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Locks up at update database screen; won't load firmware; load main image failed. Have tried all kinds of solutions suggested by many, nothing works correctly on my player.

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  • debevans May 29, 2008

    The e250 doesn't have a volume button to hold in. It's a wheel that doesn't allow you to click or hold. I don't know if I mentioned that in the original posting.

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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.

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Sansa 260 R load main image failed message


Hello,

The Sansa e260 Rhapsody could be recovered by resetting the player.
How to reset the player :
1. Player switched on.
2. Press and hold the power button for approximately 30 seconds.
3. Put the player back on.


When the fault is not resolved a firmware update / reinstallation needs to be made. There are 2 steps needed for getting new firmware on the player.

Step 1: switching the player into recovery mode / MSC mode

1. Turn off the player.
2. Slide the Hold/Lock switch on top of the player so an orange color is showing.
3. Press and hold the REC button and connect the device to the computer.
4. A message will appear on the device display screen confirming the connection and a memory partition will be viewable in My Computer.
5. Release the REC button.
Step 2: Update the firmware ( updating firmware always in MSC mode, see Step 1 )
Use next link for updating the firmware:
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/306
The Sansa updater installation on the computer should be the easiest way to update firmware.

Need more help ? Just post a comment.

Dec 17, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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Sansa e200 load main image failed


If this happened after updating your firmware, the Sansa FAQ from here http://www.sansa.com/support/sansa_e200/faqs says try this -

03. "Load image failed" appears after updating e200 firmware Applies to the following Operating Systems:
  1. Windows XP, Vista
This error may be caused by the firmware failing to load or the file system is corrupted.
STEP 1 – Reset the player
  1. Press and hold the Power button for approximately 30 seconds.
  2. Turn the player back on.
If the error persists, proceed to steps 2 and 3.
STEP 2 – Connect the player in Recovery Mode
  1. Turn off the player.
  2. Slide the Hold/Lock switch on top of the player so an orange color is showing.
  3. Press and hold the REC button and connect the device to the computer.
  4. A message will appear on the device display screen confirming the connection and a 16MB partition will be viewable in My Computer.
  5. Release the REC button.
STEP 3 – Download and update the firmware
  1. Download the firmware from the Sansa Forum.
  2. Open the zip file
  3. Extract all the firmware files to the 16MB-FORMAT drive.
  4. Disconnect the player.
  5. Slide the Hold switch to the unlock position.
  6. Turn on the player

Dec 29, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e200 MP3 Player

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Sansa e280 Main Image Wont Load Problem, Plus firmware updater doesn't work


Do not worry! I had the same problem as you before and got it fixed perfectly! Go to this thread and read the instructions carefully.

http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11233

Note that doing this will delete all files in your player, so I recommend you to save your files somewhere before doing this.

Dec 28, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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Load main image failed


You can try to reset the device by pressing the power button for about 15 to 20 seconds..if that doesnt work I would recommend you to go to the sandisk site to update the firmware on your device or you can contact sandisk to they can help you with updating the firmware on your device..Please follow the link below to get the firmware
http://www.sandisk.com/Retail/Default.aspx?CatID=1376

The number for sandisk is 1-866-726-3475
Please rate accordingly
Thank you
Computerrep

Jul 27, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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Load main image failed error.


Try holding the power button down for at least 10 to 15 seconds. That should turn it off. Turn it back on. If this doesn't work, try taking the battery out for a few seconds. If that doesnt work i will recommend that you update the firmware on your device even if you have done so anytime in the past...
To update the firmware follow the link below
http://www.sandisk.com/Retail/Default.aspx?CatID=1376

The number for sandisk is 1-866-726-3475
Please rate accordingly
Thank you
Computerrep

Apr 02, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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Recovery mode and USB2.0 mode


my sansa sandisk e200 was plug to the pc i then remove it and plug another device.when i later power it on all it could display "refresh database".also i fix it to the pc another problem is "recovery mode and usb2.0 msd mods"

Feb 18, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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Load Main Image failed


Get the Sansa recovery tool for your model:
http://www.sandisk.com/Retail/DriverDownloads.aspx

Go ahead and do this, in case the DB is corrupted:
Format - Erases Everything: Connect your Sansa 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 "Sansa 1GB" (wording may vary slightly), and then select "Format." - this should erase everything.
Firmware Upgrade- Erases Everything: Get the latest firmware upgrade from Sansa - it updates the firmware and erases every song in the player all at once. Note: this method doesn't work if already have the latest firmware. Go to this website and click "Firmware Updater" to find out: http://www.sandisk.com/Retail/DriverDownloads.aspx

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Load main image failed, Switch to recovery mode"


If it still plugs in and works properly, you can try to format it or try to update its firmware with the firmware updater that you can download from sandisk.com and then click on download.

Jan 23, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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Sansa e280 Main Image Wont Load Problem, Plus firmware updater doesn't work


Please look on the back of the player and see if it is a Rhapsody model or a Standard Model. This error usually happens when you have installed the wrong firmware on the device. If you dont have a rhapsody model mp3 player please perform this steps.

Please copy and paste the following link into your web browser address bar.

http://www.sandisk.com/Assets/File/Downloads/firmware/e200fw01.00.12.exe

Once you have downloaded the file, please follow these instructions.
1) Double click on My Computer so that you can see it on your screen.
2) Turn the player off.
3) On the top of the player is a Hold switch, move it to the right (toward the headphone jack) so you see the orange portion
4) On the left hand side of the player is a Record button, press and hold WHILE connecting the player to the computer. Continue holding the Record button until you see a new icon under My Computer called 16MB FORMAT. Once you see that icon you may release the Record button.
5) Double click the file you downloaded earlier and run it. Follow all of the on-screen instructions, and when you get to the prompt where it asks you whether you would like to Format it, choose Yes. Once it is done, click Finish.
6) Disconnect the player and look at the screen. Several things will be displayed, and when you see Key Lock, System Shutdown, move the Hold switch on the top back to the left.
7) Turn the player on and watch the screen. If you see a Refresh Database Fail error, you will need to follow steps 1-7 again until you do not get the error. If it does not work the first time, it could take up to 3 times for it to work.IF the update is successfull you will be prompted to choose a language for the player.

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Load main image failed?


Hope this would help. Have you updated the firmware of your player? Try updating the firmware of your player. When the player is turn off slide the hold switch for it to show orange/red color. Then press the Record and the menu button until is shows on the screen welcome to recovery mode. Then go to sandisk website and download the firmware update and install it to your computer. When it ask you to connect a device connect the player and update the firmware of the player. If the update is successful then it would ask you to choose a language. Hope this helps

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