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Need to reinstall data on RCA Opal M4208GR-B

I ran a firmware update and accidentally formatted entire mp3 player. If I plug it into computer, XP finds the new hardware, but does not show up.
Now it does nothing. Have I totally ruined it, or is there a way to fix it?
If you can, please help.
Thanks in advance

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  • hussleman112 Feb 04, 2009

    Cant transfer any music or my digital movies to my mp3 either

  • oneyemonkey Feb 15, 2009

    i have the same problem

  • garydarla Feb 27, 2009

    Powers on and stays on the Initializing... screen. Won't go any further have tried rebooting by holding down menu key for 10 seconds still the same stuck at the initializing screen.
    When plugged into either the wall charger or the usb charger it isn't showing that it is even connected. So, not able to charge it either.



  • Anonymous Mar 05, 2009




    Need to reinstall data on RCA Opal M4208GR-B


  • kewl_kamper Mar 06, 2009

    I can get it attached to my computer and charge it but when i turn it on it stays on the initializing screen....I need help...i cant figure out what to do....becuase i couldnt find a software update...if you have a software update or like a answer on how to fix it...just email me at..... kewl_kamper@yahoo.com ........ thats me.....just email me if you know how to fix it or if you just want to add me on yahoo messenger just add me....i accept invites

  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2009

    Need to reinstall data on RCA Opal M4208GR-B" problem, and notify you when a new solution is offered

  • yef2907 Apr 16, 2009

    i have the same problem it will not be fixed, buy another mp3 player but not the same one the rca opal freezes a lot and it gets messed up when you try to update the firmware, buy another mp3 but not an rca opal

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I did the same thing and reformatted mine too! If you go to www.rcaaudiovideo.com and put in your model number M4208GR and click on the update for the firmware update again then it will put everything back on the MP3 player. I know it sounds nuts but it worked for me and it wont do anymore harm then you have already done ;) Give it a try. Hope it works for you like it did me!

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I have an rca opal#M4208GR-B that seems to have lost the ability to show which songs are on the menu. In fact, the entire choice for music,radio etc. has disappeared leaving only the icons such as hammer...


i have the same damn problem. On the menu screen, i don't see any words, letters and ect. I only see the icons. When I try playing the music on my opal m4208-GR, It only shows a black screen. So i don't know what too do. I tried reformatting and the firmware update. Im guessing you have too kill the battery for the whole day. Try playing the mp3 all day until the battery drains out. Hopefully it can regain memory after that.

Feb 17, 2011 | RCA M4208 MP3 Player

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My Opal does not start. How do I reset my Opal?


Hi.

The procedure below is the full troubleshooting when the RCA Opal is completely irresponsive and does not complete initialization.

Try first holding down the Power/Menu button for over ten seconds. This is called soft reset, and will reset the player to default factory settings. This reset will not delete personal files.

Depending on the model you may also have a reset button. In that case hold down the pinhole switch using a paper clip for more than ten seconds to perform an hard reset. It will take one or two minutest to restart the Opal after this reset, as files must be reinstalled.This reset will delete files and personal settings.

If that does not work, it means that system files are damaged. In that case you will need to reinstall the Opal firmware. Firmware for some model may be available online, but better calling or contacting RCA and asking them to provide you with an updated firmware for your unit. If the wrong firmware is installed the Opal may result damaged.
RCA can be contacted at the number listed on Opal documentation. Number in US should be: 1-800-878-5779 (RCA Audio Products Repair Centers and Warranty Info).

You can also get the firmware asking a question online. Use the following link: Create an Incident or ask a question.

See also: Information on RCA Opal M4001 MP3 Player.

To update firmware follow procedure below:

Download the firmware upgrade file.
Hold down the play/pause button for about twenty seconds .
Hold down menu button for more than 10 seconds
Keep holding play/pause button and attach Opal USB cable to computer at the same time.
The firmware upgrade will start
If you get an error saying that Windows cannot write to the Opal drive, that means that the Opal internal drive must be re-formatted. In that case go to Computer, click the right button of mouse on the Opal, and choose Format from the dropdown menu.
After formatting, restart both units, and restart firmware upgrade procedure.

Note: The procedure above must be used when the Opal is not starting at all. When instead the opal is starting, but it is not recognised by the computer, procedure will be different. In that case test the player on a different computer. Test different USB cable.Restart computer and Opal. Reset computer by disconnecting power cord, and eventually removing battery for five minutes. Try using System Restore to restore the computer to a date before having the problem. Reinstall Windows Media Player. Check System and USB hardware settings and driver on computer..

on Mar 31, 2010 | RCA OPAL M4001 MP3 Player

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Wont do nothing but initializing


Hi.

The procedure below is the full troubleshooting when the RCA Opal is completely irresponsive and not completing initialization.

Try first holding down the Power/Menu button for over ten seconds. This is called soft reset, and will reset the player to default factory settings. This reset will not delete personal files.

Depending on the model you may also have a reset button. In that case hold down the pinhole switch using a paper clip for more than ten seconds to perform an hard reset. It will take one or two minutest to restart the Opal after this reset, as files must be reinstalled.This reset will delete files and personal settings.

If that does not work, it means that system files are damaged. In that case you will need to reinstall the Opal firmware. Firmware for some model may be available online, but better calling or contacting RCA and asking them to provide you with an updated firmware for your unit. If the wrong firmware is installed the Opal may result damaged.
RCA can be contacted at the number listed on Opal documentation. Number in US should be: 1-800-878-5779 (RCA Audio Products Repair Centers and Warranty Info).

