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Gigabeat Will Not Turn On - Battery Flashes Then Goes Dead

My Gigabeat has been working fine. But all of a sudden it will not turn on. When I press the power button the battery indicator flashes (and looks empty). This would typically tell you the battery is dead and needs to be recharged. I then try plugging it into my laptop via USB cable to charge, but the same thing happens. The battery flashes for a few seconds and then the unit turns off. I cannot get the unit to charge anymore. I tried switching the hold on and off - nothing. I tried switching the master slide thing at the bottom and still nothing. please help.

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Re: Gigabeat Will Not Turn On - Battery Flashes Then Goes...

I called and they told me,i have the same problem, to just turn the battery switch ( bottom thing) off and charge it over night via wall outlet. hope it helps im trying it as i type so i wouldn't know...

Posted on May 19, 2008

Re: Gigabeat Will Not Turn On - Battery Flashes Then Goes...

I have gone and bought a new battery and still get the same problem. SOmething tells me there is somethign worse internal...

Posted on Oct 15, 2008

Re: Gigabeat Will Not Turn On - Battery Flashes Then Goes...

The battery has discharged to far for it to be charged via the USB cable. Use the included power supply to plug it into a wall outlet and let it charge there for a few hours.

Posted on Aug 03, 2007

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