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Need to Downgrade Rio Carbon Firmware

I installed the developer's cut firmware on my rio carbon, and I don't like it. I can't figure out how to reset the device back to it's default firmware, I want it to show up on the computer as a normal usb drive like before, rather than a portable device with "internal memory". 

It doesn't show up in the windows disk management and does not have a drive letter, or the option to format when I right click it in my computer.

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  • Ghosticle Apr 14, 2009

    I've tried the older firmware, but they don't seem to recognize the player anymore :(

  • Ghosticle Apr 14, 2009

    Also, the rio music manager apparently has a format option, but it's not recognizing the player either. Not sure if it would do what i need if it could see it though.

  • Ghosticle Apr 14, 2009

    D: Finally found out why it wasn't working. It needed to be set to MSC instead of MTP for connection in the advanced settings menu for the player.



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Hi try here

- Rio Software 2.96 - Rio Music Manager, and Rio Internet Updater (7/26/2005)
- Rio Carbon Firmware Update v1.43 (PC) (1/12/2005)
- Rio Carbon Firmware Update v1.43 (Mac OS X) (1/12/2005)
- Rio Carbon Firmware Update v1.32 (PC) (11/5/2004)
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1. look on ebay for battery if anybody would sell one.
2. go to walmart look in the flash drive isle for a sandisk ultra 2 cf card 8gb about 40$ .
3. open the rio and take out the old hard drive and then find a pc to format the cf card with a cf card reader make sure to format with windows 7 in my computer and choose quick format select default allocation size and then hit start.
4. when succesfully formatted put cf drive in rio carbon.
5. then put back plate back on carbon.
6. then look here for rio carbon developers firmware
7. go to bottom of wikipedia page and click 3.04 Download link 1 and download the exe program and then run as administrater load up the firmware and then walla you have a working mp3 player again.

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Because all other links seem to be broken here is a link for the 3.04 directors cut firmware which was working on 26/5/2008 :

If this stops working then please post a comment and I'll try to find another link for you guys (and gals)


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How do you restore your carbon back to factory settings? i want to completely delete everything but i don't have the software...i havent for quite awhile. can you restore it just using the device itself?...

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The Developers cut firmware (latest (unofficial) firmware) is still available here:

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follow the link.

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