Won't turn on or charge
iPod Classic will not power on, nor accept a charge. Dead.
Model A1238 / 80, 120, or 160 GB hard drive / black or silver metal front
it could be the logicboard - do you have a voltmeter to check the batteries ?
does the iPod react in any way or is it totally dead ?
if the battery voltage is ok and you plug in the usb cable and connect it to your computer - is there any sign of life (on the iPod and/or the computer)??
There are several reasons an iPod won't show up in iTunes. And not so uncommon. A great place to start is on www.apple.com/support - there you can type yor question in the support "Search" box and it's fairly easy to find Apple's iTunes troubleshooting guide as to why your iPod won't show up. With a little luck, you might find one of their suggestions helpful and once your iPod shows up in iTunes, you can get on with the " Restore" process which will wipe and re-install the iPod's operating system software. Oh... and will remove all your songs from your iPod as well. Best wishes!
Thanks for responding! ...I'm aware of the intricacies and that it needs at least a 30 percent charge, and I left it to charge overnight but it just will not do anything. So, it will not charge when plugged into my Mac or any other form of USB nor does it appear in iTunes or on the desktop. Cable is good, I've tried three that already work on other iPods, even a car charger. For the most part, I've taken all the correct steps to insure that the iPod should work properly. It just does not and I kind of wanted to know if the problem is most likely the Logic Board, in which case it's probably more cost effective to replace the iPod given its age. But what about the hard drive?
I believe the iPod would show some sign of life even if the hard drive went bad. Does anyone know if that is true? Would I at least see a lighted screen even though it would not boot, or is everything solely reliant upon the hard drive? Should it still appear in iTunes if the hard drive is bad? Thanks!
OK, this is not an answer, but is what is happening to my ipod. Classic 120 GB. I replaced the battery, as the original one was finally hosed. However, this particular problem raised its ugly head after I synched it to itunes, and upgraded it. I am not sure which version that did it in, but as soon as I upgraded it, I could not get it to turn on, unless it was attached to power. Then I had to hold the center button and the menu button to get it to turn on. However, that was intermittent, because sometimes it worked, and sometimes not. Anyone have a solution for this? Is there a way to go back to the factory version. Like os 1.0?
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