HOWTO: Get your Sansa Fuze to Work Perfectly Hello everyone!
This is my first tutorial I've written for this forum. It's always nice to give something back to the community.
This tutorial pertains mainly to the Sansa Fuze V2 released late in 2009, but most of the information here can be applied to other mp3 players as well as other devices that can play music or videos but do not show up by default in your music player, such as Cellphones, PDAs, or even your PSP.
The i Pod is --NOT-- officially supported on Linux, and merely syncing your i Pod with ANYTHING but i Tunes is in direct violation of the Apple EULA.
Not only that, but it becomes a hassle, especially with later models of i Pods due to the ever changing database hash checking method that Apple comes up with as a deterrent to you using THEIR hardware with anything but THEIR software.
I got sick of syncing my i Pod and having it work fine, but the next time I added music to my i Pod one of two things would INVARIABLY happen: A) all of my album artwork would disappear, or all of my music would disappear and the i Pod would just say "0 songs".
But that is a discussion for another thread and another time...
We will cover the following in this tutorial: * updating your Fuze's firmware (to support free music formats Ogg and FLAC) * Getting your music player to recognize/sync with your Fuze (may also work for other devices) * Getting videos to work on your Sansa Fuze * Syncing Photos to your Fuze * Making your computer recognize and mount your Fuze the way it does with an i Pod instead of a generic USB drive (once again, this will work with other devices as well) Step 1: Update your firmware This step may or may not be necessary for you depending on the date of manufacture for you Fuze.
Also note that there are two version of the Fuze, the V1 and the V2.
As I mentioned before, this tutorial mainly pertains to the Fuze V2.
If you have a Fuze V1 I would highly recommend that you check out Rockbox. 1) Set your Sansa Fuze to MTP (media transfer protocol) mode by navigating to: SETTINGSMTP 2) Boot into your Windows partition 3) Download the Sansa Firmware Updater ( Updater Install.exe) and install it.
There are two methods for updating your Sansa Fuze firmware. 4) Connect the Fuze to your computer, run the Sansa Firmware Updater, select the 'Firmware' checkbox and click 'Download Now' 5) Once the download is complete you will be prompted to disconnect your Fuze. 2: Manual Firmware Update (for Linux) 1) Set your Sansa Fuze to MSC (mass storage controller) mode by navigating to: SETTINGSMSC 2) Boot into your Linux partition 3) Download the firmware zip file here ( and extract it.