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RCA Opal 8Gb wont turn on.

I just got it yesterday and it worked perfectly when I turned it off it would turn back on when I wanted it to it charged and everything then I tried to turn it back on nothing happened it won't charge or anything. I really don't think I can return it either. Email me at

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  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2007

    keeps shutting down

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2007

    Keeps shutting down wont turn back on

  • bobbiec Dec 29, 2007

    hurley924 is absolutely correct! I was having the same problem with my daughters and disengaged the hold button on the side and now it works fine!

    Thanks hurley924

  • oecanbrown28 Jan 07, 2008

    I listened to it last night night. I turned it off, then i went to bed. I woke up to charge it and it will not turn on.It's been a whole day and it wont turn on.

  • ttori_2004 Jan 16, 2008

    Was working fine and then froze while listening to it. Shut it down and since then will not come back on. I have tried the hold button and reset button and nothing seems to work.

  • Anonymous Jan 29, 2008

    wont turn on

  • fancy911 Apr 19, 2008

    I think I have the same problem. My little brother was playing with it and the battery went died and I charged it and it wont turn on at all. It has a full battery and it still wont turn on. What do I do? Please help. Morgan

  • mystique001 Jan 05, 2009

    my opal in Red (the 8gig) doesn't have a reset button all it has is a small hole that says mic. so how do i reset it

  • robertand818 Jan 23, 2009

    When i turn it on it just says initializing

  • hockeyrada Apr 03, 2009

    the same thing happend to me but mine is blue it worked for about 3 days and now it doesnt work!! it makes me sooo mad

  • vanessababie Apr 04, 2009

    i turn my mp3 player on and then its says initializing and then it shuts off.
    but then i try to turn it back on and it just stays on initializing for like a long time and it shuts off again.then i tried to charge it and it doesn't work.
    i don't know what do do how do i fix it?



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How do you download the format unit thing. can you give me a link to some internet site because i lost all the information plz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Jul 28, 2008


There is a "hold" button on the side of the player. Switch it to off.

Posted on Jan 29, 2008

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Okay this is waht you do if you have a reset botton on the back of yours then just simply click it and turn it on, now you are going to have to wait because it has it reset your database but also if you have my selcetion they won't be there.

Posted on Jan 16, 2008

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Check the lock button to see if it's ope this helpson if so turn it off h

Posted on Jan 13, 2008

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Thanks so much hurkey924! i tried what you said and now it goes on perfectly! ahhh thank youuu!

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I got mine the 25th and it would not turn on today, I took a toothpick and hit the reset button on the back. I tried to turn it on and it kept shutting down, I then realized I had the "hold" button engaged on the side, It now works great and I did not lose any files.
Try to reset and make sure the "hold" is not engaged.
Hope this helps!

Posted on Dec 27, 2007

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