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Rio carbon pearl 6 gb

What does upgrade mean?

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Re: rio carbon pearl 6 gb

In general, it means converting to the newest industry-standard. in the case of your device, it means flashing (re-programming) the micro or increasing memory size

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Hi Linda, Your Rio Carbon is telling you that something is messed with its firmware and it can be resolved with an upgrade. You have to determine the exact model of your unit and download the firmware from Again you must choose the exact model. There are two ways of updating firmware updater or internet updater. complete instructions are also available. further you would need to connect your Rio to a PC to perform the upgrade. Good luck and pls post back should you need further information. Kind regards.

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