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Player no longer able recognize new mp3 files

It will play files that are already on it - same as always.
HOWEVER, it can't read any new files that I load onto it. Even files that I used to have on there in the past. Even files that I've 'tagged' using Windows Explorer.
*Also* USB format changed itself at some point and I had to switch it back manually from MTP to MSC.
Additionally, the icon for my player has been changed within the 'My Computer' folder. The ONLY thing that I changed myself was to upgrade my Windows Media Player to the latest version this past week.
I'm finding it baffling - do I wipe it out and start over or what?

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  • Semispheric Jun 25, 2008

    I figured that it had to be because of my Windows Media Player upgrade. Sure enough, I found that I could easily load the tracks onto my player using the Windows Media Player.

    I can also load playlists quite easily using this software as well. It's a bit different from how I'm used to loading up my Sansa, but actually fairly intuitive.

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Since you have all music on your computer - I suggest you do a hard reset - wipe it. Go to the manufacturer's website and type in "reset to factory default settings."

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