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Hard reset for the Zune

Posted by onlydarksets on February 5, 2008

IF YOUR ZUNE 30GB FROZE ON DECEMBER 31, 2008, read this post.  The information in the comments is all pretty much the same – everyone’s froze at 12:00a PST. Apparently this is a Leap Year issue that will resolve itself on 1/1/2009.  Of course, a firmware patch will be required for those few Zunes that live 6 years, but hopefully everyone’s Zunes work in the New Year.

Here is the original post:

WARNING: A hard reset will delete everything on your Zune.

  1. Press and hold the back button
  2. Press and hold up until it reboots
  3. Depending on which Zune you have, immediately do one of the following:
    1. If you have a Zune 4 GB, Zune 8BG, or Zune 80GB, immediately press and hold the Back button Back at the same time as you press the right side of the Zune pad and the Play/Pause button. Continue to hold these buttons until the Zune device restarts and you receive the following message: “Clearing contents. Please wait.”
    2. If you have a Zune 30GB, immediately press and hold the Back button Back at the same time that you press the right side of the Zune pad and the center of the Zune pad. Continue to hold these buttons until the Zune device restarts and you receive the following message: “Clearing contents. Please wait.”

Sources: ZuneThoughts; ZuneUser

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185 Responses to “Hard reset for the Zune”

  1. Taylor said

    okay… i aceentally did a hard reset trying to get my zune to work… all my music is gone but all my memory is still there.. any help?

  2. Matt said

    Taylor: umm, resyc your zune maybe? duh much

  3. There are a few packages out there that claim to be able to restore your data:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=recover+hard+reset+zune

    I can’t vouch for any of them, though – use at your own risk!

  4. Naomi said

    I can’t figure out how to do a hard reset. I’ve tried doing exactly what I’ve read but still no luck. HELP!

  5. Those were Zune 1 instructions. I updated with Zune 2 instructions. If you have a 4gb/8gb/80gb Zune, give it another try.

  6. […] can try wiping your zune Hard reset for the Zune onlydarksets but that ereases everything even firmware but other than that i have no idea […]

  7. Mike said

    Well my zune is frozen and i had to wait until the battery died because it would always freeze on my screen lock. then i finally managed to unlock it but it froze right at the main menu. so when i try to reset it nothinghappens its still frozen any1 having the same issue and found a solution??? plz reply or help me!!!

  8. Will said

    I’m having the same problem please post a reply

  9. Just skip to step 3. You don’t need to reset if it’s already off because the battery died. When you plug it in, just be ready to hold down the buttons.

  10. Malhovic said

    If you Zune is frozen, for instance you tried to play music and it just stopped and the screen stuck there, just hold the back button and then hold the up area on the zune pad. This will power off the zune, just let go of the buttons and see if your zune will start. If so, there is no need to clear the zune.

  11. Mike Rodriguez said

    My Zune, gen 2 80gb, is reading NG in big red letters. I am gonna try the hard reset and then reloading all the firmware but has anyone else encountered this before?

  12. Tina said

    I just got a zune yesterday and I was playing some music and all of a sudden I went to a different song and it just froze and I’ve tried reseting it and I’m currently waiting for the battery to die, but I don’t think its even on because the music menu is faded.

  13. @Tina: When you say you tried resetting, what did you try? Holding left and the Up (arrow) buttons?

  14. Katie_Shina said

    Well, I tried hard resetting my zune but its just stuck on the loading screen with the logo and the white bar.
    The white bar is filled all the way but its just frozen, and I’ve already tried everything!
    Help please!
    D:

  15. Matt said

    mine jusr did it for the 1st time today nothing here works i can hear a hum from the device idf i put mt ear to it aaagghhh

  16. Viumori said

    Yeah, I woke up at like 6 this morning and realized that mine had froze up some time in the night, is this like an epidemic or something? I’m going to probably take it to BestBuy and see if they can do anything :(

  17. Usako21 said

    My zune is frozen at the start up screen and I don’t know what to do. I tried resetting by pressing the back button and up at the same time and nothing happened. My batteries were dead, so I plugged it in to the usb on my laptop and it was on the charging picture for a while then it went to the boot up screen and been stuck there ever since. What do I do?

  18. This is happening to me too! & apparently 6 other people as well… I wonder if it’s for all Zunes or just the first generations. This suuuuuuuuuuuuucks so much :(

  19. Pearl said

    Ever since I updated to the 3.0 firmware, my zune has been freezing up every time I change the music or move too quickly. Is there anyway to fix that problem?

