Don’t 'ya love the cryptic computer responses? Here’s what’s happening. The computer sees the chip, and recognizes the type. Literally, the platform it’s looking for is an operating firmware.
Try to reinstall the firmware before attempting to work with the lower level functions. The e200 tool rewrites the base (boot) loader. If that is working, installing the firmware via Recovery Mode is the hot ticket, and it’s a lot safer (and simpler, of course).
Download a fresh copy of the firmware (see the firmware thread). Place the folder on the desktop (PC), and unzip the contents.
Starting with your e280 OFF, flip the LOCK switch to the right (orange showing), and connect, while holding the REC button down. The sansa should power up in recovery mode.
On the pc, go to My Computer, and you should see the familiar 16MB PARTITION logo. This is the actual 16MB reserved partition in the sansa’s memory, reserved for the operating system (firmware). Drag and drop the two unzipped files into this partition, and then disconnect the sansa.
Now it’s tasty reboot time. Good luck! Remember that the UNZIPPED files go into the partition. If the .mi4 file is under 6MB, it is still squeeeeezed. Sorry, this is the case with the v2 binary firmware; the v1 is almost identical in size when compressed, 5721 vs 5722KB, in comparison, the v2 binary blooms out to about 16MB! Be sure to unzip the firmware files prior to installation, as the Sansa will not accept a compressed (zip) file.
Message Edited by neutron_bob on 03-08-2009 12:45 PM