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My pearl th1602 is froze

The pearl emblem comes on and goes back off nothing else happens and it is not reading the device when i plug it in my usb port.

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    I will press the on button it comes up to the pearl like its going to run then freezes, i cannot shut it off without taking out the battery. i have followed the instructions to download the update and it keeps telling me that device couldnot be found, and i have tried all 3 of my usb ports on my laptop

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Remove battery, press and hold "Play" button when inserting into USB port. Run the firmware update and should be able to re-initialize the device, start the update with the "Format" option checked. Worked for me.

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Make sure the hold/lock is not enagged.
Try another USB port.

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remove the battery,
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