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Won't turn on

I cannot get my Opal to turn on even though it is charged - it's been plugged in for 24+ hours.

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Re: Won't turn on

The solution is to upgrade the firmware. this happened to me and it worked just fine after. Go here: ..... Good luck!

Posted on Sep 16, 2007

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Re: Won't turn on

Simple, short and just the answer you probably don't want to hear. It's very likely to be dead. Check your warranty on the player, if it's in warranty, send it back to RCA. Good luck.

Posted on Sep 07, 2007

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Rca opal 4gb M4304-A has completely stopped functioning

Wow, I didn't realize so many people were having the same problem I was having. First try re-installing the firmware for it. Since your computer won't recognize it you will need to download the software, then you will have 2 boxes pop up. One is the install instructions and the other is the actual program install. You will have to hold down the play button on your player while you plug it into the computer. DO NOT RELEASE THE BUTTON UNTIL THE PROGRAM SAYS "INITIALIZING".

It should work fine once you do this. I spent 3 hours going through RCA's website before I came across this step.

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Computer won't read lyra opal mp3, and now it won't turn on..

I can't get it to download music but you can push the reset on the back with a pin & it will turn on again.

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Can't get my mp3 player to charge, or turn on.

I guess you need to FORMAT it... and then check the usb or even change it.

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My mp3 won't charge at all

If when you plug into usb cable dose it show that a device was pluged in ? If it dosen't turn on then youre charging cable is bad. If cable isn't bad remove software from youre computer using remove programs, unplug opal from usb then reboot youre software for youre rca opal cd.

Mar 09, 2009 | RCA OPAL M4001 MP3 Player

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Where can I find a charger for the rca opal m4002a or how can it be charged

Go to eBay,and look for the USB cable( About $ 4.00) for the iPod nano, it works for the Opal,I ordered one,and it is fine.It has a USB connector on one end,and the plug for the Opal.You plug one end where the earplugs go,and the USB connector on your computer.You have to let it charge at least for 3 hours.

Feb 24, 2009 | RCA OPAL M4001 MP3 Player

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How to cut the rca opal-mp4002 on?

Once it has charged for the 3 hours, unplug the player from your computer and hold in the Play/pause button for 5 to 7 seconds, until the player turns on.

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Dec 27, 2008 | RCA OPAL M4001 MP3 Player

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Its actually an rca opal M4008

myspacepepe this just worked for me. Try downloading the firmware here:

Then read this solution another user posted. Hopefully this helps you. I had the same issue.

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.

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Apr 14, 2008 | RCA OPAL M4001 MP3 Player

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For one, you don't need the CD to put music on the Opal. It's a plug and play device. Go to My Computer on your desktop and you will see under Audio Devices "OPAL". Click on that and you'll see a folder called "Media" and that's where you put your music.

For not turning on, click Pause/Play twice

For charging, You need to plug in the USB cord into the computer to charge it. Wait 3 hours. The Opal doesn't have a real long battery life, i'd say around 10-15 hours. So you'll be needing to charge it quite a bit.

Dec 23, 2007 | RCA OPAL M4001 MP3 Player

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RCA Opal troubleshooting

Make sure the Hold Button - it's on the side of the Opal - is off.  When the hold button is on, it makes the Opal think the Flash disk is full, and you get all kinds of wacky reactions.
Hope this helps...

Dec 01, 2007 | RCA OPAL M4001 MP3 Player

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