  20. Viumori said

    After cruising around the net, it seems that every 30GB Zune in the WORLD has just stopped working for some random reason… idk, maybe it’s a sign of the apocalypse, next it’ll be our cell phones, then T.V.s, then…?

  21. DebbieC said

    I’m another Zune owner who awoke to a frozen Zune on Dec 31. Bizarre! Not sure how to load a fix if Microsoft comes out with one. It doesn’t respond to any reset buttons. This is going to be interesting.

  22. Steven said

    I’m also an owner of a 30gb zune and i’m from the Netherlands. Mine stopped working this night to!

  23. jimmy said

    another 30Gig frozen and i cant get it to work . it is stuck on the start up screen… HELP…

  24. Toby said

    I live in the UK and today my 30Gb Zune has the same locked problem as the others above i.e. stuck on the Zune Logo and not responding to any of the button combinations to reset it. I installed the latest Microsoft updates just 2 weeks ago and it appeared to be working fine. Now waiting for the battery to run out to see if that makes a difference. . . .

  25. Hans said

    I have the same problem (netherlands): zune is freezed with the logo and a white baron the screen. Resetten does nog work. My zune seems to be dead (30GB). It looks like a millenium bug (so many experience the same)?

  26. lane said

    Here in Serbia my 30 GB is doing the same thing!

  27. Viumori said

    everyone go to Gizmodo.com the number one headline says it all

  28. Maggie said

    I am one of the many, many 30g Zune owners that doesn’t know what to do!

  29. Jordi said

    Yep, my 30GB hangs too. Great work Microsoft!

  30. Maggie said

    To elaborate: I was listening to my Zune at work, and at midnight PST it turned off. I thought the battery was dead, and plugged it in when I got home. It reacted as everyone else’s has. Showed a charge screen for a little, then frozen at the loading screen. With the backlight on. Awesome for the future of my battery life if this is just a temporary problem. If this is permanent, my Zune will make an awesome projectile. Way to fail yet again, Microsoft. *facepalm*

  31. ray said

    OMG what is going on?? I’m in Ireland and my Zune 30GB is just frozen this morning- white bar is fully loaded with zune logo but it won’t respod to anything. Its battery went flat so I plugged it in but then it just did the same thing again with white loading bar and zune logo. Seriously, why every zune in the world??

  32. Toby said

    Has anyone tried this (its from “Herman” on Gizmodo.com?

    There’s a fix:

    “Your zune will need a “hard reset.”

    To do this, use a small screwdriver to pop off the plastic shielding where the zune cable plugs into and remove the two screws on either side of the plug. Next pop the cover off and locate the battery plug at the top left corner of the zune, using your screw driver, pop the cable connection half way off, and do this to the other plug on the right side. Wait 3 seconds, then push down the right connector and then the left battery connecter. Your zune should start up immediately. Press the backing of the zune down (make sure headphone jack is aligned) and put the screws and cover back in place.

  33. Josh said

    I have a 30 GB Zune that is doing the same thing. I sync it every night with no problems. This morning mine was frozen at the startup screen as well. Grr…

  34. […] onlydarksets on December 31, 2008 I woke up this morning (Dec 31) to about 20 new comments in the Hard Reset for the Zune post.  Everyone has the same problem – at midnight this morning, everyone’s Zune stopped […]

  35. Kwame said

    So ALL the Zune30 GB in the world have frozen today? Please say it ain’t so

  36. Swede said

    2 more Zune 30Gb stopped breathing in Sweden Dec 31th

  37. Sorry folks – I have the 80GB Zune, and I can’t find it right now (thanks to the kids). I submitted this to a couple of sites, so hopefully we’ll see a speedy response to it.

  38. Kevin said

    “Toby Says:
    December 31, 2008 at 8:54 am
    Has anyone tried this (its from “Herman” on Gizmodo.com?

    There’s a fix:

    “Your zune will need a “hard reset.”

    To do this, use a small screwdriver to pop off the plastic shielding where the zune cable plugs into and remove the two screws on either side of the plug. Next pop the cover off and locate the battery plug at the top left corner of the zune, using your screw driver, pop the cable connection half way off, and do this to the other plug on the right side. Wait 3 seconds, then push down the right connector and then the left battery connecter. Your zune should start up immediately. Press the backing of the zune down (make sure headphone jack is aligned) and put the screws and cover back in place.”

    Worked for me, but as soon as I plugged it in to sync it locked back up.

  39. Joe G said

    me too!

