Zune 30 Freezing Around the World Today

Temporale-ZuneLogoI have an original Zune 30 that’s served me very well for the last couple years. This morning, I got into the car and plugged in my Zune to the power and auxiliary input on my car stereo only to have nothing happen. Upon closer examination I saw that the Zune was sitting on the boot screen. The little progress bar was all the way across the screen, but nothing more was going on.

When I arrived in the office, a quick Google search revealed a far bigger problem. Zune 30′s appear to be freezing around the world. I hope someone at Microsoft still has one of these z30′s and can figure out how to get it back up and running quickly. I was planning on loading it up with video’s for my flight to CES this weekend.

Here’s a link to the Google news on this problem. With any luck someone at Microsoft will be working this week and we’ll get an update shortly. Yeah, I know – fat chance! :(

Update: According to Matt Akers from the Zune Product Team, the problem is related to a bug in a driver used for the clock on the z30′s. This problem will self-correct tomorrow. All you need to do is allow the devices power to drain. Then plug it in and it should come up fine. At least that’s what how I understand it. It’s good to see that they managed to work out what was goind on so quickly. I’m a little dissappointed that such a simple bug was not caught prior to the meltdown. What does concern me is that Matt makes no mention of a patch being worked on. He repeatedly says that the problem will self-correct. My concern around what will happen 4 years from now. Can we expect the same problem again? I sure hope not.

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Mike Temporale grew up fascinated by computers since an early age. His first hands on with a computer came when he was 7 years old and a travelling lab of Commodore PET computers made a stop at his school. Hooked on the new world these devices offered, he took any chance possible to get in front of a computer. When Compaq launched the iPaq 3600, he was hooked again. This time on a whole new world of mobile computing. Today, Mike spends his day helping clients deploy and manage their mobile device around the world. From installing custom software, to locking and securing data, and everything in between. He is also the Editor in Chief at Mobile Jaw - a site focused on today's mobile world.

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    Sure enough, my Zune started up just fine today. Here’s hoping that I’m not (nor are my kids) using this same Zune 4 years from now. It’s not as horrible as expected, but it’s still annoying.

    Now I’m off to load my z30 up with movies for my flight to CES this Sunday. :)

  • Jerry Raia

    Sheesh! Same device in 4 years??
    Say it isn’t so!