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How do you make are sanca.fmt

I do not know how to make the sanca.fmt file tell me

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Sandisk has an instructions link on the firmware upgrade page - I would follow it exactly

Posted on May 26, 2008

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How to transfer files to sanca c250 mp3 player


you need to install the suite for sanca
you can find it in the instalaiotn cd you
got with the phone

Dec 05, 2010 | SanDisk Sansa c250 (2 GB) MP3 Player...

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Load Main Image Failed & Refresh Database Freezes


*** Warming : Dont try this if you dont know what your doing or if you dont know what your main problem is with the player. All the steps in this guide are collected from various sites i would not name them ( if not for you guys this guide will not be possible ) . I suggest if you dont know what you are doing is to contact sandisk technical support. ***

This is for Sansa E200 Series ( Normal and Rhapsody Model ) mp3 player with Version 1 devices. I see that many of you are experiencing this error on your players and i decided to create this guide that worked for me and for my friends players after contacting the nice guys from the sandisk technical support.

This is for Load Main Image Failed Problems.
Note : This is caused by an incorrect firmware version was loaded on the player or a bad copy of firmware files in the player.

I . For Normal Mp3 Players which dont have a Rhapsody Channel.

1. Perform Recovery mode on the player ( Enable Hold Switch + Press Record Button + Power Button ) , when it says welcome to recovery mode connect the player to the computer.

2. Open the 16MB Format which is the player in your My Computer. Then check open the Version.txt. This file will tell you what is the firmware of the player. Now you will have there,
    * .12A = Older Version firmware got to 2B
    * .15A = Also an older version of firmware go to 2B
    * .18A = Latest version of firmware. got to 2C

2B .If you have an older version of firmware downloading and updating the firwmare of player to the latest one usually resolves this problem. If not applying this file on the 16MB Format will have a greater chance of fixing the problem.

http://tinyurl.com/347j66 

This file will be upgrading the firmware of you player to the latest one.

2C. Download and install this file on your computer and then run the file.

http://tinyurl.com/nwtp4

This file will be downgrading the firwmare to an older version which is .12A

II. Load Main Image failed for Rhapsody Model mp3 Player.

1. Perform recovery mode on the player. Then connect the player to the computer.

2. 16MB Format should be detected in your My Computer. Download and apply this file in the .16MB Format.

http://tinyurl.com/2z5gc5

This will correctly reinstall the correct firmware for the player.

===================================================
For Players Experiencing Refresh Database on thier device. This would apply on both Rhapsody and Normal Model mp3 player.

1. Perform recovery mode on the device. Then connect to your computer.
2. The 16MB format would be recognize on the My Computer window. Download and apply this file into the 16MB Format.

http://tinyurl.com/2c5zzm

If the above link dont work just create a file name sansa.fmt take the extion of the file should be FMT. To check the file extension right-click on the file and choose properties.

=== If all else fails contact sandisk technical support.====
Thanks to crimsontide, cyber and to my special friend johnnyten for lending my your sandisk player. :D                                                                              

on Dec 15, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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Can not format sansa e280


where did you get it and do you have a warrenty?

Mar 22, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa E280 MP3 Player

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Reformatting


Here is what I found in the Sandisk forums - make sure you download the firmware for your exact player only, or else it won't work right:

Assuming it's a v1 model, you can try updating the firmware through recovery mode. Here's how:

1) Download the firmware file for your region from Sandisk's website - go to Support, Sansa Players, software & drivers, e200 series

2) Extract the files you downloaded in step 1 to a folder on your computer where you'll be able to find them. There will be 2 files in the archive, one is a .ROM file and one is a .MI4 file.

3) Create a new blank empty text file and name it sansa.fmt. Do not name it sansa.fmt.txt. Put that file in the same folder where you put the extracted files from step 2. You now have 3 files in that folder: the .ROM, the .MI4, and the .FMT files.

4) Turn off the player if it's on by holding down the menu/power button. You might need to hold it down for 15 to 20 seconds.

5) Put the HOLD button on the top of the player to the ON position. The ORANGE tag will be showing.

6) Hold down the RECORD button on the left side of the player while connecting it to the computer.

7) You should see a message on the player to the effect MSD MODE 2.0 USB CONNECTED or something similar. If you don't see it, go back to step 4 and try again.

8) Look in My Computer. You should see a new removable drive labeled 16MBFORMAT if all has gone according to plan. DO NOT TRY TO FORMAT THIS VOLUME!

9) Drag and drop the 3 files from step 3 into the root directory of the 16MBFORMAT drive. Right-click on the 16MBFORMAT volume and select Eject or, alternatively, use the safely remove hardware icon in the system tray.

10) Unplug the player from the computer. It should update the firmware, format itself, and then reboot.

The above instructions only work with the v1 model.

Jan 18, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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E250 How do i downGrade


Recovery mode:
first, Create a blank file with filename "sansa.fmt", put the player to recovery mode this way = you have to enable the hold key then plug it to your computer while holding the record button. you may release it after you see 'welcome the recovery mode'.

Then drag-drop this file, the file will tell the device to format itself after you unplug it

Hope this help, if so please leave rating

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Nov 25, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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SanDisk 2GB Sansa e250 doesn't turn on


Ok. I'm Mexican and my English is not so well but I have an solution that I'll like to share.

