I would like to introduce two methods to charge your Clip using PC’s USB port, but with no data connection to the computer. Thanks to no connection:
- the display isn’t constantly blinking (some people complained about OLED screens wearing out - this post is for you )
- you can listen to your player while charging - nice at work
Of course, you won’t be able to access files on your Clip from the computer while charging this way
I used both methods, choose which suits you best and sorry for my too complicated english - it’s not my native langauge Hope this will be useful - and it’s really easy to charge this way!
First way - cover data pins on the USB plug with a piece of paper while connecting to PC
- Take a look at the USB plug on the picture:
2. Notice the four copper pins inside it? Two inner ones carry data, the two on the edges provide power to a device.
3. Simply cover two inner pins with a narrow piece of paper, wrap it on the edge of the plug so that you can hold the paper and plug together while inserting the plug. I hope you get what I mean, I’m not good at painting
4. Insert the plug. Clip should charge, and shouldn’t be recognized by the computer
Second way - disable USB controller your player is connected to (Windows example, somewhat more advanced that first method)
Open up Device manager
Choose “Show devices by connection” in “View” menu
Locate your Sansa player in the tree, first find the PC node, then the PCI bus somewhere deeper, and below it, the USB controller you connect your Clip to (connect your Clip for this step). You should end up with something like on the following screenshot (sorry it’s Polish version):
Disable the USB controller your Clip is connected to (right-click on it, then choose “Disable”). Reconnect the Clip. It should be charging and still playing Reenable the controller if you wish to use it.
Warning - if any other devices are connected to the same controller, they’ll stop working (e.g. the mouse on the screenshot). Choose another USB port for the Clip, or connect other devices to different ports, so that they won’t share the USB controller. As you can see on the picture - there are plenty of them, so you’ll hopefully manage to do it