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Registered: ‎07-18-2007

[Firmware] Sansa Express 01.01.12 firmware released

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SanDisk has just released the 01.01.12 firmware revision for the Sansa Express. Download links and the release notes are available below.

We suggest you update the firmware through the Sansa Firmware Updater. There is also a how-to video that explains the process. If for any reason the Sansa Firmware Updater does not work for you, feel free to continue by trying the more "computer savy" steps described below.



Sansa Express Firmware | Instructions | Release Notes


Latest: 01.01.12 (As of November, 2008)



New Sansa Firmware Updater (Windows Version Only) - 

The latest Sansa Firmware Updater will update the Sansa Express to the latest firmware.  If you do not have the Sansa Firmware Updater it can be downloaded here: Download Sansa Firmware Updater

::: Firmware :::


The 01.01.12 firmware is the latest release as of November, 2008 for the Sansa Express. Firmware and release notes are available below.

For (A) AMERICAS - Download ZIP file
For (E) EUROPE - Download ZIP file

Update instructions:
1. Unzip the files to your Desktop.
2. You'll see a file called "StMp3Rec.sys", move this to "C:\windows\system32\drivers\". If you already have this driver, no need to overwrite the files. You should also see another folder, this is the firmware update folder.

Back everything up on your device. The firmware update may delete your files!

3. Press and hold the (-) volume button while plugging in device to PC. This may take a couple of tries, but eventually it connects with a drive letter instead of the "Sansa Express".
4. If there's message asking to install driver, choose "Yes, one time only" and follow the steps to complete driver installation. You should already have the driver as it is included in the zip, but it doesn't hurt to verify.
5. Now, open up the firmware folder and double click on "SansaExpressUpdater.exe".
6. A message will appear informing you that updating this firmware will erase everything on your device.
7. Once the update is completed, click on "Finish" and wait for 2 seconds before unpluging your Sansa Express from the computer. This ensures it is updated completely.
8. Now, you've completed updating your device.

::: 01.01.12 Release Notes :::

• After performing a device format, the Music, and Playlist folders are missing
• Button response is slow and sound output is low during low bitrate WMA playback
• Playback of WAV files are not supported
• Low battery condition does not allow charging when using AC adapters
• Device does not play normally when selecting “Play All” under Artist

• Shuffle feature now improved and more random
• 2-hour limitation on recording has been removed; it will record until the memory is full

Message Edited by sansamonsta on 11-24-2008 03:42 PM
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Re: [Firmware] Sansa Express 01.01.12 firmware released

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For me, anyway, this was more complicated than it appears.


Eventually I had to open Device Manager to know the status; the change from "Player Recovery Device" to "Sandisk Sansa Recovery USB Device" was problematic; in the middle the Express would just start start standalone.   I had to unplug it and plug it in again


On my second (1gb) unit, I got the "have to format" approved and then got this error:


SCSI Sense code: Device reported an undefined sense code.  0xf0, 0x0, 0x9, 0x0, 0x0, 0x3, 3x80, 0xa, 0x0, 0x0, 0x0, 0x0, 0x6, 0x0, 0x22, 0x10, 0x1c


But I still got "Device Updated!" screen at the end.  


It then came up bad; the battery indicator, empty, is at the left of the screen.


I'm trying it again now; may need to reboot the computer.


This isn't good.


= = = = = 




Rebooted the computer, removed the SD card, and ran the update again.


Seems OK now; gets past "Building Database."


And I do have the updater, and the updater is updated.


It just didn't run on plugin to tell me I should update.  I hate not being able to easily start the updater on demand.


Another half-hour shot, but the devices are working.



Message Edited by LoisCatherine on 11-25-2008 07:56 AM
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Registered: ‎11-26-2008

Re: [Firmware] Sansa Express 01.01.12 firmware released

that was my outcome and i couldn't do anything else. 


i tried pressing (-) but nothing seems to appear. 

Posts: 1
Registered: ‎11-28-2008

Re: [Firmware] Sansa Express 01.01.12 firmware released

Hi SansaMonsta  is this firmware the original like Sansa Firmware and is it the 01.01.12E2 version also will the Europe Version u have posted enable the Radio Fucntion on as i have bought my player in South Africa (Has the 01.01.12E2 version Firmware) which does not have the FM feature in the menu, but it is detected when i run the player in test mode awaiting your response Thanks .....
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Registered: ‎12-10-2008

Re: [Firmware] Sansa Express 01.01.12 firmware released

Same problem here, I've got a european version of the Sansa Express.  I've just upgraded to 01.01.12E since I've had so much trouble with this player.  I sincerely hope this firmware upgrade will fix some of all the issues this player has but I now realize the FM Radio option has disappeared...  Should I try the US firmware?


Any help is welcome!

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Registered: ‎11-28-2008

Re: [Firmware] Sansa Express 01.01.12 firmware released

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After MUCH arm wrestling, finally got firmware update downloaded (Sansa Firmware Updater did not work for me -Windows XP- after MANY tries; had to download zip files and go from there). While "Playlist" shows up in the Menu (as it did before upgrade), none of the Playlists I loaded from Windows Media Player (WMP) while in MTS mode were specifically recognized [only the GoList previously recognized]. Am I doing something wrong?  The whole reason I spent 2 days struggling to get this firmware update was so I could load my custom playlists (which I spend a lot of time and research creating) from WMP (which I personally find very user friendly).
Message Edited by Cd123456789 on 12-13-2008 05:17 PM
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Re: [Firmware] Sansa Express 01.01.12 firmware released
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Re: [Firmware] Sansa Express 01.01.12 firmware released

I have I have tried updating the firmware of my SanDIsk Express 1GB mp3 player. I have downloaded 01.01.12a firmware, unzipped it. I have copied the system file StMp3Rec.sys into C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers. I have press and hold Vol- button and conencted to my computer(windows XP). It asked for installing the driver. I have seleceted automatically install option. It didnt install, got a message saying that it couldnt find the installation. Please suggest me to proceed further.

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Registered: ‎02-10-2009

Re: [Firmware] Sansa Express 01.01.12 firmware released

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Well I am a newbie to this forum. A simple answer to those who want to update the latest firmware is to first download the "Sansa Firmware updater" first and then it will automatically download the firmware for Sansa Express. After downloading the "Sansa Firmware updater" make sure you backup the data in the player as it will prompt you to Format it .
Message Edited by shaz on 02-10-2009 10:07 PM
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Registered: ‎03-08-2009

Re: [Firmware] Sansa Express 01.01.12 firmware released

How long does the Sansa Updater take to upgrade the firmware to 01.01.12?

It has been running for well over an hour and the popup window just says: Warning: Do not disconnect your device.

Task manager shows SansaExpressUpdater.exe is running, using about +11.400K Mem Usage.

I have a 1GB express connected to a XP machine; any help is appreciated!!