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Subject: Re: Gmini 120- any impressions?
From: Frank Incensed (frankincensed_at_hotmail.com)
Date: 2004-01-18


Thanks for the info and the ongoing work to crack this egg. I diid notice
that archos is currently offering two of the plugins for free. I think a lot
of people complained.

>From: Laurent Giroud <laurent.giroud_at_libertysurf.fr>
>Reply-To: rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se
>To: rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se
>Subject: Re: Gmini 120- any impressions?
>Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 22:41:34 +0100
>
> > Had rockbox installed on my jukebox recorder 20 but it had an electrical
> > problem and wouldnt boot up anymore. It was still under warrenty, so I
>sent
> > it back to Archos, but Im sure they will void the warrenty when they see
>I
> > had Rockbox loaded. I still had the Archos o.s. loaded as well, so when
>it
> > first boots up it shows the archos software, then switches over to
>Rockbox.
> > Since the warrenty is probably not going to be honored, I was thinking
>of
> > getting a Gmini 120 in hopes that Rockbox would someday crack it.
>
>The gmini 120 does not seem uncrackable at all since I have managed to
>"decrypt" its firmware. It's only a partial work and it might still need to
>be uncompressed as for the AV models (see Bjorn Stenberg's post) but I
>guess that it's not the most difficult problem to overcome.
>
>Getting access to its CPU machine language might be more touchy since it's
>apparentely not made public by Samsung. I had a few exchange of mails with
>them and their Telechips subsidiary and it looks like it might be possible
>to have it providing I feel the form they sent me 2 weeks ago. I haven't
>had time to do it both because I need to install StarOffice (linux only)
>and because I'm not on hollydays anymore which did not left me enough time
>to work again on the gmini.
>I think I'll be able to find some time this week to do it however.
>
>I haven't published anything yet about the firmware descrambling process
>because I'm not sure yet if it would be legal here in France (I also need
>to work on that issue this week...), but I can send any material I have
>gathered to people willing to continue this work since french law
>explicitely states that it's legal. Note that Bjorn probably went further
>than me with its work on the multimedia models since what he found looks
>very similar to what I have found and he also managed to uncompress the
>firmware which I didn't.
>But do not hesitate to ask via email if you're willing to continue the work
>from what I've found.
>
> > My question is if anyone has a Gmini and what their impression of it is,
> > especially compared to the jukebox recorder 20. Im also thinking of
>getting
> > an iHP-120 but have seen so many negitive comments on their user forum
>that
> > its kind of scared me off.
> > Thanks
>
>I almost never use the gmini to listen to music but I find its overall use
>very practical, I could not compare it to other Archos models since I never
>had one in my hands. There are a few things that could be enhanced such as
>the C/F card handling but nothing worth rejecting it. However the plugin
>system really is something I despise and one of the reasons I want to have
>rockbox on it, the thing is expensive enough that we don't need to pay just
>to unlock already installed features.
>
>Regards,
>Laurent

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