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Using MP3 Player w/o LCD? Answered

Ah, so my brother somehow manage to break the LCD on his [http://sandisk.com/Products/Item(1204)-SDMX3-512-A18-Sansa_m230_512MB_MP3_Player.aspx Sandisk Sansa m200 series] and was going to trash it. I figured, what the hey, I might as well see what I can do. I opened the case up and lo and behold, the LCD was the only visibly broken component. My question is, is there any way to bypass the LCD and use the player as if it had never had a screen? I'd post pictures, but I got to sleep now. Thanks!

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

13 years ago

. I'm just guessing, but I would think the player would work just fine without the display - unless something is shorted out. If you can find a menu diagram (in the manual or online), you should be able to make it work. If the unit is not working at all, I'd try disconnecting the display. . . I'd also take LV's advise and check for a replacement screen on eBay (or your favorite LCD screen shop). Or maybe you can find a similar unit that is non-functioning, but has a good display, and do a transplant.

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Bran
Bran

Reply 13 years ago

I hooked it up via USB and it still has music on it. I just can't get it to play through my earphones (which I know work). I might not be pushing the right buttons, I'll try figuring that out. Thanks guys!

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Bran
Bran

Reply 13 years ago

When I try to turn it on, I'm getting a symbol on the LCD (or what's left of it, rather) that shows the player with an X symbol. Do you think that I need to remove the LCD?

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. You really need to track down a manual. Although I'll guess that an X at startup is a pretty generic "Failed POST" msg and the manual won't be much help. You might get lucky and there is more than one style of X for msgs. . I don't _think_ you'll do any damage by removing the display, but it may produce a boot error that you have to press a btn to ack.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. PS: If the display is soldered on, I'd wait until I had a lot more technical info before messing with it.

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LasVegas
LasVegas

13 years ago

You should be able to find replacement LCDs for the Sansa on ebay pretty cheap. It would be a heck of a lot cheaper than replacing the whole player.