06-03-2009 09:16 PM
The e200 series is discontinued, but that's from a production standpoint. The Sansa Fuze has taken its place in the current model lineup. There's nothing wrong with the e200 as it is, in fact, it's a solid machine.
For the version 1 devices, firmware versions "18" and "24" are the stable releases of choice. Some have had issues with the "24" release, opting instead to stay with 18. Both firmware versions are available here.
Next door, in the Sansa Rhapsody forum, the latest firmware for the R series is available.
For the version 2 devices ("03" as the first two digits of the firmware) with the AMS processor, the 03.01.16 version binary is the choice.
07-20-2009 10:01 AM
Recovery Mode is a special mode allowing direct access to the reserved partition of the Sansa's memory, for repair of the firmware. The "main image" referred to in the error message is the firmware.
Be very careful that you DO NOT ATTEMPT USING THE WINDOWS FORMAT COMAND ON THIS PARTITION.
Download the two firmware files in the beginning of this thread, unzip them, and place the pp5022.mi4 and BL_SD files on the desktop.
On the Sansa, start with the device OFF. Slide the HOLD switch atop the device to the right (orange showing). Press and hold the REC button on the side, keeping it depressed while plugging in the Sansa to the USB port.
Open a Windows Explorer window by going to My Computer or use the shortcut [Windows Key] + E. You'll se a new icon labeled 16MB FORMAT. Again, DO NOT attempt formatting this with Windows, as it will remove critical data. Double click on the icon to open the partition.
Drag and drop the two unzipped firmware files into the partition. Now, right click, and select eject.
Slide the switch back to the left (Hold OFF), and unplug the cable. Your Sansa will announce "firmware upgrade in progress", and you will have a happy restored machine!
07-20-2009 12:50 PM - edited 07-20-2009 12:51 PM
I was able to restore a working firmware using 1.02.165 using the recovery information posted elsewhere here.
Message Edited by modeltom on 07-20-2009 12:51 PM
08-01-2009 10:32 AM
from one day to another my Sansa doesn't play the music anymore (videos play). I get a start screen saying that there is not enough space for the Music-DB and that I should clear 6 MB (according to my PC I have approx. 160 MB free space). Sansa also claims that the music folder is empty. But when I connect it to the computer I can see that the songs are still there. But some folders (music, pictures, playlist, system) are marked as "hidden" whereas the video folder isn't hidden. So I marked all those folders as not hidden and then disconnected and re-started the player but it's still the same. After connecting it to the PC again the previous folders are back again to "hidden".
I already downloaded the firmware but it didn't change anything. I'd be really glad if anybody had an idea. Thanks a lot!
08-01-2009 02:54 PM
And this post belongs in the Firmware thread why exactly?
Did you check the FAQs? In particular the one that is titled
08-18-2009 10:40 AM
I've read as many threads on the e250 as I could find. I still haven't found my answer.
I have the e250v1. I just updated to .24 And it does not detect my 8gig microSD card. Is there anything I can do for it to work?
08-18-2009 10:58 AM
8G would be SDHC, not SD. SanDisk firmware does not support SDHC in this player but Rockbox firmware does. See RockboxFAQ SansaFAQ
I would be surprised if SanDisk releases a new firmware for this device (but what do I know?).