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Gigabeat MES 30V hangs when initializing after connection to PC

This unit is approx. 2 years old, and with the exception of battery draining while not in use, it has worked well until now.
When connecting to the PC for synchronization, the Gigabeat hangs during initialization, and it's necessary to cycle the battery switch (initiating a re-boot) to get it operating again.
Operation is otherwise OK, but the PC indicates a "defective device".
There's been no change to the operating system or media software, both of which were previously compatible.
Any helpful advice will be truly appreciated.

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  • Adamm1972 Jan 01, 2009

    Exactly the same thing happened to mine this morning :(

  • Adamm1972 Jan 01, 2009

    Could it possibly be some problem with the date setting, it's the only thing that comes to mind?

  • Anonymous Jan 01, 2009

    I have the same problem. It started Dec. 31, 2008 at about 10pm est. Looks like microsoft has a problem with their portable software which also hit ZUNE devices on Dec 31st.

  • imagen737 Jan 02, 2009

    My son indicated that after a battery discharge cycle, his Zune is back to downloading normally, with no other required adjustments.

    Unfortunately, after resetting the date on my PC, the Gigabeat still hangs during "initialization", and can only be re-started after a battery disconnect cycle.

    'Glad to hear that some others have had success. Thank you for the suggestion.
    Unfortunately, I'm still without a solution at this time.


  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2009

    mine doesnt give me the option to change my pc connection

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I seem to have got it working again. I discharged the battery as much as possible and changed the clock on my PC back one year. Thus far it is working Ok. :)

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