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When i turn the mp3 on it says ..internal memory problem ...reformat with usb.

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I had exactly same trouble - at least twice..
One time a battery switch and drain for at least 10 min fixed it.
another time I reinstalled firmware...

No big deal..

Posted on Nov 11, 2007


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