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My screen is stuck in rebuilding library mode

I try to press anything on the player, but it just doesn't work. I tried the other solution for this problem about pressing play and pressing reset for four seconds, but it's not working. The same screen is just displayed.

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Re: My screen is stuck in rebuilding library mode

This works:

How to reset Zen v +

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