Ok, you’re doing great! In fact, I think you’re there. But let’s check some things.
1st, go into the Clip’s Settings (using the black button under the little house on the Clip), and down to System Info–does it say that you have the upgraded firmware ending in .18A? I think it likely will, and what happened is that when you tried to upgrade before, you actually did, without knowing it. That’s why you have the bin file still hanging around on your Clip (if I recall correctly, it disappears when you upgrade). If that’s the case, you can just delete the bin file using your computer, to clean things up.
2nd, you didn’t need to install the Updater–some people don’t like it, as it “hangs around” on your computer, and then each time you plug your Clip into the computer, it goes out via the Internet (if you’re connected) to SanDisk to check and see if there is new firmware out there–if there is, it downloads and installs it. But maybe you prefer that automatically to happen. If you don’t want it around, you can go to the computer control panel (Start (lower left of the computer), Settings, Control panel), choose Add or remove programs, and then choose the Updater and uninstall it.
3rd, if you have the .18 firmware installed, you can go into Settings/USB mode, and you should have 3 choices: Automatic detect (or something like that), MTP, and MSC. Choose which one you want. As mentioned elsewhere, the MTP and MSC modes are mutually exclusive and allow you to connect to different computers with differing capabilities. That is, you can switch between the two modes depending on various computers’ needs (MSC mode is the more “universal” of the 2 modes) or leave the Clip in Auto mode and it will do this for you, and all music you put into your Clip will always be available for playing, but: when you hook up to a computer in MTP mode, you only will see the files that were put onto your Clip while in MTP mode; and when you hook up to a computer in MSC mode, you only will see the files that were put onto your Clip while in MSC mode. (In other words, you might only see part of your music at a time, while connected to your computer.) Because of this, I set my USB setting to MSC mode. From your description, I think you are connected in MSC mode right now, and so you may want to choose that mode. The only thing you can’t do in MSC mode is use DRM files (like DRM protected files you purchase at certain websites). If you don’t care about that, I’d choose MSC mode. If you do care about this and if you purchase DRM protected music and books, you’re going to need to get your computer compliant with Windows XP SP2 and WMP 10 or above, the Clip’s requirements for DRM files and MTP mode. (I think this is why you have been having issues: your computer likely doesn’t have the required software right now.)
Ok, now you’re set. Drag and drop some music files or entire folders into your Clip folder when you are connected to your computer (the music can go anywhere on your player, but the Music folder is a handy place, to keep things tidy). Then disconnect the Clip. The Clip should now say something like, Building Database–that will take maybe a minute. And then you can start using the player (see the instruction manual). That’s all there is to it!
Message Edited by Miikerman on 01-05-2008 07:25 PM