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Sansa Hack on Refreshing Database!!! HELP!!!

I have a sansa of 4gb and recently i bought a micro sd card of 1gb. I dont care that it needs to refresh the database every time that i turn it on (is that normal?). Now it just happens that when i turn it on the screen stays on the SanDisk logo and if the micro sd card is in, a white stripe appears at the bottom of the SanDisk logo and then after a while it goes to the Refreshing Database mode and here comes the hack... The screen just becomes white and then it restarts itself all over again. If i force it tu turn itself off by holding the power button a LONG time AND remove the microSD card then it boots up faster but After the sandisk logo a Language selection comes up... i choose english and then i see in the Info part that it detects all my songs, but when i go to Music, theres NO SONG AT ALL!!! one time, it actually read some info but it was all just weird symbols and stuff... once i restarted it, i didnt see them again. Im currently backing up my music (cause its STILL THERE), but what do I do? I bought my Sansa at US but im currently at Costa Rica in central america, what can i do? is there a sansa repair shop here?... HELP PLEASEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!oh one last thing, once it has to be restarted on the mode where it doesnt detect my music, the usb mode has to be changed to the first one). PLEASE HELP!!!

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Lock your sansa and hold the rec button while starting it up.
It will go to recovery mode. Hook it up to your computer. Now download this file: "http://www.MegaShare.com/392319" put it onto the device that should pop up that is called "16MB-FORMAT". Once you put this file on there you should take out the thing that links your sansa to the computer and it should install the firmware. It will also restart your sansa. (Make sure that you unlock your sansa first.) And Now all problems should be fixed!

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That is not a hack when the screen does that; you can find an excellent hack at Rockbox.org which permits you to play .FLAC and other formats than the Sansa originally came with, as well as participate with fellow Costa Ricans et al. who improve the player/playlist in various ways (improving cue/review for podcasts, maybe offering structured markup...)

     The probable cause of the error is some unexpected characters in the markup (e.g. mp3 tags like Author, Album, Title, Genre, notes....)  Software (authors) are tripped up by asian-language bits all the time, amazingly.  You should just be wary of the last few songs you put on it and use the system restore method (per citation given by dm01 above) of putting an OFF Sansa:
on HOLD, and then holding RECORD when you tap the on/off button.

However, the original SanDisk firmware is pretty well laid; if you hook it up to your cellphone, there's a good chance the phone will share camera pictures over to the Sansa.  SanDisk offers firmware updates that work under Windows or emulation/VMs via their website.

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Refresing the database every time you turn on your player is not normal and is indicative of corrupted firmare (one of the most common problems with this player). When did you buy this? The old firmware will not support higher-capacity MicroSD cards. If you try to use one, you need to downgrade to .12A and then upgrade to the newest firmware. Full instructions available here: http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11233

Posted on Sep 28, 2007

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You device is too full. You need minimum 6MB for the "music database". The more music you have, the bigger the database needs to be. Try freeing up 30MB or so, that should solve it. Please add to the question, dont select NOT HELPFUL if this didnt work. Best of Luck.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007

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SOURCE: Stuck on Refreshing Database

It needs a firmware upgrade, most likely. Read the following for every possible recovery method:

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: http://www.sandisk.com/DriverDownload/driverList.asp
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

Posted on Jun 07, 2008

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SOURCE: Freezes on refreshing database

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: http://www.sandisk.com/DriverDownload/driverList.asp
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

Posted on Feb 15, 2009

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SOURCE: freezing at refreshing database

Download the Sansa Firmware Updater and update the firmware - available from Sandisk's website.

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: http://www.sandisk.com/DriverDownload/driverList.asp
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

Posted on Feb 28, 2009

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Hold the menu button down for 15 seconds. This will reset the player

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