  40. TJ said

    Too creepy. Mine is doing the same exact thing. Zune logo with white bar at the bottom. Reset is not working, plugging in, unplugging, hold, unhold, etc, etc…. Nothing is working. It’s just frozen. Lovely.

  41. Thanks, Kevin – I updated the other post. Hopefully a real (and non-invasive) sync is coming soon.

    Also, I confirmed that my Zune 2 works fine, so this appears to be limited to the 30GB Zunes.

  42. kathleen said

    mine is stuck on the logo screen too. same problem. glad to see it’s a microsoft problem instead of my zune.

  43. Brian said

    my 30 gb was plugged into an ihome… woke up this morning and having the same problem all you folks are. frozen on the zune logo with the white bar. nothing fixes it…

  44. Lenny said

    Ok I see all the reports and and my 30 GB Zune also froze and will not reset. So we know its a world wide thing, but how do we get our Zunes back?

  45. Steve said

    Mine too. Original zune 30 with all the latest updates. As soon as I turned it on this morning it froze at the zune boot up screen about 90% through.

  46. Sean said

    Plugged mine in at about 3 am last night in Texas and I remember noticing that it didn’t register the usb cable. I thought nothing of it before going to bed. Hard to believe all the 30 gb would brick at the exact same time. Here’s hoping it’s the zune equivalent of the three red lights (meaning Microsoft replaces and pays for everything).

  47. Brian said

    Wow. Looks like I am not the only one running into this. I used to work for Microsoft–I’m pinging some folks I know back there regarding this. I’ll post as soon as I hear something.

  48. Jim said

    Bought two used 30 gig zunes yesterday. Just my luck frozen today.

  49. […] Here are a couple links of forums discussing the problem. […]

  50. Ruben said

    Mine is freezing too, what we will do????

  51. Elvis said

    I’m located on the moon and am having the same gen 1 Dec. 31st, 2008 problem.

  52. mkrice2 said

    Yep Mine Too. This is no joke and no hoax. Have been reading articles for about an hour now. This blows!!!!!!

  53. Jim said

    I have a 30 gig zune and mine works just fine……..as a brick.

  54. Jon Simkoff said

    It’s called planned obsolescence…they better not tell me I need to buy a new one for their programming screw up

  55. Kyle said

    I’m sure MS will fix this by the end of the day.

  56. Brian D said

    same thing happened………..two 30 gb zunes, frozen on start-up screen. called customer service……as usual, no human answer, and the automated response was useless. whats microsoft gonna do about this 1????????

  57. Jim said

    I have a couple of nice zune bookends for sale anyone interested?

  58. Sherry said

    My 30g Zune is FROZEN. This morning I plug it into my computer, because i wanted to sync some music. Well it started up as normal, Than Stop..Frozen w/ the Zune logo and a white bar at the bottom. Seem to be completely full, Not responding! I tried to reboot it using the back and up method nothing seems to be working. I’ve had it for about a year and never had a problem with it until today. Someone Please Help:(

  59. holly said

    we have 2 30 gb zunes and they are both froze…whoever has the fix is a true hero!

  60. Becky said

    I tried this:

    use a small screwdriver to pop off the plastic shielding where the zune cable plugs into and remove the two screws on either side of the plug. Next pop the cover off and locate the battery plug at the top left corner of the zune, using your screw driver, pop the cable connection half way off, and do this to the other plug on the right side. Wait 3 seconds, then push down the right connector and then the left battery connecter. Your zune should start up immediately. Press the backing of the zune down (make sure headphone jack is aligned) and put the screws and cover back in place.”

    and all I succeeded in doing was cracking the case…couldn’t even get the outside cover off…

  61. Banana Armageddon said

    Well i’m right there with everybody else as far as the frozen on loading screen issue with my 30 GB zune, this one from San Diego. Let’s hope microsoft steps up to the plate and either fixes it or gives us a really good deal on a new one. It would suck to just have to throw it away and save up for the price of a new one.

  62. Toyota said

    yup! Same problem over here? Have a refurbished Zune, thought that was the problem! Glad to see it’s not, let’s just hope MS fixes the problem! Pretty freaky though, Siberia, Netherlands, Ireland, UK, America.. Everyone’s musicplayer is dead.. Hope they will come with a solution soon! I miss my music!!! Everyone, Happy Newyear by the way!!!

