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.