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My M4208 MP3 player will not turn on at all..

I charged it through my laptop and it was on, but also stuck on the Initializing screen. after unplugging it and trying to turn it on, it won't do anything, even after holding the Menu button for a

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  • redrobin117 Feb 23, 2009

    same problem mp3 player wont come off the intializing please wait screen

  • Mely-Mel Feb 24, 2009

    My does the same thing. It froze during initializing and I left it plugged to my laptop and now it won't turn on. I tried using the EasyRip softaware but it doesn't recognize that the device is connected to my laptop. HELP! PLEASE!

  • daybreak19 Mar 02, 2009

    stuck on initializing ... and there's no hole behind, just the mic hole ... .HELP!

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    I turned off/on and now still stuck on "initializing".....any recommendation?

  • magna1994 Mar 12, 2009

    It appears that the unit gets 'stuck' in initialization and exhausts its battery. That accomplished, it lacks the juice to be restarted by the computer. Very cute Catch-22. Since RCA is gone with the wind, you need a receipt for the unit to get it repaired. Try getting THAT!



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Try resetting it with a paper clip or toothpick through the hole in the back. Its pretty deep but if you push gently you'll feel the slight click as the button goes down.. You can also download the firmware update from the rca site . You can use this to reformat your player. I was messing around with one that was given to me last night until I got a boot error. I reset and reformatted. Might could have just gotten away with reformatting.

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