So, you think you want to get a GamePark Holdings GP2X?

The GP2X is a Linux based handheld XviD movie, MP3, OGG, Game, and everything else player.
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I'm going to give you a run-down of what I think you might want to know when getting a GP2X and setting it up.  Right off, I must say that if you're looking for a handheld that's got a lot of good commercial games to buy, then turn back now because you'd probablly be happier with a PlayStation Portable, GameBoy Advance, or Nintendo DS.  If you want to be able to play your MP3s, XviD movies, emulated ROMs, etc. on the go or do some homebrew development for a slick Linux-based console, then please continue on.

  1. Obviously, you'll need to get an actual GP2X.  I would recommend purchasing a GP2X at Play-Asia.com.  They're good guys, and I've never had a problem with them.

    I would highly recommend that you get the AC power adapter because the battery life isn't great on the GP2X when you're running video.  If you don't plan to use it for movies (or TV out), then it's probably not as much of a concern.  The one that Play-Asia sells is nice, but it doesn't fit in our US outlets.  It will work just fine with the voltage, but the plug is for Europe.  You can either get a converter like you see above, or you can use a different cord.  It's pretty common plug, and I think you can just use a cord from just about any electric razor.

    Also, I think you'd want to get the TV Out Cable just because it might come in handy and it's not much extra cost.

     

  2. You'll need a few accessories to go with your GP2X, also.

    If you don't already have a Secure Digital card, you'll need to buy one.  Play-Asia has this SD card, but it's likely that you already have one or can get one locally if you want to.

    You'll also want some nice rechargeable NiMH AA batteries and a good charger.  You'll see why below.  I would recommend that you get 2500mah or better.  I think that the FAST chargers aren't as good.  If you can spare the time, get something that has a slow charge feature or at least one that doesn't claim to charge in an hour or whatever.  Go check out Steve's Digicams for a good reference on NiMH batteries and chargers.

    I really think you'll be much happier if you have a SD card reader for your PC.  It is WAY easier to set up the files on your SD card when you don't need to do it through the GP2X USB interface.  I have a 6-in-1 card reader, and it will ready just about any type of flash memory.  Do yourself a big favor and get something like that.  They're cheap.

     

  3. When you receive your GP2X, the first thing that you will want to do is get rid of the AA batteries that come in the package.  They probably aren't bad for your household remote controls or maybe some other portable devices, but they definitely are not for use with your new GP2X.  Do not use regular (non-rechargeable) batteries in your GP2X.  If you do, expect to get approximately 20-30 minutes of run time out of them.

     

  4. The next thing that you need to do with your new GP2X is to install the screen.  I have no idea why GPH (GamePark Holdings) decided to ship the GP2X without the screen installed, but they did.  Maybe future versions won't have this "feature" and you will be able to skip this step.  It looked like a daunting task to me at first, but it wasn't that bad.

    First of all, find a room that isn't very dusty.  Then you just need to peel off the protective layer from the LCD screen, remove the sticker-backing from the screen protector, and affix the protector to the front of the GP2X.  You will want to do this fairly quickly to minimize the chance of getting dust in there.

    Then, remove the thin layer of film from the front of the screen protector.  I have heard that many people miss this step and then wonder why their screen looks so bad.  It isn't obvious, but there is a layer on top of the screen protector.  Just pick at one of the corners a bit, and you should figure it out.

     

  5. Pop in your charged batteries and you should be good to go.

 

Things that you might want to know about the GP2X.

 

Setting up your SD card

 

Here are some links that you might find useful.

 

Here are two pictures of the GP2X running output to my TV.

On the left it is just at the main menu, and on the right it's running an XviD movie.

If you want to contact me, you can find me at the GP32X message boards.