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Gmini XS 202s wont turn on properly....

I hold down the power button and the lights and screeen show the loading/welcome screen that it normally does when it powers up. this screen then sticks for slightly longer thean normal and then the power cuts out. if i hold down the power button for longer then it stays on this screen until i let go. I also have exactly the same problem with an old Archos Gmini 400 multimedia player. Any ideas??? Many thanks

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  • the_waggster Oct 29, 2007

    yeah i wouldnt mind selling it to you if you want it.  how du wanna go about doing it??  price??

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I heard of that problem, it could be your charger circuit and it could be your battery. There's a interesting forum post on this at www.newmp3technology.com: http://www.newmp3technology.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=700


But here's something else: I'll buy your xs202s if you want.. :)
For a reasonable defect-price.
I have one but the display is broken.

Had no luck trying to find that obscure 2" 128x128 backlit greyscale korean display in the IC-market here in Europe.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007

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