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Old 12-05-2011, 10:29 AM   #1
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New scala rider G4 won't turn on

I bought a scala rider G4 powerset a couple of weeks ago. Installed the latest software in both units and they were connected with a Blackberry (mine) and an Iphone (a friend). Everything was working fine and the only function that we didn't use was the Voice Dial.

Two days ago, both scala rider stopped working, no matter during how much time we press the Mobile button, they just don't turn on. Yep, both. Almost at the same time

They show a solid red light while charging but that's all they do.
It sounds stupid but .. both units stopped working after we use the Voice Dial function. it looks like a software failure but I just can't believe they won't work because of using one of its functions.

I already emailed Cardo so hopefully the'll take care of me. Meanwhile, I would like to know if any of you had a similar problem and how did you fix it.


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Old 12-09-2011, 08:58 AM   #2
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My friend and I just got our Scala Rider G4 set on Monday and last night his started showing the exact same problem that you mention. It shows red when charging, but won't power on. We bought the two-pack. Mine still works; his doesn't. Have you heard back, yet?
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:16 AM   #3
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My friend called them up and got an RMA (return merchandise authorization) for the faulty unit. He said support was fast (only took about a minute). Not sure what else to do at this point.

You can contact Cardo Systems support at:

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Old 08-29-2012, 06:38 AM   #4
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I had the same problem with my G4. One month old and all of a sudden 1 of the 2 units won't turn on. At first, I charged it for about 3-4 hours thinking the battery died. After the red light went off, I pushed the mobile button but nothing happened. I tried plugging it into the PC to see if it would connect, but only the red light came on and the unit wouldn't turn on. I charged it again for another 3 hours, nothing. I did the reset thing by plugging it in for 10 seconds and unplugging it and tried to turn it on, still nothing.

I let the unit sit for about 2 days getting some paperwork ready to send the unit to Cardo. I tried to turn the unit on again and all of a sudden the blue light flashed! But it wouldn't remain on. I plugged it into the PC, and the unit finally turned on (hold down volume up and mobile for a few seconds). It's alive! So I removed it from the PC and plugged it into the wall to charge for 3 hours. I turned it on, and now it's working again. I don't get it, but happy that it works!
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:35 AM   #5
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Scala Rider G4 will not turn on

I had mine turn off by itself after I made my first phone call and used the VOX feature to answer the phone. When I got home to "turn it off" much to my surprise, it was already turned off. When I tried to turn it on, it would not turn on.

When I plugged it into the charger, the red light would turn on, but even following the "reset" instructions of charging it for 10 seconds and unplugging it, did not work. I waited several days and tried to turn it on many times unsuccessfully. I found this thread and thought that maybe there is a VOX issue. I was going to call Cardo Systems for warranty work, but procrastinated for almost 2 weeks. Today, I brought it with me to work to finally get it serviced and when I turned it on, it powered up, paired with my phone and turned itself off.

I did this several times. I finally plugged it into the computer and turned it on while plugged into the computer and so far it has stayed on. I called Cardo Systems and they were very nice and quick to give me directions on how to send the unit back. They said it would take about two weeks to get it from me, look it over, fix it (or replace it) if needed, and return it to me. I gave them the URLto this thread and the support person said he didn't think it had anything to do with the VOX or voice feature as this has happened before, but is not a regular problem with the units.

I guess packing a billion features into a tiny little electronic piece of equipment is only good as long as it works. We'll see...
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:35 AM   #6
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Hi to all!

I got last week the same problem as topic writer and my set is as new, about 5 times used... my friend supposed to remove battery, so we disassembled the case, removed the battery from pins for about 10 sec and installed it back and uoooljaaaa... it starts to work! I Gues it has some electric fault while last charging or some else... any way if Your Scala if Faulty like discribed at 1st topic, , REMOVE BATTERY FOR 10 SEC and that's all...
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:02 PM   #7
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Hmmm....that might explain that when my G4 stopped working, months later when I decided to try it again and charged it first it began working. Wondering if I fully discharged the battery and it came back to life. Really wish they would make replaceable batteries, I hate all the throw-away stuff in our lives.
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