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Some MP3 players may have firmware upgrade available. An incorrect firmware or following an incorrect procedure can render your MP3 player absolutely and irremediably useles. This is called a "bricked" device.
I don't know if mine is a Missil brand, but the pix of the Missil A940LCD2PK look exactly like my no-name Chinese MP3 clip-on player. I am experiencing exactly the same problem. My firmware is 2208/06/12 V1.05. Everything else works as it should except, of course, music mode. The directory has "root" and a single "voice" folder for voice recordings. Is music mode looking for a folder? Is there some way to correct or upgrade firmware?
I had the exact same problem. Upgrading the firmware solved the problem, but it took some effort. The firmware update is found on RCA's website here under downloads. You must first hook up the player. Download the updater to a file folder on your computer. Run the software....and I had to use one of the troubleshooting tips that is available in the firmware upgrade to even get my machine to recognize the mp3 player. That trick was to unhook the player. Push and hold down the play button as you reconnect the player into the computer...and remain holding the play button down until the player is recognized. All of these steps are in the firmware upgrade program. It's crazy to me that you have to start the program to upgrade the firmware before they give you any idea on how to make it work (especially if your mp3 player seems dead). Anyway. I lost all my saved media, but the player is working again.
I had the same problem with my Zen. I *downgraded* the firmware in mine to 1.03.04 and it seems to have fixed it. Per the Creative website, I first tried upgrading it to 1.20.02 and it only seemed to make it worse. I tried their recovery procedures to no avail.
You can download the downgrade here. It's and executable file, just have your Zen hooked up to your computer and execute it.
Try to get rid of some of the tag data on the mp3s on your Zen like year, ratings etc. that might help. After that see if there are more tracks now. Also there may be a way you are adding the music somehow wrong. I have a 120G drive in mine I hope I can get more than 8000 tracks on mine. Good Luck