I initially charged my zen v plus from a usb port and it worked fine. i tried to charge from a wall charger (not a creative product) and after leaving it plugged in overnight, the battery was DIScharged. Is this a fixable problem - do i need a creative charger for some reason?
Yes you need a creative charger. generic brands usually damage any electronic device. you need to get a creative charger, and hope that it will solve your problem. if not then you may need to ger a battery too.
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Don't worry that doesn't mean that your mp3 player is faulty, if there is any fault it is from the charger but since the usb charges it well, just continue to use it. It doesn't mean the player is faulty, IT HAPPENS.
Just connect your Zen onto your PC (NOT LAP TOP) on a USB.
If does not start charging (you´ll see arrow and pause/ play buttons flashing slowly) then you need to RESET your ZEN.
How to reset: You´ll find a tiny little hole by on/off button on the side. With ZEN connected to the PC USB or onto wall charger try turning ZEN on, it doesen´t matter if it turns on or not. Then insert a sowing pin or office paper clip end in this reset hole for a few seconds and release. Give it a couple of seconds and see the lights go off onto charging mode. LEAVE IT CHARGING for 24 hours. Make sure your PC will NOT turn itself on safe mode or hibernates in this period, it has to be ON for charging, at all times.
This is it.
Sorry to not have a solution, but only to post that I have experienced the same problem trying to charge my Zen V Plus using an iGo adapter with a USB2 tip. I can't get my Zen to charge except when I use the wall charger or USB cable to PC. I'm as curious as you are about the reason why.
If the light is flashing, that means it's charging, but it's possible
you're not getting enough charging current to really make a difference.
I would try charging the player with a wall charger (can you borrow a charger from a friend?)
There is a major bug in Firmware version 1.40.xx related to battery
charging, and it will exhibit this behavior if there is not enough
battery power available for your device to power up. You will need to
upgrade your firmware to fix this.
There is a catch, however - your player will not power up on USB power
alone, which poses a problem for firmware updating. You must obtain a
DC wall charger, plug it into the player via the dongle. This will
allow the device to turn on. Then you must plug into your computer's
USB port. Do not worry - having both a wall charger and USB cable
plugged in at the same time will not harm your player or your computer.
This will allow your ZVM to remain powered up so you can update the
Have you only been attempting using a USB port to charge it? I just fixed my problem. I have a wall charger from the Creative Zen Touch that worked perfect on it when the USB didn't do a thing. Usually I'm able to charge it with my RAZR phone charger in the wall but that didn't work and neither did my computer charger via USB but I tried the old wall charger and it seemed to do the trick. If you don't have one, they have them on amazon, here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Zen-Vision-Travel-Charger/dp/B000GWLL0K/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/105-1441709-3982806?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1185509740&sr=8-2
or for the old one that I have:
Hope this helps!