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Battery just quite on my carbon

My battery has just died on my Rio Carbon. I've been looking for a replacement battery because I really love the little player. I only paid $97 for the Rio and when i contacted them they said they wanted $99 dollars to repair it. Is there somewhere else I can go to repair it.

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  • ChaplainLB Nov 15, 2007

    I have two black Rio's. One has a red button and the other is silver.

    They were not used for a few months and both have "died"-- dead

    batteries I am sure. Where and how can I get them up and running?

    Tthaks

    Lloyd

    lbillups@suddenlink.net

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I read about this place - Immergut Battery Haus Inc. 540 West Main Street New Holland, PA 17557 (717)355-5288 someone got a battery for a rio riot from them for just 20 $. But taking the battery out wasn't so simple, you should call them to consult. Good luck

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I purchased the drive here:
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8GB Seagate ST1 Compact Flash CompactFlash CF II Card
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