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Old 08-19-2010, 03:39 PM
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Default RCA Firmware Update/Restore Utility

Originally Posted by BILL/T/D/Y View Post
Hello everyone. I have a RCA Pearl model TH1802-A, and it seems to be bricked. [...]
Does anyone know of steps to put this player into a diagnostic mode or a recovery procedure for it? [...]
Thanx in advance for any and all help.....Bill
You didn't mention what recognition, if any, your player gets from a computer when it's connected to one. But, presuming you have a MS Windows machine or access to one, go to and click on one or more of the Firmware Update[s]/Restore Utility links. If you run one of these programs -- I'm not sure which is the latest or the best, or if it matters -- it will ask you to connect a player. Hopefully, it will recognize yours when you plug it in and be able to do something useful to it.

If, and only if, the player is not recognized by the program when you plug it in, try plugging it in again while holding down the play/pause button. That puts some RCA players, at least, into ROM Recovery mode, which I wouldn't try unless the player is not otherwise recognized.

Good luck!
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