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Firmware Where can i find firmware for my Zen Sleek 20 gb player as my player is frozen and it will not shutdown nor it is recognised by the comp

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My zen photo sleek is stuck in recovery mode

I had this same problem and almost threw out the Zen. You need to download the Zen Sleek Photo firmware upgrade software from Creative (

  1. The firmware updater needs to run in XP SP2 or SP3. It apparently won't run on Vista.
  2. The trick to getting the Zen recognized by the firmware update software is to make sure you uninstall both WMP11 as well as the WMP11 Runtime. Those two things are listed separately in Add/Remove programs. BOTH must be uninstalled before the firmware updater will recognize your Zen.
Now I'm back to using my Zen. It's all good.

Nov 26, 2008 | Creative Labs ZEN SLEEK MP3 Player

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My Creative zen Sleek Photo is frozen


Initially, would suspect that the hang or froze. A couple of ideas that you can try:
double check that the unit is fully charged;
  • do a rest. There would be a reset button inside a small hole, you can use a dull pin, straightened paperclip or even a toothpick;
  • verify that the "Hold" is disable/disengaged;
  • access the Recovery Mode. Press and hold the Play/Pause button while doing the reset as above described;
  • there would be several options. You can try all except Reload OS/Firmware;
  1. Clean Up is scans and remove invalid music library;
  2. Format (All) erases everything saved;
  3. Reload OS/Firmware would be a last resort;
  4. Reboot will restart the device.
  • Should it be a battery issue that will not hold a decent charge, you can replace it. Pls follow instructions from here;
  • If all else fails, reload the firmware. Pls reference the Creative website for instruction and latest update.
Just a start, do postback how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.

Nov 18, 2008 | Creative Labs Zen Sleek Photo MP3 Player

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My Creative ZEN 8 GB has Firmware Problems

Try uninstalling Windows Media Player version 11 from your computer before trying to reload the firmware. It works wonders.

Aug 12, 2008 | Creative Labs ZEN SLEEK MP3 Player

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My Creative Zen Sleek Photo freezes at the stage when the screen says "Zen Sleek Photo" and will not respond, reseting the player does not help, and I have tried to update my firmware, but it...

I had the same problem. Mine would go to the Sleek Photo Screen and then the Creative screen. After that it would freeze and do nothing. I tried to reset, reboot, all that. I downloaded the newest firmware, but my pc wouldn't recognize the player. I went in to the control panel and hit add/remove programs. I removed my WMP 11 and the WMP runtime (I heard these can mask the player). Sure enough, I rebooted the pc and it recognized my player. I was then able to launch the firmware update and now my player is working like a charm.

Jul 29, 2008 | MP3 & Digital Media Players

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HELP! Zen Creative Sleek Photo 20 gb

What you have to do is flash the firmware. And this is another huge problem. If you have WMP 11 you have to downgrade/uninstall it from you computer or use a computer that doesn't have it on.
Next connect your MP3 player after you have:
1. cleaned it
2. formated it
(you get to the recovery menu by holding play/pause sign and inserting a paper clip into the reset orifice.
Once it is recognized a menu will pop up asking you if you want to do various things, one of them is to sync or add files to your player using WMP 9 or 10, depending on the machine you have. CLICK that option.
Next you have to run the firmware application provided on the Creative website and that will flash your player with the firmware. It should work fine afterwards.

Make a backup of of the files if you care about them before you start this adventure.

Jul 06, 2008 | Creative Labs ZEN SLEEK MP3 Player

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Getting out of recovery mode

The recovery tool mentioned above is not designed for the sleek photo. You need to download the firmware for the sleek photo from creative's site. Now we need to get your player recognized to get the firmware loaded. If you have Windows Media Player 11, it needs to be removed. Also remove WMP runtime. After that, restart the pc and your player should be recognized. You can then double click on the firmware program to run it. It might say something like, this firmaware is already you want to reload it? Click yes to reload.

I had the same problem with my sleek photo. Once I got rid of WMP and the runtime everything worked like a charm.

Jul 02, 2008 | Creative Labs ZEN SLEEK MP3 Player

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Zen frozen on one screen even after I've restarted it.

hard drive sounds bad. has it been dropped?
try to do a cleanup
  1. Detach the Zen player from your PC , and ensure that the Zen Sleek is turned off.
2. Connect the power supply to the player.
3. Hold down the Play/Pause button while inserting a paper clip into the Reset hole
underneath your player, beside the data/power connector. Keep on holding the
Play/Pause button while you release the Reset button. The Rescue Mode screen will
then appear.
4. After the recovery mode has started, release the Play/Pause button

It will display the following options.
Clean Up Scans the player and removes invalid links from its music library.
Does not affect music files themselves.
Format (All) Caution! Erases all content!
Save a copy of your player's content before formatting.
Reload OS/ Firmware Caution! Erases your player's firmware.
DO NOT select the Reload Firmware option unless you have access to a PC and you have downloaded the necessary firmware to install.
Reboot Reboots the device.

Dec 04, 2007 | Creative Labs ZEN SLEEK MP3 Player

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Firmware update does not recognize Sleek

is it possible to try another computer or laptop?

Nov 01, 2007 | Creative Labs ZEN SLEEK MP3 Player

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try loading new firmware


Oct 17, 2007 | Creative Labs ZEN SLEEK MP3 Player

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Can't reinstall Firmware

It only sees the player if you are using Windows Media Player 10! Try a fresh computer. Get it to see the Zen Sleek by updating the driver. Load Media Player 10 (Not 11) and try the update firmware program again. Best of luck

Feb 13, 2007 | Creative Labs ZEN SLEEK MP3 Player

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