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Old 01-07-2012, 09:29 PM
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Hey Everyone,

Really sorry to bother w/the same sansa-bricking issue but I've googled a lot, tried to return my sansa, and for the last chance decided to write everything here seeking for some help.

So I did a stupid thing; connected my e260 to Vista 64bit and it immediately asked if I wanted to format it. I pressed "Yes". How could I've known that it will brick it completely? I had used it on XP previously and hadn't had any problems.

So now I can't get into recovery mode, it's just the blue ring..of you know what. When I connect it, Windows doesn't find a driver to install and the Sansa driver updater doesn't work. I don't see the 16MB partition either.

I tried to re-format it on XP and it didn't finish, said it couldn't. Opened it up but the memory chip or whatever isn't loose.


Anyone...know...the solution... :/// ? Pls
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:28 PM
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I think you're missing something in there. Formatting your player on Vista is fine, and I don't think its possible to break recovery mode without first getting into recovery mode. So its not really clear to me exactly what you did.

That said, if you're absolutely certain that you broke recovery mode, you can try manufacturing mode to boot into recovery mode and then fix the player from there:

http://www.rockbox.org/wiki/SansaE200Unbrick
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:08 PM
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Thanks, I'll try that.

And no, I'm really not sure what and how that happened, like I said, Vista asked me if I would like to format (it said, it is recommended that I do it) and all I did is press OK button.

And now only the blue ring is illuminated and can't even get to recovery mode, and when I connect, it's searching for a driver to install but doesn't find any, so I can't see the device nor can I access it.
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:16 PM
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And you didn't interrupt the process or anything? Could have just been a fluke. Sorry to hear about it.

I haven't followed that specific tutorial, but it's pretty similar to the one I used that fixed mine. Just to note, it may take several attempts. So don't get discouraged if it fails a few times before you get it up and running again. e200s are resilient little devices.
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:47 PM
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... Just to note, it may take several attempts. So don't get discouraged if it fails a few times before you get it up and running again. e200s are resilient little devices.
Good point, doesn't always work on first try and true they're really tuff to brick so yea they're resilient.
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:04 PM
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So I'm trying to unbrick my e260 with Ubuntu now. So far, I've connected it and the terminal shows:

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Bus 005 Device 003: ID 0781:0720 SanDisk Corp. Sansa C200 series in recovery mode
(no matter if I connect it using the select button, or not, it's the same)

But when I try the code

sudo su
./e200tool recover BL_SD_BOARDSUPPORTSD.ROM

for some reason, the terminal says this:

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bash: ./e200tool: Is a directory
And nothing happens, it doesn't execute anything.

AND, there is no sign of connected device in File System/Media where it's supposed to be...
Really would appreciate any help, I'm new to Linux, is there something I am missing?
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:17 PM
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Depending on your linux distro, its probably just "sudo" not "su sudo". Anyway, obvious question, is e200tool a directory ? It sounds like you might not have downloaded it to the folder you're in.
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:00 AM
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Yeah, I'm following the exact instructions, it's "sudo", yes.

It is in that folder, however. OK, tried it on 32bit machine and managed to get it till this message now:

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ubuntu@ubuntu:~/e200tool$ sudo ./e200tool recover BL_SD_BOARDSUPPORTSD.ROM
e200tool v0.2.3-alpha (c) by MrH 2006, 2007
Searching for device 0781:0720 ... found!
Initializing USB stub (4780 bytes) ... done!
Writing 'BL_SD_BOARDSUPPORTSD.ROM' to address 0x10600000
Searching for device 6666:e200 ... 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 not found!


(It's in the folder Home -> e200tool -> e200tool )
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:42 PM
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Are you sure its in manufacturing mode?
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:57 PM
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After trial and error it finally reached this point:

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e200tool v0.2.3-alpha (c) by MrH 2006, 2007
Searching for device 0781:0720 ... found!
Initializing USB stub (4780 bytes) ... done!
Writing 'BL_SD_BOARDSUPPORTSD.ROM' to address 0x10600000
Searching for device 6666:e200 ... 9 8 found!
Write at 0x10600033
Write done!
Running from address 0x10600000
Searching for device 6666:e200 ... found!
Execution started!
So far, the blue ring has blinked once but didn't get me into recovery mode.
The screen is still black.
I'll keep on trying..
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:09 PM
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So far, the blue ring has blinked once but didn't get me into recovery mode.
The screen is still black.
Were you holding down the record button? I think you need to do that to get into recovery mode when rebooting.
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:23 PM
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If it's a standard v1 e260, then you need to lock the hold button, holding the REC button and plugging the cable in all at same time. It sould say "Welcome to Recovery Mode, USB cable connected. Enter USB 2.0 MSD mode."
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:33 PM
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Yes, it is standard v1.
Yes, it's put on Hold and I'm holding the REC button while executing the command.

Rrrrrrrrrrrrr..... Nothing.

(It's not being mounted in /media, I've got Ubuntu 11)
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:58 PM
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Its been years since I did this, but I think I had to try it a couple times to get the timing right with the record button so that it would load the code, reboot, and then boot into recovery mode.
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:12 PM
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OK, thanks, I'm still gonna try one more time because it's the second day I'm trying to fix that and I lack of sleep LOL.

So to be precise, I connected it in manufacturing mode (Hold ON, pressing select button).
lsusb command said it is in recovery mode
Did
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./e200tool init
Done!
Quote:
./e200tool i2cprogram i2c-e260.bin
Done!
Reconnect in manufct. mode
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./e200tool recover BL_SD_BOARDSUPPORTSD.ROM
Done!
lsusb now saying: Bus 001 Device 029: ID 6666:e200 Prototype product Vendor ID

Victory? Not yet. NOTHING. Still blue ring, no recovery mode.

And where can I find the Partition? Maybe it was mounted?
How would I know, it's not in /media.

I was holding REC button all the time, it should have taken its time to find the right moment to boot...
Thanks again...
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:36 PM
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Why are you trying to write the i2c ROM exactly? The unbrick instructions make it pretty clear that you should not be doing this from manufacturing mode. I'm not exactly sure what that will do, but it might be worth pulling the battery, letting it sit for a few minutes, and then trying the instructions from the top a few times to see if the i2c ROM thing was messing it up.
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:41 PM
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Ok, it sounds like you did everything right … If it still does not work, try the steps without the first step, without the “hold button” on. Some times it takes several times, yea I know it’s a PITA but you might get it working eventually. Not sure if we mentioned it before but sometimes it takes numerous times trying. Not sure if you are following these directions, but if not you might want to read/follow them …
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Hm. So, I just actually read the Rockbox guide. It's much shorter than I was anticipating... When I did it, it was a much more complicated process, so if it helps you at all: http://fixmysansa.blogspot.com/2008/...ty-for_22.html

That link has the same process that I followed years ago when the ABiers walked me through it for the first time. It goes in depth, step by step. It's hard to screw up. Just a thought.
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Yes! Thanks for the support. I was following the same tut.
To answer the question:
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Why are you trying to write the i2c ROM exactly?
A: Because without this part, device 6666:e200 could not be found.

Oh, I've noticed that holding REC, Select or putting on Hold makes no difference... Weird.

What's that about taking out the battery?
Should I let it sit and insert it back?
Or can I plug it in without the battery inside?

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He was saying take out the battery and unplug it to force it to completely shut down. Let it sit for a few minutes.

The reason there isn't any difference no matter what you hold is because when it can't even boot into recovery mode, it automatically boots into manufacturing mode.
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