Clip+ force MSC mode appears as an unformatable removable disc

Long story short, a glitch in rockbox has cause my clip+ to not be able to start. I’m trying to put the normal firmware on through force MSC (holding down the center button when plugging it in), but all that does is show a removable disc that Windows claims it needs to format. When attempting to format, an unknown error occurs. When opening it “as a portable device” I am unable to put files onto it. So how can I go about fixing my firmware?

Hmm, you can actually format it even under MTP mode on the computer. Simply right click on Internal mem and select Format. Also, IIRC, you can still do a manual update even under MTP mode. Just copy over the bin files to Internal memory.

Well the thing is that it won’t turn on. The only way I can get the computer to recognize it all is through forced MSC. The Rockbox firmware is corrupted and it won’t even turn on no matter what button combinations I use.

Have you posted at the Rockbox forum at rockbox.org?  They might be able to provide some quick and easy advice. 

@zamp wrote:

Long story short, a glitch in rockbox has cause my clip+ to not be able to start. I’m trying to put the normal firmware on through force MSC (holding down the center button when plugging it in), but all that does is show a removable disc that Windows claims it needs to format. When attempting to format, an unknown error occurs. When opening it “as a portable device” I am unable to put files onto it. So how can I go about fixing my firmware?

  1. There should be no need to install the original firmware again. Rockbox does not overwrite or replace it. It simply sits beside it making it a dual-boot system, so you can boot into either as necessary.

  2. Have you tried “resetting” the device? If it’s stuck, or somehow locked in an infinite loop, it will play possom making you think it’s dead or can’t turn on. This would also cause Windows to not recognize it for what it is or be able to format it.

To reset, press and hold the power button down for 20-30 seconds. Release, then see if it will start up normally. It’s been a long time since I played with Rockbox, so the new versions and the Clip+ port may be slightly different, but you used to be able to boot into the OF (original firmware) by holding the REW |<< button while it was powering on.