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Rio Forge won't turn back on

I pulled some files off of my Rio Forge last night and turned it off with USB still hooked up. I got up this morning and it won't turn back on. I replaced the battery and it still won't turn back on.

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Re: Rio Forge won't turn back on

Pull the battery out for 20 minutes abd that is suppose to reset it

Posted on Jan 31, 2007

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My rio forge player is showing "upgrader"

When mine did this it meant the firmware inside had gotten corrupted. It started working again when I reinstalled the firmware. The official firmware is available at the official website, and wikipedia promotes an unofficial firmware that provides more features.

For either of them, plug the unit into the USB port of your computer, then run the utility to upgrade the your Forge.

(Eventually, my Forge's internal memory storage died - it still play music from card memory, but every time I turn it on I have tell it my language is english etc.)

I hope that helps.

Oct 27, 2009 | Rio Forge Sport Digital Media Player

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Rio Forge 256Mb Mp3 Player

was there any cd given along with the purchase of this player???????

Feb 28, 2008 | Rio Forge Sport Digital Media Player

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Having trouble getting my Rio Forge to work

Mine wasn't recognising the player through the USB cable so I followed Mantraguy's instructions to reload the firmware. Make sure though that you hold down the menu key before you switch on the player. Then it shows upgrade and you can reload the firmware. Of course you will lose all the songs on the internal memory but if it isn't working anyway.

good luck

May 23, 2008 | Rio Forge Sport Digital Media Player

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Rio Forge 256 MB

Try hooking the player to your computer and reformat the memory in the player. Just like you would format a disk.


Mar 26, 2008 | Rio Forge Sprot MP3 Player

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Rio forge causes external hard drive to fail

not sure but when i plug in mine, it also shows another USB drive labeled as if it also were linked to the Rio player when it is most certainly not. ...maybe a manufacture or firmware error?

Jan 19, 2008 | Rio Forge Sport Digital Media Player

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2 probs

Press the MENU and turn it on, as soon as the word RIO shows on the screen release the power button but do not release the MENU button until it says upgrading
Plug the USB cord to it and install Rio Forge Firmware_120
Turn the mp3 off then on normally
Put the music back on your mp3 and it SHOULD be fixed. but your music will be gone..

hope this helps,

Nov 19, 2007 | Rio Forge Sport Digital Media Player

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I had exactly same trouble - at least twice..
One time a battery switch and drain for at least 10 min fixed it.
another time I reinstalled firmware...

No big deal..

Nov 11, 2007 | Rio Forge Sport Digital Media Player

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Rio Forge 256Mb Mp3 Player

I had the same problem and, after scouring the internet in search of a solution, found nothing. So I started messing around with things. About 5 minutes ago I came up with something that worked for me! I'm still in 'testing' mode but it's playing some ACDC now so I'm happy. ;-)

My first step was to download a firmware 'update'. I'm not sure if it's newer or older than the firmware that I already had in there, but it works so what the heck. It's version 1.16 and is available for download here:

Filename is 'RioForgeFlash_116.exe'

To update the firmware, I connected the player via the USB cable. It will power itself up automatically - make sure you have a fresh set of batteries in it. Once it powers up, turn it off but leave it plugged in via USB. Then, power it up again but press and hold the mode button (the small button on the face, to the left of the main navigation buttons. It's the one you use to select different play modes etc.). It will power up and display 'UPGRADER'. From this mode, run the udate file (RioForgeFlash_116.exe); it will update the firmware in the Forge.

Once completed, my Forge interacted normally with the Rio Music Manager and I was able to upload music to it again. I did lose all the music that was in there and on the storage card, but that's better than having a useless MP3 player!

Best of luck!

Jun 18, 2007 | Rio Forge Sport Digital Media Player

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Player says "restarting" but never restarts

look for a small pinhole to reset the bad RIO did not provide a way to "go back" in case of failed firmware

May 28, 2007 | Rio Forge Sport Digital Media Player

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Rio 258 cannot connect to computer

1. go to and download update 1.33 2. install update in C:\RioForge\Flash133 3. run RioForgeFlash_133.exe from C:\RioForge\Flash133 4. press Rio Forge menu button and turn the unit on. "upgrader" will appear on screen. 5. plug USB cable to RioForge. 6. click "next" on Rio Upgrade Wizard. Wizard will detect your player. Select and click "next". Upgrade will take place. 7. Unplug Rio Forge from USB and turn it on. Voil?!

Oct 12, 2006 | Rio Forge Sport Digital Media Player

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