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These troubleshooting methods have been created in mind for general iPod problems with iPodWizard.
Top 10 Troubleshooting Tips for iPods
Before continuing with out troubleshooting tips, here are some tips directly from Apple. These solutions do not necessarily designed specifically designed for iPodWizard - these are general, and can be used, hacked or not hacked.
1) Make Sure That the Battery Holds a Charge If you can't turn on your iPod, iPod nano, iPod mini, or iPod shuffle, or your computer doesn't recognize your player when you connect it, your iPod battery may be completely depleted. Connect your iPod to a high-power port on your computer (or to an optional power adapter) and allow it to charge for at least 30 minutes. Then try turning it on again.
2) Check the Hold Switch Make sure that your iPod isn't on “hold.” Check the Hold switch on your iPod, iPod nano, or iPod mini and make sure that it's in the off position (you shouldn't see any bright orange next to the switch). Try turning the switch on and then off again to see if that helps. If you're using an iPod shuffle, take a look at the front status light when you try to turn on the player. If it glows orange, your iPod is on hold; press the Play/Pause button for 3 seconds to turn off Hold (the front status light will quickly blink green three times when Hold is disengaged).
3) Reset Your iPod If your iPod won't turn on, won't start up fully, or stops responding (it appears to be frozen), reset it. Resetting your iPod will not affect any of your music or files on your iPod, however, you may need to reconfigure some customized settings. To learn how to reset an iPod, iPod nano, iPod mini, or iPod shuffle, see this article.
4) Let the Battery Drain If your iPod won't turn on after you reset it, in rare cases you may need to let the battery fully drain first. Disconnect your iPod from your computer or power supply and leave it disconnected for about 24 hours. Then reconnect your iPod to your computer or power adapter and reset your iPod.
5) Check Your Connections If you're now charging an iPod because it wouldn't turn on, make sure that your cable connections are secure if it looks like your iPod isn't charging (again, wait for the battery to charge for at least 30 minutes before you try to turn on your iPod). Try completely disconnecting your cable from your iPod and computer, plugging it back in again on both ends, and then waiting a few minutes for the charging indicator to display. For more help with iPod charging issues, please see this article.
6) Try a Different Cable or Power Adapter If your iPod still won't charge, try swapping your iPod cable for another if you have a working one available. If your replacement cable resolves the issue, you may want to replace the original. If you're using a power adapter to charge your iPod, try connecting your iPod to a high-power port on your computer instead.
7) Try a Different USB or FireWire Port If your iPod still won't turn on and you're still having trouble charging it, try connecting your iPod to a different USB port that's located directly on your computer (or another FireWire port, if you're connecting your iPod through FireWire).
8) Update Your iPod Software Some iPods require a minimum version of iPod Software to work. If you have an iPod, iPod nano, or iPod mini and see a folder with an exclamation point icon on its screen, download the latest version of iPod Updater and then update the software on your iPod. For more information about the minimum iPod Software requirements for all iPod models (and to get the latest iPod Updater), see this article
9) Restore Your iPod If your iPod still won't turn on or charge, restore it back to its factory settings. Please note that this will completely erase everything on your iPod so back up your files if you can. For instructions about how to reset your iPod, see this article.
10) Read These Articles for More iPod Troubleshooting Steps If you're having trouble turning on your iPod, iPod nano, iPod mini, or iPod shuffle, check out the following articles for more troubleshooting steps:
* My iPod won't turn on * iPod troubleshooting basics and service * iPod shuffle troubleshooting basics and service * My iPod isn't responding or won't wake from sleep
Source: Apple Documents
Please note: if you have just been editing the iPod via iPodWizard or tried to install something on it, then your iPod is not bricked/dead and can be recovered.
Common Questions & Answers Forum
My iPod will not boot up!
Is your iPod showing a sad iPod or an exclamation point with a folder, is your ipod freezing?
You have probably been editing the firmware or trying to install something, like RockBox or iPodLinux. Now, this can edit the boot settings, and can render the iPod "unbootable". Don't worry, if you follow the solution below, you can get it back up like you've never edited it.
Follow these instructions:
- Reboot into Forced Disk Mode.
- Restore your iPod, NOT update it. You can do this via the latest Firmware Updater from apple.com/support. Please note this will remove your songs from the iPod. If iTunes can still recognize the iPod, please see Reverse Sync.
- If that does not work, read & follow instructions from the Broken iPod tutorial.
- See "My iPod will not be recognized, even with Forced Disk Mode"
There are also some posts on the forums saying that if you "spank" your iPod (hit it several times on the bottom and the back), the sad ipod face will go away. Some say it works, but it hasn't actually been proven. More info could be found here.
My iPod will not be recognized, even with Forced Disk Mode!
Is your iPod STILL refuses to be recognized, even after following the above?
The problem is no longer the boot settings or the partition. (If you don't know what that all means, it's basically the problem's no longer the data in the hard drive.) Don't worry though, there is still a great chance that you can get it back up running in no time.
- Restart your computer. Trust me, it solves a lot of problems...
- Re-install iTunes. Also solves a lot of problems.
- Via task manager, close down iPodService.exe under the Processes tab. This is for Windows users only. Press Alt+Ctrl+Del on your keyboard to bring out the Task Manager or User Management window. [If you are presented with a User Management window (it says stuff like "You are logged in as such-and-such & it has the buttons Logoff, Task Manager, etc.), then simply click Task Manager. If you can't, you don't have sufficient privileges to do this. Simply ask your adminstrator to unlock privileges or do it under his/her account.] Click the processes tab & click iPodService.exe. Click End Process. Do the Broken iPod Tutorial again.
- Use a FRESH version of iTunes (to restore), and repeat the Broken iPod Tutorial again.
If you can't get your iPod working, feel free to use the forums. Simply sign up, and search the forums for your problem. DO NOT START A THREAD YET. If you can't resolve it, you can now start a thread. If we can't help you, our deepest apologies in advance, just contact Apple Support (apple.com/support) or visit your nearest Apple Store.