  63. Toyota said

    Just realised I won’t be able to erase or update my Zune, cause it doesn’t connect with the computer.. My battery is almost dead, so I waited till it died, then plugged it into my computer.. I did get the battery logo with the exclamationpoint in it, but as soon as the battery is loaded enough, I get the startup screen with the logo and the white bar.. Stuck again.. Let the battery go dead 3 times already but keep getting the same thing.. So no luck there either :(

  64. jordan said

    woke up last night in the middle of the night and saw the startup thing at full white bar nd thot it was gnna be done until i woke up like 2-3 hours later nd saw it still at the startup but didnt think anything bc i was half asleep so i woke up at 930 today to find that my zune was frozen nd i tried rebooting it and NOTHING suckssssssssssss!!!!!!!!

  65. Toyota said

    http://forums.zune.net/405976/ShowPost.aspx#405976

    Maybe we should post our comments here!
    Microsoft will surely notice!

  66. Jim said

    First my 401K, now my zune, can it get any worse. 2008 a year to remember.

  67. Febiotmail.coman said

    My Zune is Frozen and it can’t get Up!! Help. Morning drama over. Anyone figured out whats going on yet? My morning run is going to turn out to be an afternoon run.

  68. Isaac said

    I just successfully performed the hard reset and my Zune is alive once again. I picked the wrong day to attempt a road trip apparently… haha.

  69. Rick C. said

    Do the procedure for removing the cover and disconecting the battery for a few seconds. It worked for me…nothing was lost…worked like a charm!

  70. Jon Simkoff said

    The geniouses at microsoft most likely don’t know how to factor in a leap year into the clock function and its probably screwing up the zunes…why no problem with the other models though?

  71. J9 said

    wtf. quad cities.illinois december 31st. locked up at logon screen for over an hour now….

    30 gb brown 1st generation.

    and they wonder why people run linux.

  72. soundcreepy said

    well…used the hard reset thing…took out battery….waited…plugged back in….seems ok for now….won’t sync till this blows over…hopefully MS is listening

  73. chris said

    yep…..2008 realllllly sucked what a way to bring in the new year. Having same problem as you all

  74. Issac said

    Disconnecting battery for a few minutes worked for me. I agree, I’m waiting for a fix from MS before a sync.

  75. Layton said

    Man, happened to me too! Microsoft probably did it on purpose to make us buy a new zune so they can make more money!

  76. Layton said

    this is the wierdest thing ever, it must be microsoft that did it! We might be able to sue them!

  77. Jeffdude said

    Tried battery disconnect and hard reset, nothing works. The first time I disconnected the battery it did reboot, as soon as I plugged it into the laptop it crashed again. All other reset attempts have failed.

  78. Richard Florence said

    There’s a fix:

    “Your zune will need a “hard reset.”

    To do this, use a small screwdriver to pop off the plastic shielding where the zune cable plugs into and remove the two screws on either side of the plug. Next pop the cover off and locate the battery plug at the top left corner of the zune, using your screw driver, pop the cable connection half way off, and do this to the other plug on the right side. Wait 3 seconds, then push down the right connector and then the left battery connecter. Your zune should start up immediately. Press the backing of the zune down (make sure headphone jack is aligned) and put the screws and cover back in place.

    It’s an easy process but if you’re unsure don’t attempt it if you think you’ll screw it or something. :)”

    Not pretty, but it might help those of you who have this problem.

  79. Sherri said

    OMG!!! I can’t belive it I just got my Zune and got up this moring and now it don’t work it is frozen on the start up screen it won’t do a thing I’ve tried to do a hard reset that don’t work I’ve tried to call the 877# all you get it a mechine go figure! I’m mad!!! Someone please HELP!!!

  80. Richard Florence said

    Note the above fix works but Zune refroze when i connected to the new version of the Zune software

  81. Mike said

    Just opened the lower part of my device (right at the connector) and removed the battery cable like advised. Popped it back in and, there you go. Works like a charm.

    Mike

  82. Chuck said

    To add my two cents … ME TOO! My wife and I both have zune 30mg … and were both listening to music at about midnight when both, almost like a script, stopped playing the music, returned to the zune logo screen with solid white bar, and froze. Both batteries died in about 2 hours … recharged one over the rest of the night, but all I got was the same frozen screen. So, add “Sleepless in Seattle” (ha the sequel) to this list.

  83. chris said

    THE BATTERY TRICK WORKS GREAT,MINE BOOTED RIGHT UP THANKS FOR THE INFO

  84. justine said

    Hello. I just got my Zune a couple of months ago from my best friend and last night i had turned it off for about an hour and then went to turn in back on, and my zune logo came up and so did the progress bar but nothing worked by the way i have the 1809 model. What do i do?

