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No response AT ALL from player or on the computer

I turned on my player on today and I got the little RIO boot up image... then i see "upgrader" Then nothing. I can't play the songs, i cannot access my songs via my computer as external drive like i usually do, and there isn't really any response from the player WHILE connected to the computer. Right now, it just shows that Rio boot up image and it has been sitting there for 10 minutes. And probably will remain so until I unplug it from my computer. HELP! I can't recover my music and i can't play my music. Any suggestions? :(

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Re: No response AT ALL from player or on the computer

Go to, Load the latest music manager. Then load the firmware upgrade.

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For either of them, plug the unit into the USB port of your computer, then run the utility to upgrade the your Forge.

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Stuck in upgrader mode. Try resetting by inserting a small #1 paperclip in the player. Otherwise, go to the Rio website at realnetworks and download the firmware upgrade.

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

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Hi. I recommend a firmware upgrade. You can obtain this by doing the following: 1) Connect the player to your computer with the USB cable. 2) Wait for "idle" to be displayed on the player screen. 3) Double-click the file that you downloaded from the Rio website. The update should take approximately 30 seconds to load. and here is the link for your firmware upgrade file. Good Luck

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My Rio says upgrader when I turn it on

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You will have broken the hard drive,

Try replacing it with a CF card,

Everybody says that this does not work but it definitely does!

My Rio got dropped and I completely buggered the hard drive so after reading many forums saying that it didn't work I read one that said that someone had told them that sandisk ultra II ones worked (very vague!)

Because I had nothing to lose I went out and bought a 1GB sandisk Ultra II CF card. I then took apart my rio and replaced the hard drive with the CF card. Still not thinking it was going to work I plugged it into my computer and installed the latest firmware (from the rio website) and then HEY PRESTO!!!!!! it works.

I have yet to try an 8GB ultra II card but when I do i will keep you posted.

If you don't believe me then I don't blame you but If you send me a request then I can send you pictures and more details...

Rio will live on

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