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Newbie
Posts: 20
Registered: ‎05-13-2014

Dried wet Fuze, now it won't charge.

Misplaced my beloved Fuze for months and had to drive with the radio. (Ick!) I eventually found it - at the bottom of the washer. It had been in a pair of my jeans in a pocket I didn't check before washing them. I was smart enough not to try turning it on and dried it out for about two weeks first. The computer (Win 7 64-bit Enterprise) sees it, installed the driver, can access the music, everything, but it says there's no charge on the battery. Tried a reset and the forced-MSC mode, tried the back ports and a wall charger - nothing.

 

I really REALLY don't want to have to replace it. The Clip is a cute alternative, but I love the navigation wheel on the Fuze. I'm hoping somebody has an idea I haven't tried yet.

Newbie
Posts: 20
Registered: ‎05-13-2014

Re: Dried wet Fuze, now it won't charge.

I neglected to mention that the screen is black, too.
SanDisk Guru
Posts: 2,954
Registered: ‎09-06-2008

Re: Dried wet Fuze, now it won't charge.

Well...you may have killed the battery when it was wet for that long. All I can suggest is leaving it on the USB to charge slowly (as opposed to the faster wall charger) and hope for the best. But you may have to give up and get the Clip+. It's not as good but it's adequate. 

 

The Fuze is an old unit, rechargeable batteries do give out, and who knows how the battery was reacting to being repeatedly washed.

 

Ditto for the backlight. 

Newbie
Posts: 20
Registered: ‎05-13-2014

Re: Dried wet Fuze, now it won't charge.

That's what I'm afraid of, too. I only washed it once and tried to dry it thoroughly with mild warm air (exhaust from my computer, since the furnace isn't running, and I've always been skeptical about rice). I saw a post online about replacing the battery. I know it's not really a serviceable unit, but I'm a decent hand with tools.

SanDisk Guru
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Registered: ‎04-17-2008

Re: Dried wet Fuze, now it won't charge.

Have you tried resetting it?

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Newbie
Posts: 20
Registered: ‎05-13-2014

Re: Dried wet Fuze, now it won't charge.

You mean holding the power switch on for 15-20 seconds? Yes, several times.

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 2,954
Registered: ‎09-06-2008

Re: Dried wet Fuze, now it won't charge.

I assume you have found this, which has info on the replacement battery name: 

 

http://www.ehow.com/how_5761548_replace-battery-sansa-fuze.html

 

Or this, with more pics:

 

http://anythingbutipod.com/2008/03/sandisk-sansa-fuze-disassembly/

 

All I can say is, you'd have to get the replacement battery and try it. The fact that your computer connects is promising--at least that connection is working fine. But from what I've read, you're going to have to have a very delicate touch with the ribbon cable.  

And be good with a soldering iron. 

 

The Fuze really wasn't built for any kind of servicing. If it were, I'd get my headphone jacks resoldered...that's what gave out on mine. 

 

I don't know how much the replacement Fuze battery would cost.

 

Lately I have gotten a couple of refurbished Clip+ for $20 or so each, from reputable-looking sellers on eBay or Amazon, and they have worked fine out of the box. I have only been using one of them longterm, but it's going strong.

 

There is a slight downgrade from the Fuze to the Clip+ in sound quality, because while they have the same digital-to-analog chip the headphone amp is less powerful. And you don't get to see album art on the Clip, just text.  But for $20, it's not the worst alternative. 

 

Then again, if you get yours fixed...maybe you can fix my Fuze headphone jacks Smiley Happy 

SanDisk User
Posts: 76
Registered: ‎04-28-2014

Re: Dried wet Fuze, now it won't charge.

Hi Zeke, did you ever get this fixed? Would be nice if you can update the thread. 

Newbie
Posts: 20
Registered: ‎05-13-2014

Re: Dried wet Fuze, now it won't charge.

No, I still haven't. I did find another one in good shape, but I'm fixated on fixing "mine". It talks to the computer and occasionally shows some charge on the Windows interface (that then dissipates the instant I slide the power switch). However, the screen (or at least the backlight) is inoperative and so is the light around the wheel, which should light when charging from the wall, unless the dead battery prohibits that. This seems to suggest that there's a problem with the power, though there may be other issues too.

 

I'm trying to scratch up a parts unit and will crack the case open as illustrated one of the previous replies. I'm slow, so this may take awhile.

Newbie
Posts: 20
Registered: ‎05-13-2014

Re: Dried wet Fuze, now it won't charge.

Another post inspired me to try the SD card. It can't see that either. I'll keep experimenting some. Eventually, I'll have to crack the case open, I'm sure.