I see that the “Not enough space for the Music DB. Please free 90M.” message is a known problem. I have reset it buy holding the power switch to on for > 10 sec. I can’t do anything else. I can’t get to any menu, so I can’t format it. I tried the “turn off, set to hold, plug in whilc pressing << rewind” procedure, all I get is the same error on the screen and no connection over USB. The first thing I did when I bought it was set the USB mode to MSC only. I’ve tried plugging it into Linux, MacOS X, and Windows, with and without the “turn off, set to hold, plug in while pressing << rewind” procedure.
I’m not a happy camper. It looks to me like the firmware is seriously flawed in that when it is connected to USB, it does not go into a “connected” state immediately, it still has the flag set to try to build a Music DB which it cannot do.
It looks like I have no choice but to return this to my local retailer as defective. Is there anything else to try? Will there be any bug fix for this or am I going to have to be super careful to never overfill the internal flash?