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Reg: Changing the modes of the device


I just want to know how to change the device mode for the SANSA E200 series devices

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  • Aravindhan Venkataramanan

    Hi Dan

    Thanks for the information. But i don't see anything whatever you said. Probably i believe the new devices doesn't have this kind of the settings. I have to look into SANDISK support site..Anyhow thanks for your time.......



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You go to settings/usb mode, and change to MTP or MSC. If your settings don't show USB mode, you have to update to the latest firmware. If you have an E250, the video converter program will still probably not recognize the player. If you figure out how to get it to do so, please let us know.


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  • va84976 Jan 10, 2008


    First you have to update to the latest firmware by downloading the firmware updater from the Sansa site and running it. With the latest firmware you should have USB mode in your settings. My E250 is brand new and I had to do this. In USB mode I now have the choices of MTP, MSC, or auto. In my used E270 I do not have the auto. I still cannot upload videos into the E250 via the defective Sansa media converter, but can into the E270.




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Why won't my computer recognize my sandisk player.....i just plugged in the usb cable directly in the computer....but it's not being recognized.


For the Sans e260, see the e200 series support site on "not recognized":

1. Press and hold the Power/Menu button for approximately 20 seconds.
2. Release the Power/Menu button.
3. Press the Power/Menu button again to turn on the player.

NOTE: Resetting will turn the player off while it is frozen.

When RESETTING the player did NOT help

Solution 2

For e200v1/e200R (Recovery mode only): Connecting in Recovery mode
For e200v2 (Force MSC mode only): Enabling MSC mode

Check your firmware, see the differences on next link:


Method 1: Automatic, using the Sansa Firmware Updater

Method 2: Manual, downloading firmware from the Sansa Forum
For e200 series version 1 and 2 to the Forum e200 thread
For e200 series version Rhapsody to the Forum e200R thread

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Dec 10, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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Try going into settings, usb mode change that it should be either mtp or msc.

May 09, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa e200 MP3 Player

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Feb 02, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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My sansa e280 mp3 player stopped working i dnt knw y


I'm unable to assume the exact problem with your mp3 player as you've bluntly said that the device is not working. Try the following steps and that should work. If not let me know:

  SOLUTION 1 - Reset the device 
Resetting the Sansa View/Fuze 
Resetting the e200/c200 series
 - Reload and update to the latest firmware
STEP 1 - Enable MSC or Recovery mode 
Enable MSC mode on e200v2 / c200v2 / Fuze 
Force Recovery mode on e200v1 / c200v1 / e200R / View 

STEP 2 - Update to the latest firmware 
You may need to upload the firmware manually, there are instructions on the links below on how to manually update your firmware 
Sansa Fuze firmware update 
Sansa View firmware update 
Sansa e200 series firmware update 
Sansa c200 series firmware update 

1. Make sure you Windows Media Player 11 (Goto Help --> About WMP --> v??)
 2. If you do not have it, install it from this location:   3. Change the Mode on Device: Go into Menu --> Settings --> USB Mode:Auto Detect/MTP/MSC   4. Select MSC and it should work. If it does not try Powercycling your device (turn it off and then turn it on).  5. Try other modes as well. 

Keep the device in AutoDetect Mode and follow the instructions below:

i. Connect your Device
ii. Right click on My Computer and select Manage
iii. Select Device Manager
iv. At the right hand side look out for Portable devices and click on the + symbol to display your device
v. Right Click on the device and select Update Drivers
vi. Select 'No, not at this time' and click Next
vii. Select 'Install from a list or specific location' and then click Next
viii. Select 'Don't search, I'll choose the driver to install' and then click Next
ix. Select 'MTP Device' and then click Next. This should install the device and then should be ready for use

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Sansa e200 locks up in refresh database during startup

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Cant tranfer songs

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different computers
different usb ports
how the device appears in device manager
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Can't open sansa on computer

you need to try a bunch of things to try to figure out whats wrong. you can try
different computers
different usb ports
how the device appears in device manager
changing modes on the player itself

All of those resources should lead you to the answer you need.

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The Media Converter software?

The Sansa Media Converter is only for converting & transferring Pictures and Videos. If this is what you want to do, change the mode on the device Settings>Mode or USB mode to MSC.

Best of Luck.

Nov 21, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa e200 MP3 Player

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Use rhapsody for the trial period and now My SanDisk Sansa e200 won't acknowledge any downloads on my e200 since I didn't sign up for rhapsody. How can I get my e200 to allow download from somewhere other...

If you didnt delete the music from your trial subscription with Rhapsody, they are still on the device, taking up space. Your device will allow any type of music to be transferred, it doesnt have to be specifically from Rhapsody. Best idea is to "format" the device to remove everything and try transferring the music onto the device. Connect the device and go to My Computer>Device Name, then right click on the device and select format. This will erase everything. If you are not able to format the device, change the mode, then try again. Device>Settings>mode or USB Mode. Reply if you have more problems. Best of Luck.

Sep 16, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa e200 MP3 Player

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How do you get in USB mode?

If you cannot change the "modes", you will have to put it into recovery mode to fix it. 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. Download and run the recovery tool from the SanDisk website. Make sure you select "format" when prompted. Best of Luck.

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