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Lessons Learned – Sansa E260R

I just wanted to post a few notes regarding my experiences with the SanDisk Sansa E260R. Today, I attempted to play a SecurityNow! podcast and, low and behold, the Sansa rebooted for absolutely no reason. I thought nothing of it. The stoplight had turned green and I switched over to XM instead. At the next light , I looked down at the seat and the Sansa was stuck in some kind of loop. The SanDisk logo would pop up, then the Rhapsody logo, then it would restart. I held down the power button and it turned off after about a minute.

This afternoon, Recovery mode worked (Hold Switch On, REC + Power) and I copied the latest firmware to it. After unmounting the drive, I disconnected it from the USB cable. To my astonishment, the same results occurred: still rebooting.

It was time to search Google. Everything pointed to the firmware. Someone even suggested loading the firmware 3 times to see if it would take. It was almost time to give up when I found a small post suggesting dropping a blank file called sansa.fmt onto the recovery partition. After an unmount, the Sansa Recovery Mode formatted the drive and it booted normally, minus all the content, of course. At least I didn’t loose the device!

You say Tomato… I say Firmware.

I finally had the opportunity to load Tomato on my WRT54GS v.3 over the weekend and this is absolutely the best firmware I have come across to date. The interface is clean and offers something DD-WRT does not: realtime bandwidth monitoring from the web interface. Thus far, it has run very stable. There is also a noticeable difference in response times.

A little word of caution, though. After my installation, I HAD to reset the router (not power-cycle) via the reset switch. If you notice any issues of your password now working properly, the device more than likely just needs a reset. Another way around this problem is to restore your router to it’s factory defaults prior to the Tomato installation.

The Tomato firmware is available at http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato.