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Not Able to Record/Playback

Recently, I my batteries ran out of power and upon changing batteries, my recorder has been absolutly unresponsive when and after I try to record. After putting new batteries in, I would be able to listen to audio, but when I pushed the record button, it froze. I pushed the record button and it said REC, then when I pushed stop to end the recording, it had the file number of said recording (14) and AM 12:01 on the screen. Then when I push the play button, the red light over the DISPLAY text flashes. When I push stop, it flashes green and displays how much time is left (5 hours). It even let me cycle through recordings (but not listen to them), but then I pushed record again and the display got stuck on REC. Every time I reinsert the batteries, it does the same thing: lets me listen to recordings but freezes when I try to record.

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  • Matt Batt Jun 16, 2007

    And another time when I tried to record, I pressed stop then cycled through the folders and the file number went down to zero on each of them. (However, they are no deleted because I can still hear then if I take bateries out then put them back in.)

  • cjdaweasel Nov 17, 2007

    I have the same exact issue. After my batteries died and I installed new ones I can't record. It just freezes when I try. After I press record it acts like its recording and then does nothing. I have to take out the batteries and put them back in to make it do anything.

  • lacc22 Dec 09, 2007

    I have the same problem. And when I push rec button twice, the voice recorder becomes frezze! and I need quit the batteries and place again. I can't record.

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2008

    I have the EXACT same problem and am going to try to call someone about it.  I am writing a book and this has really interfered!  I have the right batteries. When I push record, it is just unresponsive. I'm stuck.

  • Anonymous Apr 06, 2008

    I have the same problem even I replaced with new batteries, power on and off again. The first time I hit 'rec', it showes 'rec' and does nothing actually. After I hit 'stop' and it returns to normal. But if I hit 'rec' second time, it stalls in 'rec' and can't respond any key.

  • whatever85 Apr 09, 2008

    Airraid, you described my problem to the T !! If anyone can help, please let us know!! Thanks!

  • cindcind May 27, 2008

    I only used it a few times and have not used it for 6 months after batteries ran out put new batteries in today tried to record it goes to record then i cannot release it it sticks cannot get out the only way take the batteries out, it just wont record if you try to record first you can release it by the stop button even though it has not done anything put it in record the second time you cannot stop it even though it is not recording all buttons wont release it does anyone know why or is it a dead duck if it is i definately never got my moneys worth



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Can't record on the my Olympus VN-1000
+ I press rec button and it just shows rec in display (no recording time is shown ONLY rec)
+ there is no play back  or stop function

+ i can only stop  rec by removing batteries (stop or play will stop rec only ONCE - but there is no  useful function - such as play or stop or rec.)
+ I tried all trouble shooting tips in manual  with no effect 
+  i cleaned the spring contacts inside battery compartment that interface with the  batteries
+ it was barely used - and has not been used for a 1 year ( no batteries were inside it )     it was inside a drawer

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