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My Creative Zen seems to have frozen up on me.

I have a 4GB Zen hooked up to my computer so I can manage the music files. No matter what I do it tells me no device is attached. Now that I have unplugged my Zen, it is still showing docked on the screen, and the battery shows a key over top of it. i'm about to flush this thing down the toilet, I've tried everything, it seems to be frozen...please heelllpppp!!

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Use a paperclip to push the reset button throught a small hole on the bottom of the Zen. If the battery is dead, you may need to plug it in for a minute and then push the reset button while it's charging.

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