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System error When I turn my unit on it says first "system error corrupted playlist" and then it starts a humming noise and reads "HDCD to reset corrupted playlsit" as far as I can tell everthing else is frozen.

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    Steve C Jan 01, 2009

    Have exacly the same display: HDCD to reset corrupted playlist. None of the buttons work, effectively frozen. A real nightmare. can't believe there isn't some simple solution short of having to send it off for repair! Please help if you can. Thanks.


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You may need to change the hard drive.

try ebay for a 30 or 40 gig.


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