This is a solution thread. What this means is that I’ve experienced a certain problem with my Fuze and fixed it myself.
If this works for you great! If it doesn’t, please find another solution thread, since your problem requires a different solution than the one I’m providing. Feel free to say “worked” or “didn’t work”. A tally of “worked” vs “didn’t work” will help determine what the common solution is for this particular issue.
PROBLEM: My Sandisk Fuze 4GB will NOT turn on.
Hooked up to car stereo withover 400watts of power (running two amplifiers and a capacitor). I mention the car stereo because it might be possible that my Fuze is getting juice sucked from it even if my car and stereo are turned off since I typically leave the analog audio cable plugged in. Or the reverse - maybe my car stereo jolts the Fuze when I turn my head unit on, which eventually takes a toll on the battery. Totally hypothetical!
I take it with me when I go on 1 - 2 mile runs. Sometimes there is moisture exposure due to sweat or my water bottle, but my Fuze has a neoprene cover that keeps it dry.
WHAT I DID TO MAKE IT WORK AGAIN:
I have a USB AC adaptor. I plugged that in the wall along with the Fuze USB cable so that my Fuze could charge. Of course it did NOT turn on like it usually does.
I removed the 2GB microSD card I have plugged in it. I was thinking of computers and how when you add an extra card to a PCI slot that it can throw your whole computer system out of whack at times. Thus this was my rational for removing the microSD card at this time.
I held the power switch up for at least 15 seconds. More than enough time for the Sanza to decide whether or not it wanted to turn on. I made sure that the switch did NOT flip to “hold” position upon releasing it! Still nothing.
I thought back to how the ipod touch and iphone are unlocked/jailbroken. I was reminded of this because when you’re carrying out this process the ipod and iphone both look dead, just like the Fuze! Anyhow, that process requires several buttons to be held down simultaneously. Soooo…
I decided to hold the power button in the ON position and hold down the button with the home symbol. Nothing.
I decided to hold the power button in the ON position and the hold down the 12 o’clock button on the wheel (play/pause button). It worked!
I don’t know if there are magic numbers involved but I held down these buttons for at least 10-20 seconds when I was trying this.
When the Fuze came back to life through step 6, I noticed that the battery was totally dead.
I’m not sure why the battery was dead but sometimes I’m not the best at remembering to charge it.
Hope this helps.