Sansa Clip Looks Dead But It Is Fully Charged? [Consumer]

by on November 21, 2009

in consumer, consumer reviews

This product review recounts our mini-tale of whoa with our SanDisk 2GB Sansa Clip:

Both of our SanDisk 2GB Sansa Clips were inexpensive, incredibly easy to use digital players, does not limit us to specific sources of music and we’ve had them for a few years now. We love our clips and buying them back then ended our MP3 search.

The other day, my wife was getting ready to head out the door on one of those mongo runs she does (Anything over 2 miles is mongo to me) to stay in condition for her 26.2 events. She was switching her red 2 GB Sansa Clip over from radio mode to MP3 music mode when it went black on the screen and stopped responding.

My wife cannot be running without her MP3 player.

I started looking up fixes for this condition our Sansa Clip was experiencing and in the meantime, I gave her mine even though it’s got my selection of music on it and I’ve never set any presets for the radio function. (Boy, was she thrilled with that idea!)

I discovered that whatever condition her Sansa Clip had slipped into, a reset worked for us.

A reset consisted of holding the power button up for at least 15 seconds, then letting go. (The power button is the rest button.)

At first it didn’t look like anything happened, but then on a lark, I pressed the power button as we normally would, and wala, it turned on. After a few tests and button presses, that seemed to do have done the trick!

So there ya have it. In case you get a black screen of pause or whatever the issue was, a quick (15 seconds doesn’t feel quick when you think your musical world just died, but…) reset and away she went with her favorite selection of songs once again. It will be another happy 8 mile run.

references for your review: SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 PLAYERS on SanDisk website, Sansa Clip PDF User Manual from SanDisk.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Bali June 16, 2015 at 6:31 am

worked for me, thanks 🙂

Dave Bevenger May 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Thanks for the fix. Mine was only a few weeks old and went black in the middle of playing an mp3 song. I thought the battery just died. I was looking for my reciet to return it until I saw this fix.


Watson February 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm

OMG!! I thought my sansa clip+ was dead, good thing i found this page! Thank you!! I tried everything and nothing happened, plugged into the computer to charge, nothing. Then I found this page, holding down the power button for 15 seconds really fixed it :D!

Kezelski December 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm


Bruce Simmons December 25, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Clipper, GLAD to be of help!

Clipper December 23, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I cant believe it but that hold for 15 seconds trick worked. I thought my clip was roasted, but now it appears to be working as normal. Thanks man!

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