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Masterlink won't turn on

Unit won't turn on. I tried pressing "on" "play" and "record" buttons at same time as suggested in alesis online site, but that didn't do anything.

problem occured after I bumped it slightly while moving some stuff around.

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  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2008

    I have two older Masterlinks that would not "power up". The lights would flash and the word "Masterlink ML9600" will appear in the screen then nothing. The units would go dead showing only two green LED's lit up on the front. The screen would go blank and not a single function button would operate. In both cases it was the Hard Drive. I replaced the hard drives w/ 40 mg drives and downloaded the latest OS cd from Alesis. They now function flawless and I have the latest upgrades to boot..

    You can call the Alesis tech department and they will advise you how to perform the procedures.

  • slab102 Mar 15, 2008

    RB appreciate your help and comments. My problem was with the booting. However, this occured right before I left town for about two months and, upon my return I plugged in the Alessis and everything worked fine, and is still working fine. Go figure.

    I will refer to your suggestions if I experience the original problem in the future.

    thanks again...jeff



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Hi. You may have a corrupt boot file or something. When you say "it won't turn on..", do you mean there is no power up at all? Or Just trouble booting?

I had a problem with my one (v2.0) once, where it wouldn't start or boot - it would just hang at the initial 'welcome' screen.. and then not do anything. The problem was traced to a corrupt sector on the drive (the initialising boot sector).

My local Alesis repair agent (Numark Alesis UK, London) told me that it would be beneficial to have a new drive in this case - to make sure there aren't any critical errors on the disk surface - and for them to ghost all my existing Playlists and data over to the new drive. They installed the latest boot and software and away I went - all fixed.

The other thing, in your case, is that if you bumped it, you could have knocked the read-write heads out of sink - in which case your data and disk could be perfectly alright. It may mean that the unit just needs to be re-calibrated.

If there is no power-up at all then it could be electronic components that have gone. There is two solenoids installed, one at initial power-up stage to protect from spikes and surges whilst unit is switched off - and another one (which you hear when addressing the current Edit Mode HD head (playing or recording). The latter solenoid is there to protect the disk surface from unwanted artifacts whilst spinning - due to the Masterlink HD spinning all the time whilst in Edit Mode.

Hope this helps.


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