I’m using 01.01.12, which I applied a few days ago when it was made available for download and manual installation. I have been unable to get the automatic updater program to work (I use a Win2000 machine, which does not support it, and we have a Vista machine on the network, which does run the program, but it fails consistently when trying to get it to update our Expresses).
My problem is that in order to use a MicroSDHC card (4GB) I must format it under Windows, using FAT format. If I try FAT32, it will be seen by the Sansa Express, but, as soon as I put a file (MP3) onto the card, the Express will crash at boot time (it goes through the bootup procedure and then shuts itself down instead of bringing me to the main menu).
If I try just using the card “out of the box” it will not work. Files copied to it are invisible to the Express. If I format it USING the Express, it’s the same deal – files copied to it remain invisible.
It is ONLY if I format it with Windows that I can use it in the Express.
AFTER it’s formatted by Windows, the Express creates about a half-dozen files with .DAT and .IDX extentions. I presume they’re index files used when a card is inserted, to avoid the lengthy database reconstruction endured when I power-up my c200 and e200 series Sansas.
The Express will write those files ONLY after I format it with Windows. It will write them to 16 or 32 bit FAT formatted cards, but will only FUNCTION with 16 bit FAT format.
Surely this is *not* “as-intended”? If it *is* the only way to use this machine, then what on earth is the purpose of *having* a “format” command built into the firmware, since it does NOT render the card *usable* by the player?
Finally, I just read a post referencing an 01.01.15 firmware version, but I can’t see any other mention of it anywhere. Is this version available for download and manual installation? If so, will it resolve the problem with being able to use cards WITHOUT having to format them via a Windows computer?
I really do like my Sansas – a lot. I wish the Express had the functionality of the Clip – mainly, the audiobook handling. And, I wish the c200/e200 series had the Express’s ability to use MicroSDHC cards (WITHOUT installing Rockbox! I tried Rockbox on ONE of my e200 Sansas – and stopped there. There’s a reason it’s not on ALL my Sansas – the reason is simple: I don’t like it! But, I *do* like being able to use greater-than 2GB cards. If the Rockbox developers can write a driver for the HC cards, then surely the Sansa developers can.)