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Dell dj my dell dj needs help. when you press the power button it will turn on but then make a clicking noise and turn off. If I hit the reset button it will turn on and stay on. No music plays, it will charge but nothing will play. what can i do? and is there a way to at least get the music off of it. busted dj

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Did you drop it? It sounds like the hard drive is damaged. That being the case, your music is probably toast.

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Firmware error


Try going into rescue mode by pressing the Play button while inserting the end of a thin object such as a straightened paper clip into the reset at the same time, then hold the Play button until your Dell Pocket DJ turns on.
Scroll to "clean up" and select. This just defragments your players hard drive, you won't lose any data.
If that doesn't fix it try replacing the firmware. Download the most current firmware from Dell's support website. Scroll to and select "reload firmware" in rescue mode. Connect to pc with usb cable and power on player. Double click the firmware file on your pc and let it do it's thing. This won't affect your saved data either.
If neither of those work you may need to reformat the players hard drive. This will wipe out anything you had on the player. Scroll to and select "format all" while in rescue mode. Select "yes" then just watch the progress bar. Good luck!

Feb 17, 2010 | Dell DJ MP3 Player

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Unabel to turn on power on dell dj


Hold the button for 3 - 5 seconds.

May 17, 2009 | Dell DJ MP3 Player

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Files on Dj Ditty won't show up on computer..


Sounds like you need to reformat the player, but here is my Dell Ditty troubleshooter:

Dell DJ Ditty

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/P97347/om/OM.pdf - manual

http://www.dellcommunity.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=dce_djmusic&thread.id=47830 – How to Troubleshoot the Dell DJ Ditty – from Dell

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=&SystemID=PDA_MP3_DJ_DITTY&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid= - Firmware for Ditty

Did you run the installation CD first? If you don't, Windows will load its own, possibly wrong, drivers.

Make sure you didn't accidentally press the player's lock button:
The keys on the Dell DJ Ditty have been locked.
Unlock the keys by pressing in on and holding the
Volume/Scroll/Select dial until the lock icon disappears.

Reset method - Insert the end of a thin object, such as a straightened paper clip, into the reset button (near the headphone jack).

Also make sure your operating system is Windows XP - it won't work on anything before or after.

The Musicmatch service that this player was tied to was discontinued in October 2007, so you’re going to have problems even if we get it working again.

The DJ Ditty does recognize DRM-encryption for WMA files – make sure the license is up to date, or convert the file to mp3 format if you are experiencing licensing issues.

If you are experiencing frequent freezing, or a file system/corruption error, or getting the “Warning! Reformat with Firmware Updater!” message, there are two ways to format the DJ Ditty:

Format using Windows Media Player:
Run Microsoft Windows Media Player.
Connect the DJ Ditty to the computer.
Click the Sync button on the top of the menu.
Click the "Format storage media" button on the right-hand side of the screen.
Disconnect the DJ Ditty and power it back on.

Reload or upgrade the Firmware:
Connect the DJ Ditty to the computer.
Download and install the latest firmware from http://support.dell.com
Run the firmware upgrade program with the "Format Data Area" checked.
Disconnect the DJ Ditty and power it back on.

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Dec 14, 2008 | Dell DJ Ditty MP3 Player

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My dell dj ditty has frozen


Dell DJ Ditty

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/P97347/om/OM.pdf - manual

http://www.dellcommunity.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=dce_djmusic&thread.id=47830 – How to Troubleshoot the Dell DJ Ditty – from Dell

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=&SystemID=PDA_MP3_DJ_DITTY&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid= - Firmware for Ditty

Did you run the installation CD first? If you don't, Windows will load its own, possibly wrong, drivers.

Make sure you didn't accidentally press the player's lock button:
The keys on the Dell DJ Ditty have been locked.
Unlock the keys by pressing in on and holding the
Volume/Scroll/Select dial until the lock icon disappears.

Reset method - Insert the end of a thin object, such as a straightened paper clip, into the reset button (near the headphone jack).

Also make sure your operating system is Windows XP - it won't work on anything before or after.

The Musicmatch service that this player was tied to was discontinued in October 2007, so you’re going to have problems even if we get it working again.

The DJ Ditty does recognize DRM-encryption for WMA files – make sure the license is up to date, or convert the file to mp3 format if you are experiencing licensing issues.

If you are experiencing frequent freezing, or a file system/corruption error, or getting the “Warning! Reformat with Firmware Updater!” message, there are two ways to format the DJ Ditty:

Format using Windows Media Player:
Run Microsoft Windows Media Player.
Connect the DJ Ditty to the computer.
Click the Sync button on the top of the menu.
Click the "Format storage media" button on the right-hand side of the screen.
Disconnect the DJ Ditty and power it back on.

Reload or upgrade the Firmware:
Connect the DJ Ditty to the computer.
Download and install the latest firmware from http://support.dell.com
Run the firmware upgrade program with the "Format Data Area" checked.
Disconnect the DJ Ditty and power it back on.

