I have exactly the same problem.
The player freezes on the Sandisk logo (with the little monster thing) forever, and I have to press the power/menu button for 10 seconds to turn the thing off. It does this whether I have it connected to my PC or not.
Have tried reloading the firmware using the Sansa Updater (it can’t find any updates) so I tried loading previous firmware downloaded from;
But to no avail.
I can enter recovery mode just fine, the 16MB-FORMAT drive shows up just fine with version.txt (pasted below) but cannot get the player to turn on normally.
Before this happened I installed the latest firmware, the player worked fine for months, loaded up loads of new music onto it (mp3s and wmas) until the device only had about 300kb of space left on it (I suspect this might be the problem), unplugged the USB connection and left it at the “Refresh Database” screen which I assume it went through and then turned off (It was off when I returned)
I turned it on, and it just froze on the sandisk logo for 10+ minutes.
This is all it does now, was a good little mp3 player while it worked.
If there’s a way I can format the main partition from recovery mode I’ll happily try that.
Any help is appreciated
Version Info: Product Rev.: PP5022BF-06.10-S301-06.10-S301.00.06ERT
Base Code: 06.10-S301-06.10-S301.00.06ERT
ODM Ver.: S301-06.10-S301.00.06ERT
OEM Ver.: S301.00.06ERT
Build Type: RT
Build Date: 2006.12.12
Build Number: (Build 13.20)