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My voice recorder won't turn on!!!

I recently bought an Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-100. It's only two months old. I tried it out and things seemed to work fine. Now, even with brand new batteries, it won't even switch on. Every combination I try of switching it on and resetting the hold button results in absolutely nothing. It won't even do anything when I try to plug it into the USB port on my computer. It just died, even though I only used it one time, only for testing and practicing. Any ideas how to fix this, because I'd really rather not shell out for a brand new one if I don't have to. Thanks.

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  • jtotoro Feb 17, 2009

    i have the same problem...

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2009

    same problem here with the olympus dig. voice recorder vn-4100....anyone??? :(

  • Anonymous Apr 24, 2009

    I am having the same problem. I am beginning to think that this is a common problem and that this is a lack of quality control on manufacturer's part. However we the poor buyers have to pay for cheap product.

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Hi - I had exactly same problem with Olympus WS-110 voice recorder - I figured battery terminals were not making proper connection with terminals of device - I got a cotton bud soaked in nail varnish remover (acetone = solvent) and wiped the battery terminals on the device very thoroughly - this worked a treat - the recoder now swtitches on and works perfectly.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015

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    Captain Pugwash Apr 11, 2015

    Ps - the nail varnish remover trick only worked temporarily and it went back to the old problem of not switching on so I got a small piece of cooking foil and folded it into a mall square and inserted it into the bottom of the battery case and this defeinitely worked - I suspect that the spring mechanism in the batter case become loose with use and then there is not a tight contact between the battery terminals and the termianls in the device.

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    Arthur A Hayner Aug 08, 2015

    I have a small WS-100 and after cleaning top (positive) terminal with no luck I tried your suggestion of the aluminum foil - took some fiddling to get it in there properly covering the spring but it did the trick - the thing now works again. Thank You!!!

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We had a similar problem (it wouldn't turn on), and it turned out that we hadn't taken off both layers of clear packaging from the batteries. It now works.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010

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I have the exactly same problem here. I used it just very few times and not it won't power on. I've heard of many people with the exact same problem. I will not trust on Olympus devices anymore.

Posted on Jan 09, 2015

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Did you find a solution to this? It has happened to me as well with a WS-811, and I have a lot of important interviews on it (I am a journalist). Will never rely on one of these again, that is for sure!

Posted on Sep 14, 2013

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SOURCE: lost owners manual to olympus digital voice recorder model ws 100

The recorded file comes up as a text document on my computer instead of a recording?  Do I need to download some sort of program on my computer? 

Posted on Nov 18, 2008

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SOURCE: write protection

Refer to your Owner's manual to re-format your recorder. Sometimes, recorder memory can become corrupted just as with any electronic memory media.

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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SOURCE: Instructions required for Olympus WS-200S voice recorder

http://olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_support_manuals.asp?id=1322

Here is the link to the Olympus website where you can download a copy of the user manual

Posted on May 18, 2009

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SOURCE: Formated the Olympus ws-100 voice recorder via PC

Did you have a firmware cd with it? Basically you have lost the software which runs it so need to reload it. I would contact the manufacturer and see if they can send you the software and tell you how to load it.

Posted on Jun 13, 2009

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SOURCE: CANNOT TRANSFER AUDIO FILES FROM WS-100 OLYMPUS

I wrote this for the Olympus VN-3100PC although it may work with this device as well.

Try this:

This problem can typically be solved by unplugging the device from your computer's USB port and plugging it in to another USB port on the same computer.

Also be sure you have Olympus Digital Wave Player installed and open with your Transfer Options set to Auto Transfer. To do this, follow the steps below:

Open Digital Wave Player > select Transfer from the menu > select Transfer Options > under Auto Transfer, check the box which reads "Transfer all audio files after detecting Recorder."

Posted on Aug 25, 2009

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