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After a firmware update my RCA M4208RD-B won't work.

I followed the firmware update directions, but now all I get is a blue screen. Does anyone know how to fix this? I have been working on it for hours now and am at a complete loss.

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  • weeb Jan 11, 2009

    I had the same problem. After updating the firmware, the player seems to shut off and/or my computer fails to recognize it. I tried installing from the pop up as well as from their site. I received a message during installation indicating that "an error occurred while trying to rename a file in the destination directory. "MoveFile failed; Code 5. Access is denied" a file in the After uninstalling and reinstalling, I have encountered different problems, but have yet to actually load or play a song.

  • brighteyez Jan 16, 2009

    My daughter got one for christmas and charged it up put songs on it and used it once. We put it on charge for the next day and it would not turn on and the pc does not recognize it. I tried the frimware update but I still have the same problem


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Download the firmware again.
after its download get the firmware you just download and install that one. Make sure mp3 player is hooked to your pc.
Go to add hardware.
Have windows look for MTP device. while the firmware is installing.
after its installed leave it hooked to pc for about 1 hour to give it a little charge. You should see a new folder Opal.
Let me know if that helped

Posted on Jan 15, 2009

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