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Sansa M230 not seen in Explorer or Windows Media Player

My Sansa M230 (512MB) used to work fine with Windows Media Player. I recently bought an iPod and installed iTunes (on 2 different computers). I just tried to sync my Sansa again and it won't work. Both computers do the same thing (with different cables). Namely they recognize something was plugged in but won't show the device in Windows Explorer or in Windows Media Player. The device is set to USB Auto-Detect.
If I switch it to MSC mode, Explorer and Media Player both see the device when plugged in both don't show any of my songs (because of the different format).
Any ideas?

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  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2008

    M230 (512MB) used to work fine with Windows 98. I recently bought laptop vista...I just tried my Sansa again and it won't work. My computer recognize the device but wont show files that are on it in Windows Explorer or in Windows Media Player.I've searched everywhere for a solution
    Any ideas?

  • Crazy Spike May 03, 2008

    I have the same problem with my Sansa m230. Used to work fine. Now Windows Media Player doesn't see it. However, the computer does make its typical noise when it is connected or disconnected. Also the Sansa recognizes that the USB is connected. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Anonymous May 15, 2008

    same problem ,cant put single track it is not supporting windows media ,winamp files also....help help...

  • jayantastays May 16, 2008

    please let me know if sansa m230 is compatible with windows visa home basic or home premium.... do I need to install anything specific to get over any potential compatibility issue or it'll just auto detect my player for sure?

    Is sansa m230 meticulously laptop specific or I can sync with any laptop instantaneously or by installing the software from the provided CD in any laptop?


  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    my sansa fuze isnt being recognize by window media player i cant sync any new songs to my sansa fuze

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We had the same problem with Windows XP. We found some help on the Sandisk web site. On the device go to the Settings menu, then USB. We changed from AutoDetect to MSC mode and everything is working again. Our computer saw all of the songs on our computer fine. Some of the old songs on the Sansa didn't show up on the detect list in Windows Media Player, but they were still on the device.

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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

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In your case the solution should be:
Switch the player into MSC mode and look in Windows Explorer for
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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.

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1. Open "My Computer" and right click on the "Removable Drive" that pertains to your Sansa.
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Connect your sansa to the computer and then explore the drive and delete . also empty the recycle bin not to occupy space from your computer storage.

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itunes is protective of it songs so i don,t no about that
but i have a sansa m240
on the player hit the menu Button
its the shall one on the top
till it turns on then let go and press it again
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below the play Button. scroll down to usb
then select auto detect
plug in the player to your pc


you can transfer them yourself
or use windows media player 11

to
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go down copy click
go to my computer or computer in start menu
select sansa m230
select tcnando hit ctrl v
on the key board
to transfer the the files

to use windows media player 11
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click and drag the music
from the left hand side
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and click start sync .
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