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Sansa CLIP recovery mode - bad firmware update

I uploaded a broken firmware to my Sansa Clip, and I wonder if there is a recovery mode which I could use to put the original firmware back.

I tried shorting the pin close to the flash chip but it ws not successfull

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  • funman Aug 03, 2008

    I successfully load the ROM bootloader by shorting PIN 17 & PIN18 of the NAND chip, or any IO PIN with its neighbour.

    However the computer detects a USB Mass Storage of 0 MB

    Could this be because ROM bootloader is not allocated any space for recovery on CLIP, m200, etc, while on e280 it's possible to write a new firmware on this USB Mass Storage ?

    Note: the USB device recognized is 0781:6200 (SanDisk Corp.)


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Try the Sansa Recovery Tool

These are the most common methods for recovering Sandisk's Sansa Mp3 Players. I have been almost universally successful in recovering Sansa players using one or a combination of these methods. These methods do not work if you are having synchronization or music format issues - they are for recovering a player that will not power up, freezes, flashes, is not recognized by the computer, and a host of other issues.

Reset the Sansa Player first. On most models, restart is done by holding the power button in for 15 seconds or longer. Check your specific manual to be sure. The manuals are available from the Sansa website if they have been misplaced.
Download the Sansa Recovery Tool from the Sansa website.
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/DriverDownload/driverList.asp
If these fail, then:
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.
If you get the problem where MTP Device keeps popping up continuously, uninstall the “MTP Device” by going to Start à Control Panel àSystem à Hardware à Device Manager (you computer may vary slightly, depending on Windows Version).
You may have to restart your computer after each of these methods to get them to work properly. Disconnect your Sansa player BEFORE shutting down your computer.
-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Posted on Sep 05, 2008

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My player got hanged.and its not functioning? what probably the cause and how can i deal with it? it cannot be turned off..the menus are not functioning


Hi,you need to rest your mp3 player...

How to Reset a Sansa Clip

The Sansa Clip is a high-quality MP3 player. It holds hundreds of songs and is built for portability. The "clip" allows you to attach it to your clothing or belt while you are working out or on the go. Even the best MP3 players can encounter some problems, and the Sansa Clip is no exception. If your Sansa Clip freezes up and does not respond, you may have to try resetting or reformatting it.

Instructions


Complete Reset

Turn Sansa Clip on. Press the "Menu" (home) button.

Press the bottom of the scroll wheel until you reach the "Settings" screen. Push the center button to choose "Settings."

Scroll down to "Reset All" and select. You'll be asked to confirm the reset. Select "Yes." This option will simply allow you to reset the language and location settings on your Sansa Clip. It will not erase data from the clip. To do a complete factory restore, follow Steps 4 and 5.


In the "Settings" menu, scroll down until you reach "Format" and then select. You will be asked to confirm that you wish to format. Select "Yes."


Wait for the screen to say "Formatting Complete." You have now cleared all the files from your Sansa Clip and reset it to factory settings.

Resetting a Frozen Sansa Clip


Push the power button up and hold it for 20 seconds. Release it, then turn it on again.


Go to the Sansa website and download the "Sansa Firmware Updater."


Select "Run" when the updater installs. (Installation will take less than two minutes.)
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Wait for the Sansa Firmware Updater to run through its system test. It will ask you to connect the Sansa Clip to the computer to update your Sansa's software.


Connect the Sansa Clip. Remove it from the computer when instructed. If this process does not unfreeze your Sansa Clip, contact Sansa support at the Sansa Firmware Updater website.



Tips & Warnings
How to Reset a Sansa Clip
The Sansa Clip is a high-quality MP3 player. It holds hundreds of songs and is built for portability. The "clip" allows you to attach it to your clothing or belt while you are working out or on the go. Even the best MP3 players can encounter some problems, and the Sansa Clip is no exception. If your Sansa Clip freezes up and does not respond, you may have to try resetting or reformatting it.

Instructions


Complete Reset

Turn Sansa Clip on. Press the "Menu" (home) button.

Press the bottom of the scroll wheel until you reach the "Settings" screen. Push the center button to choose "Settings."

