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Trouble down loading

Hey I have a sansa E280. The problem in when am down loading songs some songs dont. it says error whats up with that can you help ?

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Re: trouble down loading

So basically you are having problems transferring songs to your device? if thats the problem try to format your device using windows media player and then try transfer the songs again...what program are you using to transfer the songs to your device?

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Stucked at Refresh database

When the Sansa reads "refreshing database," what it is doing is going through all the songs you've loaded on to it, pulling out the "tag" information (Artist, Album, Song Title, Genre) so it can add this information to its own database which it uses to display the songs to you in its menus.

If it gets stuck during this process, usually it's because of a corrupt song file, or a song file in a format it doesn't understand.

Note that the e280 is only able to play MP3 and WMA audio formats. If you've loaded a different type of audio file onto your Sansa, you'll need to remove them.

If the songs you've recently loaded have all been MP3 and/or WMA, you may have loaded a corrupted file onto your Sansa. Try removing the songs you recently added, and see if the problem goes away.

Feb 27, 2010 | SanDisk Sansa E280 MP3 Player

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Im not sure how to put songs on my mp3

Connect your device to your computer using USB cable. Then go to My Computer. You can see the MP3 Player drive. Just double click it and you can copy and paste there your songs

May 19, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa E280 MP3 Player

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Sandisk sansa e280 will not down load songs

The Sansa player will only recognize certain file formats. The songs with a Red X are not eligible to be transferred to your player, because their DRM license does not allow transfer to certain (or any) mp3 players.

It is best to use songs that are in mp3 format only. They will give you fewer headaches.

iTunes songs will not work with this player.

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Feb 06, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa E280 MP3 Player

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I can't load no more than 60 songs

You have auto-sync enabled - disable it

Disable auto-sync in Windows Media Player - Microsoft's website explains it far better than I can

Open Windows Media Player WITH the mp3 player connected
Highlight Sync, click on the arrow to bring down drop-dow menu
Select Set Up Sync
Uncheck box that says "automatically sync files to device"

Jun 20, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa E280 MP3 Player

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Cant seem to get songs to download from Rhapsody

dont use rhapsody... is a scam. get ur songs on limewire and put them on manually.

May 01, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa E280 MP3 Player

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Sansa e280 not working

I had the same issue. Plug the player in your PC. Go to "my computer" right click the Sansa player. Go to Properties and then select the "tools" tab. Run the error check and the disc defragmentation

Mar 25, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa E280 MP3 Player

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About the sansa e280 not loading songs....

You may have an earlier version of Windows Media Player, before they had a Sync button - I would suggest upgrading to Windows Media Player 11 by going to:

Sorry to say, nothing is easier to use than a brand name iPod

Mar 19, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa E280 MP3 Player

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I-tunes songs are in a different format, and the Sansa won't allow that format.

Dec 03, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa E280 MP3 Player

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Loading music on to it from windows media play

The song could have drm encryption or it could be in the wrong format.

Go ahead and do this, in case the DB is corrupted:
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:

Dec 01, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa E280 MP3 Player

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When i connect to the computer, i can add songs, but the songs on it dont show up

I don't know if you've inadvertently deleted the music folder, but that's what I did, when I deleted all the folders by mistake, thank heavens for in-store warrenty, they replaced it with another one. What I noticed on my replacement is synchronizing with media player doesn't work, it creates ghost folders and thinks music is there when it isn't, I don't understand it. Solution: open two windows for my music and sansa e280 music, then just drag and drop the folders; what I noticed is that in my music the folders are named by artist, and I prefer to see them by album, but when I view them in the player, I see the albums with the tracks in the right order.

Aug 17, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa E280 MP3 Player

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