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Re: Well I have quite situation with my sansa e280.. My sansa...

That often means the memory chip came loose.  You can probably open it up and then push it back into the slot.

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Re: Well I have quite situation with my sansa e280.. My sansa...


@saratoga wrote:

That often means the memory chip came loose.  You can probably open it up and then push it back into the slot.

 

THat's a possibility since I do remember a small drop receeding the occurrence.  It comes up in recovery mode and sees only 16mb.  Loose chip? HOPE that works. 


 

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Re: Well I have quite situation with my sansa e280.. My sansa...

If you have recovery mode, then the memory isn't lose. If it gets loose you lose access to recovery mode too.
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Re: Well I have quite situation with my sansa e280.. My sansa...

Why is it recognizing just 16 mb? Where is my memory?  What is the situation here then?

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Re: Well I have quite situation with my sansa e280.. My sansa...


@deucesup22 wrote:

Why is it recognizing just 16 mb?


That's Recovery Mode. You can re-install the firmware while connected this way that may help and/or format the player (which will clear the memory) by creating a new blank file and naming it "sansa.fmt" (w/o quotes).

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Re: Well I have quite situation with my sansa e280.. My sansa...

If I right click on the drive and try to format, it will say windows was unable to complete the format.  Actually it just registered as formatted after I tried to put that file there.  Now I have a sansa.fmt file on the disk but the drive shows as 16mb still

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Re: Well I have quite situation with my sansa e280.. My sansa...

How do I reinstall the firmware and it seems no matter what I do it only sees 16 mb

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Re: Well I have quite situation with my sansa e280.. My sansa...

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@deucesup22 wrote:

If I right click on the drive and try to format, it will say windows was unable to complete the format.  Actually it just registered as formatted after I tried to put that file there.  Now I have a sansa.fmt file on the disk but the drive shows as 16mb still


Dont ever attempt to do this in Recovery Mode!!!

 

You WILL brick your player!!!

 

Only format the way I described. If you have created a new file and named it sansa.fmt, click on "Safely Remove hardware" in your system tray, and then un-plug the player and move the HOLD switch off.. it will then format itself.

 

This post may be of help to you.

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Re: Well I have quite situation with my sansa e280.. My sansa...


@Tapeworm wrote:

@deucesup22 wrote:

If I right click on the drive and try to format, it will say windows was unable to complete the format.  Actually it just registered as formatted after I tried to put that file there.  Now I have a sansa.fmt file on the disk but the drive shows as 16mb still


Dont ever attempt to do this in Recovery Mode!!!

 

You WILL brick your player!!!

 

Only format the way I described. If you have created a new file and named it sansa.fmt, click on "Safely Remove hardware" in your system tray, and then un-plug the player and move the HOLD switch off.. it will then format itself.


Create the file how?  If I want to put a file on the drive it wants to format it 1st.  No matter what , it recognizes it as a 16 mb drive only.  If I eject and unplug it goes into the endless startup loop.

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Re: Well I have quite situation with my sansa e280.. My sansa...


@deucesup22 wrote:
Create the file how?  If I want to put a file on the drive it wants to format it 1st.  No matter what , it recognizes it as a 16 mb drive only.  If I eject and unplug it goes into the endless startup loop.


In Windows Explorer . . . File > New Folder (or file, it really doesn't matter). this will insert a new blank folder into the 16mb partition. Right-click on it and select Rename. Type in sansa.fmt.