Question about Sony NWZ-S615F Walkman Video MP3 Player

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MWZ-S615F will not charge or connect

When connecting unit to pc via USB cable, unit powers up but is not recognized by USB bus, does not show up on "My Computer," and will not charge. Gone through he procedures to reinstall MsMP v11, remove the Sony listing from disk drives in Device Manager (it was never there). Reset of unit does not work either. Sony tech says might be cable. Suggestions?

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  • mjsl1005 Oct 16, 2008

    i have the same problem. The unit doesn't recognize by the computer but when i plug it into USB bus the mp3 switches on. There are 3 beeps that I can hear when i plug the usb cable of the mp3. Can you tell us what's the problem with it?

  • Tuzo5376 Nov 05, 2008

    When i connect it i hear 2 fast beeping noises, and then the circle thats on the screen when you connect it, you how its suppose to go roung and round, well it doesnt, the little arrows stay in place.

  • norton37686 Nov 09, 2008

    Mine is working with this accidentally found solution:

    Connect the unit to a PC that if OFF. Cold boot the PC, and log in normally.

    Can't figure out why, but it seems to have fixed the problem.


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I'm sure it's the cable that's not functioning properly. Mine started doing the same thing and after wiggling and adjusting the cable inside the MP3 itself, the computer finally recognized it and I was free to charge and add music. Also you can try to connect it to a different USB port on your computer. The beeps however are news to me, unless I just never noticed. One piece of advice is to never let the MP3 battery die, because after I let it happen mine began to experience more severe problems.

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This works everytime for me start your computer, connect your mp3 player to your puter via usb/sync cable....while plugged in hit the reset button,mp3 player will shut off and come back on and you should see installing devices....tada......please rate

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  • snookhunter4 Mar 31, 2009

    oh btw if this didnt work by itslef....run the content transfer tool plug in usb then hit pinhole and it should work

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