Ok, been trying all the suggestions on the website to get the refresh off. But doesn't work. Can't even get it to show up on the computer. HELP!! Need simple instructions, since trying to explain to someone who doesn't know much computers.
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When the Sansa reads "refreshing database," what it is doing is going through all the songs you've loaded on to it, pulling out the "tag" information (Artist, Album, Song Title, Genre) so it can add this information to its own database which it uses to display the songs to you in its menus.
If it gets stuck during this process, usually it's because of a corrupt song file, or a song file in a format it doesn't understand.
Note that the e280 is only able to play MP3 and WMA audio formats. If you've loaded a different type of audio file onto your Sansa, you'll need to remove them.
If the songs you've recently loaded have all been MP3 and/or WMA, you may have loaded a corrupted file onto your Sansa. Try removing the songs you recently added, and see if the problem goes away.
Go under settings and change USB Mode to other choice. Then format. After formatting change back to original setting. I had same prob. Tech support told me to do this and it worked. Have had no problem since.
Dude, c'mon - you have a Linux based system - did you really think it was going to work? Just playing with you. I would check the Linux forums on this one - if you're smart enough to use Linux, then you're smart enough to grab software info from Sandisk's website/cust svc line and pass it to your Linux buddies to hack.