Question about Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack Recorder System

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TEAC/Tascam 2488 Digital Portastudio MkI version

Please can you help- I've borrowed a 2488 for a while and tried to do the right
thing- read the manual, familiarise myself with the layout- and hit a problem.
> The studio has some projects already stored to disk and I want to ensure I
dont mess with them when I put my own project on. Having powered up and
listened to one of the projects, I thought I'd listen to another and tried as I
thought to load it.
> The machine flashed up an error message about Error- run the auto restore
programme (exact words may have been different) but I can't see this in the
manual. Tried to exit or return to menu but buttons had no effect.
> I reasoned - I havent changed anything so what if I do power down despite the
manual saying to exit using the Shut Down Key first- surely I can't do any
damage. The 2488 powered off but switching on I now get Error- Cannot Boot.
Power Off and check H/W.
> What have I done- what is H/W?
> How do I carry out this command?
> Worse- have I damaged the machine?
> Just as worse- have I lost the projects already on the disc? I don't know if
they were protected.
> Please help- this is my first dealing with a portastudio and I'm quite
daunted by it.

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  • Richard Clark Sep 27, 2008

    Same error message on mine after powering down last week. Any helpers ?

  • Anonymous Sep 27, 2008

    Tascam 2488 often wont power up. sometimes shows system error 1 or 2.

    when left on for a couple of hours it usally comes to life. I checked power supply and found + 12V. -12V and + 5V as expected also found 3.3V.

    Some times it just goes dead. The green screen background lite is always on when powered up. Any good guess will be helpful.

  • ivanarturo50 Oct 17, 2008

    It was appearing a error massage, days after it doesn't start on.

  • ivanarturo50 May 11, 2010

    It doesn't start on. I already ;have my project and i don't want to loss it.



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Your HD risk to be corrupted, probably need to be removed and tested on a different device, I see if I can find the schematics


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SOURCE: 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 !
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SOURCE: My husband and I just purchased tascam 2488

If your mics are XLR (a hole on the bottom of the mic with three pins visible in it) you will need one of these for each mic, plugged into one of the four channels on the tascam that has an XLR connection (which will be the female version of the connection on the bottom of your mic). If your mics have a 1/4-inch connection, you can use the 1/4-inch connection on any channel on the tascam. For the stereo connection, you will need one of these of sufficient length to convert the RCA output from your stereo to the 1/4-inch input on your Tascam. Find "Tape Out" or "AUX Out" on your stereo and plug in the RCA side of the cable there (note which color you use for R and L). Use the 1/4" end of the cable to connect to two available channels on your mixer. Use the Pan knob to pan the left channel to the left and the right channel to the right, and voila! Hope this helps, and good luck!

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