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Rio Carbon 5 g

Hi My daughters rio has about 1 gigs worth of music on and has been working fine since last october 05 . now when we try to put music on a message says "file doesnt exist cannot transfer" I have reset player and my computer will put music on to my sons medion mp3 player Ok but not the rio. when we unplug the rio after trying to put music on, it freezes and has to be reset,it has worked fine up to now and still plays the music already on it.I have uninstalled the rio programme disc and re installed it on computer. I have tried to put music files from our library downloaded from limewire and also loaded a CD onto computer and converted to mp3, but still no joy.any suggestions please ? Thanks Mike

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Re: Rio Carbon 5 g

When Microsoft initiated the DRM system, any Rio Carbon that was hooked into Windows Media Player had the previously working files invalidated. Happened to me as well. The player lasted me three years, and that is about as long as any Mp3 player is going to last we are finding out b/c of all the software snafus.

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1. look on ebay for battery if anybody would sell one.
2. go to walmart look in the flash drive isle for a sandisk ultra 2 cf card 8gb about 40$ .
3. open the rio and take out the old hard drive and then find a pc to format the cf card with a cf card reader make sure to format with windows 7 in my computer and choose quick format select default allocation size and then hit start.
4. when succesfully formatted put cf drive in rio carbon.
5. then put back plate back on carbon.
6. then look here for rio carbon developers firmware
7. go to bottom of wikipedia page and click 3.04 Download link 1 and download the exe program and then run as administrater load up the firmware and then walla you have a working mp3 player again.

Sep 03, 2012 | Rio Carbon MP3 Player

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Rio carbon wont load any music?

try reformatting it then putting music back on it see how that helps

Apr 27, 2012 | Rio Carbon MP3 Player

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When I transfer music from Rio Music manager to my Rio Carbon the music manager indicates transfer successful but the MP3 player states no tracks present?

Try to transfer the tracks from the explorer.
1 Connect the Rio Carbon to a computer using the supplied USB cable.
2 Double-click My Computer on the Windows Desktop or in the Start Menu.
3 Locate MP3 or WMA audio files on the computer.
4 Highlight files and/or folders to transfer to the Rio Carbon.
5 Click Edit.
6 Click Copy.
7 Double-click My Computer on the Windows Desktop or in the Start Menu to open another window.
8 In the new window, locate the Rio Carbon (X:) icon that is associated with the Rio Carbon. (X equals the drive
letter assigned to the Rio Carbon.)
9 Double-click Rio Carbon (X:).
10Click Edit.
11Click Paste.

May 24, 2010 | Rio Carbon MP3 Player

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How do I access the EQ section on my Rio Carbon Pearl 5 gig to change the equalizer settings?


i found the following solution:

1 Press MENU.
2 Select Settings.
3 Select Equalizer.

For more specific information follow the following link, its a manual. It answers you question on page 31.

Good luck

Dec 21, 2008 | Rio Carbon MP3 Player

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Rio carbon 5 gig mp3

The Rio Carbon will not play songs from iTunes unless they are in mp3 format. If you cannot download the songs in this format then I would recommend a program such as mediacoder to convert the tracks. I don't know why iTunes was recommended for the Rio but I would just use drag and drop into the folder called Music on your Rio.

Hope this helps,


Oct 17, 2008 | Rio Carbon MP3 Player

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Carbon Pearl: Invalid Argument

Try accessing the rio's hard drive through my computer to see if it can find the songs: they will be in a folder aptly called music within your rio carbon.

If this doesn't help then if it is picked up via my computer you could try wiping and rebooting your rio, read:

You may have to change the firmware for the rio carbon pearl but this is easy to find on their website.

Hope this helps,


May 22, 2008 | Rio Carbon MP3 Player

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Tranfer from player to computer?

Go to Main Menu -> Settings -> Advanced -> Transfer Mode and select MSC. Worked for me.

Nov 18, 2007 | Rio CE2100 MP3 Player

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Transferring music to new pc

You must use the music transfer software that came with the CD (also avail on Rio website) - which will not load on newer, Vista running computers.

May 03, 2007 | Rio Carbon MP3 Player

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Rio pearl directory corrupted

first, and this is always good: If available, firmware for the Rio Carbon can be downloaded online. Second, this might be the problem: The Rio Carbon communicates with your computer differently in MTP mode than it does in MSC mode. When in MTP mode, the Rio Carbon cannot display hidden files in folders, cannot allow transfers to the root Rio Carbon directory, and cannot allow the creation of new folders. (Folders can be transferred to the Rio Carbon using drag-and-drop and copy-and-paste methods.) To use traditional folder options, change the Transfer Mode settings to put the Rio Carbon in MSC mode. Last, "..Removing the Rio Carbon from a USB connection before Idle is displayed on the screen may result in a corrupting the player's file system. If for any reason you suspect that your Rio player's file system has been corrupted, reformatting the player will restore the file system to its original state..."

Nov 27, 2005 | Rio Carbon MP3 Player

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