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RIO MP3 PEARL stuck in UPGRADER mode

My Pearl went into Upgrader mode- ( may be related to a curious teenager playing with it) ANYWAY- I went to Rio support and was advised to update the firmware. I downloaded the application and went through steps to upgrade firmware and got an error message that the upgrade was unsuccessful and that the "semaphore timed out"

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Re: RIO MP3 PEARL stuck in UPGRADER mode

Your Pearl hard drive is probably broken. This is common because they are fragile. Replacing it is the olny solution if it is broken i'm afraid. Read my post: for more info.

Hope this helps,


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Go here and download the firmware.

First Reset your player, Do not turn back on. Plug it into your usb cable. Download your updates then run them.

Do not touch your player till your done.

It worked for me. Right now it started to charge. I

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A solution which always works for me is to hold the player face down in my left hand and then slap the back of it with my right palm a little harder than I would if I was winding a baby.
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