I recently took my Sansa Fuze out and charged it in an attempt to use it - but it appears stuck in an endless reboot sequence.
First, what it does precisely: when you turn it on, you see the word ‘Sansa’ explode and start to re-form into the Sansa logo, but just as the logo becomes whole the screen goes to black. It then stays black for about 1 minute exactly (63 seconds, I think) - then flashes white and starts the whole sequence over again. If left turned on, it will continue doing this until the battery is dead. The computer does not recognize the device in either MTP or MSC mode.
Secondly, what I’ve tried:
- Yes, I’ve tried resetting it literally dozens of times - holding the power button up for anywhere from 15 seconds to a minute and a half. The next time it’s turned on (or plugged-in - see #2) it does the same thing again.
- There seems to be conflicting information concerning which buttons to use in order to force the device into MSC mode, but yes, I’ve turned the device OFF, slid the Hold switch down to Lock (orange color showing), and tried pressing and holding the left button ( |<< ) while connecting the device to the PC = as well as pressing and holding the up button ( >|| ); the center button; the right button; the down button; and the Home button).
- Having failed with the above attempts, I tried buying a new cable - also to no avail.
Is there something else I can try? I’ve read some vague accounts about a special combination of buttons to use during boot-up in order to get the device to self-erase (or reload firmware?), but I can’t locate that information again.
I’m an electronics engineer and software programmer, so if there is some other complex method I can use to reload the firmware or clear what is obviously corrupted memory, I would appreciate the information. But please don’t ask me if I’ve tried doing one of the things I’ve described in detail above.