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HDD Fatal Access Error

My refurbished unit had been working fine, ableit with a few quirks, but nothing I couldn't live with since I got a great deal on it. However, now I'm having an issue that I can't live with. While transferring a file to the unit, it gave me a message "hdd fatal access error, the unit will restart." The unit stopped and did not restart. Every time I tried to start the unit, I could feel the guts churning, but I kept getting the same error with the unit stopping. I then tried plugging the unit into the PC via the USB cable, and my PC won't detect it as an external drive any longer. My PC has an old operating system (Win98), so I tried using my laptop which is running WinXP and still no use. Is there any way to salvage this mp3 player, or am I just SOL?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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  • HeatherJn Jul 16, 2008

    I've managed to get the unit to play again. While off, the unit would not reset when holding down the off button for 10 seconds. I tried a different approach by turning the unit on and, before it got to the HDD Access Error, holding down the off button for 10 seconds to reset. This worked, and I got to my music. However, my PC still won't recognize the unit as a separate hard drive.

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HulkSmashNow
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SOURCE: File Sytem Corrupted!

The dreaded "File System Corrupted" error is one that comes time and time again. Did you drop the player or hit it by accident? If so, then the pin connecting the battery to the micro hard drive has probably been disconnected. You can removed the back of the player with a screwdriver, but you risk tearing off the S/N sticker. If you decided to do it anyway, remove the back of the player and then simply fit the multi-pin connector back into the hard drive. Replace the back and screw it in, and then turn it on to see if it works. I did this with my old RD2762A, and it worked like a charm. Hope this helps!

Posted on Aug 30, 2007

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SOURCE: error??

Try using this it worked for my m4002a. It's the firmware update software.

http://download.rcaaudiovideo.com/downloads/autoupdater.exe

After downloading that just follow the instructions that pop-up with the program.

Mine wouldn't do anything before i tried this and afterwards it's been working without a problem.

Posted on Jan 02, 2008

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SOURCE: RCA Opal M4002A Won't let me access playlist without shutting down

You need to re-image your firmware--it sounds like something is corrupted there. I have seen this behavior on other mp3 devices in the past; sometimes it requires special techniques to reset the device. Let's hope this isn't the case with your Opal--RCA was rude enough not to provide a handy reset procedure.

If you are daring you can try to replace the firmware files directly on your Opal using your son's files. You need to enable viewing of hidden files to do this: Tools-->Folder Options...-->View-->Show Hidden Files and Folders. Also uncheck "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)" and say "Yes" to the dialog that pops up. You can change these back later. For MacOS X, open Terminal, then type "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE", push Enter, Option-click (and hold) the Finder icon, then choose Relaunch.

Now, simply copy your Opal's files over to a local directory on your hard drive (this is a backup so you can't make things worse), and then copy your son's Opal files onto your Opal. The files should be as follows:
autorun.inf
playqueue.dat
pmp_usb.ini
RAMLIST.DAT
SETSTOR.DAT
STDBDATA.DAT
STDBDATA.IDX
STDBSTR.DAT
STDBSTR.IDX

All of these files should be placed in the root of the drive--in the folder on the Opal that also shows folders like "Audible", "FMRecord", "Music", "Pictures", etc. After the transfer, stop and unplug your Opal. Try to turn it on and see what happens. If it looks OK, try to hook up to it with Windows Media Player. If you are still having trouble, use the firmware from the RCA website--even if it is the same version. Failing that, you may need to have the device serviced or replaced.

Good Luck!

Posted on Dec 04, 2008

ThaMp3Doctor
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SOURCE: Need USB Driver for RCA TH1101A MP3 Player Win98 2nd

RCA once had them, but no longer carries them. You would actually have more problems than you would imagine with Win 98 and mp3 players anyways - no music services will accept Windows 98 anymore. The Windows Media Player 10 software that you would need to transfer songs is not compatible. It would have been rough anyway.

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Posted on Jan 09, 2009

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SOURCE: Using an RCA MP3 player, model M4304...After

http://www.rcaaudiovideo.com/product.aspx?product=420

follow the download link on the right hand side of the page and download the firmware and easyRip software upgrade

Posted on Dec 08, 2009

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I also had this error. I assume this fix will also work on the X5 and maybe M3.
This can also be used to upgrade the HDD to a larger size!

I love my M5 and was gutted when it broke, it sounds brilliant and even in June 2009 it beats the competitions tiny, flashy, colour screen malarky by being solid, ugly, un-nickable and NO DAFT SOFTWARE! That last point is integral to fixing this fab machine.

Mine was caused by a chair leg placed on the unit... so I pretty much knew for sure the error truly was a HDD one.

- I bought a new HDD (hard disk drive), a Toshiba MK3006GAL (30gb) to replace the original MK2006GAL (20gb) off ebay. My fixed M5 is now 30GB! I'd be careful what drive you use to replace the original, I have no idea which work and which don't work. Stick with Toshiba probably.

- If you have an external drive caddy for 1.8" HDD's or some means of easily formatting the disk like a cable, format it to fat32 filesystem now. if it's secondhand your seller might do this for you if you ask nicely. Skip the linux steps if you can do this.

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- *gently* peel back the silver tape and move the red wire aside. The tape is conductive to stop static from the HDD messing things up and vice-versa.

- remove the back tape section and remember where it goes.

- remove the HDD and gently remove the delicate connector cable

- replace the HDD and put everything back as it was, making sure the black tape is in the same place and the silver tape is firmly attached (as it is meant to conduct electricity). Screw it all back up.

SKIP THESE STEPS if you previously formatted the HDD and continue where it says NOW:

- Windows was useless as it finds the device but you can't do anything to it, so I used the Ubuntu linux instead. There is probably a similar method for macs. Maybe you could use DOS, but god help you! If you hate linux, maybe Partition Magic for Windows can be used but this is only a suggestion and may be a totally useless one as I didn't try it.
- Get Ubuntu linux (or your own preferred distro) live CD (or install and enjoy a windows free life!).
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- Load Gparted (System>Administrator>Partition Editor, or "sudo gparted" typed in the terminal)
- Find the unformatted new HDD from the drop down menu e.g. SDA will be your computers HDD, don't touch that! SDB will either be your M5 or another internal HDD. You will recognise the correct drive by noticing it has 'unallocated' (i.e. unformatted) space of the same size of your replacement HDD, and won't be half full like your PC's drives (which you DONT want to format!).
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- Unplug the unit safely (i.e. unmounted) and turn it on.

The unit runs a firmware update and recreates the software on the new disk.

Voila! You have a repaired M5!

Connect to a PC and add your music back on. You did keep a backup, right? ;-)

Hope I've helped everyone!



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