Reads syetem error
Well, there are two things you should do before taking drastic measures:
1) Turn the batter off for a few minutes, turn it back on and reboot.
2) Try to connect the GB to your PC and re-load the firmware.
-Very simply, just connect your GB with the USB cable only to your PC.
-Open up Windows Explorer and locate the GB's drive letter (if available, it will look something like this (G:\GIGABEAT - if it isn't there after repeated attempts, skip to the "drastic measure")
-Once you locate the drive, keep it in mind and now navigate to the C:\programfiles\Toshiba\Gigabeat Room\2 directory.
-In that directory, you'll see a GBSYSTEM directory. Right-click "copy" (or drag 'n drop) it directly into your GB's drive letter and overwrite any existing files.
-Unplug, power off and reboot.
-If that doesn't work - reformat with the included Toshiba GB format utility and repeat (maybe repeat twice if it fails again - to confirm you did it right.)
-If it still doesn't work - time for drastic measures (or taking it back and getting a replacement)
Don't worry, it's not that bad and many of us have had to do it for some reason or another. If you're not comfortable taking apart your GB, then please don't do this. Take it back.
If you feel confindent in your tinkering skills, follow the instructions EXACTLY as written :
So you?re Gigabeat is stalled?
Seems like you need to do a little Gigabeat Surgery in the form of a "Hot-Swap".
Here?s what?s happening:
When you hit the power button, you see the opening Gigabeat screen with status bar. The bar starts to move right like normal, but stops halfway and never moves again, right? So, if you want to fix it yourself? Ok, here?s how.
You need to physically reset your drive so the computer will recognize it and you can put an operating system back on it.
**This is the ONLY way you'll get it to work**
** DO THE FOLLOWING AT YOUR OWN RISK. **
Here's what you'll need: (not for the "mechanically/technologically challenged")
1) Phillips Screwdriver (smallest you can find)
2) Place to put tiny screws
3) Soft cloth for cushioning
4) Original Software CD (if you don't have it, google ios you're best friend !)
**This will work and is not as hard as it seems, risk is minimal as long as you don't remove the front panel!!
Ok, here are the steps: (Read all before you start)
1. Go to this site and look up, these are images of the process: http://www.angelfire.com/bug2/gigabeat/
2. Disconnect the AC adapter and switch the battery to OFF.
3. Only open up the BACK of your GB, leave the front alone, repeat DO NOT REMOVE FRONT!!!(Back slides down a bit, then out - don't force it, you'll bend the metal)
3. *GENTLY* disconnect the HDD according to instructions on the web site. (See below)
4. Connect the USB port on the GB to the computer.
5. Turn battery ON.
6. Wait for GB to error and show USB logo on screen.
7. Re-attach the hard drive WITH THE GB STILL TURNED ON! It's a usb drive so that kind of thing is ok.
8. Go to the GB drive in Windows Explorer and copy the GBSYSTEM folder to the GB as per the instructions in the manual.
9. Safe disconnect the USB device (as per Windows instructions)
10. Turn battery switch OFF.
11. Put your GB back together again.
12. Switch battery to ON.
13. Turn GB on.
That should do it! And what is more after you use the library refresh tool in GRoom (select GB not PC in this case) you will have all your music back, too.