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On the screen of the breeding animal of music sansa e260 he says to me THAT PRAISE MAIN IMAGE FAILED SWITCH TO RECOVERY MODE. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW AS I CAN ARRANGE IT

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Re: PROBLEM SANSA E 260 switch the device to recovery mode turn the hold switch to the locked position. hold in the record button and plug the device in. do not let go of the record button ubtill you see a 16MB partition show up

2.when you got the 16 partition copy a new main image file into it
here are soem diffrent types of them :p
AMERICAS - 01.02.23a for Americas

EUROPE (No FM) - 01.02.23e for Europe without FM

EUROPE (FM) - 01.02.23f for Europe with FM

PACIFIC - 01.02.23p for Pacific

download from :

when you downloaded and copyed the main file you should make just an emty doc named : sansa.fmt

no more in that one just move that doc to recovery disk to
hopes it works... a tips are this site
they got many good guids for stuffs like this

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Load main image failed switch to recovery mode is on my screen and it is black I cant get it to do anything how do you reset it or switch to recovery mode?

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