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Rio Carbon powers off

I have a problem with my Rio Carbon--it will shut down right in the middle of a song and I know for certain that it is not me accidentally hitting the power button becuase my player sits on my desk while I work. Has anyone else experienced this? If so, what were you told or what did you have to do to fix this?

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Try this: disconnect the player from the computer, turn it off, hold in the volume + button, and reconnect the player to the computer while holding the volume + button in. Keep holding the volume + button for an additional 5-50 seconds. Windows should eventually go into recovery mode and revive the player- it will pop up a window that says Found New Hardware Wizard.

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