  85. Jordan said

    @justine, You Wait. Haha

  86. […] I’ve had several people tell me that this hard reset method did not work for them. If that is the case then you can try the hard reset method posted at Gizmodo. I’d love to direct link to the post over there, but I can’t FIND it, so I’ve reproduced the text as posted over here: […]

  87. Patrick said

    My zune is frozen as well. I just figured it was all my porn messing it up, (JK). Tried the hard rest, nothing, tried letting it sit until the battery was dead, that didn’t work, and here in my office I have no tools to open the darn thing…except a hammer, and I am guessing that will not help.
    It *DOES* seem really odd that so many people are having problems on this date. Look how many people have posted here, statisticly, we are a FRACTION of the population…I wonder if it is literally ALL 30g zunes. My wife has an 8g, and it’s fine.

    Really irritating to say the least, I listen to mine LITERALLY all day.

  88. Chris B. said

    OK, well the battery trick does not work at all. If you unplug the battery, it will boot up fine the first time. I was able to even listen to a song until I plugged it in my computer. From there, it went back to the freeze-up mode. The 2nd time I tried the battery trick, it didn’t start up normally at all and got stuck just before the main menu.

  89. justine said

    I think that Microsoft did this to the Zunes because over half of the people on this page had problems with their zunes freezing up and my dad and i both have zunes and we went to put more music on them yesterday, and guess what. They both froze! So i don’t know whats up!

  90. Nik said

    mine’s frozen too
    first generation
    today

  91. jordan said

    just read on zune.net that they are trying to fix this problem
    if you wanna read goto zune.net then goto support nd its on the right

  92. Sherri said

    Well it’s me again and guess what the battery thing works until you put it back on the computer. And what good is the zune if you can’t put any thing else on them!!! I really hope they get this thing fixed. because if not they will go out of buiness!

  93. jordan said

    also my zune does not freeze at the start up with zune and white line
    it says it has a dead battery nd im charging it now

  94. Nick M. said

    Same problem here Zune 30 Gig froze up at start screen when I plugged it in to charge the battery.

    Guess we just wait for an official comment from MS$

  95. Dan said

    yup, another frozen here.

  96. CharlesG said

    Another Zune user here in N Virginia with a frozen 30g device. Will sit tight and wait for news.

  97. soundcreepy said

    my battery reset thing worked….then after about an hour…it reset itself…and once again have the logo and white bar…and im not opening the darned thing again……grrrrrrrr

  98. Korey V said

    WOW!!!!! This is sooooooooo CRAZY!!!! Im in atlanta ga and my 30gb has stopped working, its stuck on the loading screen. I tried to reset and hard reset and nothing.. whats going on? Im about to call the support team right now i need some answers… the number is 1 877 438 9863 maybe you guys should call because im about to right now!!!

  99. Alyse C. said

    WOW mine too!!!!! this is definitly scary ms needs to help us asap!!! hopefully it will be fixed tonight at 12am when it stopped working

  100. Tyler said

    My 30G Zune has also frozen…..they are going to need to fix this, I dont have time to wait.

  101. Incurable_Rook said

    Hmm now that my Zune is locked up also I wonder where I put my old vinyl and turn table. I never had to worry about lockup then….

  102. mikeS said

    on the microsoft website they said:

    Customers using the Zune 30 might experience problems starting their players. We’re aware of the problem and are working to correct it. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for your patience!

    we’ll probably have to download something to fix it

  103. slim said

    i have a zune 30GB and i tried everything to reset it. it’s stuck on the screen that say zune and has a white bar at the bottom. i let it die and went to plug it in and it’s doing the same thing. it’s really getting annoying and i want to break it lol.

  104. t said

    micro says woking on it

  105. ernie said

    even if there is a download available, i cant even get my zune/computer to talk. i plug it in the usb and nothing happens. how can we load new firmware that way…? hmmmmm?

  106. Patrick said

    EXACTLY what I was thinking!!!!!!

  107. Chetan said

    Microsoft – Art Thou Listening??

    Well guys, surprisingly so, it seems all 30 GB Zune’s have indeed stopped working. All those posted here are from different parts of the world(me being from India).

    I’ll try the combination – back button and Up on D-Pad. May god have grace on all owners of 30Gig Zune.

    Amen.

  108. Steve said

    Mine is locked- can’t reset it.

