My sansa ran out of batteries, so when i put in new ones, it did not turn on, and it still doesn't. I did try to put in a rechargeable battery and that didn't work, but I don't think it would have messed it up.
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Re: Not turning on
Remove the battery and then connect it to your PC and see what happens. If it is found by your computer you can reformat the device. after reformatting, disconnect and re-install the battery making sure the terminals are lined up properly and your player should then reboot itself.
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The Sansa m250 does not have a rechargeable battery (this is the model you posted). Your battery is just dead. Take out the old AAA battery and put in a new one and it should work. Good luck, I hope this helps!
The battery may have become loose from the contacts. So it turns on when connected, but the battery is not charging.
Try removing the screws on the back, take out the battery and put it back in. Then charge the device for a couple hours and see if it works.
Best of Luck.
Plug it into the computer (the cord you would use to charge it and transfer files), and hold down the power button for at least 15 seconds. The Sansa should then begin to turn on and start charging. :)
If it is still on, hold down the power button for about 15 seconds; that should turn it off. Try turning it on again. If it still does not work, turn it off by holding power for 15 seconds, then on again like this:
- Put hold on
- Hold record
- Press power on
This will start recovery mode, follow on-screen instructions. Hope all goes well!!
My Sansa also failed to turn on. But what happened to me was that I unplugged the USB while it's connecting. After that I cannot sync with my computer anymore, so I tried turning it off and on couple times and at the end the whole thing won't turn on anymore. I talked to the SanDisk tech. You can try what he told me: take out the battery; press and hold the power button for 45 sec (this will drain the power in the capacitor...they call it "soft reset"); then put the battery back in and try to turn on the mp3 player. That didn't work for me. I just bought this a month ago so i guess because of the warranty, they will send me a brand new one. I hope this help.