Well, I recently came across a Creative Zen Micro Photo (8gb) and it was working fine for the first few days (I got it second-hand from a friend of mine). Then, when I tried to boot it up, it brought me to a frozen music menu as if it were trying to play a song. I browsed here for a bit and found how to enter recovery mode and from there I performed (in this order):
Now, when I attach it to my computer, it shows up but there is no Firmware on it and it says that my memory is only 20mb. How do I fix this?
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I had the same issue with my older Zen Xtra 30GB. I contacted Creative and they wanted 125 USD to repair it, but I had only had it about a year, and I paid 200 USD for it. The warranty on Creative products is only 90 days. I love their stuff but their support and repair policy is horrible. I shut it off and left it alone for a couple weeks, and the display started working again. It developed a charging issue though and even after replacing the battery it never worked right again. Try leaving it turned off for a few days or so. If it doesn't cone back, I would suggest looking into a new player. They are not worth fixing at the price Creative wants. iPod nano 8GB players are down to 169 dollars now, and as they are the standard now, there are more accessories available for them. The warranty is also a LOT longer.
Try this: disconnect the player from the computer, turn it off,hold in the volume + button, and reconnect the player to the computer while holding the volume + button in. Keep holding the volume + button for an additional 5-50 seconds. Windows should eventually go into recovery mode and revive the player- it will pop up a window that says Found New Hardware Wizard.
Solution ID # 4794 from creative site
ZEN Micro and ZEN MicroPhoto
1. Make sure that the battery is charged.
2. Detach the ZEN Micro or MicroPhoto from the PC, and ensure that it is turned off.
3. Remove the battery.
4. Move and hold the Power button to the Power On position and re-insert the battery to the ZEN Micro or MicroPhoto. Hold the Power button until the Recovery Mode appears.
The following options will be displayed:
-Clean Up : Scans the player and removes invalid links from its music library.Does not affect music files themselves.
-Format (All):Caution! Erases all content!Save a copy of your player's content before formatting.
-Reload OS/ Firmware : Caution! Erases your player's firmware.
DO NOT select the Reload Firmware option unless you have access to a PC and you have downloaded the necessary firmware to install.
Reboot Reboots the device.