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It's not working!

Hi, My Gmini screen is frozen on the last screen you see when you turn it off. I can't turn it on, I can't play music... nothing! Any idea how to fix this, or to re-program and start again?

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  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2007

    My gmini stopped working a couple of days ago (its 9 months old). Cant turn it on and when it does come on it goes off again within seconds. I have just visited a website after doing a search for customer services which has left me dismayed. Seems that hundreds of people have exactly the same problem... which would seem to me to mean faulty manufacturing.... pity the Archos MP3 player is a danger in anyway or else they would have been recalled to the shop by now and I would have a 100 euro MP3 that worked.

    And no, pressing X to reboot doesnt help. Do you have an address where I can send it for free repair ?

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Hold the X button for 10 seconds and it should re-boot itself.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007

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