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Having trouble getting my Rio Forge to work

My boyfriend just recently gave me his Rio Forge to use. I'm not sur exactly what happened but it won't turn on correctly anymore. If I turn it on, it just flashes the work "Rio" constantly and won't stop until I put the lock on. My computer won't even recognize the player anymore when I plug it in through the USB cable. I'm going crazy. It was working perfectly fine a little while ago.

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Mine wasn't recognising the player through the USB cable so I followed Mantraguy's instructions to reload the firmware. Make sure though that you hold down the menu key before you switch on the player. Then it shows upgrade and you can reload the firmware. Of course you will lose all the songs on the internal memory but if it isn't working anyway.

good luck

Posted on Jun 30, 2008

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