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Charging RCA Opal M4001 player/downloading songs causes computer to crash


I was trying to charge the mpo3 unit using the usb line and subminiture plug and within five minutes, my computer froze up. When I restarted the unit, my screen went blank. I took it to MicroCenter where I purchased it, and I was told that the I/O controller was fried. It there an alternative to charging the mp3 unit without plugging it into the computer's usb ports.

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  • jerseyjack22 Mar 04, 2008

    My comuter is is a Dell Optiflex model, circa 2004. The I/O controller is welded onto the motherboard, you just can't replace it. I am under a warranty, but I have just replaced my second PC in as many days since I hooked up my rca mp3 player

  • jerseyjack22 Mar 04, 2008

    Yeah, it was toasted. I went through 2 dells just tis week with the problem...frozen screen, then when you try to restart...no video...keyboard lights flashing.

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Good day!
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Hi
 you try 1st switch off you m4 then connect your pc to charge usb port . if your pc auto show new hardware then your mp4 charge.
or best to change your I\O controller ......ask in your near vender when you change it.......

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    krishna Singh Mar 04, 2008

    hope you try any card reader cable to charge USB port. mp4 to pc........

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I would suggest to ask the store if they have any other power adapter to be used with this device.
Check this link for a charger that does not need to be connected to the PC.
I'm sure you can find some of these chargers at any computer store.
Good Luck.

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There are many stand alone usb chargers on the market. Something like this: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5750794 would probably work. Now probably is the key word here as sometimes players need to connect and communicate with the driver software on the computer to change they don't simply source the voltage of the USB port for power, if that is the case then this method won't work. but it's worth a try. I couldn't find any evidence that this kind of stand alone USB charger wouldn't work so it is worth a try.

Good luck!

Posted on Mar 04, 2008

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    Dean Joly Mar 04, 2008

    If the I/O controller on your computer was malfunctioning you would see other issues with your computer and not just a problem with your mp3 player. The I/O controller (usually referred to as a south bridge) is responsible for the keyboard/mouse, serial/parallel ports, all the other USB ports. Sometimes the floppy drive is controlled by it also. As well as other internal virtual ports and interrupts. You would see more general problems with your computer.



    Run the Dell diagnostics program by booting to your drivers CD that came with your computer. Test the mainboard and usb ports, I doubt you have any problems with the computer.

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    Dean Joly Mar 05, 2008

    I see, well then I would try out of the stand alone chargers, thing is some are different then others and some are more universal, try to find a universal one you will have more luck with it. I once bought a Sony usb charger and it wouldn't charge my Creative player. Different output voltage in the Sony compared to Creative's. Some chargers have a selector switch to go between the two. Or you could get a new MP3 player and rid you of the problem all together, since the player is frying your computers then you are stuck with the media you currently have on it and can't change it, that sucks.

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Charging RCA Opal M4001 player/downloading songs c - f14ad0c.gif45c6c12.jpg You get one to this site or may purchase in other outlet:

USB to AC Charger Adapter

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