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Please help i just got a new zen an wen i start putting songs on it the screen went black but the blue light stayed on when i pressed the reset button it came up recovery mode with clean up format all reload firmware and reboot i tried all of these options but still cant get my zen to worl plese help

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Download the latest firmware from creative.

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