    Funny though… my iPhone is working prefectly! :)

  109. Has anyone tried draining the battery, setting their system clock ahead to 1/1/2009, and then syncing? If it’s the date 12/31/2008 that is the problem, maybe this will be fixed tomorrow? Of course, if it’s that simple, I would expect MS to just say so…

  110. J9 said

    disassembled and put back together and its working….too afraid to hook back up to the computer though…using wall mounted power supply…
    cnn has picked up the story…

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/12/31/zune.player.failures/

  111. Doboy33 said

    My 30GB Zune is doing the same thing. No button combinations working and the splash screen is on, with the white bar at the bottom. The PC doesn’t reconize the device either. It’s gonna be hard to run a fix if that’s the case.

  112. Trev said

    Same thing guys ive been trying to fix it but it seems like it just broke dec 31, this morning same as everyone plz help microsoft!!!

  113. Mk3supraholic said

    add another one to the list… i say wee bombard thier customer service hotline.

  114. Giant Taco said

    Microsoft Corp., maker of the Zune, posted this statement Wednesday morning on the Zune Web site: “Customers with 30gb Zune devices may experience issues when booting their Zune hardware. We’re aware of the problem and are working to correct it. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for your patience!”

    —Yeah If their response to this is as quick as the Windows XP Serivce Pack 3 incident, we can expect anther 2 weeks for a fix. Sad thing is I just gave this to my 3 year old daughter last night so she can watch her cartoons on it. It broke her heart when it didn’t work this morning, she thought she broke it.

  115. bob said

    add another one to the list… i say wee bombard thier customer service hotline.

    Since they’ve probably already realized what will happen image-wise if they don’t fix it promptly, what would that solve?

  116. Mk3supraholic said

    mine just shut off and now it has an exclimation poin inside of a battery

  117. Mk3supraholic said

    add another one to the list… i say wee bombard thier customer service hotline.

    Since they’ve probably already realized what will happen image-wise if they don’t fix it promptly, what would that solve?

    maybe a recall and we get new zunes?

  118. Kevin Williams said

    I tried calling them earlier to try and talk with someone. Mine finally died as I could not find a screwdriver to remove the cover. So I plugged it into the wall to recharge it and the stupid thing locked up again. Not happy at all about this. I guess I will have to try and find a screw driver to hard reset the stupid thing and hope for the best.

  119. Shinichi_ran said

    I’m in OK and my zune is having the same problem, freezing up at the logo with with bar.

  120. Girl said

    http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nf/20081231/tc_nf/63809

  121. Willber said

    I have four papper weights. Entire family has same issues. I pulled up the Zune web-site. They are aware of the proplem, but do not have a fix yet….. Happy New Year Zune Pep’s

  122. Doboy33 said

    I have some information from the Zune team at MS:

    “The technical team jumped on the problem immediately and isolated the issue: a bug in the internal clock driver related to the way the device handles a leap year. That being the case, the issue should be resolved over the next 24 hours as the time change moves to January 1, 2009. We expect the internal clock on the Zune 30GB devices will automatically reset tomorrow (noon, GMT). By tomorrow you should allow the battery to fully run out of power before the unit can restart successfully then simply ensure that your device is recharged, then turn it back on. If you’re a Zune Pass subscriber, you may need to sync your device with your PC to refresh the rights to the subscription content you have downloaded to your device. :

  123. Doboy33 said

    Some additional FAQ’s from the Zune team:

    Q: Why is this issue isolated to the Zune 30 device?
    It is a bug in a driver for a part that is only used in the Zune 30 device.

    Q: What fixes or patches are you putting in place to resolve this situation?
    This situation should remedy itself over the next 24 hours as the time flips to January 1st.

    Q: What’s the timeline on a fix?
    The issue Zune 30GB customers are experiencing today will self resolve as time changes to January 1.

    Q: Why did this occur at precisely 12:01 a.m. on December 31, 2008?
    There is a bug in the internal clock driver causing the 30GB device to improperly handle the last day of a leap year.

    Q: What is Zune doing to fix this issue?
    The issue should resolve itself.

    Q: Are you sure that this won’t happen to all 80, 120 or other flash devices?
    This issue is related to a part that is only used in Zune 30 devices.

    Q: How many 30GB Zune devices are affected? How many Zune 30GB devices were sold?
    All 30GB devices are potentially affected.

