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RCA TH1602 The screen only turns on when I hold the power button down, but as soon as I let go the screen turns off. When I plug it into my computer it fails to recognize it at all.

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  • desie888 Sep 30, 2008

    Thanks... that's what I thought at first too. I put a new battery in though and the same thing keeps happening.

  • poole_carlto Dec 01, 2008

    when t cut in on it say pearl but dont go to my playlist

  • Anonymous May 15, 2009

    SAme things happening i go into device manager and i get a code 10 why does this keep happening !!!!!!!!



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I can't play any songs on my RCA TH1602-A.


I have the same unit, which I think was great value for money, but occasionally it refuses to start up (it hangs at the welcome screen) or doesn't play certain tracks. Whenever it acts up, the solution has been to reflash/upgrade the firmware.

Download the firmware upgrade from http://voxrightnow.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2243/related/1, and follow all the troubleshooting instructions that popup when you start the program:

  1. start the program,
  2. remove the battery,
  3. hold the play button while plugging the RCA player into your computer's usb port,
  4. release the play button when the term "initalizing" replaces "searching",
  5. check the box that says "format data" (you can try it first without this checked, it may work and will save your music),
  6. click the start button to replace the firmware.

After I did this, I was able to play DRM-protected and aac audio files. I hope that helps.

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RCA pearl th1602-a with new battery will not power on. Old battery will power on, but freeze at pearl logo. Player dosn't power on when plugged into USB of computer


Try a firmware recover. Download the firmware update from the RCA website and install the app. Start the updater and connect the player holding the PLAY button until it gets detected.
This is a similar player with the recovery procedure explained:

Oct 28, 2009 | RCA TH1602 MP3 Player

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My rca pearl th1602 is not recognized by my computer. I believe the formatting is gone. How do I reformat it>?


I have the same unit, which I think was great value for money, but occasionally it refuses to start up (it hangs at the welcome screen) or the computer refuses to see it when I plug it in. Whenever it acts up, the solution has been to reflash/upgrade the firmware.

Download the firmware upgrade from http://voxrightnow.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2243/related/1, and follow all the troubleshooting instructions that popup when you start the program:

  1. start the program,
  2. remove the battery,
  3. hold the play button while plugging the RCA player into your computer's usb port,
  4. release the play button when the term "initalizing" replaces "searching",
  5. check the box that says "format data" (you can try it first without this checked, it may work and will save your music),
  6. click the start button to replace the firmware.

After I did this, I was able to see it on my computer when I plugged it in again. I hope that helps.

Oct 25, 2009 | RCA TH1602 MP3 Player

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Rca pearl th1602-a I turn it on all I get is the pearl emblem and it wont turn off. I have to pull the battery to stop.


My solution to a Pearl TH1602-A stuck on the pearl screen:

Download the firmware upgrade from RCA's website, run it.
RCA PEARL FIRMWARE DOWNLOAD window should open.
Remove battery from Pearl, keep out.
Press PLAY and hold while plugging into USB port,
when "initializing" progress bar moves, let go off play button.

On my windows, it installed some software and asked me to reboot. After the reboot I re-ran the Pearl firmware file and about 30 seconds later the start button was now available.

Click it. However, You will loose your music on the internal storage.

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My mp3 rca th1602


You can d/l the drivers for you Pearl here http://voxrightnow.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2243/related/1. Follow all the troubleshooting instructions that popup when you start the program:

start the program,
remove the battery,
hold the play button while plugging into usb,
release the play button when the the term "initializing" replaces "searching",
click the start button to replace the firmware.

You might want to leave the "format data" box unchecked to see it that works. After I did this, my pearl started normally, and my computer recognized it again.

Jul 06, 2009 | RCA TH1602 MP3 Player

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My mp3 player turns on but frezzes it shows pearl?


Follow these instructions to fix your RCA TH1602 MP3 player.

Whenever your player acts up, the best solution is to reflash/upgrade the firmware.

Download the firmware upgrade from http://voxrightnow.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2243/related/1, and follow all the troubleshooting instructions that popup when you start the program:

  1. start the program,
  2. remove the battery,
  3. hold the play button while plugging the RCA player into your computer's usb port,
  4. release the play button when the term "initalizing" replaces "searching",
  5. check the box that says "format data" (you can try it first without this checked, it may work and will save your music),
  6. click the start button to replace the firmware.

This solution will fix your player.
I hope that helps.

Jun 18, 2009 | RCA TH1602 MP3 Player

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Computer not recongize the rca th1602 mp3 player


The first time I tried to restore the firmware in my Pearl it would not recognize it. I had to follow all the troubleshooting instructions that popup when you run the software. Basically, try taking the battery out and waiting 10 seconds or so. Run the software and read all the instructions at the bottom of the popup window. then hold the play button, plug your player in, and keep holding that button until the software recognizes it. It works.

May 05, 2009 | RCA TH1602 MP3 Player

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Downloaded software from my rca flash mp3 player series th1602-a. I tried to download the updated version and it is not allowing me to download. I have tried plugging in the mp3 into the computer by...


when it says download updated version, ignore. Better yet don't use RCA software at all. Use your windows media player(version 10 or better). Click on file wanted to start media player. Then click on "now playing" and display item or all chapters if audio book is being played. Plug in RCA and drag item(s) to working area of Media Player. Hit sync. and finito!

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As you plug the device into the computer, hold down the Play button. Leave it held until you see that it is installing new hardware (something like ROM initializing). If this doesn't work, you may need to add devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 to your environment variables (search that variable to find how if you don't know) and then in the device manager go to view and show hidden. Make sure the device is not plugged in and then remove all references to it in the device manager (any grey USB MSD or HID is what I removed). Now plug in the device while holding in the play button. I had to reboot to complete this part. Now you should be able to load the firmware (this was required here, it will format the device so there will be no files on it, including the ones that it shipped with).

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I have the same problem, the manual says change the battery and/or update firmware. I tried several batteries and nothing and I cannot find a firmware download. My software says no updates available.

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