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Frozen? I turned on my Sansa e250 and this white screen popped up with some black spots on it I keep turning it on and off and it doesn't change. I charged it and i held down the power button and nothings working. anyone have any ideas whats wrong or how to fix it? I think it might be water damage.

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Re: Frozen?

Its easily fixed. Try this.

Run the recovery tool from the SanDisk website. Make sure you select "format" when prompted.

You need to put the device into "recovery mode" before you run the tool.

- Turn the device off (hold power for 20 seconds)
- Slide the hold switch into "hold" position.
- Press and hold the "record" button while connecting it to your computer. Keep holding the "record" button until you see the "new hardware found" on your computer.

Then run the recovery tool. Select format when prompted.

Best of Luck.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007

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