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Cannot format SmartMedia card on the KORG ESX-1

My KORG Electribe ESX-1 all of a sudden stopped working (although the knobs and functions seemed to be working fine). I thought that restoring the factory settings would do the trick. Since finding SmartMedia cards are hard to find in my neck of woods (Brazil) I found a XD/ SmartMedia adapter and tried to format it on the ESX-1 before reloading the factory settings. Much to my dismay, it kept showing the message FORMAT ERROR. Already tried to reste the system but no good. I'd appreciate any help in that matter. Cheers

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