Scroll down to "Reset All" and select. You'll be asked to confirm the reset. Select "Yes." This option will simply allow you to reset the language and location settings on your Sansa Clip. It will not erase data from the clip. To do a complete factory restore, follow Steps 4 and 5.


In the "Settings" menu, scroll down until you reach "Format" and then select. You will be asked to confirm that you wish to format. Select "Yes."


Wait for the screen to say "Formatting Complete." You have now cleared all the files from your Sansa Clip and reset it to factory settings.

Resetting a Frozen Sansa Clip


Push the power button up and hold it for 20 seconds. Release it, then turn it on again.


Go to the Sansa website and download the "Sansa Firmware Updater."


Select "Run" when the updater installs. (Installation will take less than two minutes.)
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Wait for the Sansa Firmware Updater to run through its system test. It will ask you to connect the Sansa Clip to the computer to update your Sansa's software.


Connect the Sansa Clip. Remove it from the computer when instructed. If this process does not unfreeze your Sansa Clip, contact Sansa support at the Sansa Firmware Updater website.



Tips & Warnings

You should download the Sansa Firmware Updater to your computer even if you aren't having a problem with your Sansa. This will ensure that your device software remains up-to-date and free of technical glitches.

Reformatting the Sansa Clip will erase all songs and data on the device. Resetting will simply change your player's settings.


You should download the Sansa Firmware Updater to your computer even if you aren't having a problem with your Sansa. This will ensure that your device software remains up-to-date and free of technical glitches.

Reformatting the Sansa Clip will erase all songs and data on the device. Resetting will simply change your player's settings.

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My computer does not recognize my sansa clip


font.f1 {font: 12.0px Times} Hello and thanks for contacting FixYa Technical Support.

Anytime there is an issue where your Sansa clip is not recognized by your computer, run the firmware update for your version of Operating system (Windows, Mac or Linux)

Firmware is software for the hardware itself, so if there is a case, where the hardware connecting via a USB port like your Sansa clip is not recognizing, going to the manufacturer's website and updating the firmware for their specific product you purchased, is a step in the right direction.

For your benefit, I have provided the link to the Sansa Support page, where you can download and install the most current firmware update for your Sansa Clip.
Download Sansa Firmware Updater

Also, for regular operation of your Sansa clip, make sure you are following these steps for use of this device:
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  1. Turn on the Clip
  2. Put the device in Hold (move Hold button until orange is showing)
  3. Press and hold the Center Button
  4. Plug the mini-USB connector into the device (be sure the USB is plugged into the computer)
  5. Wait for the Clip drive to mount
  6. Follow instructions below and drag files to the Clip drive
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Let me know if this helps.

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Its just frozen


Hi there,

Well first of all you can try the following steps -
1. Unfreeze a frozen Sansa Clip by pushing the power button up and holding it for 20 seconds. Release it, and then turn it on again.
2. Go to the Sansa website and download the "Sansa Firmware Updater."
3. Select "Run" when the updater installs. (Installation will take less than two minutes.)
4. Wait for the Sansa Firmware Updater to run through its system test. It will ask you to connect the Sansa Clip to the computer to update your Sansa's software.
5. Connect the Sansa Clip and then remove it from the computer when instructed. If this process does not unfreeze your Sansa Clip, contact Sansa support at the Sansa Firmware Updater website.

Good Luck!!

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Sansa Clip 8GB is stuck in pause mode


You mean it hangs up at pause mode and you can't turn off you device? if so, push up/press power button and hold for 10 to 20 seconds until the device turn off.
Then, turn on. if it' working. You should update new firmware.
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When I turn on my SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 Player all it has on it is record and ready, I used to have a bunch of music on it and I don't know what I did , I did try to download a book once,I think I did...


Hello,
  • First you could try to RESET the Sansa Clip as next:
>>>
1. Turn the player on (shortly switch the power switch up)
2. Slide and hold the power switch up for 15-20 seconds
3. Release the power switch
The reset is completed
<<<
4. Shortly slide the power switch up
Check if the player functions normally again.

  • When the reset does NOT help next steps will be required:
>>>
1. Put the player in MSC mode: this way a computer recognizes the player as a removable disk.
How to put the Sansa Clip in MSC mode:
1.1 Turn device OFF.
1.2 Slide the Hold switch down to Lock (orange color showing).
1.3 Press and hold the center button while connecting the device to the PC.