  124. Dez said

    Confirming that the “hard reset” steps worked on two 30GB Zunes here. Didn’t lose any data off either one, but be careful when you’re unplugging the battery that you don’t pull the power connector off. Did that on my second one, and had to manually put it all back together. ;-)

  125. Mark said

    Early this morning we were alerted by our customers that there was a widespread issue affecting our 2006 model Zune 30GB devices (a large number of which are still actively being used). The technical team jumped on the problem immediately and isolated the issue: a bug in the internal clock driver related to the way the device handles a leap year. The issue should be resolved over the next 24 hours as the time change moves to January 1, 2009. We expect the internal clock on the Zune 30GB devices will automatically reset tomorrow (noon, GMT). By tomorrow you should allow the battery to fully run out of power before the unit can restart successfully then simply ensure that your device is recharged, then turn it back on. If you’re a Zune Pass subscriber, you may need to sync your device with your PC to refresh the rights to the subscription content you have downloaded to your device.

    Customers can continue to stay informed via the support page on zune.net (zune.net/support).

    We know this has been a big inconvenience to our customers and we are sorry for that, and want to thank them for their patience.

    Q: Why is this issue isolated to the Zune 30 device?

    It is a bug in a driver for a part that is only used in the Zune 30 device.

    Q: What fixes or patches are you putting in place to resolve this situation?

    This situation should remedy itself over the next 24 hours as the time flips to January 1st.

    Q: What’s the timeline on a fix?

    The issue Zune 30GB customers are experiencing today will self resolve as time changes to January 1.

    Q: Why did this occur at precisely 12:01 a.m. on December 31, 2008?

    There is a bug in the internal clock driver causing the 30GB device to improperly handle the last day of a leap year.

    Q: What is Zune doing to fix this issue?

    The issue should resolve itself.

    Q: Are you sure that this won’t happen to all 80, 120 or other flash devices?

    This issue is related to a part that is only used in Zune 30 devices.

    Q: How many 30GB Zune devices are affected? How many Zune 30GB devices were sold?

    All 30GB devices are potentially affected.

    ——————————————————————————–
    Matt Akers
    Zune Product Team

  126. nikki said

    what do i do

  127. Angel said

    I am on holiday in Egypt and my zune also froze on the 31st.It is obvious that this is a universal production error by Microsoft inc. based on international standardization requirement,it is obvious that the zune 30gb should not have been passed as a standard equipment for Sale.everyone should know that Microsoft is legally liable tO be sued.a group legal action should be taken against them what do you think? yes or no DO NOT TAMPER WITH YOUR ZUNE!!

  128. kristy said

    this was on the website.
    just sit tight, it’ll be fixed tomorrow.
    mine stopped working at midnight also.

    zune 30 faq

    My Zune 30 is frozen on the boot screen, now what do I do?

    You will need to reboot your device after noon GMT on Jan 1, 2009.

    Please unplug your Zune (no AC or USB cables).

    Because your Zune is frozen your device battery will begin draining, this is good.

    The battery will eventually be fully depleted and the screen will go black.

    After noon GMT on January 1 (that’s 7 a.m. Eastern or 4 a.m. Pacific time) connect your AC power or USB cable such that the battery can begin charging again.

    Once the Zune has enough battery to boot it should do so normally and you can go back to enjoying your Zune!

    My Zune 30 has been working fine today, should I be worried?

    Nope, your device is fine and will continue to work as long as you do not plug it into the PC before tomorrow.

    If you plug your device into a PC before noon GMT Jan 1, 2009 your device clock will be set to the last day of the leap year and you will experience the freeze issue. If this happens, see above.

    The PC that you plug into does not have to have the Zune software installed in order for your device clock to be set and the leap year bug to occur so you should avoid plugging your Zune 30 into any PC today.

    What if I have DRM content on my Zune?

    Your DRM content will most likely not be affected by this issue. However, it is a good idea to sync your device with your PC once the freeze has been resolved in order to ensure that all of your licenses are up to date.

    What if I took the advice on the forums and hard reset my device by disconnecting the battery?

    This is not a good idea and we do not recommend opening your device up yourself. However, if you already did it…

    If you have DRM content on your device, your DRM store is now out of sync with your secure clock.

    You will need to wait 24 hours from the time that you reset the device and then resync your DRM licenses from your PC.

    Alternatively you can format your device and resync the content.

  129. Vince Merc said

    im not sure i understand wut it is im unskrewing in my zune….

  130. Nomadd said

    damn dis is a trip! im hoping my zune will reset itself like MS says it will tommorrow. since i live in Hawaii, i’ll be one of the last ones on da planet to get my zune working again…..

    Happy New Year Everyone. hmmmm. da ipod touch looks tempting!

  131. Kyle T. said

    My 30 gig zune also froze last night. Its kinda neat and interesting to me now that i know my zune isnt ruined!

