do the firmware upgrade that will prevent this problem from occuring in the future. Open up Philips Device Manager and click the Update tab. This problem was caused because most GoGear's were designed for Windows XP with Media Player 10 (which is no longer the latest standard).

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Jan 09, 2008 | Philips GoGear SA178 MP3 Player

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Mp3 512mb go gear

Go to:
Enter your model number
On the next page, click on your exact model number without the "B" on the end
On the next page, click on "software and drivers"

If the software and drivers section doesn't help, then go to the FAQ for model SA6087 - there is a patch you can download under the section My GoGear is not recognized by PC - it works for most models of GoGear.

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Dec 27, 2007 | Philips GoGear SA178 MP3 Player

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Philips SA178 MP3 Player

Here's the url for the Philips website, user manual for the MPĀ£ player. You'll need Abobe Acrobat to view it. Power on: Press and hold >|| key (where the > is a tfilled in triangle facing to the right) until the PHILIPS splash screen appears.

Jul 10, 2007 | Philips GoGear SA178 MP3 Player

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