At first glance, my thread may sound a bit off topic: indeed, I own no mp3 player, only a regular USB-flash-memory-stick of 4 GB, brand EMTEC, which I broke accidentally, or at least, I fear so.
I am absolutely not versed in electronics, which is the reason I’m posting here, and also because, AFAIK, S1mp3 players also possess an Integrated Circuit & Memory Chip. And that’s precisely what’s problematic in my case...
What do you think of the following:
After my stick ceased to be accessible under XP (but still recognized as a drive), I opened the case, extracted the chipset and connected it “bare-handed” (i.e. my fingertips squeezing the IC) to my computer (which was under tension), which led the stick to be recognized first as a simple USB-device, and finally... to be no more recognized at all (on all Win-PCs machines I tried, and, no, there’s no LED on it).
--> Short-circuit? Irremediable damage of the Memory Chip? Or is there a glimpse of hope in order to recover my data?
I’ve read of course the “Dead Recovery Guide” : does the described procedure (“without the batteries, with a flat screwdriver, touch 2 or more of any of the 8 IO legs of the memory chip. Then, KEEP the screwdriver shorting the pins, and connect the player to the USB” — besides, what is meant by “shorting pins”??? and what are “IO legs” i’m not a native english-speaker...) apply?
Furthermore, the link http://www.s1mp3.org/wiki/index.php/ICE_how_to
seems to be dead...MANY
thanks in advance for your answers & tips.