  132. samir said

    My Zune is Frozed I let the bettry died too. but still it does the same. it only saws me the reboot of zune logo. please help… I dont care if i lose my songs and settings. just help me. thanks

  133. samir said

    My 30G Zune is Frozed I let the bettry died too. but still it does the same. it only saws me the reboot of zune logo. please help… I dont care if i lose my songs and settings. just help me. thanks

  134. Eren said

    READ THIS: http://www.zune.net/en-us/support/zune30.htm

  135. Eren said

    Or check this: http://gizmodo.com/5121822/official-fix-for-the-zune-30-fail

  136. CJ said

    My 30G is doing the same in Dallas TX. Worked great yesterday at the office. Brought home to charge and is locked on the logo screen.
    Does the Zune run on Vista??????

  137. This is unbelievable. Its Zunefantastic. My 30 gig original Zune locked up just like ever one else here on Dec 31st 2008. I have tried a soft reset with the back key and the up arrow to no avail. Next I let the battery run down and connected to the computer. After the battery charged the Zune program does not recognize the device.

    This is really weird! Microsoft you got some explaining to do!

    I want my Zune back or I will go to the dark side.

    David

  138. cshaffer said

    i have a 30 gb zune to and it froze when i woke up on the 31st
    wat is going on
    i tried the reset and it wont work

  139. jsdallas said

    I find it funny the answer about when they will fix this is it will fix itself. Yes, but in 4 years when leap year happens again? I am just going to have to have another day were this all happens again? Yes I guess most of the 2006 zunes will not be still working in 2012 but if it still is… Microsoft and it’s well why fix it, it will only happen to old hardware that we do not want you to be using in 4 more years… well you are right I may not be using it 4 more years, because I am tired of dealing with it.

  140. Toby said

    Well, I did what Microsoft said and it works. It’s now just after noon GMT here in the UK and all appears well. After a short charge my Zune has booted up properly and is now synchronised with my PC. Roll on the next leap year. I wonder if Microsoft will apologise?

  141. Usako21 said

    Mine is finally alive!!!!!

  142. ray said

    Here in Ireland, my Zune came back to life at noon GMT.

  143. Alyse C. said

    mine hasnt started to work yet, any suggestions????

  144. Sherri said

    Mine has not started to work either Help!!!

  145. mr.blackrob said

    At 9:30am Eastern Time my Zune was still frozen because I put it to charge last night. I did not want to wait for the battery to drain so I folloed the instructions to open it up and unplug the battery. It was fairly easy to follow (but I have decent experience with things like that). Hooked it all back up, closed the case and my Zune30 is back up and running!!!!

  146. Swede said

    The two swedish Zune 30Gb`s from point 36 in this list is back to life again !!
    A good start of the new year

  147. Sherri said

    Zune prducts suck!!!!! I’ll go to the ipod Mine still is not working I hate Zune!!!!

  148. Alyse C. said

    YES!!!!!!!!!! my 30gb is back up and running!!!!! THANK U!!! and happy new year!!!!!

  149. Chris B. said

    OK, for you people who got their’s to work, what did you do different than us that couldn’t?

  150. samir said

    mine is not working in USA… help help help…

  151. soundcreepy said

    working here…..just let your battery die….may take a few hours….then just plug it in…either to a usb port…or to your wall…the zune will take a little while to warm up….but will (or should) work fine!

    USA Illinois

  152. samir said

    Never Mind
    It’s Alive!!! yey That was kinda scary cause I spent $245 for it.

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  155. Mike said

    Its a temporary fix but to solve the problem, pop off the piece of plastic at the charger. Use a small phillips screwdriver and remove both screws. using a very thin object (i use a razor blade) start popping off the cover from the bottom up. locate and unplug the battery, then plug back in. Snap cover back on. Replace screws and plastic charger cover. Power up and you should be good to go. I have done this 3 times already. Just waiting for a patch from zune. You can see how to do this on youtube by searching “changing a battery in a zune”. good luck all!

  156. chelsea said

    i need helps!! my zunes backlight wont turn on all the settings are right but it will only turn on for a second and thats when i plug it in =\\\

  157. shyanne said

    my zune was frozen for over a month now.It started on January 1st. I need help. I don’t know if I should reset it because I don’t know if it will delete my music.

  158. It should not delete your music – it should pick up right where you left off.

  159. banshee said

    if I unplug the batery cable, will my music get erased??

  160. No, but you will void your warranty. Just let it discharge fully, and then plug it back in. That’s supposed to do the trick.

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    mine is a 80gb zune an it has been stuck on the please wait screen for 2 days.

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