Firmware version 4.1.27 (October 7, 2011)

This firmware provides the following enhancements :
- adds a quick way to change the volume (by pressing and holding the middle button while the player is playing)
- adds a quick way to change the playlist (by pressing and holding the middle button while the player is paused or stopped)
- faster scrolling through playlist (quicker song selection)
- improves the battery life during standby
- solves issue with low battery condition corrupting the memory resulting in "Playlist Empty" on the display or player locked during the startup screen.


Who should update

Everyone with an SP3-103 with a previous version of firmware. To check the firmware version, enter into the settings menu on the SweetPea3 (press and hold both arrow buttons for 6 seconds) then scroll down to "Exit". Press an arrow button and the version number will flash briefly.


What you should know before installing this firmware

- updating from certain previous versions will require you to reformat your SweetPea3 drive so backup the songs that are on your SweetPea3!!
- this firmware version removes the ability to place sub-folders into the playlist folders i.e. only individual tracks may be placed in a playlist folder, they cannot be contained in a sub-folder.
- you can only do this update on a PC, you cannot do this on a Mac


Follow these instructions to update your SweetPea3

1 - Back up your songs. Create a folder on your desktop and drag all the folders from the SweetPea3 to this folder.

2 - Click Firmware Update to download the updater program and the latest firmware. If you had previously installed the updater program, you can download just the firmware SweetPea3_4127.fw and skip to step 6 below.

3 - Double click on the updater to open the .zip file.

4 -Click on "Extract all files" and follow the instructions.

5 -Double click on "Setup.exe" and follow the instructions. Ignore the information in the "Read me first" section. Simply click "next" all the way through the setup.

6 -Click on the "Start" button (lower left of your screen). Select "All Programs>Media Player Utilities 4.35>Media Player Upgrade Tool"

7 -Click "Select new firmware file"

8 -Select "SweetPea3_4127.fw" (located with all the other files that were in the zip file).

9 - Remove the battery from the SweetPea3.

10 - While holding down the middle button, plug the SweetPea3 to your computer using the USB cable. (release the button). Allow your computer to search for new drivers if asked to do so and click "Continue anyway" on any warning messages. The drivers are from Actions Semiconductor, which is the maker of the chip inside the SweetPea3, and are safe to install on your computer.

11 - Click "Recover firmware".

12 - Unplug the SweetPea3 when complete.


At this point the update is complete and you can re-install the battery for a working player. If you experience any problem such as "Disk Error" or if the SweetPea3 does not get past the start screen, then you need to reformat the drive. Continue as below.

13 - Remove the battery and plug the SweetPea3 again to your computer (but do not press the middle button this time).

14 - Open up Windows Explorer.

15 - Right click on the SweetPea3 drive and select "Format..."

16 - Verify that you are reformatting the correct drive. The SweetPea3 should show a capacity of approx. 1.87GB. Select "Quick Format" then "Start"

17 - When done, unplug the SweetPea3, install the battery and allow it to power up. It should eventually say "Playlist Empty" (after about 30 seconds).

18 - Plug the SweetPea3 into the computer and drag your songs back to the SweetPea3.

19 - Verify that the songs play.

A native Mac solution, unfortunately, will not be possible. Your options are to find a PC to perform this update, install a copy of Windows on your Mac using BootCamp or an emulator like Parallels or send it in to us to do the update for you.


How to use the new features

Quick volume change. While a song is playing, press and hold the middle button for 3 seconds to enter a volume change mode. Press the arrow buttons to adjust the volume while the music plays. Once the desired volume is set, simply do nothing and the player will automatically revert back to normal play mode. This feature can be enabled or disabled in the settings menu.

Quick playlist change. While the song is paused or stopped, press and hold the middle button for 3 seconds to enter a playlist change mode. Press the arrow buttons to cycle through the available playlists. Once the desired playlist is selected, simply do nothing and the player will automatically revert back to paused or stopped mode. This feature can be enabled or disabled in the settings menu.

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