Fumbling in the dark I plugged the wrong adapter into my player while it was on. It froze and began to get hot. Now it doesn't boot up at all. Please help my beloved iRiver back to life. Thanks in advance...
There is a thread on fried players with a fair bit of information on components likely to be damaged and the repair of the players over at misticriver.net http://www.misticriver.net/showthread.php?t=44799 if your handy with a soldering iron .
Open the player and test for battery's voltage. In case of a low voltage measurement,you should replace the battery.I don't want to be cruel with you but, maybe that the player power circuit was damaged as well,and in this case it should be repaired by a certified technician (I realy hope for you that this is not the situation).
Good luck !!!
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It is possible that you have connected an adapter with a higer voltage or one with a wrong Polarity. In both the cases it is possible that the front end of the player has damaged components.
In some cases there is a possibility of the ZENER which is the protection in the input circuit that could have burned and saved the cicuit as it is normally connected to protect in parallel.
SO you need to check this out , also the short can burn up a fusible resistor or fuse and so could save the circuit. Use a mulimeter to check this section of the circuit. If not there will be serious damage on the main board.
It may be that the firewire cable has been inserted the wrong way round. Unfortunately this is a common problem as it is quite easy to do this especially when fumbling around with limited access behind the deck. Worst case scenario is that the Firewire circuit board has been fried! Firewire connection carries 30 volts, and if this connect to the wrong pins - pop goes the board. It's a £300 job to fix (I think). But first of all try pairing down any patching / connection to other equipement to a minimum to ensure that there is not something else in the chain that could be causing the problem.