Hi Retired one,
Are you sure the problem is not your computer?
I have XP SP3 and all mp3 players has worked fine. I must say that I haven't tried those, you mentioned. What I have are iPod, Samsung, Sony and couple of cheap nameless players. No problem at all.
I have bought 2 mp3 players Iriver SPINN and Creative Zen and both have not worked with my computer which is running windows xp sp3. Can someone recommend a player that will work with windows xp sp3.