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Won't recognize that it is connected

We have Windows XP, have a new Zen V. It works on his brother's computer, same set up as ours as of yesterday. We used the sync in Windows Media and also the Zen V Media Exployer on his computer. Player works fine. Why can we not get our computer to recognize? We've tried uninstalling, reinstalling - different ports on computer, turning off pop up blockers, etc. Thought it could be the trend virus program blocking? Help!

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  • clevin27 May 11, 2009

    My creative zenv is in recovery mode, asks for the firmware to be updated , but doesnt recognize that it is connected please help me!

  • wiljohnson04
    wiljohnson04 Jan 20, 2013

    iwas copying music and it just went blank

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Do you have media player 11?
ZenV Freezes
Have you tried updating the firmware of your Zen V Plus? I've had mine for almost an year and haven't had these issues -- I updated the firmware as soon as I unpacked it.
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.

By the way, before updating the firmware, let the battery have a full charge, ok?

Posted on Dec 13, 2007

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