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RCA voice recorder problem

I am trying to play what i recorded on my voice recorder on RCA digital Voice Manager and it says Framesize is negative value.. what is going on?

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  • thomaspaine Nov 29, 2007

    I am trying to play what i recorded on my voice recorder on RCA digital Voice Manager and it says Framesize is negative value.. what's the problem?

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  • bizzykhai Dec 15, 2007

    same problem, "framesize is negative value", will not play, convert, or be saved to computer.

  • Anonymous Dec 16, 2007

    I have the same problema

  • Anonymous Jan 21, 2008

    I got the same message. My recording quality was on HQ, but I don't know if that has anything to do with it. When I tried to create a wave file, it said "encoding," but the progress bar never moved past 0%. Frustrating. I just might be returning mine.... :(

  • npie Jan 24, 2008

    Same problem with the RCA RP5022. I tried upgrading the DVM (digital voice manager) software to version 3.24 but it didn't help. When you want to play a recording, every once in a while it says "Warning Decoding: Framesize a negative value." with a box to click OK. It will allow me to make it into an .exe file (which is of no use to me), but when I try to make it into a .wav file, it starts and then freezes until I close the program.

  • chinthaka Mar 16, 2008

    I got the same problem several times.

  • Arge May 18, 2008

    RCA RP5022. I am unable to play or save the file into my computer. It allows me to play only thru my Digital voice recorder only. It displays a message in a box "Negative Framsize". I need to transfer the file and play it to my computer.

    I installed a version 3.24 and it didn't work.

    Can you help me/advice me?


  • Anonymous Jun 11, 2008

    Same here. I have RCA RP5022 and when i try to play this one file it says warning decoding framsize is negative value. It won't let me play or anything. What does this mean?

  • glitchnotes Sep 26, 2008

    I have the same Issue. The recorder was working fine for a month then all the sudden I get a "Framesize is negative value"

  • esigridb Nov 10, 2008

    same "framesize decoding" warning for RCA voice recorder. First time this has happened in the year+ I've played it through computer. Do have new computer running VISTA. Could that explain anything?

  • wecktl May 11, 2010

    i cant get the voice activation to work.dont know how to erace messages



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I used this solution and it works. Unfortunately it, of course, deleted a recording I wanted to save.

Too bad RCA doesn't include those instructions with the notation to do so PRIOR to making a recording you want to keep.

Sent a note to customer "service" but seriously doubt I will hear back or that they will do anything.


PS - tried to use the rating link here to no avail

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I let my rechargeable batteries run down before I closed a file. When I later transfered my file to the computer to the RCA Digital Manager program, I could do nothing and got the "Code Warning" message.
I left my DVR plugged into the USB cable and formatted my "removable drive G" which was my DVR. After that when I tried to turn on my DVR I got a blinking message "format." In desperation I pushed in the button for deleting a file from my DVR steadily for about five seconds. Voila! Everything came back to normal. I was able to turn my files into exe. files once again.

Posted on May 19, 2008



Same problem. I'm going to return mine and make sure I do negative advertising for RCA.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008

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Framesize is negative value

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Usually, my file is repaired completely with no losses, but once in a while I end up losing segments of the audio. But having some is better than none.

Lastly, when I run into a problem like this, I always make it a point to reformat the drive after I salvage the files. If you don't, more files will get trashed in the future.

I hope this helps someone. Pass it on or post/link it to other sites.

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