We purchased a brand NEW Zune on Ebay, received it totally dead, when we started to charge it, the Zune screen came on and froze. WE did the troubleshooting - we hold the back button down and press up on the key pad as instructed and still no response. We let the battery run down and then attached it to the charger again and same thing all over again. What do we do?
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It sounds like you guys might be suffering from the Infamous zune new year bug. Let your Zune completely die (leave it for a few days if you have to). After doing this plug it into a computer or wall out let to charge. Leave it to charge for at least an hour. Come back and unpluge the zune and reconnect it to a different usb port if possible. Let it continue to charge.
Letting it die should fix the freeze and swapping ports during the charge will help the computer detect the zune as when their batteries are 100% dead they do not have enough power to say that they are there.
Ok the solution is so simple your goign to kick your self. what you do is take you zune cable plug it into any thign other than your computer say a Nintendo Wii or PlayStation 2 or 3 leave it for a few minutes then unplug it and try to restart it if it dosent restart while its pluged in. if it dosent restart then plug it back in and let it set over night some times the battery is so dead that the computer cant pick it up but make sure your wii or Xbox or what ever is turned on .
A co-worker of mine may have found a solution. But it is risky, since you have to open your Zune. Since his Zune has already no warranty, he carefully opened it, unplugged the battery cable and waited a few seconds, plugged it again and restarted.
The device is now working! we're listening to it right now and the computer recognized it. It seems like a solution to me! (If you have no problems opening your Zune). there is this video and some others on youtube that can instruct you on opening your Zune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBL0lPBpC3I