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Middle of a firmware updated bricked my Zen TOuch

I was updating the firmware on my Zen Touch in the middle ofthe process the power on my laptop died now I was told I bricked the MP3 player because it only turns on in the recovery more and tell me it has a firmware problem. No computer will recognize the MP3 is plugged in as an MP# player but an MTP device and instead of showing 20 GB of free space now it tells me it has 20 MB of free space. Does anyone know how I can fix this.

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Re: Middle of a firmware updated bricked my Zen TOuch

This solution is from another post, and it was how I recovered from the same problem. "I had the same problem and the solution is documented on the Creative labs message boards. This happens if you upgrade the firmware with a computer that has media player 11, Which KILLS your Zentouch. (Thanks Creative!!) The solution, as partially noted by the other poster, is to rollback Media Player to version 10 AND to eliminate all traces of Creative software on your PC. Reboot, then plug in the Zen, it will be regognized by MP10, and then run the firmware upgrade software. I found it easier to do this by using a different computer rather than uninstalling software from mine. After this WMP 11 does work."

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Re: Middle of a firmware updated bricked my Zen TOuch

I used the exact same Model and Machine that I had never used before -- and thankfully only had WMP 10 on it! -- and it worked right away! Only notes I have are that 1. Make sure the machine has plug and play capabilities and 2. Only the latest firmware loaded. The older firmware update did not work.


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Re: Middle of a firmware updated bricked my Zen TOuch

My Zen Touch had the same problem and I spent a lot of time going through blogs and trying different things. This solution was the last one I tried (obviously) and it worked for me. I had to wipe my computer (I used my old one) and reinstalled Windows XP and XP Service Pack 2. I then loaded Windows Media Player 10 (NOT 11). Once I did that, I downloaded the upgrade file from Creative's website (version 2.x) and my player upgraded.

This is a big relief, since I thought I had to buy a new player.

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Re: Middle of a firmware updated bricked my Zen TOuch

I think they are right; you bricked it :(

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My mp3 player stays on all the time and i cant turn it off

  1. Check that the Creative Zen Touch has the most current version of the firmware driver. Firmware updates typically fix most common errors and problems encountered when using the Zen Touch. Turn on the MP3 player and select "System" in the home menu. Click "Information" then press "Settings." Select "About." Look for the internal firmware's version number listed under "Version." The most recent firmware is 2.01.00 and was released in 2006. If your software is outdated, download an update from the Creative support site:
  2. Ensure that the song files you are trying to transfer to the Zen Touch are compatible with the player. On your computer, right click the song file to view its file format. The Zen Touch can play all unprotected WMAs, WAVs and MP3s. It does not support the popular protected AAC format that is used in online stores such as Apple iTunes.
  3. Verify that the Zen Touch's internal battery is fully charged. This may cause what appears to be a blank or dead screen, as well as slow responsiveness to your touch. Insert the power adapter brick connector into the Zen Touch's power port found on its right-hand top corner. Plug the adapter into a wall outlet to begin charging. The MP3 player will be finished charging in four hours. You may use the MP3 player while it is charging, but this may slow down the charging process.
  4. Adjust the screen contrast on the Zen Touch. This may resolve any issues you have with viewing the screen in bad lighting. From the main menu, click "Settings" and choose "Contrast." Slide your finger up or down the Zen Touch's touch pad to adjust the contrast to a suitable setting.

Sep 24, 2009 | Creative Labs Zen Touch MP3 Player

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Firmware update went wrong

What operating system are you using? The Zen Touch firmware update will fail in Vista or 7 -- you need to run the update from an XP install. Once you successfully get the 2.11 firmware on the Touch, it will then interface with those later OS's without difficulty. Also, what version of Windows Media Player are you running? Believe it or not, this makes a BIG difference. The latest Media Player 11 will cause the firmware flash to fail, as will WMP <= 9. I have three separate players that have experienced this problem, including one that had been disassembled THREE YEARS AGO after a failed flash, and was able to resurrect all utilizing this method:

(1) Uninstall everything Creative: the driver, Jukebox, etc. Delete the Creative folder from Program Files. (Some amendment to these instructions may be in order if you have a Creative sound card -- I have built-in Realtek sound so it didn't apply in my case). A restart may or may not be required: go ahead and do so to be safe.

