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Plug in AC Adapter - H4 goes into 'Connect to Computer' mode

When I work off of battery power the H4 works perfectly.

When I have the AC adapter plugged in the H4 menu screen goes directly into the 'Connect to Computer' screen after bootup. This is the only menu screen it will display. I can not get out of this menu screen unless I unplug the AC adapter. Therefore, I can not record or perform other functions with the AC adapter plugged in.


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