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Creative Zen won't turn on

My player won't turn on. It will turn on when I plug it to the adapter. (the battery sign doesn't show up). When I unplug it, the player shuts down after five seconds. I've replaced the battery, and tried to upgrade the firmware , but nothing seems to work. Please Help.

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Re: Creative Zen won't turn on

Polish the battery contacts (including inside unit) with a pencil eraser.

Posted on Jun 09, 2007

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