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Boot failure Message says "System file has an error. to solve the problem, connect the device to your computer. (Refer to 'trouble shooting on the manual." As I am typing this, the device is connected and the manual says nothing about boot failure. Please help if you can, I am trying to get this working for a friend who is going to Mexico over the 4th of July. Thanks.

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Re: Boot failure

Dead Hard Drive. Thats all i can tell you. Did you hit a huge pothole or drop it today? With the way firmware is today you'll juest need to send him in. Sorry to say it, but that's the solution! thanks! Let me know of any followup needed

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I have an error message in my iRiver and unable to use it anymore. The error message I'm getting is: Boot Failure System file has an error. To solve the problem, connect the device to compute

If it is an older model like H10, it used a a micro hard drive which may have failed mechanically. Those old hard drive devices were susceptible to shock failure due to drops. In some cases you may be able to replace the failed hard drive with a compact flash card - I believe they used the same connectors and pin outs. If it is not a hard drive model, can you get it recognized by windows drive manager to try to reformat it. There's a linux based program G-Part Ed. It's an ISO file, burn to cd or put on USB and boot pc to the cd or usb to launch linux and the software then see if it will recognize and format it as an external drive. Gibson research used to make spin rite that was able to fix some hard drive problems, might work on flash memory too.

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My mp3, file system error

you may have to upgrade your mp3 device software.
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  2. connect your device to the computer
  3. there will be a software installed in the computer called firmware manager, double click on it .
  4. after you have entered the pop-up window there will be an option to upgrade.
  5. click on it to reinstall and upgrade your device software.
but doing this will erase all the details in the device and all the settings. so make a backup of the songs and any other details in the device.
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I had same problem. On this website I read that problem is due to hard drive malfunction. I have solved my problem by doing the following. Actually a friend of mine told me he solved similar problem with his iPod this way.
1- Per indication on this website (fixya) I put device next to my ear at the time I turn ON and screaky sound was present. In my case I could hear that sound.

2- on a solid table I put a piece of cloth
3- removed batery from H10 and installed back ON (I think this is called reset)
4-put iriver h10 on my hand with screen towards my palm
5-turn device ON and immediately slap it against table (with piece of cloth in between) at third attempt device boot normally.

I figure, device was dead why not try this. In my case it worked.

Now I am trying to synch my music. sometimes it sync sometimes it reports error but music is there.

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I've had the same problem. This is wat I did:

Originaly this player was only plugged into a computer with windows Vista installed. I then plugged it into a laptop with Windows XP pro. It told me that it was unformatted and asked me if I wanted to format it now. I formated it as FAT32. Once the formatting was complete I unplugged the player and the display on the player said that is was creating folders. I had a functioning mp3 player once that was done.

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1st go to I and dload the version you want to run. My PMP shows 1.23 but I couldn't find that version so I now run 1.24.. Save the dloads in a new folder on your computer.. There should be (7) items that dload to your computer.

*** I have found that just copying the files to your PMP Player will NOT work.***

I had to delete ALL (7) of the system files and folders.
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So there were (7) items I had to delete. Once deleted go to the folder you saved the dloads to. I had to click and drag each item to the drive your PMP player is connected to. Once all (7) items have been placed on your PMP player disconnect it, turn off the power, wait a minute and turn it back on. These steps worked PERFECTLY for me. Please let me know in this forum if this helps..


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