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Use a paperclip to push the reset button throught a small hole on the bottom of the Zen. If the battery is dead, you may need to plug it in for a minute and then push the reset button while it's charging.
had same prob to the T...found this post and it fixed it...it's the computer not the zen...once I did the two steps my zen started charging and turned on...go figure...the flashing blue light doesn't mean it is charging. posted on Feb 25, 2009
you have windows set to do automatic updates, you most likely had a
windows update installed that caused this conflict with Win Media
Player 11. No fix has been posted by Microsoft yet, so the only
workaround is to Uninstall/Rollback Windows Media Player 11. Goto
<Control Panel<Add/Remove Programs and remove Windows Media
Player 11. Follow prompts, restart computer when prompted to. Also
uninstall Windows Media Player 11 Runtime application following same
This will roll your Windows Media Player back to version 10 or 9,
whichever you had installed prior to version 11. You will need to
re-configure Windows Media Player again.
Your Zen should now be recognized by WMP and Creative software. You
probably need to upgrade your firmware at this point, follow the
instructions on upgrading your firmware, and you should be good to go.
This is a windows problem, not a creative problem. Dont blame Creative
for the screwed up hotfixes that Microsoft puts out on a regular basi
Hey guys, I've had the same problem for over 2 years. Guess what? I fixed it today!! It is indeed a hard drive issue. I recommend following a guide to disassemble your zen. (Remember, this is only if you dont have any other choice) When you disconnect your hard drive, plug it right back in there pushing hard on it to make sure it is connected completely. IF that does not work, this is the final resort.
I did this and it worked. Normally you arent supposed to ever do this to any kind of hard drive. But why not? since it is already broken. lightlyish hit it a few times, and take the end of a screw driver and stick it in the hole on the end of the hd and pry it loose a tad. you arent trying to pop it open, just givve it a little breathing room. Worked for me, normally it shouldnt. But no one seems to be sharing anything so hopefully this helps someone some time in the future.
You probably shouldnt play with any of the buttons really but i know how to fix it. You hold down the slide power for about 5 seconds and poke the reset button with a pen tip or w.e for about another 5 seconds till it restarts itself.