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Tascam 2488 menu button not responding when i press it, all of the other buttons respond

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The only problems I've had with my 2488 thus far have been sticking buttons. It seems the transport buttons often go first. In my case it was a matter of dirt (or dust) getting in. The cat would come in from outside and walk on my 2488 with dirty paws. Shortly after that is when I started having problem with the buttons sticking. I my case I bought one of those spray cans of air for cleaning keyboards and blasted around the buttons with that. It seems to have fixed the problem for now. I leace a clear plastic bag over the unit now when not in use to protect it from dust (and cats).

Cheers,

bd

Posted on Jul 21, 2008

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Also the tuner does not come up on my 2488


Re: Tascam 2488Hold down the 'SHIFT' button, and press the 'Tuner' button to get the tuner on screen. Press 'Home' to exit the tuner

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I want to erase all of my data on the tascam 2488


Register and download the manual for free at audio.manualsonline.com

Search for "Tascam Portastudio 2488"

http://music.manualsonline.com/manuals/mfg/tascam/2488neo.html

Chapter 7, page 45 talks about erasing partitions permanently.

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Recently purchased the Tascam 2488 Neo Digital/Microphone Effects


Assuming you have your mic plugged in properly and all is working well save for this one issue, do as follows: press the SELECT button on the track/channel which has the mic on it. Then press the SEND button over to the right of all the tracks. The button is right under the EQ button. After you press the SEND button, a screen opens up and you can send reverb to that channel/track...as much as you want. I hope this helps.

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On my Tascam 2488, the Stop, Play and Record buttons have been getting harder and harder to press and activate. Today I can't get them working at all no matter how hard I press. I opened the unit up, but...


I got the same problem. Also, the headphone jack on my Tascam 2488 is going bad. Only the right headphone will work most of the time. Anyone know a remedy/ solution for this?

Nov 16, 2009 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Tascam 2488 locked up/frozen


This will reinitialize it to the factory settings. All data (music) will be lost.
With the 2488 turned OFF
Simultaneouly, hold down the Quick Routing, Shift, Send and Shut Down buttons.
With all buttons pressed .... turn the 2488 ON.

It shoulld go through the normal boot up screens, including a screen that states ' partitioning drive', etc. When finished it will show ' Factory Settings Reinitialized - Reboot (or something like that) and you are done.

I have the original 2488 as well, and tried everything recommended to address the HDD lockups.
I think I know why Tascam eliminated the Tone Generator (Drums) on the MKII and Neo versions.
Too much for the processor to handle?? Hope this helps.

Bill H

Mar 24, 2009 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Boot in TASCAM 2488


thiagofo,

Formatting of the hard drive is outlined on page 66 of the 2488 manual (assuming this is the old grey 2488 and not the newer blue MkII).

In case you don't have the manual handy, you can either format the entire drive (excluding the fat partition) or just one of the partitions. There is also another option to refrormat the fat partition.

To format the drive, (and create new partitions), go to the 'disk' menu, highlight 'format' and press 'enter'. You'll be asked to specify the new partition size (all partitions will be the size you choose). The press 'enter' again to proceed with the format. A new blank song will be created on each partition. Do not power off the 2488 while the format is in progress.

To format a single partition, from the 'disk' menu choose 'reform' and press 'enter'. You then choose (by highlighting) which partition you want to format and press 'enter' to format. You'll get the warning/confirm message and press 'enter' again to proceed.

The fat partition (visible via usb from a PC) can be formatted also. To do this select 'fat reform' from the disk menu and press 'enter' and then 'enter' again at the warning.


irvingsr3 - I'm not sure if resetting the unit is the easiest way to fix your problem. You might be able to perform a redo, or you might be able to just go and start a new song which will reset most of the control settings to their defaults. When you hit 'undo' it may have rolled back some of your input assignments or tracks which were armed for recording and that could explain why you can't seem to record now.

bd.

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Play and Record button not working


I have the same problem with all three of my Tascam 2488 MKII's.
It's a software problem and starts to show up when the harddisk gets full.

Backup your song files ( something you have to do anyway ) and then reformat the entire hard disk.
Then restore the songs you were working on lately.

Before doing this rather huge task, you can copy your latest song to another partition and go on with this copy.
This is only a provisional solution.

Hope this helps !
Best regards

Jan 24, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Playback button


I've seen intermittent buttons (especially transport) reported occassionally with the most common suggestion to remedy the situation being to first press down the button rather firmly and rotate it around in little circles. This may help for a while. The real solution is probably to remove the cover and inspect the button from underneath for wear and/or built-up dust or dirt and clean/replace accordingly.

If your 2488 is still under warranty or you aren't comfortable opening the cover yourself, you can search for a Tascam Service Center in your area here:

http://www.tascam.com/service.php?que=go;33,2025&type=html

If you do decide to open up the box yourself the service center near you may be able to sell you parts.

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