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Old 29th Mar 2010, 11:34 am
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I used the chkflsh method

http://mympx.org/forum/support-how/4...d-revised.html

but found that I needed to have just one drive showing in windows

it is worth a try, it will not wipe your firmware

if you do not look inside and check the chip you will need to run the H2TESTW.EXE first!

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Old 29th Mar 2010, 11:41 am
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Thanks, my Girlfriend is bringing it down later on and we have already ran the test on it. Damn thing is only about 1.8 gigs. I will use your method and keep an eye on the revisions u made. LoL I also have 3 more on the way and a couple of them r supposed to be 32 gigs. It should be interesting to see the H2TESTW.EXE test results.
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Old 29th Mar 2010, 12:51 pm
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Could be the 32GB ones might be 4GB but they might not.

This seems like a deliberate hack at the manufacturing stage as I don't believe even updating the firmware changes anything.

It must be blown into the PROM that is part of the Flash Memory controller chip from what I have read.

When you use the chkflsh util see that value you get if you try to set a small (7MB) partition, I was getting some simply huge figure (obviously as a result of the hacked chip) and thats how I came to discover it was only necessary to make one FAT32 partition.

Just check in Windows My Computer right click the Removable Drive and see what it says as Properties, should be the size you set in chkflsh, eg 1.8GB or 3.8GB or whatever. Seems it will work OK so long as the figure does not exceed the actual available physical memory.

Whoever did this was damn clever, I just wish they would use their brains for good instead of sheer greed which is what drives this.

Of course people will see what they think is a bargain and lap it up, who would not? Its just a pity ebay choose to turn a blind eye.
I wonder what the response from the Hong Kong Trade and Industry Ministry will be after I wrote them pointing out HK traders selling fake goods on ebay? Will they too turn blind eyes?

I wonder.

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Old 31st Mar 2010, 2:44 am
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I will say this, safe2star IS trying to do the right thing, ie a full refund and no quibble, no return necessary. He's refunded one item already just waiting for the other one.

I will let you know if this works out.

At least I will have saved some face!

Whoever would have thought that items boasting household electronics names like Samsung could possibly have anything fake or illegal about them?

Thats what tripped me up, thinking how could they rig a commercially manufactured part?

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Old 15th Apr 2010, 7:08 am
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safe2star refunded the $33 paid for the Rockchip touch screen player which is actually quite nice, but a whole lot nicer now as it was totally FREE and its got a proper 1.8GB now instead of the hacked 16GB claimed!

Not sure what to do about his feedback for that item

I will decide later

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Old 15th Apr 2010, 7:35 am
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Took a look at his pages and feedback and he is still ripping folk off

Neg feedback left and also a note that he will refund if asked!

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Old 16th Apr 2010, 11:04 am
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See item 300406286577 and the feedback

He emailed me to offer more money if I would remove the Neg feedback

I left comments saying about this and the fact he still is selling these fake items right now!

I bet ebay will tell ME off not HIM!

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Old 17th Apr 2010, 12:23 am
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This guy really IS a STAR!

Now he has filed an "Unpaid Item"claim against me.

He thinks he can pressure me into agreeing to remove the neg feedback but be is wrong, very wrong!

Paypal shows I paid the item and he refunded it for fear of bad press so any claim he makes I will win on appeal.

He STILL continues to sell these items and ebay does nothing!
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Old 17th Apr 2010, 12:37 am
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I am beginning to think "ebay Safeharbour" refers to Hong Kong as a safe place for criminals to sell fake memory items!

This there reply when I reported one of his items:-

eBay Australia Customer Support


Thank you for writing eBay's SafeHarbour Department about a listing or
seller you would like us to investigate for fraudulent activity. We are
concerned about this type of activity and want to assure you that we
will review your report as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours.

Due to privacy concerns, we will not keep you informed about the status
of our investigation. While you will only receive this acknowledgement
of the receipt of your report, please be assured that we will thoroughly
review the situation.

IMPORTANT:

The subject line you chose in the Webform is reserved for reporting
current items that may be listed for the purpose of committing fraud.

In order for us to dedicate resources to preventing this type of
situation in a timely manner, reports directed to this area that do not
relate to current listings that may be fraudulent (including reports of
listing violations and reports about items that may be prohibited) will
not be forwarded to another department or answered. Other questions or
concerns should be sent to us from the page below:

eBay: Redirect

We appreciate the time you took to contact us. To promote a safe trading
environment for the eBay community, we prohibit users from engaging in
any type of unlawful activity on the eBay Website, and are dedicated to
investigating such situations.

**Please do not respond to this email as your reply will not be
received.

Best regards,

eBay SafeHarbour Team

Its a joke isn't it?

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Old 17th Apr 2010, 2:52 am
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It also beggars belief how many defend these criminals

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