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My Rio carbon keeps freezing up

Hello, I have to keep resetting my Rio carbon as it keeps freezing. any ideas why this could be and how to fix it, before i get a new one?

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Your internal microdrive is probably playing up. You can either get a new microdrive (can be found in old ipods) or a CF card (sandisk CF ultraII work) or buy a new one.

Mowcius

Posted on Nov 30, 2009

  • Anthony White
    Anthony White Nov 29, 2013

    if your like me and listen to alot of music use a 8gb ultra 2 cf card and load it with the devolopers cut firmware 3.04

  • mowcius Nov 29, 2013

    Not sure that 4 years on there's going to be many people reading... Good to hear I'm not the only one still using my Rio Carbons (with 8GB CF cards).

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