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Toshiba Gigabeat F40 MP3 Player

I have a Toshiba Gigabeat F40 MP3 player that turns on, but sticks at the timezone screen. It seems as if it's stuck in Hold mode, but the hold button is not turned on. The only way to turn the unit off is to turn off the battery button on the bottom of the unit. When it started having problems, the unit would scroll quickly through the selections, but would not stop or let me make a selection. I am thinking the control buttons are not working. Is there a way to open this unit and check them. I could also reset the unit if there is a way to do that!?!? Thanks for any advice you can offer, Cindy

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  • mac530 May 21, 2008




    i am having the exact same probs with mine. have you found a way to unfreeze yours yet?


  • braulioba Sep 08, 2008

    i have the same problem to can u plz help me???????

  • Anonymous Sep 09, 2008

    i have the same problem too

  • ddaugherty Nov 20, 2008

    Same Problem. Touch plus sticks and won't release.

    Turn the player off and get some quality contact cleaner. Spray into the Plus Touch Switch area. Work the + up-down-back-forth. Once the cleaner has evaporated turn the player back on and get back to listening

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My experience is that sometimes the battery swells up and puts pressure on the keypad, causing it scroll. Get a new battery and the scrolling stops....

Posted on Apr 18, 2008

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I had this problem for my For my MEGF20 gigabeat. While the face plate is removed (see instructions for cleaning dust out from around the key area as described by another member), see whether the front panel itself is putting pressure on the keys and causing it to scroll. I pressed the panel gently from the inside with my thumb where the key slot was so it bulged out slightly. This seems to help.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008

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I had the same problem with the continuous scrolling. I thought it was a sticky key. I opened the face of the unit and clean out the dust. Problem fixed.

Getting the unit opened can be tricky. You have to carefully remove the plastic pieces from the top and bottom of the unit. Try to gently pry out one edge and it will lift off. You will need a tiny phillips head screwdriver. You only need to remove the top two screws and the face plate can be removed.

Warning: Once the plastic piece is removed from the bottom, the switch that turns the battery on/off can easily fall out. Keep and eye on it.

Posted on Nov 24, 2007

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Hi1 I have exectly the same problem and i try so many times the battery button of but still have the same problem any further idea or solution will be appriciated thank you gangulee

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Just stick it in the fridge for half an hour.

Posted on Sep 17, 2009

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You can reset by turning the on/off switch at the bottom of the unit to the off position and then back to on. I would wait about 5-10 seconds in the off position before turning it back on. This actually turns the battery off and then back on. Hope this works for you. Eric

Posted on Jul 14, 2007

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Had the same problem, take it apart and if the control works with the cover off, just remove the strips on back of the battery so there is no pressure on the control pad. I did this and has worked like a charm since!

Posted on Nov 25, 2009

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