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Oct 06, 2008 | Dell DJ Ditty MP3 Player

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My dell dj ditty wont turn on


Dell DJ Ditty

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/P97347/om/OM.pdf - manual

http://www.dellcommunity.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=dce_djmusic&thread.id=47830 – How to Troubleshoot the Dell DJ Ditty – from Dell

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=&SystemID=PDA_MP3_DJ_DITTY&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid= - Firmware for Ditty

Did you run the installation CD first? If you don't, Windows will load its own, possibly wrong, drivers.

Make sure you didn't accidentally press the player's lock button:
The keys on the Dell DJ Ditty have been locked.
Unlock the keys by pressing in on and holding the
Volume/Scroll/Select dial until the lock icon disappears.

Reset method - Insert the end of a thin object, such as a straightened paper clip, into the reset button (near the headphone jack).

Also make sure your operating system is Windows XP - it won't work on anything before or after.

The Musicmatch service that this player was tied to was discontinued in October 2007, so you’re going to have problems even if we get it working again.

The DJ Ditty does recognize DRM-encryption for WMA files – make sure the license is up to date, or convert the file to mp3 format if you are experiencing licensing issues.

If you are experiencing frequent freezing, or a file system/corruption error, or getting the “Warning! Reformat with Firmware Updater!” message, there are two ways to format the DJ Ditty:

Format using Windows Media Player:
Run Microsoft Windows Media Player.
Connect the DJ Ditty to the computer.
Click the Sync button on the top of the menu.
Click the "Format storage media" button on the right-hand side of the screen.
Disconnect the DJ Ditty and power it back on.

Reload or upgrade the Firmware:
Connect the DJ Ditty to the computer.
Download and install the latest firmware from http://support.dell.com
Run the firmware upgrade program with the "Format Data Area" checked.
Disconnect the DJ Ditty and power it back on.

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Jun 27, 2008 | Dell DJ Ditty MP3 Player

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Dell DJ Ditty


We may be in luck - I actually found an owner's manual for this one. Did you run the installation CD first? If you don't, Windows will load it's own, possibly wrong, drivers.

Make sure you didn't accidentally press the player's lock button:
The keys on the Dell DJ Ditty have been locked.
Unlock the keys by pressing in on and holding the
Volume/Scroll/Select dial until the lock icon disappears.

Reset method - Insert the end of a thin object, such as a straightened paper clip, into the reset button (near the headphone jack).

Also make sure your operating system is Windows XP - it won't work on anything before or after.

The Musicmatch service that this player was tied to was discontinued in October 2007, so your going to have problems even if we get it working again. Use Windows Media Player 10 instead (downgrade if you have the current version 11 installed).

Let me know how everything turns out.

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Jun 13, 2008 | Dell DJ Ditty MP3 Player

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Dell DJ (Generation 2) not being recognized by computer


Found the answer on Dell Forums. A lot of Dell DJ folks have been having the same issues. The problem is with Windows Media Player (shock). The Windows driver dated 2006 is installing itself and taking over, not allowing Dell's 2005 driver to work. The bottom line is the DJ will dock but not be recognized by your computer, Windows Media Player, or Yahoo Music Jukebox.

To check to see if this is the issue dock your DJ then click on start, right click on my computer, and then hit properties. Click on hardware tab and go to device manager. Look for portable devices on the list. You will likely see your DJ with a yellow (!) next to it. Right click on the DJ and hit properties again, then look in the driver tab to see what driver is listed. If you see a driver with the date 2006 or newer, then Windows is screwing you up.

The only way I've found to fix this is to either uninstall Windows Media Player or go back to an old enough version that the 2006 driver is not in the system. The 2006 driver is from Microsoft and somehow it interfers with the proper driver, which is from Dell and should be dated either 2004 or 2005. Once Windows is uninstalled completely, or back to an old enough version that you are safe (I am not sure how far back you must go, I just uninstalled the darn thing completely), you need to uninstall the Dell driver then go to Dell's website and reinstall the latest. Also make sure you have the latest firmware.

It sounds like a lot of work but it honestly took me longer to type this note that to do it and I don't have a clue what I'm doing. It's better than throwing away your DJ. From the comments I saw on the Dell Forum, Dell is not aware of the issue and isn't much help. Many people spent hours on the phone with Dell support only to hit a dead end and get the recommendation to replace the device.

Hope this helps all. A huge thank you to the folks over all Dell Forum who figured out the solution despite Dell's technical assistance.

Apr 22, 2008 | Dell DJ MP3 Player

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It won't turn on


Make sure you didn't accidentally hit the lock button.
Unlock the keys by pressing in on and holding the
Volume/Scroll/Select dial until the lock icon disappears.

Apr 11, 2008 | Dell DJ Ditty MP3 Player

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Dell dj player


You can reset it with a paperclip. The reset button is on the bottom. When immediately after you reset, hold the play button and you will get the recovery screen. From there you can reformat(erase everything and start over). That should work. If not, you probably have a bad hard drive.

Aug 10, 2006 | Dell Pocket DJ MP3 Player

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