My Zen Sleek is 3 years old but has not really been used too much until this past year. About two weeks ago this weird thing started happening, when I'd pust the buttons on the front, they would light up but kind of flicker, and while they were flickering I could hear static in sync with the flicker. The battery would charge normally and when the buttons were not lit up everything sounded and worked fine. Now yesterday the flickering stopped and the player worked fine, today all seemed good... UNTIL I went to turn it off, realized I had locked the buttons so I slid the lock to the off position and BOOM the lights flickered and the whole screen went blank, strange though THE POWER IS ON, the light on the power button is lit, the front buttons are dark, but the power seems to be ON. No change if I plug the charger into the AC or into the USB on the computer. I tried pushing the reset and no change.
Any chance that it is just a dead battery? If the battery is dead why would the light on top be on like the power is on? I could change the battery but hate to buy a 30 dollar battery and then have to throw the damn player out!
ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED.