Sansa wouldn't charge, unscrewed the back and fixed the battary. Started charging but when I unhook it it turns off and won't turn on. Tried holding the power key and record key at the same time while locking it. Held the power button for 15-20 seconds and still nothing.
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Re: Sansa e250 will not turn on
Try changing the battery. Batteries typically last two years or so before you start to notice odd behaviour. If you know some electronics, then with the back battery cover removed, measure the voltage across the battery inside the phone. For a good, fully charged battery it should read around 3.7V; if you are reading anything less then chances are the battery has reached the end of its road. Good luck.
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the Sansa (via the player's USB cord) to different USB ports on the
computer until the Sansa starts to charge. A weak or non-working USB
port won't charge the Sansa.
Reset the Sansa MP3 player. Slide the player's "Power"
switch all the way up to the "On" position. Hold the switch in that
position for 20 seconds. The Sansa resets. Try to charge the player.
Install the latest firmware onto the Sansa MP3 player.
Download the Sansa Firmware Updated (link in References), and then click
the link in Resources for the specific model of Sansa you own to learn
how to update the player's firmware.
First put the charger plug in the Tab, I just tried mine that was sitting on the desk, even though I held the power on button for a long time it would not start. I pluged the charger in so the red charging light is on Tried to start and it worked perfectly. i.e. the voltage level is very critical, if it is a fraction low it won't start.
Power & Hold switch
Slide and hold in the opposite direction
of the arrow for power on/off.
Slide in the direction of the arrow to
lock the button functions.
If that fails,
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.
i had the same problem. the solution i used was to unscrew the back and pop the battery out and put it back in. the only other option is to wait for the battery to die, which can take a while. it's definitely a flaw with the sansa. its happened twice within 6 months... good luck