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RCA TH1602 MP3 Player in locked

When i turned it on the Pearl emblem comes on and it just stays there locked. I can not get it to do anything. Please help!!!

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  • loaiza17 Nov 17, 2008

    Thanks Ibechard, even though i had that version already but re-downloading the version from the website helped clear whatever error there must have been. it is now working and ready to party!!! Thank you Thank You Thank you!!!!

  • kkmiller_10 Nov 22, 2008

    when i turn on the mp3 it just stays on the symbol pearl like its frozen.

  • cracka Nov 27, 2008

    the pearl emblem comes on and just stays there

  • xXKelsoXx Nov 27, 2008

    Yes i have the same exact problem i think i'm going to try what she did and i'm hoping it works. This is kind of a relief lol i thought i did something to it

  • chyde0 Dec 02, 2008

    When you turn on the RCA TH1602 it shows the Pearl emblem then it shows extra emblems below the existing emblem and freezes.

  • lady97bird Dec 27, 2008

    when i turn on my mp3 player the please wait screen and pearl screen just freezes. the only way I can turn it off is by taking the battery out.

  • tdtd31 Jan 02, 2009

    When i turn the mp3 player on the pearl symbol stays on like its locked up...i have tried to change batteries and no change...please help!

  • Anonymous Jan 11, 2009

    my mp3 player is doin the same thing i wanna no how to fix it.when i put a new battery in it it jus stayed there and didnt do nothin

  • kevintfarrow Jan 13, 2009


  • denyed Jan 14, 2009

    my pearl won't come on even with new batteries the symbol comes up but then goes off again within a second or to i tried to download the new firmware but the program cannot read my pearl any help would be greatly appriciated

  • Anonymous May 11, 2009

    it wont play the pearl light comes on and stays on wont play

  • Anonymous May 20, 2009

    When I turn the power on the Peral emblem comes on the screen but that is as far as it goes and I have to take the batter out to get it to turn off. I have only had it for three weeks. PLEASE HELP!!!!!

  • microspun May 11, 2010

    this device is a piece of **** properties are from 1980 and made in china! i have had 3 replacements and upgrades nothing works not worth the frustration.

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    My RCA TH1602 MP3 Player freezes when I try turning it on

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    RCA TH1602 MP3 Player still not turning on
    after firmware update



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You should be able to force the Pearl into recovery mode by removing the battery, then hold down the "Play" button while inserting into USB port, after a few seconds, Windows should detect "USB Human Interface Device" (see Device Manager). Now you should be able run the firmware update. Worked for mine after it froze up one day and would not be detected as a USB device by Windows.

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Th1602 frozen... Upgrade Firmware Version v1.2.5.0 will get it working again.
Download Pearl_FWUtility_v1.2.5.0.exe from RCA web site.

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I have a pearl and i was listening 2 it and it shut off and won't come back on. i have tried everything even three different brand new batteries. can someone help me.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

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