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Tascam 788 Hey Dave, I have a Tascam 788 and a 6 X 24 TEAC CD-recorder to burn disks. I bought them from the same person on Ebay. I've been having fun recording music that I write and thought I had finally cracked the code to be able to know how to burn a disk. I tried to do that and heard loud static. I thought I had dropped the headphones one too many times so unplugged them. When I played the disk on my CD player, I heard the static a few seconds of my song. When I went to turn on the Tascam again, all the lights came on as usual, but then after a few seconds the screen read, "system check failed!!" I've tried a couple more times and the same thing happens. Did I burn out the hard drive? Any suggestions? Thanks for your time and help, Laura

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    rtintera Feb 04, 2013

    i am also having a problem with my 788. It just says "scan drives, i get a 0...." and then it says "please wait". nothing happens after that. the actual plug that goes into the back of the 788 is damaged, the pins are crooked and the shielding got bent and the plastic thing in the middle is broken off. is there a way to reconnect this type of 6 pin connector?


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Sorry to hear about your problem. A number of things could cause this error to appear including bad sectors on the hard drive (which will require a reformat).

Two things you can check though before getting into replacing or reformatting the drive (which will erase all of your data) are 1) Make sure the power adapter hasn't failed. A bad or incompatible adapter won't provide enough power to the drive when it tries to spin up and could cause this error. You can try a replacement after-market adapter but you'll have to match the specs in the manual. 2) You can open up the 788 and inspect the two wires connecting the disk drive to the motherboard. One is power and the other will be an IDE ribbon cable. If either is loose that could be the cause of your problem.

If you do determine that the drive is bad you'll need to remove the drive, hook it up to a PC and reformat it there. Then reinstall it in the 788 which will upon bootup automatically reformat it again with Tascam's proprietary disk format. You can optionally replace the drive. I believe Tascam's site has a list of drives which are compatible with the 788. Reformatting (or replacing) the drive will obviously cause all of your data to be lost, but should get your 788 working again (if a bad format was the problem).

One thing of note if the drive format being bad turns out to be the problem is that Firmware versions 1.07 and below have a bug which can cause bad sectors to corrupt the drive after delete operations. If you have a firmware version which is 1.07 or below you should upgrade to a newer revision or you'll risk corrupting the drive again in the future. You can get the upgrade and instructions on how to apply it here:;9,16,132,19.html

Best of luck and hopefully it's just a loose connection or a bad power adapter.


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