For whatever stupid reason, many devices will not charge via USB unless their proprietary software is installed on the PC first. The Creative Zen V Plus is such a device. The problem arises when you are, say, at work and you don’t/can’t have the Creative software installed. For the Creative Zen V, the solution is to allocate some of the memory to act as normal removable storage. Here are the steps:
- With the Zen V not connected to the PC, go to Extras > Removable Disk
- The first time you do this, you will need to set the amount of memory. I set it at the minimum of 128MB.
- Then connect to the PC using a USB cable. The Zen V will display the message “Do not Disconnect!” and you will notice that the battery meter in the top right will flash the lighting bolt charging indicator.
I would assume this would work on other Creative players and perhaps other players as well, if they can act as standard removable storage.
Note: Read the comments below. This hack works for most, but not everyone apparently. Obviously, no guarantees. However, worst case is you’ll lose 128MB of storage or have to re-format and reload all your songs–ie not a big downside.
Also read my recent Perfect universal charging system…even charges Creative Zen V entry
Credit: from a post on the epiZENter.net site by ChabbyAlonso.
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