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Zen 16GB I just bought a Zen 16 GB MP3 player I went to download my music but then the screen said "Shutting Down" in the bottom half of the screen. It also said that it was "Docked". The centre part of the screen had arrows going around in circles in a square. What is the problem?

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Load the current firmware first.

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