My dearest forumfriends,
I have a quest. I have this five year old MP4 Player - the Inovix iPocket
- that I have laying around collecting dust. It has served it's duty, full of scratches, firmware upgrades and.. good music. Now after five years, I picked up this player to find out why I originally dropped it like a stone. I charged the player using the supplied charger (a miracle I could still find it after years..)
and eventually got the player to turn on. So far so good.
I then found the reason why I left the player - 2.5mm jack. I hated that, but luckily I had a 2.5mm jack lying around just so I could test it's playing capability. It played the music that was still on the player - which led me to believe there was actually nothing wrong with this player - besides the usual facts that it's an ugly ripoff, has an incredibly ugly UI, full of scratches, etc.
The reason I wanted this player to work again is because the young son of my neighbors is about the age where he's starting to care about music, so I wanted to give him the MP4 player with some of his favorite music on it. A few weeks back I gave him his first dock speaker set when I was buying one for myself as well (It came at $3,99 - not the $299 set you have in mind)
with one of those cheap scan radios attached to it - handywork by me - so he could listen to the radio on his room. The dock has a special stand for a mp4 player, so I thought it would be nice to give him one. The idea of buying a new one crossed my mind, but he takes a special liking to this candybar milk white model - the fact that it's scratched doesn't even bother him.
Now why I'm writing this - I encountered a problem I could not overcome. I took the official USB cable that was supplied with the player, plugged it in the player and plugged it into the computer. The computer doesn't recognize the player, and the player starts a loophole of "booting - charging - power dropping", disabling the computer to read the player because it constantly drops power - even if it has a fully charged battery. The player seems to be in perfect working order otherwise - I use the same port on the player to wall charge it (although I did found it to charge a bit slow to my experience)
I've taken the screws off the player already, having a look at what's inside. I do not know any of these parts, and was looking for an obvious defect. But the defect isn't that obvious, really. The wiring all looks dandy to me and even when I move the battery while the player is on, it maintains power. I'll see if I can read something off the parts and write names and numbers down for you - might give you some more insight. The player came with a mini-CD, booklet, earbuds and a pouch - but sadly I lost all of those in an fire accident some time ago.
I thought about flashing the firmware, but I have no drivers and the official Inovix site was taken down shortly after I bought the player (so much for my warranty..)
. I googled for a short period, but couldn't find any firmware or drivers corresponding to this type of player. On the other hand, I believe this to be a hardware problem and not a software one - although you might just prove me otherwise.IF MY EXPLANATION IS IN ANY WAY NOT CLEAR ENOUGH TO YOU, FEEL FREE TO WATCH THE VIDEO I HAVE UPLOADED ILLUSTRATING THE PROBLEM AT MY QIK ACCOUNT HERE:http://qik.com/video/8739879My question is:
Does anyone of you know how I can fix the power drop problem when I connect the media player to a computer? Is it a common problem among media players or am I fighting a lonely war here?
Thanks in advance.
I know some of you are complete techjunkies (I try to be), so I feel this is the right place to ask. I WILL ILLUSTRATE THIS TOPIC WITH PICTURES AS I AM UPLOADING THEM