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Sansa M230 My Sansa player is stuck in the "LOCKED" status. I have located the "HOLD" button and switched it off, but it is still showing "LOCKED". I have replaced the battery and it hasn't helped.

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Move hold swithc to correct position, and then hold power button for 3-5 seconds

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I just plugged in my sansa m230 and loaded some songs on it. After I was done, I unplugged it and the screen keeps flashing back and forth from "initializing" to a screen that says " Sansa m230 512 MB". I...


ok, hold the power button for 20 seconds or more. it should do a power emergency shut off. wait ten seconds and then turn it back on. BAM! it should be good.

Sep 29, 2010 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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I cannot access the music on my Samsa M230 via USB to PC. I would like to copy the music off the sansa and add new music, but windows media player doest show any music files on the m230 drive


Hello,

There are 2 modes the player can connect to a computer:
1. MSC mode: the operating system, seeing the player as a removable disk on "My Computer"
2. MTP mode: added software, when an extra program is started the player is detected in this application software: e.g. Windows Media Player

When songs show up on the player but not on My Computer:
1. The player is in MSC mode and music has been put on the player with a program in MTP mode
or
2. The player is in MTP mode and music has been put on the player
using Windows Explorer in My Computer in MSC mode

In your case the solution should be:
Switch the player into MSC mode and look in Windows Explorer for
a driver letter with a capacity of about 512MB memory.

How to get the player in MSC mode:
Using the menu on the player:
From the main menu go to Settings Menu > USB and select MSC mode.
Using the hold switch on the player:
1. Turn device OFF.
2. Facing the hold switch slide it to the right so an orange color would show putting the device on Hold.
3. Connect the device to the PC.

Explore "My Computer", looking for the players content showing up as a drive letter (about 512 MB sized for the m230)
Click the drive letter, select your files and "copy + save" or "drag and drop" them to a location on the computer.

When needing more help, just post a comment.

Dec 30, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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My sansa MP3 player is locked. How do I unlock


I loved that mp3 player, it's a great basic one. Anyways...

To unlock it, it require nothing related to your computer, it's on the side of your player, the old button.

Near the mic. I believe right now it's on a side with orange, tick it to the side that shows white. Open it again, should be unlocked.

Jul 30, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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Locked sandisk sansa m230


Slide the HOLD switch to the left

Nov 01, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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Sansa m230 stuck in locked mode


Slide hold button to correct (usually center) position and hold in power button for 3 seconds or longer.

May 23, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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SanDisk Initializing


Try this: disconnect the player from the computer, turn it off, 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.

May 03, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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No Icon


Try this: disconnect the player from the computer, turn it off, 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.

Apr 23, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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Cannot adjust volume


Try this: disconnect the player from the computer, turn it off, 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.

Mar 09, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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Locked


If the onscreen message says ?Locked? and then shuts off, you need to locate the Hold Button on the left side of your player. Slide that button up to unlock your device.

Aug 09, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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I need help with my mp3 it wont let me listen and i already tried to format it and it did not work. it still says not enough space for music db please free 8 MB. and then it says no files and my computer...


Your M230 may have encountered a corruption in its Music Database, and may be corrected by formatting and updating the firmware. Try this: Manually switch the player to MSC mode and format through "Disk Management". Here are the steps: Step 1: Locate the "Hold" switch on the side of the M230 and enable it (you should see an "orange-colored" surface when it's enabled) Step 2: Plug the M230 to your computer (recommended Operating System is Windows XP and above) and check Windows Explorer if the player is detected as a "Removable Drive" Step 3: Open "Computer Management" by right-clicking on the "My Computer" icon, then selecting "Manage" Step 4: Your "Computer Management" window should be divided into 2 panes. On the left pane, click on "Disk Management" Step 5: On the upper right pane of "Disk Management", you should find the drive letter corresponding to your Sansa M230. The lower section also contains the drive # pertaining to your M230. Right-click on either drive letters pertaining to the M230 and select "Format". Follow the on-screen prompts. Make sure that the "Quick Format" checkbox remains un-checked. Step 6: In general, Disk Management is more the effective tool for formatting your M230 and assuming the format processing completed without any errors, proceed to updating the firmware of your player. Step 7: Use this link to download the Sansa Firmware updater: http://www.sandisk.com/Retail/Default.aspx?CatID=1376 Save this file to your Desktop and run it while your M230 is still plugged in to your PC. Follow the on-screen prompts. Step 8: "Safely remove" your M230 from your PC and -- with a fresh battery -- power on your player. It should boot up normally. I hope this works. The M230 is a great player

Apr 15, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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