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I am having a problem with my Sansa Sandisk e250R. It tries to refresh, when I turn it on. It freezes midway and the screen goes black. Since this happens, I can't change it to MSC mode to download the firmware.

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These are the most common methods for recovering Sandisk's Sansa Mp3 Players. I have been almost universally successful in recovering Sansa players using one or a combination of these methods. These methods do not work if you are having synchronization or music format issues - they are for recovering a player that will not power up, freezes, flashes, is not recognized by the computer, and a host of other issues.

Reset the Sansa Player first. On most models, restart is done by holding the power button in for 15 seconds or longer. Check your specific manual to be sure. The manuals are available from the Sansa website if they have been misplaced.
Download the Sansa Recovery Tool from the Sansa website.
Format - Erases Everything: Connect your Sansa player to the computer and open Windows Media Player. Click on the Sync tab. Pull down the drop down menu underneath the Sync tab by moving your cursor over the Sync tab and left clicking on the little black arrow underneath the Sync tab. Highlight "Sansa 1GB" (wording may vary slightly), and then select "Format." - this should erase everything.
Firmware Upgrade- Erases Everything: Get the latest firmware upgrade from Sansa - it updates the firmware and erases every song in the player all at once. Note: this method doesn't work if already have the latest firmware. Go to this website and click "Firmware Updater" to find out: http://www.sandisk.com/DriverDownload/driverList.asp
If these fail, then:
Try this: disconnect the player from the computer, turn it off, hold in the volume + button, and reconnect the player to the computer while holding the volume + button in. Keep holding the volume + button for an additional 5-50 seconds. Windows should eventually go into recovery mode and revive the player- it will pop up a window that says Found New Hardware Wizard.
If you get the problem where MTP Device keeps popping up continuously, uninstall the “MTP Device” by going to Start à Control Panel àSystem à Hardware à Device Manager (you computer may vary slightly, depending on Windows Version).
You may have to restart your computer after each of these methods to get them to work properly. Disconnect your Sansa player BEFORE shutting down your computer.
-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

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My sansa e250r mp3 player keeps freezing on the refresh database screen. I can't do anything. What can i do?


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You could try, resetting the e200 series player as told in next link:
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/189

If that won't help, updating the player should be performed.
In next page is showed how to use the Sansa Firmware Updater:
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/306
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My sansa e260 goes black after showing sandisk start up screen and does the same when plugged into a pc. it starts to refresh database and then the screen goes black.


Hi there

When you say the screen goes black even after disconnecting the device from computer it could be an issue with the firmware.
It might need to have updated firmware. To get the updated firmware please go www.sandisk.com.

Where you can get the latest firmware for your model.
*** Make sure when you update the firmware keep the device in MSC mode.

Here is the link for updating the firmware:

http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/306
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Refreshing database


User guide for Sansa e200R:
http://mp3support.sandisk.com/downloads/um/e200r_userguide_en.pdf


Check this link for Sansa e200 "freezing in refreshing database",
2 steps to follow up:
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/34/kw/e200r%20freeze/r_id/101834

1. Reset the device as described on the site of Sandisk.
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/189

If resetting didn't solve your problem
2. Update the firmware.
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/306
2.1 Use the Sansa Firmware Updater for a download of your device
with the next link:
http://mp3support.sandisk.com/sansa/Application/SansaUpdaterInstall.exe
2.2 Follow the instructions "update the firmware" for sansa e200 series:
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/306/kw/e200r%20freeze/r_id/101834

Sep 20, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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I have a Sansa E250R MP3 player. I had the unit


some where on the device it should hve a reset button that you have to press with a pin or somthing try that

Jul 13, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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Sansa e250R - Will pwr up but only freezes on screen that says..."Sansa Rhapsody"


You can try to reset the device by pressing the power button for about 15 to 20 seconds..if that doesnt work I would recommend you to go to the sandisk site to update the firmware on your device or you can contact sandisk to they can help you with updating the firmware on your device..Please follow the link below to get the firmware
http://www.sandisk.com/Retail/Default.aspx?CatID=1376

The number for sandisk is 1-866-726-3475
Please rate accordingly
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Jul 28, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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SANSA e250r ??


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May 03, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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Stuck on refresh/black screen


I would recommend you to go to the sandisk site to update the firmware on your device or you can contact sandisk to they can help you with updating the firmware on your device..Please follow the link below to get the firmware
http://www.sandisk.com/Retail/Default.aspx?CatID=1376

The number for sandisk is 1-866-726-3475
Please rate accordingly
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My Sandisk Sansa e250r keeps freezing up....


I called sansa and got this info on how to format the sansa and restore it back to default
This helped me to detect the device and be able to put songs on it.

Turn off device
put hold key on
press and hold mic key while pluggin in the device to pc
open sansa icon in my computer
Up on top of my computer window click tools then folder options and click view tab then uncheck hide extension for known file types.
Now click file new and choose text document then change the name from New Text Document.txt to sansa.fmt and click enter. It will ask you if you want to change the extention and you need to click yes.
Now unplug your sansa from the pc and this will format your whole mp3 player.
You will lose all your date but your sansa will be detected and working.
Once it is done then turn off your device and plug it in while its off.
It should show up in my documents now. The first drive is your hd on the device and the second one is for the extra micro disk.

Oh and another tip is to click show hidden files so that you can see the music folder.
This way you can just drag and drop without having to use windows media player or Rhapsody.

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have you tried hold down the power button 15 sec. to reset the Sansa.

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Problem with black screen and white lines


You need to determine if your player is the Rhapsody version or not.

To find this, check the back of the device for the word RHAPSODY, or a letter R after the model number (i.e. - e250R)

The software is different and you should clarify which one it is before we continue.



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Best of Luck.

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