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Subject: Re: FMR problem and solution
From: Neon John (
Date: 2003-09-18

On Wed, 17 Sep 2003 06:56:28 -0400, "TP Diffenbach" <>

>>> The symptoms were that it would start to boot and then quit, just like
>>> one doesn't hold the ON button long enough.
>When it started to boot, did you hear the disk sopin up, or any other noise?

I could hear one little chirp as the unit turned off. Not a hard drive
spinning; more like a low frequency switchmode power supply being overloaded.

>--Tom (Not dead, just pre-occupied this last month.)
>-----Original Message-----
>From: []On
>Behalf Of Neon John
>Sent: Monday, September 15, 2003 1:41 PM
>Subject: FMR problem and solution
>This isn't directly related to Rockbox but since several people have FMRs I
>thought I'd report it.
>I woke up yesterday to an FMR that would not boot. I had forgotten to plug
>the charging cord the night before and figured the battery had run
>The symptoms were that it would start to boot and then quit, just like when
>one doesn't hold the ON button long enough. Holding the ON button would
>simply cause a loop. Plugging in the charging cord caused a continuous loop
>of boot attempt and shut off, repeat ad infinitum. Holding the OFF button
>with the charging cord plugged in simply short cycled the loop when the
>hardware reset happened but otherwise no change.
>The solution was to pop off the battery cover, breaking the battery circuit.
>I let the thing sit for 5 minutes to make sure all RAM was cleared, then
>buttoned the unit back up. It booted immediately. Apparently something in
>the battery backed RAM was crufted up.
>Anyway, that's the solution to this problem. While here I might add that
>FRM I received on my Best Buys replacement warranty a week or so ago is
>significantly different and better than the one I originally bought about 6
>months ago. More firm and crisp buttons, tighter jacks and generally a
>feel. I do not have to hold the ON button to boot. A simple press does the
>trick. Definitely a much better product.
>John De Armond
>Cleveland, Occupied TN

John De Armond
Cleveland, Occupied TN

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