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Won't record When I press the red "record" button, instantly a message comes up that says "Writing file!" and the unit freezes.

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    Lisa Loving Jan 02, 2008

    This didn't work. And I'm definately not pressing the record button twice. It's clearly a software problem -- could it be from trying to update the software using my Mac computer, rather than a PC, which is what I've always used with this model of recorder before? Or possibly some screwup in updating the software -- it started after the last time I updated the software.

    Maybe if I just go out and find an available PC and try reloading the software update, that will solve it?



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You may need to reset your Firmware to the original.

Here are DETAILED instructions from M-Audio:

Instructions for restoring MicroTrack II firmware version 1.0.0:

If you have attempted to update your MicroTrack II with original version MicroTrack I (MicroTrack 24/96) firmware and now your MicroTrack II is not functioning, please verify the following steps:
Power the unit on, observe that the LCD says “M-Audio Booting Firmware”, and then random characters are displayed (sometimes “Max time per file:” or a “+” sign). The unit then fails to operate properly.
If the above description matches your situation, please follow these steps:
Installation Instructions:
1. With the MicroTrack II powered off and disconnected from the computer/power adapter, insert a Compact Flash card into the device.
2. With the unit in the off-state, plug it into a computer.
3. The unit should power into USB mode and will show up as a mass storage device/removable disk.
4. Within the OS reformat the card. For instructions on how to do this, please see the “Formatting the Compact Flash Card” section below.
5. Copy all of the files included in the zip/DMG file, except the Readme instructions, to the root (top) directory of the inserted compact flash card (Do not put them inside of a folder).
6. Properly unmount the compact flash card from the computer (Please refer to your MicroTrack II User Guide for detailed instructions) and then disconnect the USB cable from the MicroTrack.
7. Power off the MicroTrack II.
8. Press and hold the Menu button.
9. With the Menu button held down, press and hold the Power button. When "Booting Rescue Disk" appears on the MicroTrack II's screen, release both buttons.
10. The MicroTrack II will now display the Firmware Update screen, reconnect the USB cable to the MicroTrack (the other end should still be plugged into your computer).
11. Press the NAV switch to update the firmware.
The MicroTrack II will show several status messages on the screen while the update is in progress. As each of the three stages of the update is completed you should receive a confirmation message that the stage has completed. First, a Bootloader update complete message, then an application update complete message and finally a resource update complete message. As the update is progressing, the four LEDs around the level controls will also flash sequentially. When all three stages of the firmware update are complete, the MicroTrack II will automatically shut down.
To verify the firmware update was successfully installed, power the device on and go to Main Menu > System > Version and press the NAV wheel. After the firmware update, it should now show the firmware version 1.0.0, resrouce file 1.0.0, and bootloader 1.0.

Note about formatting CF Card: Formatting will erase all files on your media card, be sure to copy any important files to your computer before formatting.

1. Connect the MicroTrack II to a USB port on your PC - it will power up in USB mode and will be recognized as a Removable Disk (if the MicroTrack was already powered on, select System->Connect to PC).
2.Open My Computer and locate the MicroTrack II, it will appear as a generic "Removable Disk" icon that was not there before.
3. Right-click on this new "Removable Disk" and select "Format..." (IMPORTANT: If you have other removable disks connected to your computer, then you MUST make sure you select the correct disk before moving forward).
4. From the "File System" pull down menu select "FAT32".
5. Click "Format" and "OK" in the following confirmation dialog.

Mac: A 512MB or larger compact flash is required*
1. Connect the MicroTrack II to a USB port on your Mac - it will power up in USB mode and will be recognized as a new disk entitled "No Name" and will be mounted on your Desktop (if the MicroTrack was already powered on, select System->Connect to PC)
2. From the menu on top of the screen, select "Go", then "Utilities" and then double-click "Disk Utility".
3. Select "M-Audio MicroTrack Media"
4. Select the "Erase" tab
5. From the "Volume Format" menu, choose "MS-DOS File System".
6. Click "Erase" in the main window and "Erase" again when a confirmation message is displayed.
* The Rescue Disk procedure used in this guide requires a compact flash card with a FAT32 volume format. OS X's Disk Utility automatically (DOS) formats media with a size of up to 256MB in FAT16.

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I suggest that you to select Reset to Factory Defaults in the System menu to soft reset reset the unit or by pressing Delete and the power button and holding them down to hard reset. Good luck!

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