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Zen Will not turn on

Hi,

I was transferring files from my computer to my Creative Zen and then my Zen locked up. I pressed Contol+Alt+Delete on the computer to stop the transfer process, and now my Zen will not turn on.

It seems as though it does not have any power at all, and it does not seem to be recharging while hooked to the USB port?

Thanks,
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  • maurbas_99 Feb 16, 2009

    my zen seems to be dead. I can't turn it on. I plugged it into the computer, but it wasn't recognized.

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There is a small hole somewhere on your zen. stick a pin in it for 15 to 20 seconds . tada!!! that will reset your zen!!! it worked for me!!!

Posted on Sep 28, 2008

  • kissian Sep 28, 2008

    (reseting your zen will not erase your files)

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