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Old 02-21-2014, 05:27 PM
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thank you!
i had what appears to the the same issue, but i'd like to explain what i found.
2 days ago my j3 went rogue, like headcoatman's. (this may be because i forgot to safely remove it--i don't recall, but sometimes i forget that.)
when i turned it on after loading a new video, the quick player widget showed the album art for the song i last heard, and it played okay, but the title was all logograms (presumably korean?).
i also reset it, to no avail.
i deleted the video i had just added, but that didn't fix it. when plugged in to my computer, all the files and folders were intact as usual.
i regularly back up its settings files (\system\param.cfg & \system\flash ui\*), so i copied those back onto it, overwriting files on the j3. that didn't fix it.
i downloaded the latest 2.29 firmware and reflashed it, even though that's the version that was on it already. no fix.
i spent the night with a confusing j3. :'( i found my micro sd card worked fine, but anything on the j3 itself behaved like headcoatman's: choose a folder and all files & folders have identical names. items in "flash" didn't work at all--there were all my flash files (presumably), but they didn't run. videos worked, but no way to tell what's what without playing it. apps (calculator, hunter, notepad, etc.) were all fine. pictures were there, but all out of order. when i'd choose a music category (e.g., artist, year, genre), it would only show files on the sd card--nothing on the internal memory. sometimes when browsing by folder, i'd click a [j3] (folder) item and it would play a song. then when i clicked the top-left browse button, everything came up [], [], [].
i googled and found this post. thank goodness! before i formatted, however, i wanted to copy the files off the j3. this is where i found what i think was the problem: in the \audible folder, there were the usual files, plus 4 16-byte no-name files with modification timestamps that matched when this all started! (screen shot attached) i couldn't open them--they froze up any program i used. i couldn't delete them--i got a permission error. i tried del *.*/p (only way to reference the no-names) but got "access is denied." i tried unlocker, but it only sucked up more and more system memory. i ended the unlocker.exe process after it exceeded 200,000k.
i backed up the good files in the folder and renamed it, but it didn't help my situation.
so, the only way i could get rid of these 4 miscreants was to format it. i backed up everything else on the j3 but them and did a quick format using the windows format tool. then i copied everything back over. now it's working the same as it ever was.
sorry for the long post, but i wanted (1) some other poor soul googling this issue to find the solution easily, and (2) to spell out the actual trouble (imho) in case someone smarter than me knows how to delete these blank files without formatting.
thank you, dsperber, for your post. it did help me, even if i didn't follow much of your advice (no sd format, no "factory" init). i do already use the sd formatter for sd cards, though!
fwiw, my j3 is using msc usb mode.
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