Indeed, I must agree with you there! The Achilles’ Heel of the Sansa Fuze is that $#%@ power slider.
The Sansa View does have a few things going for it, one big advantage is a bigger power switch slider. For those of us with big paws, it is a dilemma. I have modified a few, with a plastic overlay carefully glued to the baton. My preference was to use the slider as a hold switch only, and the Home button should have been mapped as the menu / power like on the e200 series.
Next step is to see if you can establish a connection with your PC. Open a Windows Explorer window by pressing [Windows Key] + E, or go to My Computer. On your Fuze, first be sure the device is OFF. Slide the power switch down to the HOLD position, where you will see an orange flag visible. Press and hold the center button while connecting the USB cable, keeping the button depressed until the device pops up as a flash drive under “devices with removable storage”.
Contrary to popular thought, if the device is talking in either MTP or MSC, we can reapply the firmware to see if the device can be recovered. The advantage of MSC mode is that we can see whether we have a version 1 or 2 Fuze, by looking at the version.sdk file in the root directory. To see this file, you can open it with Notepad. Important! Do NOT edit this file, it’s needed for the system. The disadvantage at this point, with MTP, is that we cannot see the version.sdk file to verify which firmware version we will need.
Here’s what the file will look like:
#DO NOT EDIT OR REMOVE THIS FILE
The version of your Fuze is shown by the line highlighted here; in this case, the firmware revision begins with 01 , meaning it’s a version 1. You must install the correct revision for your particular version Fuze. Once you have seen this information, simply close the file. If you inadvertently type anything in Notepad, DON’T save the changed file, just close it.
If you already know whether you have a version 1 or 2 device, download the firmware from the Fuze firmware thread, unzip it, then drag-and-drop the file into the root directory. Simply place the .bin file in the open Explorer box (the root), but NOT into any of the folders seen. Once the file has been transferred, look at the bottom of your screen for the Safely Remove icon at the lower right. Click on Safely Remove for the Fuze, and then unplug. The firmware will install automatically.
Turn on the Fuze after this installation, and see if the display has returned to normal.
If it has NOT, contact Support at 1-866-SanDisk, and they will be able to assist you further. The Sansa has a one year warranty against defects, like a bad TFT display, if this is our finding.