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E260 MP3 player - my PC doesn't see my device

My PC doesn't see my Sansa e260 MP3 player. It doesn't show up under device manager or under My Computer. We've done the Windows troubleshooting for USB devices. Still can't see the player. We've tried this on a desktop PC and a laptop PC. The desktop has Windows MediaPlayer 11; the laptop has Windows Media Player 10. We've tried both MTP and MSC modes. Can anyone suggest a solution? Thanks!

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  • danjackson Feb 06, 2008

    I had the problem with my sansa e260 and i tried updating the software off the site and everything but my problem slightly different because i can view and add music to the mp3 player on msc mode but i need mtp mode to work for vids and pics but my computer isn't able to install the "hardware"

    it's frustrating to say the least ... am i doing something wrong?



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Refer to the SanDisk site to update your player. Your pc probably isn't the problem.

Posted on Mar 30, 2007


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Seems like your windows doesnt recognize your device...In order to solve your problems please make sure you follow the steps below...I would recommend that if you dont windows media player 11 to upgrade to 11...Then go under device manager to see if your device is listed get to the device on your start menu, right click on my computer and then clikc on properties, hardware and then device manager...device manager will show you all the devices that you have install on your computer....If the device is listed under disk drives uninstall it and then unplug the device and replug it back...Also you want to make sure that you have your device connected on the back of your computer..For further assistance please contact me...
I hope this helps..
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Try to add the device manually.

Plug the player in while it’s set to "MTP" mode. (This selection is in the Settings area)

On your computer, open Device Manager, and select: Add Hardware.

Choose the "already connected the hardware" option.

From list, choose "Add a new hardware device".

Select: "Install the hardware that I manually select from a list."

Select: Portable Devices, then MTP device.

Hope it works for you.

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