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My RCA model M4208GR-B mp3/video player is stuck on a screen that reads, "initializing..." I've tried everything I can find on the web about it, without success.

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  • ksirah Jan 19, 2009

    My RCA M4208GR was working fine. Then I recharged it on my computer and since it will not go past "Initializing". I've tried to find a solution; but no luck. Any suggestions?

  • Steph94 Jan 21, 2009

    mine is stuck on the same screen and it wont do anything...

  • Anonymous Jan 22, 2009

    Mine is doing the same thing. This thing STINKS - I will be returning this and will buy another brand.

  • Anonymous Jan 31, 2009

    stuck at initializing and wont charge or go to usb connection on computer

  • jimmy_truman Jan 31, 2009

    my mp3 got unplugged while i was downloading musican now it is stuck on initializing...

  • bobnorman76 Feb 01, 2009

    Stuck on initializing and my laptop won't recognize it so I can reboot/reinstall software. I've seen a lot of reviews of people that had the same problems. Can you say RECALL?

  • cudz Feb 04, 2009

    I have the same problem. I had it hooked up to my laptop to do a firware upgrade. It was not updating so I followed the troubleshooting tips, and now it is stuck on initializing. My computer will pick it up as a mass storage device, but it will not let me access any of the information I have on the player.

  • chrispate71 Feb 08, 2009

    mine is stuck on the pleas wait.. screen and wont load past thay

  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2009

    Mine eventually goes to a please wait screen saying it needs to build database.

  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2009

    My daughter's M4208GR-B is stuck on initializing, computer does not recognize the unit when plugged into the USB. Now when we turn it on, it says the battery is low and turns itself off.

  • garydarla Feb 27, 2009

    When powered on stays stuck at the initializing screen. Have tried rebooting it by holding menu key down for 10 seconds it powers off but goes right back to being stuck at the initializing screen when powered back on.
    Not being recognized when plugged into charger either wall or usb for computer so can't do any firmware updates to it because it keeps telling me to plug in device which I had it plugged in but it isn't being recognized.

  • kewl_kamper Mar 06, 2009

    I can get onto the player....and i can acses everything on my computer... the only thing i cant do is it always gets stuck on Initializing screen

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    first time I used it its stuck on initialize. I bought cheap ones for my kids and theres work so much better.

  • guest2009 Mar 12, 2009

    Having same issue: stuck on initializing. What gives?

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2009

    Same problem. Stuck on initialize. I wrote to customer service dept. It's been a week and they have not answered my question. Extremely frustrated!

  • shawnuhh101 Apr 01, 2009

    its stuck on the screen that says initializing...

  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2009

    I agree with bobnorman76. If so many people are having the same problem (myself included), this product should be recalled.

  • blanchettem Apr 16, 2009

    My RCA model M4208GR-B mp3/video player is stuck on a screen that reads, "initializing...". It locked up when transfering some MP3's. I reset it and the it is stuck on initializing...".



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Go to ""
To update the firmware of the M42xx mp3 player click hereand download the firmware. start the firmware and when it is runninplug the M42xx in at the same time holding down the PLAY BUTTON(center) until a white screen with a small computerwith a line going to your M42xx is displayed and then release the PLAYbutton. You can then click on start and the firmware update willcomplete,,, DO NOT DISCONNECT DURING THIS UPDATE... it may take 2 timesto complete this but it will work.... YEA!!!! WORKS with 2, 4 or 8 GBModels.....

I Tried the above...initially it didn't work, but then i tried it 2 or 3 times, and tried by connecting it while the "initializing", and then tried it after turning it off and then suddenly it came to life...just try some stuff it just might work...i.e after u download the firmware. Credit goes to the guy posted the original thing.

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I had the same problem too. I was about to give up and throw this RCA player away but I it is only 5 weeks old, I got it for christmas and would feel terrible letting it go because of this stupid problem. I noticed soo many other people had this same problem, and since I spend over an hour and got it fixed, I had to share my solution and hopefully help others. I must have tried bwelliver's solution 10 to 20 times before I finally figured out the pattern to doing it. Unfortunately, i should have gone down and noticed what clklause has recommended, which was to ensure that the power is turned off before plugging in the RCA mp3 player.
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