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M250 won't turn on at all

I've a Samsa m250, just got it as an early Christmas present. It's been working fine for the past two days, but this morning I was trying to upload/delete some songs manually (using Windows Explorer). I created a new folder, named it and such, moved some files to it, decided I wanted to delete one of them and tried to do so. An error message popped up saying something about 'write-only.' I disconnected the player, and it said "format drive" for about a minute, so I took out the battery, and put it back in, and now it won't turn on at all. When I connect it to the computer, it's not even recognized. Help? (Thanks in advance.)

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Re: m250 won't turn on at all

You must to make a "format drive" and after you do that,you must to put a new full batery! My suggestion!! Good Luck Man!!

Posted on Dec 08, 2007

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