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Help me my zen sleek photo is stuck in recovery mode, cannot reset

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Hello,

I cannot remove WMP beacause of Vista. AARG
Still my zen sleek photo is stuck in recovery mode.

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I had the same problem. I downloaded the newest firmware, but my pc wouldn't recognize the player. I went in to the control panel and hit add/remove programs. I removed my WMP 11 and the WMP runtime (I heard these can mask the player). Sure enough, I rebooted the pc and it recognized my player. I was then able to launch the firmware update and now my player is working like a charm.

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Have you tried inserting a paperclip into the small hole to the right of the port?

Posted on Jun 13, 2008

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SOURCE: Reloading Firmware on Zen Sleek Photo

This is what I found. Windows Media Player 11 messes it up. All you have to do is uninstall anything Windows Media Player 11 and then run the firmware upgrader. It's some sort of but. You can reinstall WMP when your done installing the firmware. I found it on the creative forum.

Posted on Jan 16, 2008

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I had this same problem and almost threw out the Zen. You need to download the Zen Sleek Photo firmware upgrade software from Creative (http://ccftp.creative.com/manualdn/Drivers/PDE/9475/0xD499781C/ZenSleekPhotoP4S_16_1_10_01.exe).

  1. The firmware updater needs to run in XP SP2 or SP3. It apparently won't run on Vista.
  2. The trick to getting the Zen recognized by the firmware update software is to make sure you uninstall both WMP11 as well as the WMP11 Runtime. Those two things are listed separately in Add/Remove programs. BOTH must be uninstalled before the firmware updater will recognize your Zen.
Now I'm back to using my Zen. It's all good.

Posted on Apr 13, 2009

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The screen says "Docked, please wait". It says


When this happened to me with my Zez I was able to reset it by pushing the reset button (located in a little hole next to the dock on the bottom of the unit) with a straightened paper clip or other small object capable of fitting in the hole for a few seconds until the unit fully resets.
If that doesn't work you can try putting the unit in to recovery mode to reset it by doing this:
  1. Detach the Zen Sleek player from your computer, and ensure that the unit off.
  2. Connect the power supply to the player (Optional, unless the battery is very low).
  3. Hold down the Play/Pause button, and then insert a paper clip into the Reset hole underneath your player, beside the data/power connector. reset_sleek.jpg
  4. Remove the paper clip from the Reset hole. The Rescue Mode screen will then appear.
  5. After the recovery mode has started, release the Play/Pause button

Mar 05, 2011 | Creative Labs Zen Sleek Photo MP3 Player

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My zen photo sleek is stuck in recovery mode


I had this same problem and almost threw out the Zen. You need to download the Zen Sleek Photo firmware upgrade software from Creative (http://ccftp.creative.com/manualdn/Drivers/PDE/9475/0xD499781C/ZenSleekPhotoP4S_16_1_10_01.exe).

  1. The firmware updater needs to run in XP SP2 or SP3. It apparently won't run on Vista.
  2. The trick to getting the Zen recognized by the firmware update software is to make sure you uninstall both WMP11 as well as the WMP11 Runtime. Those two things are listed separately in Add/Remove programs. BOTH must be uninstalled before the firmware updater will recognize your Zen.
Now I'm back to using my Zen. It's all good.

Nov 26, 2008 | Creative Labs ZEN SLEEK MP3 Player

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My zen is frozen on recovery mode


Ha, I think I know how to fix this. I've brought five units back from the dead this way.

The key to making the computer recognize the player is to uninstall all traces of Windows Media Player version 11 from your computer programs. The creative software and WMP11 are not simultaneously compatible. Use the uninstall function in your compuer's "control panel". Don't worry, it's easy and free to put them back on form the internet. If you don't know how to do this, ask a moderately savvy computer user to show you how. Then restart the computer, attach the Sleek, and reload the firmware from Creative's support site.

Use this link if you have the sleek, not the sleek photo:
http://support.creative.com/Products/ProductDetails.aspx?catID=213&subCatID=214&prodID=14259&prodName=Zen%20Sleek%20Photo&subCatName=ZEN&CatName=MP3+Players

and this one if you have the sleek photo:
http://support.creative.com/Products/ProductDetails.aspx?catID=213&subCatID=214&prodID=14259&prodName=Zen%20Sleek%20Photo&subCatName=ZEN&CatName=MP3+Players

Unfortunately your music is gone so I hope yu had back-up files. Good luck.

