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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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