You can also get the firmware asking a question online. Use the following link: Create an Incident or ask a question.

See also: Information on RCA Opal M4001 MP3 Player.

To update firmware follow procedure below:

Download the firmware upgrade file.
Hold down the play/pause button for about twenty seconds .
Hold down menu button for more than 10 seconds
Keep holding play/pause button and attach Opal USB cable to computer at the same time.
The firmware upgrade will start
If you get an error saying that Windows cannot write to the Opal drive, that means that the Opal internal drive must be re-formatted. In that case go to Computer, click the right button of mouse on the Opal, and choose Format from the dropdown menu.
After formatting, restart both units, and restart firmware upgrade procedure.

Regards.

Mar 31, 2010 | RCA OPAL M4001 MP3 Player

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RCA MP3 player, Opal, M4008. I just formatted it


Support site of RCA:
http://support.rcaaudiovideo.com/

Go to this support site for Opal, your model: M4008

The firmware is on voxxsupport file named FWUtility_1.2.4.exe download location: Opal firmware

For video converting use next link:
RCA video converter download

Sep 09, 2009 | RCA M4008 MP3 Player

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Easy Rip Software


Plug your RCA M4208GR-B MP3 player into your computer with the USB cord. After the computer recognizes it.
STEP 1 click start
STEP 2 click MY COMPUTER
STEP 3 Right click the associated drive letter (i.e. OPAL) to show the option menu.
STEP 4 click "install RCA easy rip"

Jan 25, 2009 | RCA M4208 MP3 Player

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RCA Opal 8 gb mp3 player stuck in initializing mode


I had this problem. I had to really try several different things to get the software to recognize the mp3 player. RCA does have download software that will format your MP3 player and put the firmware on the player. It would be better to get the firmware on without formatting if you have files already on it. Just be sure that you get the screen that shows it is connected to USB.

Jan 21, 2009 | RCA OPAL M4001 MP3 Player

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My RCA Opal again...


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.
All I did was download the firmware from the link that bwelliver linked to, unplugged and turned off my RCA M4208GR-8 player, then 1) I ran the firmware software 2) held down the Play(center button) on the RCA mp3 player that the power is still TURNED OFF, and 3) plugged in the player to the USB plug right after starting the firmware program. I watched the firmware program on the screen and noticed it would go from "searching" to "initializing" and I immediately released the Play(center button) on the RCA player and sure enough, the RCA player would begin initializing, and I was able to click Start on the Firmware program from the PC.

Hope this helps

Jan 17, 2009 | RCA M4204 MP3 Player

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Formatted


Needs a firmware update - sometimes a reformat can corrupt the original database - a firm upgrade will reload it - RCA's website will have the upgrade

May 17, 2008 | RCA OPAL M4001 MP3 Player

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RCA M4018 8GB MP3 Player


Mine didn't recognize either, so what I did is go into the device manager, find the opal in the listings, double-click, disabled the device, re-enabled it, at which time it shows that there's a firmware error. I then re-installed the driver from the cd, unplugged the opal, plugged it back in, and for whatever reason, the computer then recognized the opal as a mass storage device, instead of a portable music player. The computer now sees it everytime, and all I have to do is drag and drop any files I want into the opal. Works like a charm. Hopefully RCA will provide an updated firmware program in the near future, but this might work for you for now. Good luck!

Feb 10, 2008 | RCA OPAL M4001 MP3 Player

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RCA Opal M4008


This is the BEST solution. I just had the same problem and ran across this solution and it actually worked. If you are experiencing this problem, this is the only fix I found and I have tried several. Solution #2 posted on Dec 30, 2007 4%20stars_w.png
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I had this problem. Backing up data wasn't a concern though, as I hadn't anything on the OPAL yet.
First I let the OPAL charge up for 3 hours. Then I made sure it was powered off. I had previously downloaded onto a PC the firmware update for the M4004 which also works on the M4008 and other OPAL's. I plugged the OPAL into the PC, and booted up the PC. After installing the firmware package in the PC, you get an install screen for the new firmware with a format option for the OPAL. I selected that option, but the "start" button was greyed out as the PC still couldn;t see the OPAL. I pressed the reset (paperclip in the back of the OPAL) for about 15 seconds, than held down the "Play" button and waited. Eventually the software recognized the OPAL, and started to format it.
If you get a dialogue to restart the PC, press NO! You have to read the instructions that come with the install. Eventually I reformatted the drive, and installed new firmware.
BTW, there was no picture folder after I did this, so I just created a new folder named picture and it worked fine for the thumbnail pics I threw in there. Also when I use a MAC with the OPAL, I power the MAC up with the OPAL off but attached. After drag and dropping files into the OPAL, I power down the MAC. After power down the OPAL will after a pause give the "building databases please wait" messages, then when done go to the start menu. It is difficult on a MAC to eject the OPAL, it just reappears on the desktop so shutting down is the only safe way to administer the device. But to update firmware, which is easily corrupted BTW if you unplug the thing at the wrong time, you HAVE to do it on a PC operating system. Might work on an Intel MAC with a PC OS though.
Hope this helps.

Dec 28, 2007 | Audio Players & Recorders

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