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Locked up Hello, I have the Olympus VN-4100 voice recorder. I started to record when I noticed that the device would not turn on. I then replaced the batteries and the letters CHK came on the screen then immediatly the letters ERR came on and I can't seem to get the unit to clear its self. HELP!! This unit is my life line...

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  • Anonymous Sep 24, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. Did you find a solution?

  • Anonymous Nov 06, 2008

    HELP I AM 3

  • bart_16 Nov 28, 2008

    Please Help IS there a Number to call?

  • stevenstauff Jan 12, 2009

    I need to extract my interviews off this device tonight and am getting the same message. This is an emergency, please help!

  • annkenhilldr May 11, 2010

    Same problem as Sheilacblr did she get it resolved?



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Check your battery polarity. Unlike most devices on the market, the Olympus recorders have both their batteries pointing the same direction. Normally the positive end of the battery points toward the bottom. Look inside the batter compartment for the correct polarity.

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SOURCE: Olympus VN-3100PC Digital Voice Recorder "Err" Message

Download the digital wave player and install it. That will work for your VN-3100PC

Posted on Jun 01, 2008

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SOURCE: "chk" error on screen olympus vn-4100 pc

make sure recorder is off hold

Posted on Aug 20, 2008

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SOURCE: Olympus VN-3100PC Voice Recorder Problem

make sure batteries are inserted correctly, else repair

Posted on Aug 20, 2008


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SOURCE: I have misplaced my instructions for my Voice Recorder

Here is the link to the Olympus website to download a copy of the user manual

Posted on Jan 13, 2009


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SOURCE: Olympus VN-3100PC Voice Recorder Problem

The ERR message can only be corrected by holding in the DISP/MENU and STOP buttons for two seconds, which results in all the material on the recorder being erased. It will say (FOR) for a few minutes while it is erasing everything, then will work again. Solution found at

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

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