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Penny Grant Posted on Aug 21, 2006

Broke volume dial

I dropped my Rio Carbon on its side and dented in the volume dial. I have read how to take the Rio apart but am afraid to do it. Any suggestions? I am past the warranty period.

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Http://www.content-type.com/1461305906/carbon+3.04.EXE.htm This link takes you to a site which will allow you to download an upgrade to your carbon's software which includes a volume option in the settings menu. My wheel broke a while ago too, and I bought a new player before I found this link. I still think this is the most compact and portable 5gb player on the market. I'm back to using it now.

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