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#316071 - 07/22/10 11:33 AM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: ClubNeon]
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Those are some nice phones.
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#316072 - 07/22/10 11:33 AM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: BlueJays1]
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I like my Sansa Clip+ 2GB most of the time... but I think I got a faulty one. It seems like it has issues charging sometimes, and it's never approached the 15 hours. One time, the screen locked up, and I couldn't do anything with it until the juice ran out and I could re-charge it. Another time, the unit turned off, presumably due to running out of power, but hooking it up to the USB ports on my computer did nothing to revive it. For two days. I tried the next day with still no result. I tried again the day after that just to make sure it was fully dead. It suddenly worked again. So yeah, I got it because I didn't want to spend a ton on an MP3 player, but it hasn't been my best experience.
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#316073 - 07/22/10 11:42 AM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: CV]
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A couple things I would try is to check the USB settings in the system settings, it should be on auto. If it won't detect/charge try the other USB settings that are available such as MSC in the system settings. A hard reset on the device might be worth trying as well. Hold down the power button for 15 seconds.

Have you updated the firmware at all?
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#316077 - 07/22/10 12:37 PM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: BlueJays1]
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Yeah, I did the firmware update that was just released.
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#316080 - 07/22/10 12:58 PM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: CV]
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I have a computer with XP and I must force it to MSC mode. It turns on and everything but the computer won't detect if it is set to auto. Switch it to MSC and bam! My other computer with Vista, auto detect (usb mode) works just fine.

I forgot to mention in my previous post about battery life. If you are using the external memory (MicroSD) the device will consume more battery than when it uses the internal memory. This is the case for all MP3 players. What the manufacturer states in its specifications is for continuous, low bit-rate files using internal memory. If you are just using the internal memory it should be close to the 15 specified.

Another great thing is that you can "rockbox" the Clip+. It is a free open source firmware. You can check it out here.

http://www.rockbox.org/wiki/SansaAMS
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#316082 - 07/22/10 01:07 PM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: BlueJays1]
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Thanks for the tips.

I'm only using the internal memory, but they're all lossless files, so that would probably be why the battery only lasts a few hours.
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#316084 - 07/22/10 01:09 PM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: CV]
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Originally Posted By: CV
Thanks for the tips.

I'm only using the internal memory, but they're all lossless files, so that would probably be why the battery only lasts a few hours.


Flac does suck more battery life. If it is the case you only get a "few hours" something is wrong. Flac won't consume the battery life to that extent.

I suspect there is something wrong with the player/battery or the problem lies in charging the battery (a usb setting). Have you tried different USB settings other than auto detect? You should see the little battery icon (the bar in the middle moving) in the top right corner when it is indeed charging. When it is fully charged the bar will be full but won't move.

Another way to check battery life is go into System Settings - > Info -> Scroll down to power (reading will be in %)
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#316091 - 07/22/10 01:49 PM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: BlueJays1]
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I haven't tried any other USB settings yet. The player does indicate that it's charging when I plug it in to my computer, the only exceptions being the times the player wouldn't show anything at all, making me think it was dead.

I said a few hours, but it could actually be 5-6 sometimes. Sometimes when I think it should have a full charge, however, it only lasts 2 days of me doing my morning routine (check stuff online, shower, etc.) which is around an hour and a half. I think the best it has done is part of a third day in a row of that.

I wouldn't be surprised if there's something wrong with my unit.
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#316093 - 07/22/10 01:54 PM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
I have two of those Koss headphones. Love 'em!


Well most people do go with one for each ear. Unless, I guess, you only have one ear. wink
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#316094 - 07/22/10 01:55 PM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: Murph]
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Like that arteest guy.
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