Sep 13, 2008 | Creative Labs ZEN SLEEK MP3 Player

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Getting out of recovery mode


The recovery tool mentioned above is not designed for the sleek photo. You need to download the firmware for the sleek photo from creative's site. Now we need to get your player recognized to get the firmware loaded. If you have Windows Media Player 11, it needs to be removed. Also remove WMP runtime. After that, restart the pc and your player should be recognized. You can then double click on the firmware program to run it. It might say something like, this firmaware is already installed...do you want to reload it? Click yes to reload.

I had the same problem with my sleek photo. Once I got rid of WMP and the runtime everything worked like a charm.

Jul 02, 2008 | Creative Labs ZEN SLEEK MP3 Player

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Does not work


I have the sleek photo and mine bugged out. It would go to the splash screen and then go blank and just sit there. Nothing would respond. I tried reset, reboot and other things too. My pc also would not recognize the player. To make a long story short, I tried other suggestions I found on the web. They didn't work and my player would now only go to a garbled splash screen and go right to the recovery screen.


I had the new firmware, but I couldn't use it because the pc wouldn't detect the goofy player. Then I ran across a site that mentioned that Windows Media Player can cause player recognition problems. I removed both WMP (mine was 11) and WMP runtime using the add/remove programs option on the control panel. I restarted the pc and BAM! the player was now recognized. I ran the new firmware application and the player works fine now. The key for me was getting rid of WMP and the WMP runtime.

Feb 10, 2008 | Creative Labs ZEN SLEEK MP3 Player

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Getting out of recovery mode


I have the sleek photo and mine bugged out yesterday. It would go to the splash screen and then go blank and just sit there. Nothing would respond. I tried reset, reboot and other things too. My pc also would not recognize the player. To make a long story short, I tried other suggestions I found on the web. They didn't work and my player would now only go to a garbled splash screen and go right to the recovery screen.


I had the new firmware, but I couldn't use it because the pc wouldn't detect the goofy player. Then I ran across a site that mentioned that Windows Media Player can cause player recognition problems. I removed both WMP (mine was 11) and WMP runtime using the add/remove programs option on the control panel. I restarted the pc and BAM! the player was now recognized. I ran the new firmware application and the player works fine now. The key for me was getting rid of WMP and the WMP runtime.

Jan 30, 2008 | Creative Labs Zen Sleek Photo MP3 Player

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Zen sleek frozen / recovery mode


try this
http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10960
If that doesn't fix it try the USB cable

Jan 15, 2008 | Creative Labs ZEN SLEEK MP3 Player

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Creative Zen Sleek Photo


try the Reload Firmware option from the Recovery Mode menu? It makes a huge difference!

Seeing as how you can access Recovery Mode, can perform its disk operations, and seeing as how your computer does recognize it, it seems there's a good chance it's simply firmware corruption causing your problem.

Feb 27, 2007 | Creative Labs ZEN SLEEK MP3 Player

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Mp3 wont turn on


wont respond to anything, try this, plug it in to the computer, hold the power switch in the on position, THEN trigger the reset button, worked like a charm for mine, I had thought it a lost cause."try the Reload Firmware option from the Recovery Mode menu? It makes a huge difference!

Seeing as how you can access Recovery Mode, can perform its disk operations, and seeing as how your computer does recognize it, it seems there's a good chance it's simply firmware corruption causing your problem.

Dec 27, 2006 | Creative Labs ZEN SLEEK MP3 Player

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Zen sleek frozen after trying to delete songs


Why does technology make you work for what you already paid good money for? Have you tried going into Recovery Mode? You do this by holding down the Play/Pause button while triggering the Reset button. Once there, you have four options. Try selecting Disk Cleanup and then Reboot. You might need to re-Sync a few things but it's worth a shot. Good luck.

Dec 16, 2006 | Creative Labs ZEN SLEEK MP3 Player

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