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How to Fix a Furby That Will Not Turn On

By Simon Dean ; Updated April 18, 2017

The Furby took the world by storm when it was released in 1998, going on to sell over 40 million units worldwide by 2000. Despite being more than years old, Furby is still popular today with adults and children alike. With such a large aging population of animatronic toys at large, some have understandably developed issues. If your Furby is refusing to turn on or respond to any stimulus there are a number of steps that can be followed to remedy the problem.

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Turn your Furby over. Open the battery compartment with a small screwdriver and remove the batteries. Fit a new set of batteries, ensuring that the "+/-" polarity markings are aligned correctly according to the diagram in the battery compartment. Replace the battery cover.

Turn your Furby back over, holding it by the body and gently shake it. The base should be moving freely as you shake.

Reset your Furby. Use a small pointed object such as a cocktail stick to press the reset button. Access the button through the small hole adjacent to the battery cover on his base. Resetting will not erase the Furby's memory.

Restart your Furby. Use this step only as a last resort, as it will result in the Furby's memory being erased. Hold the Furby upside down, put a finger in its mouth, hold down the tongue button, and press the reset button on the base with a cocktail stick. Furby will revert to its "childhood" stage, as when it was new. It will need to go through its four learning stages once again.

Things You Will Need

  • Small Phillips screwdriver
  • 4 new "AA" batteries
  • Cocktail stirring stick
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About the Author

Based in Northwest England, Simon Dean has more than 15 years of experience in auto-body repair. He also works as navigator and public relations/media manager for a forest rally team, with articles regularly featured in U.K. news and motorsport publications.

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