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Creative Zen Sleek Photo can't download from computer

I have a Creative Zen Sleek Photo that I keep all my music on, it’s about 2 years old. It is 20 GB with 8 GB of extra room left open on the Zen. My trouble is that it does not recognize it self when I plug it into my computer (Dell Inspiron E1705 with Windows XP) any more. My computer makes that little "ding" sound when I first plug it in, and that's as far as it gets. When I go to M.S. explore it shows up in the left hand main column, but when I double click on it, it says you need to plug in your device, when it is already plug in to the computer. When I first plug in the Zen to the computer, the Zen turns on, it shows that it is charging the battery correctly and goes into the docking mode, just like it should. On my computer I am using Windows Media Player (WMP) to store all of my music, WMP use to show that I was plugged in to my Zen so I could download back in forth between the two, now my WMP doesn't even see my Zen at all. I have reloaded all the Zen's software into the computer, but still no luck. Something else, my girl friend has a Zen also but with only 7 or 8 GB, hooking hers up to my computer with her own wiring between the computer and the Zen. I am in the same boat, the WMP does not see hers also. So whats up with my Zen's stuff? How come I can't communicate between my Zen and my computer?

Please Help Me:
D. Allgeier
booruba@insightbb.com

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  • David Allgeier May 13, 2009

    OK Kevin, I hooked my Zen up to another computer in the house thru one of its ports. A small icon popped up in the lower right hand corner of the computer screen, calling out that it is a Zen Sleek Photo. But the icon was a "add new hardware" icon, it did not show up under "my computer" or in M.S. explore. There is no software on that computer for the Zen. The "chipset" that you sent me takes me to "Server Solutions Insider", what goes on there? I have allready unloaded and reloaded any and all sofware for my Zen on my Dell Inspiron computer (the main one we are working with) with nothing happening. This software should have any drivers needed for the Zen on that CD that came with it. As far as trying different ports to plug my Zen to the computer, I have tryed them all, it makes that "ding" sound when you plug it in. But it is the same resalts as before. Something else, whenever the Zen gets turned on it has to rebuild its library, at lest most of the time, it shouldent have to do that. What's next?



    Dave Allgeier

    booruba@insightbb.com

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You can go to Devie manager , Right click Mycomputer>Properties>hardware>Devie manager and look under USB device and look for anything that says Unknown device and right click on it and select update driver just select the Automatic and let it finish installing the driver for that device...

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See as you are facing the same porblem with your girlsfirends Zen player, so it seem issue with the computer.
Let me know when you plug to another USB port what happens?
Reload the driver (chipset) back to the computer.
Try to plug to one of you friend computer and see "my computer" does the drive appears there.
If it
reinstall the windows and drivers.

That will fix the issue
Let me know the status

Thanks
Kevin

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