(2) Plug the device in after restart. Windows will want to find drivers for it -- cancel that process. Open the Device Manager. The Touch should come up with an exclamation point next to it (since the drivers were not uninstalled): right-click and select "Uninstall." I have seen instructions on the Web to also uninstall all USB root hubs, but I have found that unnecessary and a pain if you have a USB keyboard and/or mouse. Unplug the device. Restart.

(2) If you are running a version of Windows Media Player not equal to 10, either install 10 (if you have 9 or below) or roll back from 11 if you have that. Restart.

(3) Plug the device back in. My supposition is that this is particular to WMP 10, hence the problems with other versions. The device should pop up as "Creative Zen Touch:" if Windows asks to find drivers, cancel that process, and the device should now come up as an "MTP device."

(4) Since the firmware flash failed, the Zen is probably in recovery mode. Launch the firmware updater software on the computer, and stay at the language selection screen. Choose option 3, "reload firmware," from the recovery menu. It will inform you that it is "deleting old firmware" and then will give you a short period of time with a dialog saying "start firmware update" on the Zen screen. During this time period (about 2 secs), press the language selection of your choice on the computer in order to start the update. It should go through successfully this time.

Jun 07, 2009 | Creative Labs Zen Touch MP3 Player

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Upgrade firmware problem zen touch 20 gB

I contacted Creative about a similar problem with mine when I went onto Vista and they advised that I had to update the firmware. The downside they stated was that I would probably lose all my songs. The only way round this is to save them all to a non vista computer and then upgrade and hope you can put them back onto your player. Here is the info they sent me. Not sure if it works as I never got round to it.

I understand that you cannot get the software to work in your Windows
With regards to your enquiry, there are two things that you need to
consider, player and the software.

For a proper set up, you should update the player with an MTP Firmware
version using a PC with Windows XP installed.
What is the MTP Firmware?

Ensure that computer has both Service Pack 2 and Windows Media Player
a. Verify SP version, click+Start+Run+type Winver.

Next, update the driver first, once it has been installed, connect the
player then click the MTP firmware program.

Proceed to this link and download the following files needed.
just click on the link above then type the filename of the
driver version : JB3MV2_PCWDRV_US_2_01_00.EXE
firmware version : ZenTouchP4S_PCFW_LB_2_11_01.exe
at the search box provided.
download and save them to your folder. Click the program and follow
further instructions during the installation.

For instruction on updating the firmware, please use the link below and
select ZENTouch

As for the software, you maybe required to download and install the
following updates below:
Please view important notes written at the website for further

Proceed to this link
then type the filenames: CMS5_PCAPP_LB_5_10_38.exe


at the search box provided. Ensure device is attached before you start
the installation.

Sorry it's so long winded and I hope it works.


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if u get this let me no my email is It took me all day but i just had to roll back to media player 10 then it let me install the firmware.....

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I would try a firmware update, if you have a PC running windows xp or vista, check out this link for a firmware download. If this doesn't work, i would consider investing in a new mp3 player, because of course you probably could contact the "Creative" company and get then to fix it, but it'd probably cost about as much as buying a new one....not worth it....the new 80gb zune is very nice...or you could go for another zen product. or ipod...

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Sounds like a bad motherboard to me. However, it may just need a firmware update. Have you tried to update the firmware yet? If not, go to -->Support -->Downloads -->Follow the correct language and country links -->Select the correct options for Zen Touch -->Select Firmware Download the firmware and try to upload it to your Zen Touch. If your Zen Touch is not recognized by the computer, its best to buy another MP3 player, as your motherboard is bad.

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try downloading the MP3 player recovery tool from Creative's website (the tool contains the latest firmware update available -- 1.15.03). Plug your ZV+ into your PC, run the program and let it update the firmware. Then format, reload your music and try it.

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