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Unable To OPEN, FORMAT, OR RE-FIRMWARE MY 1GB MP3

When i turn it on, it says "Pearl" than it says almost insantly "Profiling Requires 20MB Free Space" and it HAD 80MB last time it worked, than it says "Shutting Down", it worked fine, uhm, about 12 hours ago, but now its starting to **** me off...

when i connect it to my computer, it turns on and says "USB Connected"...but my computer will start to act like it's found a new hardware (i.e Slows down for a bit, than the hourglass comes up) but it doesnt go through with it...

and when i try and open what it now reads as "Removable Disk (J:)" it used to read "PEARL (J:)", it says "Removable Disk (J:) Not Formatted, Format Now-YES-NO" when i click yes, for a quick nanosecond it says "FORMATTING" than it disappears and says "Unable To Format (J:)" same when i right click and hit FORMAT....

it will not be located by the Re-FirmWare APP that i downloaded, from RCAaudio...this is gettin on my nerves now...Much Thanks In Advance to Whoever Helps Me Solve This Puzzle Of a MP3...Dakotah

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  1. the same place you got firmware has "ask a question" put something in there that is too long and you will get a not found message with a link to email support.do that they get back to you.

Posted on May 31, 2009

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