Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Cliff's MP3 player

Cliff's place of employment has decided to let their workers listen to MP3 players while on the job, and Cliff is ecstatic about this.  We shopped around and found a not-too-expensive player at Circuit City, the Sandisk Sansa Express.

I loaded a bunch of country songs on it from the computer when we got it home; now Cliff listens to music all night, every night, at work.  It has FM radio, too.  So he's really set up for music.


The player is good for fifteen hours, then it has to be charged by plugging it into a USB port on the computer.

Every once in awhile, nothing happens when I plug it in.  The computer doesn't recognize it.  Then without any rhyme or reason, I'll plug it in later and it decides to charge, after all.  Defective? 

There aren't a lot of instructions with the stupid thing, just a fold-out sheet.  But I decided to read them this morning, after the silly player once again refused to show signs of life.  Since I'm the most computer-savvy person in the house (which is a sad state of affairs, because I'm not that "savvy"), I'm the one who bears the brunt of Cliff's disappointment when these technical things don't work for him.

I read over and over.  I studied all the little buttons, and pushed various ones.  I surfed the Internet for answers.

Going back to the instruction sheet, I noticed the very last item:

"HARD RESET:  To perform hardware reset on the Sansa Express device, press and hold the Select button while pressing the Volume Up (+) buttons simultaneously once."

I figured the worst thing that could go wrong here was perhaps all the songs would be removed from the player.  But I could put them back on if that happened.  So I went for it.

It worked.  And all Cliff's songs are still there.



cyandfayedavis said...

I'm not even savy enough to load the songs on my computer.

monponsett said...

What you do when that happens is hire some huge black to go down to circuit city and angrily try to get your money back.

Granted... you lose the fee you paid the enforcer... but his work will pay for itself over and over again as CC never ever again rips you off.

gen0507 said...

You go girl....

helmswondermom said...

What a coincidence!  Thomas and I were just discussing getting him an MP3 player last night.  He'd like to have one for work.  I'll check out the one at Circuit City, and then when we have problems with it, I'll know who to go to! lol

nanlynska said...

YOU GO GIRL !!!  These new fangled things do give a challenge, to say the least. But read, read, and re-read.....that seems to be the ticket in most cases. Although, I am NOT that patient....LOL. But sometimes it's the only way to go.

I am now cruising through User manuals for a new camera.....thank the Lord it's a camera much like my old one.....only with more bells and whistles for my pea-brain to try and figure out how and when to use 'em.

Hang in there with the new techno. 'stuff'....it's the only way we can keep up with the 'KIDS' !!  ROFL !  

nay0114 said...

Honey you guys are more advanced than me. I just got a cell phone like four years ago. Heck I just got a digital camera not to long ago. Then treated myself to cable modem instead of dial up. Got a DVR (daughter had to program it for me). I wouldn't have any idea what to do with a MP3. That's what I have kids for. They fix everything for me.
Take care, Chrissie

fierrorachel said...

That's awesome, Mom.  Good Job!

jeff466 said...

I hope it is working now!  That happened with my Ipod shuffle, I would plug it in and sometimes it would charge and sometimes it wouldn't.  Then I noticed that if my computer was on standby it wouldn't charge, but if the computer was in the normal mode it would charge.  It took me forever to figure that out!

I hope you are having a great week-Jeff

randlprysock said...

It took us  awhile to get the hang of our mp3 player... they are nifty though.  I want one for me someday.  So nice they let workers have them at Cliff's job.  Hugs,

lanurseprn said...

That's cool that he can use that at work! That will make the time fly by hopefully.

suzypwr said...

Well, once in a while the instructions have to be read. Glad he is enjoying it!