Sunday, October 26, 2008

GPX ML638B

The GPX ML638B: one cantankerous contraption! In this fuzzy photo, I am holding the device as it sucks up videos from the "AMV Converter" on my laptop.

This is one interesting little device that works amazingly well - if you van get it working. And that's no easy task. The GPXetc. has confounded many:
" have a GPX ML638B...But i don't know how to put songs in it...How do i put songs in it?" and can someone tell me how? to get videos on my gpx mp3 player (model ... and GPX Player and Vista? I have a gpx player ml638b and when i hook it to ...
How Indeed! There are a few things the paperwork that comes with the device says you need. For my WinME computer I had to install Windows Media Player 9. For my WinXP laptop, Windows Media Player 10. I now officially HATE Windows Media Player.
To make WinME "see" the GPXetc., I had to first coax it to recognize the "E" drive and I did that by using my iPod.

But the fun doesn't begin there. In fact, just when we thought we'd NEVER have fun, things worked. Here's what happened, and it took an entire Saturday. We began at 9am and finally had videos uploaded to the device by 9pm! 12 frackin' hours!!!

Device stats:
Digital audio player with 1GB* installed flash memory
Supports MP3 / WMA / WMA DRM playback with WAV audio files and JPEG image playback
1.5" color display
Virtual hard drive - USB mass storage
Playback features: play/pause/stop/skip/search, digital volume control, repeat one/all or random, auto power off, hold feature and preset EQ
Jacks: USB connection (cable included, supports USB 2.0 high speed, stereo headphone jack (stereo earbuds included)
Built in rechargable lithium poilymer battery


Here are some things to watch for that will help you upload stuff to YOUR GPX:

Our Mission: to fill some of the 6 hours of available video space on the device with music videos, downloaded as flv files from YouTube, converted into MPEGS which were burned into VCDs (Video CD's). Sounds simple, doesn't it?

Be prepared to be driven absolutely crazy by Windows Media Player, which will give you all kinds of messages.
Contrary to what it kept telling us, Media Player DOES NOT need to "verify" any license by going to the web. When we finally, out of desperation, DID jump on line, stupid Media Player was "unable to connect"...

Don't believe Media Player when it tells you it "can't play the file" "needs codec" "unrecognized format" or even "sync failed: device does not support that type of file" (or something like that) --- and after you've searched the "manual" and investigated the files on the GPX (oh yes, there are PROGRAMS you need right on the GPX device. Install them on your computer! There's a device manager and something called an AMV converter) You'll notice Windows Media Player claims it can't recognize and there is no mention of "AMV files" anyhwere on the paperwork.

After much frustration, we found out how to transfer files WITHOUT GOING ON THE INTERNET from Media Player to the GPX:

We created a new playlist in Media Player, managed to get to the transfer screen that shows up when you're in "sync" mode.

At that moment, press the "on/off switch" just ONCE and you'll see what I call a "battery bar" appear in the GPX window.

Once the files transferred, we were able to do more with Media Player CLOSED! That's tight, we did them right through the AMV converter.

I'm not sure WHY, but after the first download to the GPX via the AMV converter, it took it upon itself to download each new video immediately upon conversion! WOW! Too bad it didn't work this way right out of the box!

Another revelation: where previously one was unable to view much of anything by looking into the GPX via "My Computer, drive E" we could now see all the video files and properly re-name them to our liking!

This may help: Specifications for GPX ML638B

For Xfer of Music from CD's - ALWAYS rip from a CD with a program such as Audiograbber so that any rootkits or other digital copyright crap is GONE so it cannot cause any problems!

If you're stuck using Windows Media Player (or afraid to try something new) you still need to disable copy protected files. The RIP function in your Windows Media Player will allow you to convert the music CDs you have purchased into either an MP3 or a WMA format. To adjust the copy protection setting on your ripped music files.

1. Open the Tools tab at the top of your Windows Media Player.
2. Select Options and then select the Rip Music tab.
3. Under this menu, you will be able to choose the type of music file as well as the quality with which you would like to save the music.
4. Make sure the box next to Copy protect music is left unchecked.
5. Your GPX player has the ability to play music files in both the MP3 and WMA format. Make sure to use MTP when transferring copy-protected WMA files.

Just in case: GPX ML638B Software Restore Utility (Zip file)

While we're at it - why not throw some FREE iTunes on your player - How to legally remove DRM-protection from iTunes music — Instructions for how to remove DRM-protection from music purchased from iTunes, so you can play them on other music players or transfer them to other iPods/iPhones.

And just how good would it be if your iPod or your favorite portable MP3 player can support FLAC format? Unfortunately not. If you have a bunch of FLAC music files that you want to bring along in your journey, the best way is to convert them into MP3 format. Luckily, this is an easy task in the Ubuntu OS, using SoundConverter.

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