You have to download this file http://www.sandisk.com/Retail/Default.aspx?CatID=1449
and unzip in the Desk of windows . It's name is "pp5022.mi4"

Open the Notepad program and create a file whit name "sansa.fmt". IMPORTANT Dont save it like "sansa.txt" or "sansa.fmt.txt"
(We don't have to put anything in the notepad file, live it blank) and saved in the windows Desk same as "pp5022.mi4" file.
If you don't know where is notepad program go to "star" then "programs" then "accessories" and you'll find it there.


NOW...
First step be sure that your sansa is off
then put the lock switch in the position orange (Sansa Locked)
Then press the Microphone bottom and keep holding, at the same press the menu bottom and keep holding too at the same time.
Wait until you are in the Recovery Mode.
Then conect your sansa to the computer.
And it's gonna appear a new window whit a "version.txt" file.
Take the 2 files that you created in the Desk and drag and drop to the sansa. Then unplug your sansa to the pc.
Now turn on the sansa but Unlocked before.
And I hope that your problem have been gone.
Adios

Jan 13, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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Sansa Player - Unrecognized USB Device


alrigth it seems like you have formatted the recovery partition
if your sansa are working .. well if it´s starts then you should try
to go into recovery mode by having hold (on) and push rec button while starts the mp4 if it comes into recovery mode there then you can relese the rec button and connect the mp4 to the computer there you should see a device (15-16 mb ) in there it should be a file named : pp5022.mi4 you may try reset your sansa ( change the pp5022.mi4 file) you can download from http://chrisjs.com/PP5022.mi4

if you can´t come into reovery mode you got to do following
take it step by step and carefully read all twice before you starts:
you need to download ubuntu live cd learn more about that on www.ubuntu.com it´s is a open source os it´s free and anyone can change stuffs ect...
then burn ubuntu 7.10 to a cd or dvd
in the iso file i think after burning close the cd
and boot from the live cd with ubuntu so then when using ubuntu (you dont need to install it ) you do this :


There's four files you need to get, plus one you need to create. Copy and paste the following lines:
####
mkdir ~/e200t
cd ~/e200t
wget http://daniel.haxx.se/sansa/e200tool/e200tool
wget http://daniel.haxx.se/sansa/e200tool/i2c-e260.bin
wget http://daniel.haxx.se/sansa/e200/BL_SD_boardSupportSD.rom
wget http://chrisjs.com/PP5022.mi4
touch sansa.fmt
####

After everything finishes downloading, check the md5sum for each file:
####
md5sum *
####
That should return:

af26eb02fc3454f5264bb028107a2700 BL_SD_boardSupportSD.rom
d9f946067844e2a24fcbb6cfedb75057 PP5022.mi4
795cc4e75d38284a1460b840fc14967a e200tool
cecb257eeb64ceaae9cb20d9956a0bfc i2c-e260.bin
d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e sansa.fmt

If any of those lines don't match, redownload the file and check the md5sum again.

Then, make the e200tool file executable, switch to root (if you aren't already; enter password if needed), put your Sansa into Manufacturing mode, and program the i2c:
Keep in mind - there seems to be a 15 second timeout for Manu mode, so if you get a -71 error, try again.
####
chmod +x e200tool
sudo su
####
(Put sansa in Manu mode)
####
./e200tool init
./e200tool i2cprogram i2c-e260.bin
####
Also, you can use that i2c file even if you don't have an e260 - they're all the same.

I don't have a working Linux computer at the moment, but I believe at this point you need to turn your Sansa off. Hold power for 15 seconds, then go back to Manu mode.
Next, recover the bootloader to get to recovery mode:
####
./e200tool recover BL_SD_boardSupportSD.rom
####
When the display turns on, hold the REC button. If you don't get into recovery mode, try again.
Once in Recovery mode, place
i2c-e260.bin, BL_SD_boardSupportSD.rom, PP5022.mi4, and sansa.fmt
on the recovery mode drive.

Disconnect the sansa, turn off hold, and it should (hopefully) work. (chris did help me with this )
if you got any problems send a mail to skrap94@hotmail.com and write sansa e200 in top off message and try to say the problem if you got one let me know if you fix it it always fun :D
hopes this helps

Jan 12, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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Repeating Screen HELP


I got mine to work.  This may only be applicable to the e200R (RHAPSODY) version of the Sansa.  

Step 1:  Follow this link first and follow the directions:  

http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6214&highlight=SCSI

I didn't know where to get the ROM file so I left it out (I only created the sansa.fmt file got the MI4 file).  That brings me to...

Step 2:  Follow this link if you get a "Load main image failed Switch to recovery mode" error message:  
http://real.lithium.com/real/board/message?board.id=Rhapsody_MP3_Players&thread.id=2403

It's very important that on step 8, after you turn it off and it is beginning to reboot, that you reset the Hold button so that it isn't showing orange anymore.  

Not as hard as it seems!

Jan 10, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa E280 MP3 Player

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Sansa 4gb mp3 player


perform recovery mode on the player and create a file named sansa.fmt and put that file in the 16 MB format that should reformat the whole player after you have put that file in the drive and unplugged the player from the computer. After that has been done try to update the firmware of the player.
by this u can delete fully and clear

Dec 27, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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Screen turns from logo to white then to logo again


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.

Sep 27, 2006 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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