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Zen won't come on after ugrading latest firmware

I installed the latest available firmware successfully but that made my player go dead. It turns on so you see the 'Creative' logo, then the 'Zen' logo and the blue light stays on. But the screen is dead and none fo the play actions work.
I have tried resetting a fewe times but this just turns it off and it doesn't come back on.

Does it matter that, at the same time as installing the firmware, i was making changes to the music on the player?
In fact, for the last song i deleted, my PC screen froze up, so i just closed down the explorer.

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