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Sansa E250 wont properly turn on

My e250 was working fine for months and even earlier today, i came back from my friends tried to turn it on for the walk home but now it just has the loading image of "sandisk" and keeps restarting itself, i tried connecting it to my computer and it does the same thing

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  • Negi89 Feb 20, 2008

    yea mine jus recently started doing that as well after 7 months...but like 5 hours b4, it gave me a screen of difrent color stripes then started working properly for an hour then after a 4 hour study group that it was off, i started it up and then it jus keeps looping the SanDisk and Rhapsody intros....please find a solution fast.

    Steps i've taken include using lock to shut it down since jus holding the power button in wont shut it off, and i tried hooking it up to my computer which didnt work and then have let the battery run down and tried to charge which it still gets stuck in the loop.

  • ravi31 Feb 23, 2008

    I too had the same problem, Somebody post a solution.. please

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2008

    My Sansa has worked well until today. When I turned on Music, it said: "Not enough space for music DB. Please free 6MB."

    I clicked "Album," it said: "Empty."

    Anyone can help? Please.

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2008

    same thing

  • manu_chloe Mar 21, 2008

    i have the same problem with my mp3 starting up and i tried the link in the solution but it jus keeps saying file not found.

    what should i do now?

  • Corb monty Mar 22, 2008

    When i turn my e250 on it says sandisk but wont get to the main screen it just keeps starting over w/ sandisk then it goes white then it says sndisk again, over and over i plugged it into my computer but it does the same thing

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  • jonah892a Aug 21, 2008

    When I turn my e250 on it says sandisk but wont get to the main screen, it just keeps starting over w/ sandisk then it goes white then it says sndisk again, over and over. I plugged it into my computer but it does the same thing. The computer also doesn't recognize that it's plugged in - doesn't show up on any USB port.

  • skeeterkins Apr 06, 2009

    mine lets me turn it on but when it gets past the sandisk part then says Image file load failed please put in recovery mode

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2009

    my sansa would not open up, but i tried ravi's method for getting it into recovery mode and it worked!..But what should i do now? Do I have to reset it or should i just leave it?

  • adujink May 11, 2010

    Solution link . . .




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Hey .. I have a solution for this.. download pp5022.mi4 and sansa.fmt from the link
unzip these files and connect your sansa to the PC in recovery mode. You will find a 16mb drive opened and add these unzipped files into that drive and disconnect sansa from the PC. It will refresh and recover to the normal state.

By the way, to go to recovery mode press and hold the power button until the player turns off. Then switch it to locked state by switching the button at the top. Then press and hold the record button on the left and press the power button. Do all this after connecting the device to your PC. Good Luck.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008

  • ravi31 Apr 03, 2008

    Well... I tried triggerhouse' s solution even before posting mine. I swear.. it doesn't fix the above problem.


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One thing you can do to Easily re-set the E250 (for sure) is to take a small philips (star) scewdriver and remove the back plate or cover by takiing out the 4 mini screws.. When you get the back off, you will see the battery. Just pull it out by the bottom and disconnect the power connection to the battery. Now count to 10 and reconnect the wire to the battery.Put the battery back in and screw the back plate on.Turn it on and "presto". Do not do this while connected to the Computer. No- you will not get a shock doing this! Ha!

Posted on Mar 22, 2008

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Does this mean that you lose all of the files you have on the sansa?????

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