Don't know what happened but when i tried to switch on my player got usual gigabeat screen for about 20 seconds then screen goes black with a white rectangle which says system error and a red part at top of rectangle which says 00000001 in it.
Tried switching battery on and of. no use.
any ideas whats up and how to fix it?
I tried your suggestion and bounced it off my palm, but that wasn't doing it. So, I bounced it off the carpeted floor - and that did the trick! Thanks a lot! It was about a month out of warranty and Toshiba wanted me to pay $135 to get it fixed. I paid $135 on line to buy it. Thanks again!
The problem is typically the hard drive needle is getting stuck. This is similar to a hard drive problem on a computer when it is going bad and all it does is make a clicking noise. You can try listening to the Gigabeat and you should hear the hard drive needle clicking.
Just before you see the error message, or right after it was powered on, try tapping the mp3 player on your palm numerous times until it works. This worked for me. This is basically extending the life of your mp3 player rather than a fix, the only way to fix the problem is to replace the hard drive with the right boot code on it.
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This error usually happens when the firmware has been corrupted or deleted. The easiest way to correct this is by updating the firmware. You may also try to restore the firmware data by following the steps below.
1. Connect the gigabeat to your computer using a USB cable.
2. Start Explorer on the PC.
3. Open the folder in which the gigabeat room is installed. --> The folder in which the gigabeat room is installed can be opened by clicking [Start] [All Programs] [TOSHIBA gigabeat room 2.0] [gigabeat room 2.0 Program Folder]. Usually, the folder will be found in C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\gigabeat room 2.0.
4. If you can't find the folder, please go inside the gigabeat then click on [tools], [folder option], go to [view tab] then select [show hidden files and folders].
5. Now, inside the gigabeat root, copy a folder named "GBSYSTEM" located in the folder that was opened in Step 3.
6. Use "Safely Remove Hardware" and disconnect the gigabeat.
It's been 12 years since I got my Gigabeat F20 and now I was able to restore it, finally... I found all the original system folders inside and old backup HDD. If someone needs them, please let me know :D
Okay, here's what you need to do. I'm assuming at some point yours like mine was formatted under windows. This is bad for them lol. Locate your copy of gigabeat room, and install it. This comes with a extra program in the start menu titled formatting utility for gigabeat. Format with this program, and then look under program files/toshiba/gigabeatroom/GBsystem. Copy GBsystem to the gigabeat, then turn the battery off with the switch on the bottom for thirty seconds. That should do it.
This can only be done with a computer running USB 1.0. My newer computers could not "see" the gigabeat properly. I used an old machine with outdated USB to get mine to work again :) you can also check for aftermarket firmware called Rock Box, just installed that one mine, no more converting music to *.sat, it'll take straight mp3s now just like it should :) uploaded 20 gigs to it in less than half an hour :) beats the hell out of waiting ten hours for 8 gigs lol!
Download, and install the firmware. It should work after that. It might of formatted the storage partition of the device, but you can resync it after you update the firmware on the device. You can get the firmware here: Gigabeat S Firmware.
So, what happened when you connected the thing to sync with a PC and rightclicked on the tool-tray item for the Gigabeat? Maybe you got a menu about Upload Portable Media Center? If not, go into applications and see if the gigabeat stuff doesn't happen to contain the bespoken user manual. Open it...read it.... Usually there's a little button-sequence to prepare the player and another to restore the Portable Media Center program. Happy discovering.
There is a little battery cut of switch at the bottom of the device. You can unbend a paper clip and switch it off. Then switch it back on after a few seconds. Plug it back into the usb cable to charge it. It should work ok now.
Yeah I found my Gigabeat froze a few different times when I was getting used to it.
Solution: at the bottom of player there is a little battery on/off switch - its tiny and black but you would have needed to switch it on to first use it. Well turn it off here for 10 seconds and the on again. This removes all power from the hard drive and circuits which occassionally freeze.
Hope that helps