Dear experts, my sandisk was plugged into an iHome for ipods only, and from what Sandisk says, it was overdriven. They didn't tell me how to fix it or what to do with it or if it could even be fixed. I just recently plugged it into my Emachine PC, and it started to charge, but after about a half an hour of charging, it wasn't recognized or even known to be plugged in. It was plugged in, but yesterday then about ten minutes later, it turned on with the blue click wheel and a faded screen with vertical wavey lines scrolling down or up, depending on the way you look at it. I charged it with the Griffin Powerblick DC charger made just for the Sandisk e260 series. This morning I tried to turn it on after being "charged," and now it just starts with the SANDISK screen that it always does when it is turned on, but it just keeps on restarting and going back to that same screen. This is a very important thing to me, it has sentimental value, and it means a lot to me. I have tried everything you can think of to fix it: rebooting it, reformatting it in Recovery mode, reformatting it, using recovery mode, resetting it, reupdating the firmware...EVERYTHING. If you are positive on how to fix it, then please tell me As Soon As You Can/ASAYC. PLEASE HELP!
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although your mp3 player may not officially be imac compatible, it should still plug in and be recognized by your imac just fine, you just wont be able to use any software that may or may not come with the mp3 player, however given that its not a zune (microsoft product) and that its not an ipod, it should work perfectly fine, and you should be able to simply drag and drop your music onto the mp3 player when it is recognized by your imac. just be sure to copy the files over to it while its plugged in by using the file browser of your mac.
did he plug it into your computer for over 24 hours, or into an ihome. if its an ihome or made for ipod unit, the sandisk is screwed. there might be hope if you plugged it into your computer, then it shouldn't hurt it.
did you ever try plugging it in to an iHome, and if so, then you have fried something inside of it. if this has happened, then your going to need to call sandisk and tel them what happened and hope that they are nice and replace your sandisk. If there is something else wromg, then tell me.
if you hooked it up to an ipod dock or speaker that says that it will chage your ipod for you, you will have fried the motherboard. if it started to smell like it was burning and got extremely hot, it is because ipod chargers and docks such as the Ihome have a diferent rate of charging voltage. its as if you plug a strobe lite into a DC charger with the wrong voltage...it will overdrive it.
If you are having trouble with your mp3 player, and you haven't taken it apart, all screws are intact on the backside of the sandisk e250, then you might be able to get it replaced by sandisk, but a hint: don;t ever put your sandisk into an Ipod dock, such as an Ihome. They might have the 30-pin connector similar to the sandisk's, and they might fit into your sandisk, but the Ihomes have a different voltage level than the sandisk's chargers. now, if you want to get an Ihome for your sandisk, Griffin, Macally and DOP brands have chargers, Ihomes, and dock ports made just for the sandisk. Hou do i know this, you ask. Because i have done the same exact thing, but i took mine apart to see what's wrong. It ruins the capacitors and overdrives it. but you can buy the right kind of capacitors at a nearby Radio Shack, but it very difficult to put it on. You have to get the one originally on it off, and that one's soldered ontop the motherboard. then you have to get the other one in just the right spot/ place, and then you have to solder the new capacitor onto the unit without get any solder on the gold linings. This is all i can do for you, the rest is up to you.