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DS-2 lock does not get deactivated

I have got a sign of lock . Its not recording and saying read only file . What should I do.

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  • littlems97 Feb 14, 2008

    i have the same problem. i try to unlock and it just says "read only"
    i cant unlock it

    what do i do?

  • Anonymous Feb 20, 2008

    same deal?

  • veenotph Mar 26, 2008

    Same problem. I just changed the batteries, and everything is locked. "Read only Memory" Going to Lock in the menu doesn't help.

  • Marigringota Apr 11, 2008

    I have the same problem. Ugh. Any suggestions out there? I try to record and just get the "read only memory" flashing signal.



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I had the same problem with my ds-2. The solution for me was

FIRST: Copy everything off of the DS-2

SECOND: Reformat the recorder. Go to Menu > SubMenu > USB Class >reformat



Posted on Apr 18, 2008

  • brainds2 Mar 24, 2011

    works great now



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