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Zen Sleek not recognized by firmware: not connected msg

Zen Sleek had poor battery life and would only turn on/off by pressing reset with end of paperclip. Tried to reload firmware. Now just goes into recovery mode. When I try to re-install firmware the software says device not connected. Media transfer software doesn't see MP3 player either, but PC recognizes that an external device is there. How do I get Creative media software and especially the firmware install software to see the MP3 player?

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  • daabkrah Feb 10, 2008

    I have a very similar problem: the touch pad on my Zen Sleek hasn't been responding for awhile, now, and I decided to see if reloading the firmware would make any difference. In recovery mode deleted the firmware, but when I try to reload the firmware using the upgrade from Creative.com, it says my device isn't connected. What's especially strange is the computer recognizes the player for what it is, but the firmware update program will not.
    Please help! I have no idea what to do, here.

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Try the information here remove MS Media player 11 http://193.95.171.84/SRVS/CGI-BIN/WEBCGI.EXE/,/?St=366,E=0000000000255567421,K=6463,Sxi=6,Case=obj(16737),Kb=ww_english_add,VARSET=ws:http://uk.europe.creative.com/

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SOURCE: Zen Sleek not recognized by firmware: not connected msg

Make sure you have media player 11
If you can, the best test is to try your player with another PC, to see if you still have the problem. This localises whether the problem is with the PC (most likely the USB) or the player. See the link below (search on "connection problems") for a lot more troubleshooting on this.
Download recovery tool off creative's website.
go to my computer > click on hardware tab >
click on device manager button > in the is next screen on the bottom should have>>universal serial bus controllers
(write these down just in case it cant find them)
right click on them and uninstall
reboot let windows reinstall them

Also told Microsoft hotfix causes this problem try uninstalling the last hotfix
If that doesn't fix it try the USB cable

good luck
please mark the post with a fixya



Posted on Feb 19, 2008

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