How to Fix the Creative Zen V Plus

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If you are encountering problems when using your Creative Zen Plus V player, there are a few ways to troubleshoot and fix any issues that you may be experiencing. Problems related to error messages may require that updated firmware be installed on the player. Issues related to the screen freezing might require that the player be reformatted. If the player refuses to hold a charge, there may be issues with the power outlet or the player's battery.

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    Fix a Creative player that freezes. Detach the player from the computer, if connected. Press and hold the "Play" button until the Creative logo appears. Choose to "Format (All)" and follow the prompts to reformat the player. After the player has finished reformatting, you will have to re-download all of your songs.

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    Fix a Creative Zen player with charging issues. If the Creative player is not charging, plug the player to the computer's USB port or other power outlet and try charging it for at least six hours. If charging using a PC, make sure the USB port is working properly. If the player appears to not be charging in the USB port, connect the Creative to another USB port. Also make sure the computer doesn't enter into standby, sleep or hibernation mode. When the player is successfully charging, you should be able to cup the player in your hands and detect the blue LED behind the power and option buttons blinking.

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    Reinstall firmware on the Creative player if you are receiving error messages related to hardware or firmware problems, or if the Zen Plus V player starts in recovery mode. To reinstall firmware download the "MP3 Player Recovery Tool" (see Resource). Once the tool is installed on your computer, open the MP3 Player Recovery Tool and connect the Creative Zen V player to the computer with the USB cable. Once the installed software detects your connected player, it will list any firmware upgrades. Click the option to install the upgrades.

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    Correct the volume on the player. If your Creative Zen player can't be heard, ensure the volume is properly turned up and your headphones are plugged in and working properly. Try connecting the headphones with another audio source to ensure they are working. Also verify that the audio files downloaded to the player can be played back on a PC. If not, there may be problems with the file. If you purchased protected tracks, you will not be able to play them on the Creative Zen Plus V player.

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    Fix problems transferring files to the Creative Zen Plus V player. To download music to the Creative Zen Plus V player, you should have at least Windows Media Player 11 installed on your system. Older versions of Windows Media Player will not be able to recognise the player. The file should also be in the supported formats: music files should be formatted in MP3, WMA, WAV or Audible. Video files should be formatted in uncompressed AVI. Images should be in JPEG. Also, files will not transfer if there is not enough available memory on the player.

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