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2488 will not boot up, says not reading the hdd check the h/w .

When I try to turn the 2488 on it pops up a screen that says can't boot up problem reading the hdd turn off power and check theh/w. I disconnected all the hardware and it still will not start up . How can I get this thing to boot up?

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    when I turn on my tascam send me the same mesagge canot BOOT check the H/W---



    what i have to do?

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Usually this is a problem with the Hard Drive not getting enough power to spin up properly. The AC power adapter is the usual suspect.

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This will reinitialize it to the factory settings. All data (music) will be lost.
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Hi,

This issue just popped up on here a couple of weeks ago. Here is a copy of that exchange which might address your problem too:

posted by calman71 on Nov 01, 2008 screen lights up white, no picture Best Solution posted on Nov 03, 2008 3%20stars.png
BostonDave The only thing to try would be to locate the contrast knob next to the screen (near lower right of screen) and turn it to see if the picture gets better. I have the Mk1 which has a green screen, but I find that one is only visible when the contrast knob is pretty much exactly on center.

If that doesn't do it, I would begin to suspect a loose connection behind the LCD screen. You could probably remove the cover and locate the connector yourself, but depending on how old your 2488 is doing so might effect the warranty.

Cheers.

bd. Comment by calman71, posted on Nov 06, 2008 Turns out to be loose wires.Thank you for helping ,

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I tried everything that I can think of also, so I am going to send it into the shop. I will post what they tell me.
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