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Error?? okay, when i try to turn on my mp3 it says boot error please format unit. how do I format?

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  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2007

    boot error format when turn on mp3

  • Anonymous Dec 10, 2007

    my mp3 just says boot error please format unit

  • gnerdjr Dec 13, 2007

    i turned my rca opal on and it said boot error please format.....but i wnt to the web site and formated it and now it wont do ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!charge,display,turn-on....nothig but sit there

  • pinchetable Dec 14, 2007

    when i turn my RCA OPAL M4018A MP3 player i says boot error! please format unit. how do i format ?

  • nuwriter Dec 20, 2007

    This solution is totally useless.

    You can't access the volume to reformat the disk, and the utility offered by RCA caused the problem in the first place, as I was attempting to update the firmware when the problem occurred.

    In Vista device manager, it says the device cannot start.

  • Anonymous Dec 24, 2007

    ok i reformated but now when i was adding all my music back on my mediab player said error by every song n like it does that every time i try 2 add stuf now some1 email me n tell me wat 2 do my email is

  • Anonymous Dec 24, 2007

    srry i made a typo on my email its

  • schwee Dec 26, 2007

    my mp3 is saying boot error please format unit..what do i do????????????????

  • schwee Dec 26, 2007

    ok..i have tried going through the MY COmputer and reformatting..i dont have any idea where to go for doing that..i cant find anyhting..i also went to manage..and i dont know apparently how to do that either...I NEED HELPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i got this thing yesterday....

  • ngolden Mar 29, 2008

    Mine keeps saying the same thing....
    I have reset several time with no success.
    Please advise

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2008

    if you go to and download the next firmware it will work again

  • flirtygal Apr 01, 2008

    i havent listened to my mp3 ror about a week but i tried today and it wouldnt even turn on i thought it was dead but when its dead it turns on then in a minute or so it says low battery and turns off i tried my warranty but i lost my reciept

  • lilde45 Apr 20, 2008

    it says boot error please format unit. what to do i do?

  • princesske Jun 06, 2008

    it say boot error please format unit

  • Anonymous Jun 16, 2008

    says boot error please format i cant even get it to go to menu its the rca m4018a all pink mp3 player

  • stackb Jun 17, 2008

    My mp3 player is having the same problem. It keeps saying boot error! Please format unit. What can I do to fix it?

  • Anonymous Jul 28, 2008

    mine says boot error please format unit. it doesn't show up on my computer. nothing works

  • Anonymous Aug 19, 2008

    My MP3 player M4018A says that there is a boot error Please reformat but my computer wont find it when i plug it in

  • Anonymous May 15, 2009

    how do you fix the boot erro problem



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I've had this problem twice with my step daughter's m4018a opal. Here's what fixed it twice. Download the opal_4gb_8gb_fwutility_v1.2.8.0.exe, plug the mp3 player into your computer. If it shows a drive letter under my computer, just right click and format (the mp3 player NOT YOUR C DRIVE!) Her mp3 player never showed up. So I started the opal flash utility (it kept saying connect the player, put the mp3 player on HOLD (towards top of player), pushed the reset button (hole on the back) and pushed and held the play/pause button until suddenly the flash utility saw the drive, click start on the utility and when it's done you should be able to copy music to your mp3 player.

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Boot error format unit

Posted on Sep 28, 2008


Nothing works. There is no way to fix the Boot Error because the whole thing is a piece of ****. The best solution is to take a hammer to it and buy a freaken Zune.

Posted on Jul 01, 2008

First off when you plug it in your computer does it even detect it? If so go to my compter right click it's icon and then select reformat. Also when you do that you'll have to redownload all of your music again. And make sure you go to the site and look up your mp3 player, they might have made some updates for it also

Posted on Nov 30, 2007

Try using a toohpick to reformat your mp3 on the back of your mp3 where it says reset.....then try again

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Try formatting it in FAT 32 or FAT 16, the player sometimes can't read a different filesystem.
If that doesn't work, try upgrading the MP3 firmware, you can download it from the RCA Website (
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In Windows XP, rt click my computer. Scroll down to manage and click. Find disk management on the left and click. Your player should show up as a disk drive and you should be able to formt it here.

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