WMP recognizes existance of external card... but...

I’ve looked through the board and havent seen this one yet!

In “sync tab” in WMP 11 (run through Vista), my 8GB Fuze is recognized; as is the 8GB external card. WMP accurately reports the amount of space remaining on each.

when I select “Sansa Fuze - 8GB internal memory” and click on album or artist, WMP provides the list of all the music there;

when I select “Sansa Fuze -external uSD card,” WMP reports “there are no files on this device,” while simultaneously on the right side of the window indicactes, "Sansa Fuze - 8GB external uSD card… - 276 MB remaining. I have been able to sync 120+ albums to that card with no problem.

likely it is needless to say that  in the Vista version of Windows Explorer I can see all of the files on the external card.

this just in: I just tried to sync an album to the external card and was informed I do not have access…

I believe my fuze has been set to “auto select” throughout its brief life.

I will appreciate any help and thanks in advance…

I may be totally wrong about this as I’m new to the unit myself but I think that when your running a  card in the slot it only get added to when your Fuse internal memory fills up…I asked the question last week if I remember right.  George 

@bythbook wrote:

I believe my fuze has been set to “auto select” throughout its brief life.

I would set it to either MTP or MSC and not trust it to figure it out.

@george_w wrote:

 

I may be totally wrong about this as I’m new to the unit myself but I think that when your running a  card in the slot it only get added to when your Fuse internal memory fills up…I asked the question last week if I remember right.  George 

This is not correct. You can add files to your SD card at any time, whether the player’s internal memory is full or not.

Tapeworm,

Thanks! See I knew I may be totally wrong!!  But learning…  George

I realize that one should choose either one or the other MTP or MSC - but assuming that some albums were synced to the external card using both one and some the other, shouldnt I see SOME of them?

I think something is going on that everything on the external card is invisible to WMP - but only to the “listing” function - WMP does know how much room is left on the card.

if I were to finally select MTP or MSC - which one? and would I have to delete everything on the player and re-sync?

Thanks -

Jon

it sounds like the fuze is autoselecting MTP since it is being recognized as a device, not a drive. the card is not going to be recognized properly since the card can only be used/seen/have things transferred in MSC. that conflict is probably why the stuff on the card isn’t visible.

hmm… I don’t understand (but then there are many many things I don’t understand…)

should the external card appear as a device?

so - would you advise that I reformat the card (and the internal mem?)  and re-sync everything in MSC?

Thank you -

Jon

Your card will appear to your computer as a storage drive/device IF your player is set to MSC mode ( M ass S torage C lass). I don’t believe songs loaded onto your player (or card) in MTP mode will be visible while you are in MSC mode (and vice-versa).

MTP mode ( M edia T ransfer P rotocol) is for ‘syncing’ primarily with Windows Media Player. You have to be careful though, as there are 2 different settings; automatic and manual ‘sync’. Automatic is pretty much what it says. This set-up copies everything from your computer to your device. You don’t have a choice or say in the matter! You’ve given control over to WMP. Let’s say you ripped a bunch of CDs to your MY MUSIC library on your computer, then set up WMP to ‘sync’ it to your player. At this point, evrything’s cool. But after you’ve accomplished this, you decide, “Well, I really don’t want to tie up hard drive space on my computer with all these music files. I’ve got them on my player, so I don’t need to save them on my computer.” So you delete them. The next time you plug in your player, guess what? . . . Windows Media Player no longer sees the same files on your computer as is on your player, so it ‘syncs’ (meaning erases) all those songs from your player. Now you have to start all over again! :angry: Yes, I’m speaking from personal experience.

So yes, it’s better to pick 1 method and stick to it. Much less confusion.

There’s really no need to re-format in your case (unless you want the practice), and re-syncing is only possible is MTP mode. In MSC, you just drag & drop (which is why it’s my favorite mode . . . I control what goes on, and doesn’t) :smiley:

Message Edited by Tapeworm on 09-08-2008 10:57 AM

Message Edited by Tapeworm on 09-08-2008 08:00 PM

you drag & drop in explorer?

and… album art transfers?

Jon

Yes and . . . Yes. :smiley:

You put the album art file in the album folder (along with the music files), then drag & drop the artist and/or the album folders from your computer over to your player’s MUSIC folder.