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Need help with rio forge

To whom this may concern, the Rio player doesn't show up in the Rio music manager when trying to put music onto the player. it keeps saying I/O error every time i try to put music into the play. please e-mail if anyone has answers. e-mail me at -david

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Re: need help with rio forge

I had the same problem. the rio web site told me to format the rio but i couldnt do it. i found this site and this link should help you out. hope it helps you out like it helped me. heather in ontario canada

Posted on Aug 14, 2007

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Need softvare for rio forge 256mb digital media player

MP3 players can only play music files in mp3 file format. You can download mp3 music files from the Internet to your computer and then copy them to your MP3 player using the USB cable. For your CD collection, you need to convert your CDs to mp3 music files onto your computer or download them from the Internet and then copy them to your MP3 player after you have connected the USB cable to the MP3 player and the computer.
You can do this using Windows Media player and Rip the CDs - Media Player will create a MP3 music file for each music track. Click on this link for instruction on converting music files to mp3 file format :-

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Grace Note not working in Windows Media or Rio Music Manager

you are suffering from the Digital licensing information encryption from the majors, which ITunes will NOT agree to. That's how the music industry is making it's muscle show, with this sort of tawdry nonsense. I don't believe there's a s/w upgrade on this, unfortunately. There is a slight possibility that your software might have an interpreter, yet your Rio being that old, not for certain.

got backup?

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My Rio Forge 512 won't show up in my mac itunes. It shows up on my mac desktop, but not in my itunes ver. 9. I reformatted it on a PC and reinstalled firmware 1.33 on a PC. I also have the rio itunes...

This device is not supported by itunes.

all you can do is drag music to it on the desk top icon for your rio

it will never show in itunes

hope this helps.

Feb 17, 2010 | Rio Forge Sport Digital Media Player

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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 music manager does not rocognize CD content

Try ripping your disks with Windows Media Player instead.

Nov 24, 2008 | Rio Forge Sport Digital Media 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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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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Rio Forge 256mb volume button broken

I had the same problem. I took it apart and found a plastic piece broken off. I think I'm hosed!

Nov 14, 2006 | Rio Forge Sport Digital Media Player

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Rio Forge 256mb volume button broken

Nick try taking it to your local electronic repair shop. They maybe able to repair it for you at a price substantially below what a new one might cost.

Nov 14, 2006 | Rio Forge Sport Digital Media Player

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