So this weekend I put in a new hard drive and had to reinstall winxp. Getting it updated to SP3 and beyond took most of the day. Anyways, now when I try to connect my Sansa 2GB clip to the same USB i’ve used for a couple years, something very different happens. First thing was that instead of detecting a new USB Mass Storage device, winXP detected an MTP device. A little icon appeared and disappeared in my system tray and winxp autoplay asked if I wanted to use winamp or media player to manage the device. Well, I wanted to use windows explorer like i’ve always done, but that wasn’t an option. On a lark, I updated the firmware using Sansa updater, but there was no change.
I found an article online directing me to update the driver in Device Manager manually. I figured out how to do that, but when I tried to switch it from MTB to Mass Storage Device, I got a “could not start device: Code 10” error. So I did some more research and found out that there are two USB modes available on the device, MSC and MTB. I’ve been using auto detect this whole time and never had a problem. I followed the instructions on how to force-switch USB mode on the device to MSC and then I connected it to the PC again. This time I was able to see the drive in windows explorer and access the sub folders, but they were all empty! At least that’s how they appear in windows explorer. However, all my mp3s are still located in the player and I can scroll through and listen to them as as soon as I disconnect from the PC. Next I tried connecting to my laptop that runs Vista. Worked perfectly, just like it used to on my PC. In fact, as I type I’m making a back up of all the songs on the device until I figure out what’s going on.
Obviously there’s something different about the winxp setup I have now compared to the setup I had prior to my reinstallation and it’s pissing off the Clip. What other settings do I need to be looking at? Any ideas?