I have a sansa e 260. I turn on the device and it attempts to refresh the database. It gets half way across and then the screen goes blank. Sometimes blue, sometimes green, with faint lines running from top to bottom.
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Mine was a bit more FUBAR I guess. I have a Sansa e260. I had rockbox on it, went to switch back to the firmware. Uninstalled rockbox and on reboot... the e260 was refreshing the database and then came to a frozen green screen.
My e260 was already in MSC mode. I did the steps above but was still stuck.
The solution that worked was one posted by "Slaughter" on anythingbutipod.
The ultimate fix for all e2xx v1 problems - Format, enter recovery mode, downgrade firmware Link (you'll need to format the drive), reinstall newest firmware via newest Sansa Updater, reload tunes.
Turn it on into recovery mode (Hold + Record Button + Power) Connect to computer (You should detect a 16MB drive) Make an empty text file inside the 16MB Drive and rename it to "sansa.fmt" Unplug the Sansa. You should see now a "Formatting..." on the Sansa's screen. Sansa fixed!
I had the "Refresh Database" problem with my C250, it just sat there after turning it on! However, the GOOD NEWS is, I corrected it! First I connected it to my PC, then FORMATTED the unit. This gave me an empty player that at least would turn on. Then I downloaded the Sansa "Updater" from the SanDisk website. After setting up the updater software, I connected the C250. It automatically checked for any new firmware, and loaded it into the player. After that I restarted the C250 and it again came up OK without any music loaded. The last thing I did was to load only 1.8 GB worth of music files. My take on the problem is that if you overload the memory, or interupt a file while loading, then the "datbase" function never gets done. I've had mine running for about a week now without problems! Hope it works for you too! <Good Luck> David
Try updating the firmware of your player. Switch the player to recovery mode (enable hold switch and press and hold the record and power button until you see on the screen welcome to recovery mode) download the sansa firmware updater on the sandisk website and install it to your computer. When it ask to connect the device connect the player and check if there are updates on the player. Also try to format the player it may be the songs on the player is causing the problem.