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(RCA OPAL M4204A) An update was sent via internet, it went to my unit and errased the data (as warned) and the OPAL's program. It will not leave the 'initialize' window. Turning on and off and on again does not help.

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  • gunnyjon Oct 27, 2008

    1. No reset hole, only MIC.
    2. Keylock switch does not push in, only side to side.
    3. I allowed another update to reconfigure the program format (it just happened).

    Thanks, I will remember the other advice given for future reference.



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Push down the key lock switch, I think on your model it is on the side of the unit.

If it does not work, try performing the reset procedure below, From
I quote
"Opal has a reset hole on the back of the unit in which atoothpick (non metallic) can be inserted to reboot the player. If thisdoes not work, I suggest that you reformat the player by using theWindows format command on the unit. To reformat the memory:
Right click on the device within the Explorer or My Computer window
Select the format command (full format) to reformat the internal memory of the device. "

If it still does not work, then the lock switch is probably faulty or stuck inside, in this case you need to take apart the unit, to fix it.

Try playing with the lock switch, or resetting the unit, that should unlocck your MP3.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008

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    Ginko Oct 27, 2008

    If that still does not work, it means that the firmware is corrupted, in this case you can try to reinstall the firmware using a computer, and downloading the file from RCA website: RCA Audio/Video - Support - Software Updates - RCA Opal.

    If the computer cannot even see the Opal and update the software, then you are in troubles



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