I've had this MP3 for a few years and now it will not turn on, even when I place fresh batteries in it. What I would like to know is if there is some way I could fix this at home, or if it would be wise just to buy a new one?
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Look further than the batteries. Take the whole thing apart. That's what I do, and I've fixed a lot of things. And keep looking on the internet. A few hours of looking can result in years of listening.
Try this: 1.First,
remove the battery. Then press and hold the "Menu" button for 30
seconds. This would cause the excess static electricity to be discharged
from the player.
Insert a fresh battery and try to power it on.
If it still doesn't power on, try the procedure again, but this time,
press and hold the "Menu" button for 1 minute. Insert a fresh battery
again and see if it would work. 2.Plug
your player in your computer and your Operating system should recognize
it as a "Removable Disk" and it will have a drive letter. Right click
on the M230 drive letter and select "Format". When the Format window
appears, just make sure to set the File System type to "FAT" and make
sure that the "Quick Format" option on the bottom section of the window
remains un-checked. Click start to format the player. Follow the
on-screen prompts. 3.Use this link from the SanDisk website to download the Sansa Firmware updater: http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/156/kw/firmware/r_id/101834
Assuming the computer puts out enough juice, yes. Not all USB ports do.
Plug it in, and the Sansa should say "Charging" if it is charging. If it doesn't, try a different USB port if possible. If your computer has ports on the front/side and on the back, the back ones are more likely to put out sufficient power.
Your question is sort of incomplete. It could be a few things. dead battery, damaged battery, corrupt system file(s), missing system file(s) or maybe it has water damage. it could just be old anyway GOOD LUCK
Try deleting files to get at least 4mb of free space. Unplug any speakers or headpones (some speakers cause it to shut down when played at higher volume levels, probably due to impedence incompatibilities). Make certain you have an absolutely fresh battery in it. When it comes on after being connected to a usb port or after a battery has been replaced it uses probably more battery energy during its database initialization than at any other time. Even if the battery meter reads full, the draw might be more than a used battery can deliver. Once it does show you the regular song screen shut it down so it can save the initialization results.