Question about Samsung YP-T8 Digital Media Player
I bought this for a present for my husband. He drives a lot and, with a good radio/CD player I bought earlier, listens to lots of music as he drives. He has ruiined many of his CDs by leaving them in the car in heat and cold. Because the car stereo has a built in mp3 jack, I thought it would be great to set this up so that he can take his music with him, play it on the road, then slip the player in his pocket.
My first issue:
I had a problem getting the computer to recognize it at all. I found suggestions on this forum about swapping the USB settings and have gotten that resolved, although I do seem to have to switch it back and forth to get it to recognize it again.
My next issue:
I filled the 8 GB memory and still had lots of music to add. I read through some forums and learned that sometimes the machine won't work with anything bigger than a 2 GB card, so I bought a Lexar which is what my retailer here had available. Didn't work. Nor did any of my computers recognize it through a card reader.
(Maybe I can make some edgy jewelry out of it.)
So I looked at some more forums and found that sansa can be opinionated about its micro SD cards, so to be on the safe side, I bought a couple of SanDisk 2GB micro SD cards.
The sansa does recognize the card, but my computers do not.
My XP (SP2) does recognize the machine and the music on it (that's the computer I used to set it up) but not the micro SD and its available memory.
My Vista computer recognizes the sansa and these files:
RECORD (0 bytes)
version.sdk (512 bytes)
VERSION (512 bytes)
It does not see my music file, nor the micro SD. I probably cannot add any music to it from this machine.
It takes a very long time-- 20 minutes or more-- to "refresh database" each time it is turned on. Obviously that is very annoying. I'd love to shorten that time!
What does work:
The player works beautifully with earbuds and through his car stereo. Great sound.
What I'd like to do:
Ideally, I'd like to have his perennial favorites on the player itself, and record additional collections (classical, Christmas, Rat Pack stuff, photos, videos) on additional micro SD cards that he can swap back and forth. Is that feasible? Can I record stuff directly from the computer to a micro SD and then play it through the sansa-- or do I have to go through the sansa install process to make it recognizeable through the player?
I'm not very tech- savvy although I can read and understand and follow directions. I'd be wary of installing something like Rockbox because I'd be intimidated by the setup process.
I appreciate any help you can give me.
Sounds like the internal database on the E280 is corrupted.
Go to Settings, and scroll to "USB Mode". Select "MSC" and press the center button. This puts the player in Mass Storage mode, where it acts like a hard drive.
Connect the player to your computer, and wait until it powers up and says "Connected". Go to "My Computer" and double-click. (You should see an disk icon for the Sansa.) Double click that, and navigate down to the music folder. If you see a folder corresponding to the song(s) you're having problems with, delete them. (If you don't see them, delete something else.)
Eject the player (right-click on it's icon in My Computer) and then disconnect it from your computer. It should restart and rebuild the database. (It does this on power up whenever content has been changed without using Media Player.)
After this completes, try transferring the song again.
If you're still having problems, I'd recommend deleting all the songs, and reloading. (Sometimes the internal database gets corrupted beyond repair).
The easiest way to do this is to format the E280 "drive".
If you don't want to lose your music (and it's not already on your computer), drag it off the E280 to a folder on your computer while you have the player connected in MSC mode; then Format the player; then drag the folder into the Windows Media Player Sync list.
Posted on Dec 28, 2008
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