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Old 08-12-2008, 06:49 PM
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The only thing he can think of is that something happened when he tried to charge it in the car while connected to the lighter.
What kind of adapter did he use and what are the rated output specs?

Did he fry his Zen?
Well, the flashing is a good sign that the charging circuit is working correctly, so there may not be an issue with the Zen itself, but with the battery.

which heats it up fast and hot. Do you know what causes the heat?
Yes, a faulty or ruined battery. A charging lithium-ion battery shouldn't get real hot unless some other cause has happened like it has overcharged (failed high voltage circuit) or an internal short.

It appears that the Zen is in need of a new battery. Hopefully replacing the battery will be enough to bring it back to working order, but you really won't know for sure until a new battery is installed. The bad news here is that the battery in the Zen is a non-removable battery. So, you will most likely have to take advantage of the warranty and send the Zen in for repair to Creative.

These should help get you started:
Returning your Zen to Creative for warranty service.
Creative Warranty Returns FAQ.

Good luck!
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