August 7th, 2006

flying monkey

Death Of An iPod

I was a little late for work today because I ended up spending about a half hour trying to resurrect my iPod, which appears to have died in the past few days. It was fine on Friday, when I spent all day at work listening to it. It was fine on Saturday, when I used the Contacts for my geocaching adventures. I didn't do anything with it on Sunday, so I don't know if it was fine or not yesterday. This morning, I went to update it with this weekend's podcasts, and the computer didn't recognize it. I took the iPod out of the dock and tried to turn it on, but I got the folder with an exclaimation point icon. A little more fiddling resulted in getting the dead iPod icon. Both of those icons included a link to the iPod support website. I tried resetting the iPod, that wasn't happening. I tried restarting the computer, no help. I tried using a different cable to plug the iPod into the computer, nothing. I tried to use the iPod Software Updater to "Restore" the iPod to the factory settings, and it wouldn't even recognize that my iPod was plugged into the computer. The only thing on the computer that would recognize that the iPod was there was Disk Utility, which would let me eject it, so I could pull it out of the dock without the "Do Not Disconnect" icon being on the iPod.

I'm afraid it might be dead for real. The hard drive is making clicking noises.

I'll try a few more things tonight, I guess, but I'm not hopeful. Maybe I'll get a chance to take it to the Apple Store in Durham soon, and let them take a look at it. I really don't want it to be dead.

This is not a good way to start the week.