I posted this on mistic river forum, someone suggested the rockbox people might have an explanation? Any ideas of what happened? -
I had my Iriver for only 2 months, the last month I have been running rockbox (it's great). But then the player died. I have read on Iriver forum others who have experienced the 'pale white screen of death'.
I had left it plugged into the computer USB for a couple of days (even while the computer was off), and evidently this ran the battery to flat. Then it would not start at all, except for the occasional appearance fo the 'pale white screen of death'.
Following threads on mistic river forum, and after all the obvious attempts to revive it (recharge, reset button, booting in iriver firmware etc.) I took it apart and disconnect the battery and then reconnected it (I had read somehwere this helps?). Anyway, nothing... So then I left it plugged into the USB again. Nothing... but later it suddenly connected to my computer.
I removed rockbox software and disconnected it then tried to restart it. Rockbox boatloader started, then it switched off. I booted in Iriver firmware (play plus record on startup). Hooray! it worked. I formatted the player and re-installed rockbox including bootloader.
OK so I think rockbox had something to do with it, didn't like a flat battery of something. But I can't do without rockbox, as a musician recording on Iriver, I find it essential.
Anyhoo, that's my story. I share it with you as this, or similar issues, seem unfortunately too common, and I wanted you to know how I got my player working again! - any ideas what happened? how can I avoid this in the future?