Often while playing I would get the 8302 (or the "collapsed or unavailable") error, randomly and without a warning.
What happens is I will load a track and immediately try to activate a loop via the touch strip, while also tapping the CUE button. (This is what I often do when loading tracks and in the heat of the set and playing fast)
Then what happens is within a few seconds the track will freeze, and then the message pops up saying (ERROR-8302: CANNOT PLAY TRACK (000D))
This is really a big problem as that CDJ then completely freezes (You can still browse, but not load any tracks or manipulate the loaded track or so). If you are playing with only one flash drive and it is in that frozen CDJ it is then a bigger problem, as the only option you have is it to power the CDJ off.
(In this situation I have learned to then quickly create a 16 beat LOOP on my mixer with the FX, power down the CDJ, restart and then re-insert my flash drive and continue playing, while then mixing into my LOOP that's playing on the mixer's FX... Yeah, it is quite tricky and stressful when this happens!)
Also to be noted, during this freeze your flash drive cannot be ejected, the red light just blinks indefinitely, so you have no option but to pull the flash drive out. (Luckily it has never corrupted any of my flash drives)
Also, while that deck is frozen with your flashdrive in, you can still access your flashdrive via Pro-Link from the other CDJ, and everything works perfectly on that other CDJ. (but obviously you can not continue playing with only one deck, so have to restart the frozen deck)
So I found out a way to replicate the issue here at my home again and again now, and I also got to cancel out a few causes that I thought could trigger this error.
- I learned that it has nothing to do with Pro-Link or your network devices, as I can replicate this error on a CDJ that is not connected up to Pro-Link (Ethernet Cable is completely unplugged)
- I can also replicate this when playing from a SanDisk Extreme Pro 3.1 128GB, SanDisk Ultra 32GB USB 3.0 or a SanDisk Pro SD card, all formatted in FAT32 with nothing on but my Rekordbox library.
- I thought it could be from having too many files on my flashdrives, but I could replicate this error today on a flashdrive with only 11 tracks on.
- I can also replicate this error on the other CDJ (hooked up via Pro-Link), so it does not happen on only the CDJ that the flash drive is physically inserted to
What to do to replicate the ERROR-8302: CANNOT PLAY TRACK (000D):
- Go into the Tracks playlist on your flashdrive
- Load a track and start playing
- Then press the >>| Track Search button to load the next in line track, while the CDJ loads the next track you then try and activate a LOOP via the touch strip by first pressing LOOP MODE (to bring up the loop section) and then tap on the touch strip continuously (any loop size) and after a second or so the loop will be activated.
Then while tapping the touch strip to try and quickly activate a LOOP, also then tap the CUE button the whole time (fast).
- If the LOOP successfully activates and the CUE works by continuously tapping it, press the >>| Track Search and load the next track, and repeat the process of trying to activate a LOOP and tapping CUE at the same time, track after track.
- If you skip a few tracks (30+) by just holding in the >>| Track Search button for a few seconds, and trying the above on any random track, it sometimes causes the error to happen quicker.
- I also know that the above is not normal playing style (Tapping CUE continuously while trying to activate a LOOP on the touch strip, all still while the track is being loaded), but this is the only way to quickly replicate the problem that I sometimes encounter after playing for a while (Sometimes only happens after a few hours of playing)
- When the CDJ freezes on a specific track with ERROR-8302, that track can be perfectly played the next time without issues, so it is not a track specific problem
- As mentioned earlier, the flash drive cannot be ejected after ERROR-8302, and interestingly when you the pull the flash drive out, you can still browse the complete flash drive contents from your CDJ and see the info of every track when you select the INFO option, while there is no flash drive anymore in that CDJ...
Anyway, so this is now a long post, but this Error 8302 and the "File Missing or Corrupt" error has been bugging me for a long time, and happens at least once every month or so to me, and it really sucks when it does, not only do you need to restart that CDJ, but you lose your Play History of the night (More of an inconvenience than a major problem). So I thought I would do this little test and post my findings.
Maybe it is something that can be fixed software/firmware wise, or maybe if you are too fast for the CDJ2000NXS with loading a track, looping and cueing all at the same time it then crashes the CDJ and also completely freezes, and this might be due to a hardware limitation...
I will just from now on be a bit more patient and when loading a track wait for the "LOOP IN" yellow button to stop flashing, before I continue with the rest...