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RCA TH1602 The screen comes on and everything when i plug it into my computer. but it wont turn on when i hold in the power button when disconnected to the computer.

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  • mtdeap Nov 05, 2008

    I have the same problem, the manual says change the battery and/or update firmware. I tried several batteries and nothing and I cannot find a firmware download. My software says no updates available.

  • tmaloneii Nov 28, 2008

    it won't turn on

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I had the same probalem. i downloaded the firmware stuff. and it worked.but a day later i had the same problem. i hate the firmware because it deletes ALL your songs. and doesnt work well. so we shoud all call RCA and yell @ them for making such a **** product.

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I have the same problem, the manual says change the battery and/or update firmware. I tried several batteries and nothing and I cannot find a firmware download. My software says no updates available.

Posted on Nov 07, 2008

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RCA pearl th1602-a with new battery will not power on. Old battery will power on, but freeze at pearl logo. Player dosn't power on when plugged into USB of computer


Try a firmware recover. Download the firmware update from the RCA website and install the app. Start the updater and connect the player holding the PLAY button until it gets detected.
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Rca pearl th1602-a I turn it on all I get is the pearl emblem and it wont turn off. I have to pull the battery to stop.


My solution to a Pearl TH1602-A stuck on the pearl screen:

Download the firmware upgrade from RCA's website, run it.
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Remove battery from Pearl, keep out.
Press PLAY and hold while plugging into USB port,
when "initializing" progress bar moves, let go off play button.

On my windows, it installed some software and asked me to reboot. After the reboot I re-ran the Pearl firmware file and about 30 seconds later the start button was now available.

Click it. However, You will loose your music on the internal storage.

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I relaced the battery on the pearl th1602 and now it wont do anything wont power up at all


Try this solution, it fixed my pearl when it stopped powering up:

Download the firmware upgrade from http://voxrightnow.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2243/related/1, and follow all the troubleshooting instructions that popup when you start the program:

start the program,
remove the battery,
hold the play button while plugging into usb,
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After I did this, my pearl started normally, and my computer recognized it again. It also fixed my aac-error problem.

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You can d/l the drivers for you Pearl here http://voxrightnow.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2243/related/1. Follow all the troubleshooting instructions that popup when you start the program:

start the program,
remove the battery,
hold the play button while plugging into usb,
release the play button when the the term "initializing" replaces "searching",
click the start button to replace the firmware.

You might want to leave the "format data" box unchecked to see it that works. After I did this, my pearl started normally, and my computer recognized it again.

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The first time I tried to restore the firmware in my Pearl it would not recognize it. I had to follow all the troubleshooting instructions that popup when you run the software. Basically, try taking the battery out and waiting 10 seconds or so. Run the software and read all the instructions at the bottom of the popup window. then hold the play button, plug your player in, and keep holding that button until the software recognizes it. It works.

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When i put mp3 player on the computer it wont come up


If device not recognized at all:
Try removing the battery, insert Pearl WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY PRESSING and HOLDING the "PLAY" button. Windows Device Manager should see the device under "Human Interface Devices"as a "USB Human Interface Device". Run the latest firmware update, it will see the HID device and initialize it as a "Disk Drive", "_Generic MSC Recovery USB Device". Once the firmware update is complete the Pearl should work again. The trick was to remove the battery and hold down the "Play" button while inserting to force recovery mode.

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You should be able to force the Pearl into recovery mode by removing the battery, then hold down the "Play" button while inserting into USB port, after a few seconds, Windows should detect "USB Human Interface Device" (see Device Manager). Now you should be able run the firmware update. Worked for mine after it froze up one day and would not be detected as a USB device by Windows.

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As you plug the device into the computer, hold down the Play button. Leave it held until you see that it is installing new hardware (something like ROM initializing). If this doesn't work, you may need to add devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 to your environment variables (search that variable to find how if you don't know) and then in the device manager go to view and show hidden. Make sure the device is not plugged in and then remove all references to it in the device manager (any grey USB MSD or HID is what I removed). Now plug in the device while holding in the play button. I had to reboot to complete this part. Now you should be able to load the firmware (this was required here, it will format the device so there will be no files on it, including the ones that it shipped with).

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