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Registered: ‎09-21-2007

New 01.01.12 Firmware Update

While updating the songs on my Sansa Express today I got the pop-up letting me know that a firmware update was available as of 8/25/2008.  I always like to check to see what the new features are, if people have had any issues, if anything I enjoy with the current version is lacking in the new version etc before doing any "upgrades".  I searched the forums but so far do not see any posts mentioning this new firmware update.

 

Does anyone know what the changes are in version 1.01.12 from version 01.01.05A?  Any stories of success or woe?  Any personal confirmations about what microSDHC cards now work or still do not work with this update?

 

Thanks,

Jim

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Registered: ‎07-12-2008

Re: New 01.01.12 Firmware Update

The new firmware allows you to use an 8gb micro sd card!!!  I just tested mine and was able to transfer over 6gb of music to the 8gb micro sd card in my sansa express.  The player recognized all the songs and the card without crashing and it took a short time to build the library when you turn it on. Smiley Happy

 

 

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Registered: ‎12-27-2007

Re: New 01.01.12 Firmware Update

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@jimwise wrote:

While updating the songs on my Sansa Express today I got the pop-up letting me know that a firmware update was available as of 8/25/2008.  I always like to check to see what the new features are, if people have had any issues, if anything I enjoy with the current version is lacking in the new version etc before doing any "upgrades".  I searched the forums but so far do not see any posts mentioning this new firmware update.

 

Does anyone know what the changes are in version 1.01.12 from version 01.01.05A?  Any stories of success or woe?  Any personal confirmations about what microSDHC cards now work or still do not work with this update?

 

Thanks,

Jim


 

This is what I found.

 

Improvements:

Improved playback for Wav files recorded/ripped at 44kHz sample rate.

The frequent database refresh at start-up still occurs but the FM presets are maintained.

 

No changes:

Does not play Ogg or Flac.

1000 song limitation is still present.

Doesn't work with my 8 gB card.

Shuffle algorithm appears to be the same.

 

New Problems:

More frequent lock-ups.

 

 

I am not trying anything further with this firmware for the time being. The player locked-up and did not repsond to a soft reset nor to inserting a microSD card. I was able to get it working by manually installing the previous firmware, 01.01.05. I might try the new firmware again at a later date.

 

The other reader responding to your post wrote that he was able to get his 8 gB card to work, so maybe your results will be different than mine. Given more time other users will probably try the new firmware and post their results as well.

Message Edited by Mr_Moose on 08-30-2008 09:23 PM
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Re: New 01.01.12 Firmware Update

I've have not experienced any issues with either my 1gb or 2gb sansa express.  The 8gb card works for me.  Granted my song list did not exceed 1000 tracks because most of the music I transfered are long dj mixes of an hour plus.  currently, I have about 521 tracks.  If I experience any problems I will post an update.  But so far so good Smiley Happy
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Registered: ‎01-06-2008

Re: New 01.01.12 Firmware Update

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I also got that popup. Assuring know that SE users are not forgotten and that is good of SanDisk Corporation. Smiley Wink

 

I was going to update but files in the internal memory were not backed up; so decided to leave it for the time being.

Then came here to find out what fellow users found out. Being able to play FLAC files will be great but somehow feel that will be asking too much of the SE.  But thanks for the warning Mr. Moose. Appreciated!

With no one reporting any worthwhile improvements, I am holding back.

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Registered: ‎01-05-2008

Re: New 01.01.12 Firmware Update

Well that update was worthwhile.... oh no wait...

 

Much as I'm really glad to see that they have actually produced an update I can't help but wonder why it lacks basic improvements. I can't help but point to this post from almost 13 months before this update (also before the previous update) that suggested they were going to provide a solution for the 1000 song problem.  The only change I can see is that for some reason when I select options from the main menu (i.e. Music, Radio, Voice, Settings) the animation leading to the submenus appears to be slightly slower.

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Registered: ‎08-15-2008

Re: New 01.01.12 Firmware Update

It seems (to me, at least) that v1.01.12 is able to handle the microSDHC cards better than v1.01.05. I've managed to put over 600 songs on the card without trouble. As for the 1000 song limit, I haven't reached that yet. But we'll see....

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Registered: ‎01-05-2008

Re: New 01.01.12 Firmware Update

I've noticed a little problem since I upgraded.  Before the upgrade, every so often the display would remain on, frozen, without the blue light round the select button being on, after the 10 second autooff feature.  It would still play as normal but would need a button pressed before waiting another 10 seconds for it to switch off.  This was a rare occurence before but in the last few days it has been happening quite reguarly.  Any ideas?
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Registered: ‎01-06-2008

Re: New 01.01.12 Firmware Update

Internal memory plus a 2GB expansion card of my SE, show 485 'songs' in Settings, System Info. And that include some 30 min long audio books. So with an 8GB card, 'song' limit 1000 will easily be reached. A serious drawback.

 

In July 2007, SanDisk Technical Support admitted, "There is currently a limitation in the firmware that only allows up to a 1000 songs to be recognized by the player."

SanDisk Technical Support also promised, "This will be rectified in a firmware update."

 

Till this problem is fixed, I can't see SanDisk Corporation selling many 8GB cards on the back of this upgrade.

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Registered: ‎12-27-2007

Re: New 01.01.12 Firmware Update

 

I called Sandisk Technical Support and asked what changes or improvements were included in the new Firmware.

 

According to Technical Support, the new firmware supports gapless playback.

 

No other enhancements or changes were made.