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Semaphore timeout on driver installation

Okay, bought a 'nonworking' Zen Stone Plus on Ebay. I reset it, and the computer began to recognize it as player recovery device.

But not as a removeable drive or an mp3 player.

So I, following the advice found here and other sites (not creative.com, google is more helpful than them- heck, mylittlepony.com probably would offer more helpful Zen advice than creative.com.....or maybe I'm just bitter at the moment and it'll pass, we'll see) I got the recovory tool and attempted to reinstall drivers.

No go, I get the semaphore timeout notice.

I didn't think it was charging at all, and thought it might be a totally dead battery, but kept hunting. And then I found instructions on putting the player into recovery mode and connecting, then running the recovery tool.

And...for a few brief beautiful nanoseconds, I had a screen, a display. And also the little blue light, which stayed on many more seconds than the screen.

So I feel I'm making progress, but I still get that same semaphore timeout warning.

I have one more suggestion I'm trying: download the driver and try to install it without the recovery program, by going to device manager and selecting update driver and manually pointing out the right one, but then.....

in casee that doesn't work, what's the next step? It isn't dead. I know it's cureable. I just need some hints to figure it out.

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  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2009

    ditto on mine............

  • mramreddy May 26, 2009

    When I am trying to format my zen nano plus, it is giving error message saying "Semaphone timeout....", can you please provide me solution.

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SOURCE: Zen Sleek not recognized by firmware: not connected msg

I had the same problem with zen v (video). My pc (Xp s. pack 3) recognized the player in device manager, but reloading firmware failed, as that small app. was still asking me to connect it.
I used my friend's pc Xp sp2 with automatic updates disabled and eventually loaded firmware into my zen using ' mp3 player recovery tool' from creative website http://www.creative.com/products/mp3/MP3PlayerRecoveryTool/welcome.asp? (,because that small application - firmware pcfw_l22_1_32_01 didn't recognize player again.

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Posted on Nov 08, 2008

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SOURCE: Creative Zen Stone Plus won't sometimes turn on

try sync-ing ur mp3 with windows media player 11.

http://www.creative.com/products/mp3/MP3PlayerRecoveryTool/welcome.asp?

then click on "Click Here if you require further information/assistance."

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SOURCE: zen stone mp3 player not switching on

Mine was also completely dead, with the reset doing nothing! I held the vol+ and the Play button at the same time and it was good to go. Holding just the play button or the vol+ button didnt acheive anything. But as I held both together, It came back to life instantly and I havent had any problems with it (for a week so far).

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From: http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t=31068
  1. Connect the player to the computer.
  2. Double-click the My Computer icon on the Desktop.
    If the My Computer icon is not on the Desktop, click Start and My Computer.
    If the My Computer icon is not in the Start Menu, right-click the Start button and click Explore.
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  5. Ensure the File system is set to FAT or FAT 32. Leave the remaining options set to the defaults. zen_stone_not_playing.jpg
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If resetting or formatting doesn't help, you could also try reloading the firmware. Connect the Stone, download the firmware, and then execute the the firmware file.

1. With the Stone disconnected, download and install the Player Recovery Device drivers.
2. Download the Stone's firmware from Creative's site.
3. Boot up the Stone as a Player Recovery Device (also see below).
4. Connect the Stone to the computer and let it load the driver (see here).
5. Execute the downloaded firmware file or Creative's Recovery Tool.

Sometimes, in order to install the firmware, the Stone needs to be connected as a Recovery Device:

1. Make sure the Stone is disconnected and turned off.
2. Press and hold the volume down button.
3. Continue to hold the button until you have performed Steps 4 through 6. If you accidentally release the button, start the procedure again.
4. Press and hold the Power/Pause/Play button
5. Hit the reset button
6. Connect your player to your computer's USB port and after 5 seconds, release both buttons.
7. Once the Stone is recognized, execute the old firmware file.
Hope this helps, and have a nice day! ^_^

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sorry, the chat got disconnected and I can't get it back.

If it worked initially but doesn't now, signs point to a failure in the unit. Try plugging it into a friends computer. This other computer doesn't need to have the software installed to recognize the Zen Stone as a drive.

If nothing happens there either, your unit has a fault.

If it is recognized on this other computer, then you should reinstall the Zen software and see if it is detected again.

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