Question about Sony Walkman Sport Series NW-S205F MP3 Player

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Boot error /format unit comes up on the screen when I turn the mp3 player on. When I plug in to the coputer the screen on the mp3 just blinks like its trying to read but don't . Can you help me? Everytime I try turning on the mp3 player it shows "BOOT ERROR - SHUTTING DOWN" I honestly have no idea what this means! I took it to one of the computer shops but can't fix the problem! They say it's some kind of a virus! but i really need your help!

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  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2008

    I am having the same problem with a sony NWD-B105F. Very disturbing as I gave it as a gift.

    I had bought it in December and it worked fine for 3 weeks. Sympton was that it kept blinking ''creating database', never went through. The faulty one was replaced by sony.



    Now, the new one they gave has the 'boot' error problem...

    Is ther something wrong with these players? what is causing this problem?

    I never had any problem with other players or virusses so I am baffled...

    Please help.

  • d99007 Apr 25, 2008

    I bought mine a few weeks ago and have the same problem: "BOOT ERROR - SHUTTING DOWN". Prior to this i have upgraded to latest firmware on Sony site and all worked fine until now.

  • dirkeezy Jun 03, 2008

    format error, creating database, boot error shutting down, and my comp wont recognize it

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There are two ways to format an Mp3 player - one on the computer itself, and one in Windows Media Player. Both methods will end up erasing all the songs on the player, but the player will be "good as new" after that. Sometimes reformatting in this manner will override the player's native formatting and cause problems - this can be reversed in most cases by updating the player's firmware. Firmware upgrades are available from most manufacturers' websites.

WARNING: The following procedures will erase all songs on the player.

Check if the file system is NTFS. If yes, format it to FAT or FAT32. - Connect player to computer, double-click my computer, right click on icon of mp3 player and select format. This only applies to Windows-based computers.
You can also format the player in Windows Media Player itself:
Connect your Mp3 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 "name of Mp3 player here 1GB" (wording may vary slightly), and then select "Format." - this should erase everything.
-Tha Mp3 Doctor

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