Question about SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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Did my BATTERY short, or my whole PLAYER?

OK, so I'm not the first one here to have this happen, but my girlfriend VERY briefly dropped my e260 into a half-inch of water while it was on. She said it continued working for about 10 minutes, then suddenly turned off.
Attempting to turn it back on yielded the blue ring lighting up and a white screen.
So, I took off the back, took out the battery, took apart the actual case, and let it dry for a while. There seemed to be very little water inside, none in the screen or anything, just a few small drops under the main buttons.
I reinserted the battery and VOILA, it started up just fine, just like normal, and I played a song to make sure....yup, all was well.
Except it seemed to keep turning on by itself every minute or so. So I put it on HOLD.
Then I put it all back together, screws and all. Let it sit for 15 more minutes, and then when I turned it on to listen to it..... it wasn't working again! I get the blue ring only, no screen, and it appears to shut off after 15 seconds or so.
Alright, so I plugged it into my computer, and despite it APPEARING to be off, I was fully able to access my song files, copy them off the Sansa and listen to them on the comp...

So my question is, is it likely that my BATTERY has somehow shorted out, causing it to not properly power the system? I wonder because obviously I was able to establish that the player still worked fine (temporarily) and I could access all my files.
Or is it more likely that my PLAYER shorted out, but---slowly? Can it short out 'over time', as in, get better then suddenly worse again, even though it was getting drier?

I'd like to think it was the battery, and simply get a replacement, but anyone who has knowledge of things shorting out, how it happens etc... I would greatly appreciate your feedback.


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I have yet to see an Mp3 player that can survive a water drop. You can "dry out" the player, and it may work sometimes. Replacing the battery most likely will not fix.

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