Thanks for all the replies...I have tried the consumer update on another XP computer with the same results except that I believe XP recognized it as a rockusb rather that a generic volume. However, the consumer update gave the same results - no usb found.
This is the unit I purchased a couple of weeks before Christmas:http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... Y.m311.lVI
The firmware I used when I bricked it was was VX858's modified OEM VX858 firmware I believe. I was dowloading a few and I don't remember which one exactly bricked it. I do know that I was using the latest version of consumer update and that the first firmware I tried was the wrong one.
Does anyone know if the screen showing the computer graphic is in fact the the update screen? I 'm thinking that the player is not getting to that point and that's why the update software cannot see it.
Anyway, I'll play around some more as soon as I solder the red battery lead back on the board. I knew after all this moving around that sooner or later one of the battery wires would break off. Who knows, maybe the power disconnection will snap this thing back...but I'm never that lucky.
The chances are that the battery disconnection resets the unit back into working condition I think is 0, since the firmware is stored somewhere in the MP4 player that wouldn't be erased just by disconnecting the internal battery.
My modified OEM VX858 firmware shouldn't cause problems for OEM VX858 MP4 players. A few users with OEM VX858 MP4 players have used it without problem.
To confirm it's my edited firmware, does it show "ONDA" when you start the MP4 player up, or does it show "Mini MP4 Player"?
Anyways it appears to be OEM VX858 firmware, so the admin's OEM VX858 firmware might not work for all unbranded VX858LE clones.
If you have another computer around your house that's decent, then try on that computer. When it recognizes "rockusb", does the Install Hardware thing say that it's done installing drivers and the device is ready to be used?
The short-pin procedure is working since the computer is recognizing it as "rockusb", but looks like in this case the ConsumerUpdate program is not cooperating with the recovery.
UPDATE: Try to use the ConsumerUpdate 126.96.36.199 program. It's newer than 2.8.1 but older than 188.8.131.52, so there's a slim chance this program will further recognize your bricked player after Windows recognizes the player as "rockusb", allowing you to load firmware onto your bricked VX858LE clone.
Download link for ConsumerUpdate 184.108.40.206 here (currently hosted on MEGAUPLOAD): http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ISACU6HX
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Apple iPod touch 8GB (2nd generation) with iPhone OS 3.0 software update (jailbroken with redsn0w)