2. Backup the media content on the player to the computer.
Connect the player to the computer and backup the files to the PC,
exploring "My Computer" in the removable disk.

3. Perform a firmware reinstallation / firmware update.
Use next link for updating the Clip's firmware:
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/300/related/1
The Sansa Firmware Updater execute file is mentioned as installer
for getting the matching updates for the Sansa Clip.
Direct to the Sansa Firmware Updater execute file with next link:
http://mp3support.sandisk.com/sansa/Application/SansaUpdaterInstall.exe
Right click the link above and select "Save Target As..." for saving the
installer to a location on the computer.
Double click the execute file after the download has completed to run it.
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Sansa Clip manual


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Jan 02, 2010 | SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 Player

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The PC will no longer recognize it. I've tried downloading the driver from the sansa website and manually attempting to fix it will no vail


Hello,

Support for the Sansa Clip support information is on next site:
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4303/kw/clip/r_id/101834

Correct link for updating the Clip's firmware:
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/300/related/1


When MANUALLY installing firmware:
Check the version of your player to have the matching firmware download for the player, as described in the updating firmware link.

Going to the Sandisk forum site for the Clip firmware download:
http://forums.sandisk.com/sansa/board/message?board.id=clip&thread.id=15109
Note: read the instructions how to perform the firmware update.
1. Choose the correct version for the player.
2. Connection mode in Windows should be automatic, when not recognized in Windows or with MAC and Linux use MSC mode ***** .
3. Extract the zip file on the computer first.
4. Next put the unzipped file on the player in the root directory.
5. Disconnect the player.
6. Restart the player: the firmware update should restart now.

*****Note:
Switching to MSC mode for Sansa Clip:

Method 1: through the menu
1. From the Main Menu, select Settings > USB Mode.
2. Select Auto Detect, MTP or MSC.
Method 2: forcing, using the buttons / switches
1. Turn device OFF.
2. Slide the Hold switch down to Lock (orange color showing).
3. Press and hold the center button while connecting the device to the PC.

Need more help ? Just post a comment.

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I left my Sansa Clip MP3 Player plugged in while putting my laptop into hibernation. Now player does not response, I can't turn it on, and laptop doesn't recognize it at all.


    Complete Reset of Sansa Clip
  1. Step 1 Turn Sansa Clip on. Press the "Menu" (Home) button on the Sansa Clip.
  2. Step 2 Press the bottom of the scroll wheel until you reach the "Settings" screen. Push the center button to choose "Settings."
  3. Step 3 Scroll down to "Reset All," and select. You will be asked to confirm the reset. Select "Yes." This option will simply allow you to reset the language and location settings on your Sansa Clip. It will not erase data from the clip. To do a complete factory restore, follow steps 4 and 5.
  4. Step 4 In the "Settings" menu, scroll down until you reach "Format" and then select. You will be asked to confirm if you wish to format. Select "Yes."
  5. Step 5 Wait for the screen to say "Formatting Complete." You have now cleared all the files from your Sansa Clip and reset it to factory settings.
  6. Resetting a Frozen Sansa Clip
  7. Step 1 Unfreeze a frozen Sansa Clip by pushing the power button up and holding it for 20 seconds. Release it, and then turn it on again.
  8. Step 2 Go to the Sansa website and download the "Sansa Firmware Updater."
  9. Step 3 Select "Run" when the updater installs. (Installation will take less than two minutes.)
  10. Step 4 Wait for the Sansa Firmware Updater to run through its system test. It will ask you to connect the Sansa Clip to the computer to update your Sansa's software.
  11. Step 5 Connect the Sansa Clip and then remove it from the computer when instructed. If this process does not unfreeze your Sansa Clip, contact Sansa support at the Sansa Firmware Updater website.

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Broken screen stuck on repeat


If you update the firmware or run the Sansa Recovery Tool, it will restore all the defaults, including returning the player to shuffle.

You could also fly blind by carefully observing the menu tree. Here is the user manual that will assist you in such an endeavor:
http://www.sandisk.com/assets/File/Downloads/user-guides/clip-usermanual.pdf

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

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