Question about RCA (DVDCP33) Media
My mp3 player is not working, i read through all the trouble shooting solutions and nothing i did worked. it won't turn on and my computer doesn't even detect i've tried every usb connection and still nothing i even tested the usb drives with my digital camera and it detected that... it was working fine a couple of days ago. i wanted to reformat it and i couldn't even do that.. what do i do when it won't even turn on? and ya i switched batteries just incase... nothing help please
All you have to do is plug it into your computer, go to your home page and press CTRL-ALT-DELETE, then press restart. It works every time!
Posted on Jul 15, 2009
I cant load music my computer cant detect it
Posted on Oct 28, 2008
I know alot of people have asked this, but how do I solve this problem: whenever i plug the mp3 player in, the computer doesnt detect it. It turns on like it normally would and no matter how long I left it in there the computer still never detected it. Please help !!
and also, how do i fix the port trouble i have? (whenever the earphones change position i lose hearing in one earbud...)
Posted on Dec 01, 2009
Ok, so you have errors with the cheap MP3 Player from RCA.
Cant play songs; Cant add or remove songs; Get error message “Corrupt file” when connecting via USB.
Here’s what you do.
Insert your MP3 into the USB.
Go to “Start Menu” then to “My Computer”, then RIGHT click on your PEARL device, (note: sometimes this may take a while since its having to find it ~1-3 mins), then choose “Format” from the drop down menu.
The format window will open, (again there may be a pause here ~1-3 mins), and choose “Format”
(NOTE: all your data will be erased… sorry)
While that’s finishing, go to http://www.rcapearl.com/download.aspx and download the latest firmware for the unit. (SAVE IT to your HD, and then open it, don’t open from website)
When the format is done, remove your MP3, and turn off the power.
Re-insert the MP3 into your computer via USB.
Run the Firmware program you just downloaded, and FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS EXACTLY. (Again, this takes about a min)
Reboot ONLY AFTER you are 100% complete with the firmware install.
Now you are ready to install new songs and files to your MP3.
A few notes:
To prevent this from happening again, always use the “Safely Remove Hardware” utility from the icon in your toolbar. Its usually located in the lower right hand corner of your main window, next to your clock… unless you moved it. The USB from RCA uses a shared file to communicate with the computer. The higher end priced MP3’s have their own program built in. If you do not remove it correctly via this method, you could loose part of the file data, and now you can no longer connect to ANY pc.
Songs skipping, or MP3 skips entire song:
This is common among all MP3’s. the fix, simply get a better copy of the song you have. The data was compromised.
RCA MP3 spontaneously shuts off:
This is a feature within the unit. Open the menu of the MP3, via the “m” button, and go to “System setting”, then to “Powersaver”, and set it to “OFF”. (Be warned, carry extra batteries if you do this, and forget its on)
Lastly, remember you wanted a cheap unit, and you got one. Though keeping these notes in mind will keep it running for a long time. Until you get enough green to get a good one.
Posted on Jul 28, 2008
OK my mp3 player turns on but it stays on the same pop up screen and i cant listen to my music plz help me
Posted on Apr 17, 2011
My pearl mp3 player works and all tht... but it dnt show words on the screen, you can still switch songs and listen to them but it dnt show text... but it shows like the little images but no words help!
Posted on Mar 17, 2010
If your player simply can't be detected:
1.Make sure a fresh battery is installed (obvious, but hey why not?)
2.You may have an issue with your USB post. It is certainly possible that other devices may work in the port but this one won't. The farther the port you are plugging into is away from the actual USB hub chip, the more likely that this will happen with some devices. If you are plugging the device into a USB port on the front of your PC or into a cable or NON-POWERED USB hub (one that isn't plugged into a little power brick) simply try plugging the device into one of the USB ports on the BACK of the PC next to all the other connectors. That should give you to shortest path the the actual USB chip on the motherboard and may fix the problem.
The are some older computers that have both USB 1.2 and 2.0 ports as well (I have an older Fujistu laptop like this) make sure you are plugging into a USB 2.0 port in that case. I have a thumb drive that fails to be recognized on the older ports but works just fine on the newer ones on the same PC.
Posted on Dec 22, 2009
My mp3 player was working fine and then two days ago it messed up.. I plugged it in to both my moms computer and mine. and it doesnt reconginze it... when i turn it on it says 00/203 songs and it says empty.,...there are also times when i turn it on that the screen pops up with dots on it and then shuts itself off. please help
Posted on Sep 23, 2008
You are a God! problem fixed!
Posted on Sep 04, 2008
Ok... so now the screen on my mp3 is dark (i can see everything fine though) and everything is really slow. this happend after i downloaded the firmware.
(i made sure that the battery was fresh, and that the settings were the way i wanted and they were) sooo wats going on?
Posted on Aug 14, 2008
I had the same problem with my usb drive, and i plugged it in one day, and after nearly 10 minutes, my pc detected it woooo!!!
so i could've copied all my files over, but i didnt feel the need to because i have them backed up already
Posted on Aug 14, 2008
No i dont
Posted on Aug 06, 2008
Ok, to all the RCA people with Pearl MP3's...
If you have the "can not connect" or "corrupted files" errors upon connecting the USB, please do the following *note: you will loose your songs and data.
Plug in your MP3 via the USB, go to "Start Menu", choose "My Computer" select the drive where your Pearl is, and Right click, (you may need to wait a few mins and let it find it ~1-3 mins), when the menu pops up, choose "Format".
(again, this may take a little bit ~1-3 mins)
then go to http://www.rcapearl.com/download.aspx and download the firmware. install it and follow the directions EXACTLY as written.
remove your MP3 and reboot. (NOTE: DO NOT DO THIS WHEN PROMPTED BY THE COMPUTER DURING THE FIRMWARE FLASHING... ONLY AFTER YOU ARE DONE!)
Now you can reinstall your songs and continue to use the drive.
the RCA unit is cheap. you paid for a cheap unit, you got one. To prevent this from hapening again, you can choose the "Safely Remove Hardware" Icon from your system tray (lower right hand corner, next to your clock). The corrupt files are files which are left behind by trying to use a resource file in your computer. If you break this connection before the files are transfered back, you have part of a file... I.e. Corrupt.
Player turns off automatically:
This is a feature in the MP3 player. go to the "My Settings" in the MP3, and set the power saver feature to NONE.
Songs skip or sound bad:
ALL MP3's have issues like this. if the music file is bad, then the MP3 will either skip it, or try to play it.... horribly. To fix this, simply find a better version of the file.
Good luck and enjoy.
P.S. - If you want better user performance from a MP3 player, then shell out a little more green for a good reliable one.
Posted on Jul 28, 2008
When I installed the firmware it said "device not found" please help!
Posted on May 11, 2008
I can't really answer...I'm having a problem, though. My PEARL mp3 player works. Plays songs, does everything...except, I'm wondering how you do voice recordings on it. I can go into voice recordings, but, all it says is Empty. How do I do voice recordings???
Posted on May 06, 2008
My player won't work i put songs on there and it was working just okay then i turned it on one morning and it wouldn't work this is cheap.
Posted on May 01, 2008
Use the firmware upgrade software from the RCA site to reinstall the firmware. It fixed my problem right away.
Posted on Apr 02, 2008
Yes my pearl mp3 is not being detected on my computer while erasings songs i erased the audio memory ...help m please
Posted on May 27, 2008
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