I bought an M250 about a year ago (V 3.2.8A - original firmware with the unit and is also the most recent). I use it to listen to audio books uploaded from MP3 CDs or ripped from regular CDs and converted to MP3 files. Some of these books have in excess of 200 MP3 files in them. When uploading this many files to the M250 (MSC mode), everything goes as expected and all the files are there when browsed in Windows explorer. The ID3 tags are correctly formed.
If I attempt to upload more than approx 100 files, from the same artist/album, the M250 classifies some of them as an unknown artist or album and will NOT play them in proper ID3 order. From any paricular set, it is always the same files that get mis-ID’d. Filenames are also chosen so that they are in proper order.
If I upload less than ~100 files or delete enough from the M250 to get below 100, from the same set, the mis-ID’d files become CORRECTLY identified and play in order. If I then add more files, from the same set, those same files get dumped back into the unknown group again.
I have tried redoing the ID3 tags in a simpler format and also renaming the files and the M250 keeps messing with them putting some into the unknown group. The mis-ID’d files are different from the previously mis-ID’d files when I try this method but once it decides which ones to mess up, they then stay the same. I have also tried storing them in their own folders on the M250 with the same results. I have tried ensuring that the date/time stamps on the files are in chronological order and that doesn’t work either
I have talked to Sandisk tech support and their attempts at fixing this were unsuccessful. I also noticed there were a couple other threads here that outlined a problem similar to this (when using a MAC as the host computer) but I didn’t see any solution in those threads.
Has anyone run into this and (hopefully) found a fix or work-around? It’s frustrating when sections of chapters get moved out of the proper queue.
This sure ain’t rocket science and there ought to be an upgrade that makes things work correctly.
Edit: I also wanted to know why the M250 recognizes files with the .M3U extension as playlists when you go to the play by playlist selection in the menu but then says “No files” when you try to execute them.
Message Edited by Kurt on 10-20-2007 05:27 PM