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Zen stuck in recovery mode, reboot failed, firmware recovery tool downloaded and updated, reset button failed, last time this happend we had to wipe it totally off and start over, much time lost...........please advise

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You can reset your zen by placing the pen head in the hole below the power button for 20 seconds.


Or


Attempt to slide the switch like you are shutting it down and then use a pin to reset the mode. By doing so all song could be washed out

Posted on Nov 28, 2008

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