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WTF! "Bad Track" to Nothing!?

Okay.. so it started with all the new songs put on the mp3 turning to a "bas track".

Then all the songs that weren't on the mp3 player before started turning into "bad track"s.

So I decided I should delete all the songs on the mp3 player so that whatever was corrupting it would go away. I opened the music file and I have undeleteable folders named "n" "a" "s" "3" etc.

I also have files that are deletable name "k" ">" "4" as well as some in what seems to be another language. So I tried deleting all the deletable one, but they keep returning.

Then after I deleted everything.. all the the songs that don't work, keep returning.. along with all the files.

And even though before it used to say "bad track" now it doesnt come up at all. My song list is empty.

I really wanna throw this thing out the window.

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  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2008

    im having the same problem. now it just froze altogether and it wont turn off or respond to any of the keys

  • lferris Aug 10, 2008

    Same problem with the 'bad tracks' and single letter folders showing up in album lists

  • faschuck77 Aug 14, 2008

    Last September, I bought two Sandisk Sansa e280s: one for myself, and one for my Dad. A couple of nights ago, I downloaded some new tracks onto my Dad's Sansa from Napster. When he went to play said tracks, he TOO got the so-dreaded "BAD TRACK" message. I then proceeded to go back into Napster so I could use its own menus to delete the bad tracks. Unfortuanately, the Napster software couldn't read the track list (bear in mind: this was the FIRST-GENERATION e280, which granted had several bugs that were mostly removed by the time the second-generation one came out); thus, I decided to use my Windows Media Player 11 to removed the bad tracks. Happily, this worked. Of course, my elation was short-lived. When I went back into Napster to attempt transferring those same tracks a second time, something even more hideous happened. I received a message from Napster stating that there was a "Transfer Error"; not to mention, this Sansa (the "problem child" I've been suddenly (and inexplicably, at that) disconnected itself. PLEASE HELP ME!!! This is giving both my Dad and I a hideous case of the howling fantods... :?



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What I would recommend you to do is to update the firmware on the device even if you have done so already by going to

If after you have done the firmware update you are still having the same problem, please contact me..
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