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No screen When i start up my Rio instead of the usual Rio symbol I always wait for i get nothing instead light and nothing shows up on the screen including song information but the sound still works and everything please help me its only 3 monts old it doesnt deserve to die!!!

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Re: No screen

I am sorry, but I cannot help you fix your mp3 player. The reason being I have the same model of Rio mp3 player, and the same exact problem.
I can't figure out what to do, so I may just buy an ipod. They tend to have more solutions for their problems, if you know what I mean.

I am sorry I cannot help.
Have a good day!

Posted on Oct 14, 2008

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