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Won't turn on saying boot error format

My mp3 player will not turn on. message on screen boot error please format. What do I need to do?

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  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2008

    matsui mp 3 player when switch on every time says boot error then goes off again

  • mslabree13 Sep 19, 2008

    when i turn it on it keeps sayn boot error and going bak off

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What if the reset button didn't work, because mine still says "boot error please format unit"

Posted on Apr 22, 2008

Push the reset button using a toothpick

Posted on Feb 10, 2008

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There are two ways to format an Mp3 player - one on the computer itself, and one in Windows Media Player. Both methods will end up erasing all the songs on the player, but the player will be "good as new" after that. Sometimes reformatting in this manner will override the player's native formatting and cause problems - this can be reversed in most cases by updating the player's firmware. Firmware upgrades are available from most manufacturers' websites.

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Check if the file system is NTFS. If yes, format it to FAT or FAT32. - Connect player to computer, double-click my computer, right click on icon of mp3 player and select format. This only applies to Windows-based computers.
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Connect your Mp3 player to the computer and open Windows Media Player. Click on the Sync tab. Pull down the drop down menu underneath the Sync tab by moving your cursor over the Sync tab and left clicking on the little black arrow underneath the Sync tab. Highlight "name of Mp3 player here 1GB" (wording may vary slightly), and then select "Format." - this should erase everything.
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Boot error! please format unit


It might be cause by a corrupt firmware. You need to have a utility that restore the mp3 player to its original setting. i had exactly the same problem with my ipod shuffle 1st generation 2 years ago. Good thing Apple has that utility for me to download and until no it is still working. Try to visit and upgrade the firmware using this link for you mp3 player http://support.rcaaudiovideo.com/downloads.aspx?product=192


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