KORG M1 Will not power up after Battery Replacement

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TreyF70
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KORG M1 Will not power up after Battery Replacement

Post by TreyF70 » Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:28 pm

Greetings, My Dad is a professional and musician and gave me his old Korg M1 because it doesn't work. Plugged it in and it turned on, but with error message that the battery was bad. So, I took it apart and it's under the motherboard is nothing more than a Sony CR2032 which I just happened to have. Energizer CR2032 and replaced it. Now it only seems to have 1 sound. (Shitty Piano) not regular Piano (HA) I am wondering if there is a way to restore the factory sounds without a CARD or Mini-USB computer transfer.

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Re: KORG M1 Will not power up after Battery Replacement

Post by Yekuku » Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:22 pm

Sorry there is no way, you have to either use a factory card or send the factory sysex via midi
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Re: KORG M1 Will not power up after Battery Replacement

Post by Worthy » Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:15 am

I am going through same issue myself at the moment. I actually changed the battery and powered it back up and it appeared to be fine. But I had it on a work bench so I unplugged it again, moved it to the desk area where I wanted to work with it and when I powered back up, only got a yellow/green bar of light across the screen and no actual text. Also the red lit buttons to the left side of screen no longer illuminated. With no way to call anything up, of course no sound as well.

I've found a couple of useful vids on Youtube - if you search Korg M1 repair there you can see what you need to do. Better than I try to explain it here. But very simply, you need to download a sysex app that allows you to communicate from computer to MIDI port, you need to go on Korg website and download the M1 sounds in their Customer Support page, and you probably need a MIDI to USB converter cable to communicate between the M1 and your computer.

With all that and if you follow the instructions it should be a fairly simple matter to get it all back to normal. I have a different problem in that I cannot get any info to or from the M1 in it's current state. So am here trying to find out if anyone has encountered this issue and perhaps can provide some advice. Good luck.

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