So I have only had my Zen Vision M for a couple months and it was working perfectly fine. Then the other day I went to turn it on and it went straight to recovery mode. I tried reboot and Clean up and neither of them did anything. I went to pick Format All and Reload Firmware and when I click yes the screen says Harddisk Problem then goes back to the Recovery Mode.
Today I charged it for a while and the regular screen was showing up. Then when I took it out it seemed like it was working but all my data and songs and everything was gone so I tried to hook it up to add them all again and it the screen froze. I used a pin to restart it and it came up in the Recovery Mode again.
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What verson of Windows Media player have you got on your pc?
Find one with version 9 install the creative software and then try the reload of the firmware .Zen has problems with windows medai player 10 - 11.
try putting it in recovery mode what you have 2 do is is hold down the play button while you turn on your mp3, as soon as you see thee logo release the play button and then choose the "reload os/ firmware" then follow instructions
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.
--> Control Panel
--> Portable Media Devices
Is the Zen showing up? If not, your Zen has a bad motherboard and you will need to take it to a technician to have it replaced, or find a motherboard and do the replacement yourself.