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Rio carbon my rio carbon freezes once it gets to the RIO screen. it wont turn off.. i had to reset it just to get it to turn off. wth is its problem?

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Re: rio carbon

It sounds like there is a problem with the device firmware..update the device firmware and that should solve the problem you are having...

Posted on Jan 27, 2008

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