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Rca pearl 1gb

Screen says "no files" but when plugged back into computer, files ARE in memory. tried updating to 2.0 software, but didn't help. Please save me from tossing it out!

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Make sure the songs are in the correct format. Make sure the songs are not AAC, WAV, streaming, or some other non-supported format
Mp3 players are more complicated than ever. This player may only accept DRM-encrypted WMA files. I would first check the songs that you have downloaded to make sure they did not have "temporary" licenses with a fixed end date. You can do this by right clicking on an individual song, clicking on properties, and selecting the "license," "digital rights mgmt" or "media usage rights" tab - the wording varies by configuration. It will give you info on the license. If the song says that it has no license, it will not work with this player. One remedy is to use mp3 converter software to convert all of those wma files to Mp3's - I don't know of any free ones, but you can certainly look for free Mp3 Converters. Another remedy on unlicensed songs is to hit the "acquire license" link in the license tab, if one exists.
-Tha Mp3 Doctor

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You mentioned you tried to reinstall the software, & got nothing, but I will walk you through reinstalling the firmware on your player as this is the most likely fix.

You can download the RCA TH1102 software here:

When you start this program, a windows pops up with troubleshooting instructions are the bottom. You can read them, but I will also take you through the steps.

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I haven't seen the exceeded usable memory message on mine, but I am familiar with Pearls not coming back on.

First, perform a reset buy removing the battery for at least 10s. Sometimes mine just shows the plain pearl logo (not the moving one) and then shuts off. Removing the battery for a while and then putting it back in always fixes it so that it shows the plain pearl logo for few seconds then displays the animated logo and starts normally.

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