Thursday, January 1, 2009

Zune MP3 Players Mysteriously Stop

If you own a 30GB Zune, you have probably noticed that it now refuses to work. Not to worry, this is a weird bug that is affecting all of these devices. It seems to be something related to the internal clock and how it handles leap years. Weird as it seems, this is sort of a delayed Y2K kind of bug. Anyway, there is a fix. Read on for the details from the Zune Technical Team.

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. 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.

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