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Old 07-17-2005, 11:57 PM
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Hi to all,

I bought one of the older 15GB iPod's on eBay and if I'm not mistaken, it's considered a 3rd Generation model.

The seller listed the item as working, but it doesn't seem to work. I've had the iPod for 2 weeks and can't seem to make it work, nor do I have a manual or installation CD. I've tried to download miscellaneous updates on the Apple Support website, but none have helped with my issue. A friend just bought a 4GB mini and I installed his software and that doesn't work either.

So far, the ONLY thing I've gotten on the iPod screen is an "exclamation point with a folder" icon that randomly flashes followed by the Apple logo and another messege that says "Disk Mode, ok to disconnect."

When I plug the iPod into my USB port, my PC doesn't detect that it's there. I confirmed this by opening "My Computer" and looking for the iPod. My OS is XP Professional. I've also tried using the updater, but since my PC doesn't detect the iPod, that hasn't worked either.

I've tried to reset it by holding menu and the select button, but nothing.

Does anyone have any insight regarding what the problem is? I mean, I've reached the point where I'm really frustrated. Is the iPod broken, hard disk damaged, etc?

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While it displays Disk Mode ok to disconnect, have you tried to connecting it to the computer? Try a disc scan as well.

Reset the iPod. At the Apple logo, press and hold Previous, Next, Select, and Menu. An animated icon of a disk and magnifying glass with a progress bar below it appears.
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Try some of these fixes

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=61003
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While it displays Disk Mode ok to disconnect, have you tried to connecting it to the computer? Try a disc scan as well.

Reset the iPod. At the Apple logo, press and hold Previous, Next, Select, and Menu. An animated icon of a disk and magnifying glass with a progress bar below it appears.
Nickster,

First, thank you for the response.

Yes, I've tried connecting it to the PC during Disk Mode, but it was not detected.

I followed the steps you outlined to reset it and the disk icon did appear, but it was followed by an icon of an iPod with what appeared to be sad face on it. There is also an exclamation point icon next to the iPod. I did connect it to my PC and the first time, Windows detected new hardware, but seconds later, I got a pop-up window saying the USB device malfunctioned and Windows did not recognize it.

Nothing yet, but this is more progress than I've seen, so I'm really stoked that it responds to certain commands. Is that sad or what, LOL?

Mel, thanks for your response as well. I've literally spent hours on the Apple support site to no avail.

Any further insight, solutions and tips from you guys would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,

Freddie

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honestly it sounds like the HDD is shot. It is in forced firewire mode and what I don't know is whether or not it will read by putting in to a USB port. Do you know any friends who have a Mac? It could be mac formated and therefore not show up on the pc or you could also try plugging it into the FW port and see if the mac can restore it.



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Yeah, I got that symbol on my mini and when nothing else worked I had to send it in to a 3rd party repair place. They said the HD was fried. Maybe contact your seller and see about a refund? If they sold it as working, then you're entitled to a working ipod.



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Thanks for the response.

I tried the seller, but he said it was sold as-is, so I'm stuck with the iPod. I was thinking of just buying a HD from eBay and if I'm not mistaken, I've seen them for roughly $100, but I have no idea how to open the iPod since it has no screws.

Does anyone have information regarding the process of getting the iPod running with a new HD?

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Dawg,

I actually thought about that and it's really good advice, but unfortunately, I don't know anyone that owns a Mac. Then again, if that were the case, I would be able to use the iPod, but not sync it to my PC, right? I get absolutely nothing on the screen except these icons, which are indicative of whatever problem the iPod is experiencing.

Thanks again for the response.

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honestly it sounds like the HDD is shot. It is in forced firewire mode and what I don't know is whether or not it will read by putting in to a USB port. Do you know any friends who have a Mac? It could be mac formated and therefore not show up on the pc or you could also try plugging it into the FW port and see if the mac can restore it.
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did he really sell it as is or did he list it as working? I'd contact e-bay. sounds like fraud to me. Ebay provides some protection for its patrons -not much, but it is worth a shot... if not, there is always apple...



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