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Help I have a Sansa e260 with a screen reading refresh database. It will only turn off if you hold the button down. I've tried switching to orange lock and turning on with record holding down. It brings me to another screen that reads welcom to recover mode. It says Please connect USB cable. I connected the cable and then it reads USB cable connected enter USB2.0 MSD mode

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Re: Help

Try this: disconnect the player from the computer, 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.
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:
-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Posted on May 23, 2008

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Sansa e260 frozen on refresh database

Make sure USB mode is MTP....If this doesn't work make sure that you are connected to a 2.0 USB port....I had to install the update on to my labtop and finally it recognized it and updated

Push the power button in until it turns off then proceed with the above

Apr 11, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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Sansa e260 firmware

Mine was a bit more FUBAR I guess. I have a Sansa e260. I had rockbox on it, went to switch back to the firmware. Uninstalled rockbox and on reboot... the e260 was refreshing the database and then came to a frozen green screen.

My e260 was already in MSC mode. I did the steps above but was still stuck.

The solution that worked was one posted by "Slaughter" on anythingbutipod.

The ultimate fix for all e2xx v1 problems - Format, enter recovery mode, downgrade firmware Link (you'll need to format the drive), reinstall newest firmware via newest Sansa Updater, reload tunes.

Dec 01, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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No picture on screen

Hi . This can probably solve your problem:
Follow the steps
01. Sansa player freezes on the “Refreshing Database” screen STEP 1 – Reset the device
  1. Slide the Power switch up and hold it for approximately 20 seconds.
  2. Release the Power switch once the device is powered down.
  3. Turn the device back on.
STEP 2 – Download and Install the Sansa Firmware Updater.
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Oct 30, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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Refresh database?

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.

Jun 19, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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Stuck on refreshing database...

Sounds like it's froze and needs to be reset. -
Press to power on/off, enter menu, or hold 15
seconds to reset your Sansa.
Or-To reset the sansa = Hold down power button for20 seconds.

If that don't work let me know so i can try something Else?

P.S...Please rate accordingly
Thank You

Feb 06, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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Frozen screen says: refresh database

tyr taking the battery out or try holding the power button and the play button at the sametime for 20 secs.

Oct 21, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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Refresh database fail

ALL DATA WILL BE LOST WITH THIS PROCEDURE!! You can try a ROM recovery. - TURN OFF UNIT - Place hold switch so orange shows - Hold down the REC button with the red dot on the side of the player. - Whilst holding the REC button, press the power button as if to turn on the unit - Let go of the REC button You should see the recovery console. YOU WILL LOSE ALL DATA!! However you will also have a working player. Hope this helps.

Aug 21, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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Refresh Database

This is happening alot aparently, Sandisk is telling everyone to just reset it but that aparently isnt really working. only suggestion is to set the USB mode to MTP and try it.

Aug 02, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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My screen is messing up

Hi hope this helps. Turn off your e260. Slide the hold switch for it to show red/orange color. Then press the record button and the menu button until you see on the screen of the player "Welcome to Recovery Mode". Now go to the sandisk website and download the firmware update if you have not tried to update the firmware of the player. Run and install it on your computer, when it ask you to connect a device hook your player to the computer and then it will try to look for updates for the player. When it does update the firmware of the player. And also if you can get to the menus of the player you may want to format the player maybe it is your songs causing the problem. Switch the player to MSC then open My Computer and format your player on that window.

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"refresh database failed" how do I do a database refresh?

i have the same problem ... refresh database fail .. i can put songs on the player but it doesn't show them or play them :-( HELP!!!!

Nov 15, 2006 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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