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Fading screen when I turn My sansa on it say refreshing database then while its refreshin the screen starts to fad till it turns dark purple and the i have to hold the menu button for about 10 seconds for it to turn off then it keeps doin that when i turn it on when i hook it up to the computer it does the same thing.

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Re: fading screen

Did you reset it??? Try updating the drivers..

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My system is not getting refresh

Reset your sansa by pressing on the reset switch,look for a small hole on the player, press it on for some time and wait. check to switch on. if nothing happens connect the device to the PC for detection, if detected open the files and scan for virus, if so delete such files. you are encountering a faulty programme that is hanging the player. I hope this advice helps. Good day

Jul 06, 2010 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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My sansa player turns on and freezes on the Refresh Database screen. The screen then fades and eventually turns black. My computer won't recognize the player either.

STEP 1 - Reset the device
1. Slide the Power switch up and hold it for approximately 20 seconds.
2. Release the Power switch once the device is powered down.
3. Turn the device back on.

STEP 2 - Download and install the Sansa Firmware Updater
this is for mac os version.

Feb 25, 2010 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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Can't get past "Refresh Database" Screen


Try taking it back to the shop.
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Jul 21, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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Player turns on and immediately goes to a blank screen!

i had the exact same problem and that means that its just getting old and u probably need a new one

Jul 09, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa e270 MP3 Player

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(e260R) Refresh Database eternal loop

Turn it on into recovery mode (Hold + Record Button + Power)
Connect to computer (You should detect a 16MB drive)
Make an empty text file inside the 16MB Drive and rename it to "sansa.fmt"
Unplug the Sansa. You should see now a "Formatting..." on the Sansa's screen.
Sansa fixed!

Sep 13, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e200 MP3 Player

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Just doesnt work right

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:
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

Jul 13, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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Stuck on refresh database

Simply reset the Sansa e250 by holding the power button down for 10-15 seconds.

Jan 15, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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Refresh database on screen

how do you put on recovery mode?

Dec 01, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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My screen is messing up

Hi hope this helps. Turn off your e260. Slide the hold switch for it to show red/orange color. Then press the record button and the menu button until you see on the screen of the player "Welcome to Recovery Mode". Now go to the sandisk website and download the firmware update if you have not tried to update the firmware of the player. Run and install it on your computer, when it ask you to connect a device hook your player to the computer and then it will try to look for updates for the player. When it does update the firmware of the player. And also if you can get to the menus of the player you may want to format the player maybe it is your songs causing the problem. Switch the player to MSC then open My Computer and format your player on that window.

Jun 17, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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