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Error?? okay, when i try to turn on my mp3 it says boot error please format unit. how do I format? Same problem as others on an M4008. Says "Boot Error! Please Format Unit". Even though connected properly via usb, the MP3 does not show in "My Computer". How is it possible to fix this? No menus can be accessed through the Opal M4008, and it doesn't detect on the computer! Any advise would be appreciated! Also, I said my product was the M4001 because the M4008 wasn't an option to choose! My mp3 player is doing the same thing and when i try Sync songs from windows media player there is a little box that pops up and says "Windows Media Player encountered a problem while synchronizing the file to the device. For additional assistance, click Web Help." I dont know what else to do. Please Help. I had to put that because my mp3 player isnt on there but mine is a RCA OPAL M4018A (8 GB) MP3 Player.

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  • rjuliano Dec 27, 2007

    m4008a boot error please format unit,not picked up on my computer,and i do not know how to format the unit.

  • broken mp3 Dec 27, 2007

    Have EXACT same problem - tried installing new firmware from RCA site, but unit is not even recognized. Sent email to RCA tech support. We will see if anything comes of that. Otherwise... back to Wal Mart!

  • spicy48 Dec 28, 2007

    when fully charged and i turn on it says boot error please format unit!!!! also wont be detected on the computer....

  • branjustcbo Jan 01, 2008

    I HAVE MY NEPHEWS MP3 PLAYER AND I JUST GOT THE SAME MESSAGE. AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE DUE TO THE NEW YEAR BUT I'VE BEEN RESEARCHING THE PROBLEM AND ABOUT 15 PEOPLE SINCE CHRISTMAS ARE EXPERIENCING THE SAME PROBLEMS. I THINK ITS BEST I GIVE IT BACK BECAUSE EVEN ON THE RCA WEBSITE, THEY CANT HELP.

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2008

    boot error reformat

  • jalexh Jan 02, 2008

    boot error reformat, does not come up on mu computer i have hit the reset without any results. i have ther RCA OPAL M4008 MP3 player

  • tosha Jan 19, 2008

    rca opal m4008 say boot error

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2008

    "Boot Error! Please Format Unit". Even though connected properly via usb. How do I get the unit to work again?

  • ziggy967 Jun 02, 2008

    i have the same problem with mine and the automatic update installer didnt work, its just been saying Opal and Boot Error! Please format unit. either that or when i plug it into the computer, its jsut blank and when i unplug it it says usb connected, do not disconnect.

    Can ANYONE help me???

  • Anonymous Jun 11, 2008

    after i format it says still says boot error please format unit what to do

  • Anonymous Jul 14, 2008

    Boot Error! Please format unit. Tried to format via, windows media player and through my computer. No soap. Unit just keeps on flashing on and off. Need help!!!

  • bigbeach Aug 23, 2008

    when i turn my opal mp3 player on it says: " error, please reformat me" what do i do

  • Anonymous Aug 26, 2008

    MY MP3 PLAYER SAY BOOT MENU ERROR AN I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO

  • falconz_rule Dec 23, 2008

    well i have the 8 gb opal and when i went to turn it on it says boot error please format unit i tryed the and now it wont even connect to the usb slot it wont turn on anymore and the batteries full i tryed resetting it and deleting all the songs and everything off of it

  • Gamer_j_kool Dec 24, 2008

    I have the same Boot Error!! problem its so annoying how do i fix it it.

  • Anonymous Jan 18, 2009

    My MP3 player has been saying "Boot error please format unit" How would i fix it? I have hit the reset button and took it mostly apart.

  • Anonymous Feb 28, 2009

    i have the same problem im about to screem

  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2009

    everytime i turn on my mp3 player it says boot error! please format unit

  • Young Joc May 11, 2010

    my mp3 player keeps saying boot error

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Try using this it worked for my m4002a. It's the firmware update software.

http://download.rcaaudiovideo.com/downloads/autoupdater.exe

After downloading that just follow the instructions that pop-up with the program.

Mine wouldn't do anything before i tried this and afterwards it's been working without a problem.

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Every time i plug it into the computer the ipod says format unit and my computer does not recognize it waht should i do???

Posted on Jun 15, 2010

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Darn did anyone find the solution??? I still cannot get mine to work.

Posted on Jun 02, 2010

Im Having the same problem....
i regret tottaly of buying this RCA player.... it just never worket properly, and now i spent 6 hours straight, just trying to put a simple mp3 file inside of it, and i updated the firmware, and nothing happened....

very very dissapointed with RCA

Posted on Sep 03, 2008

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Yea, This auto update firmware DOES NOT HELP because with this problem the PC Cannot SEE the device and neither can the Firmware Update Utility. Suggest RCA refund all of us FULL ORIGINAL PRICE for this Item that has never worked properly!

Posted on Jul 07, 2008

Yeah, I'm having the same problem. It just started happening now. The autoupdate software didn't do anything. About to get rid of this piece of junk!

Posted on May 31, 2008

THIS DOESN'T HELP ME AT ALL!!!!!

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Yea, I'm having the same problem. I'm not sure what to do, but so far nothings helping...

Posted on Dec 27, 2007

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Gracias por la ayuda pero lo intente todo y nada funciono,,,
nop soy tan bruto soy ingeniero y nada funciona me hace falta el firmware para instalarlo y no lo puedo conseguir...gracias

Posted on Aug 23, 2008

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