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Rebirth Of An iPod

Yesterday, I reported on the death of my iPod.

Today, I am happy to announce that my iPod has been reborn!

After work yesterday, I spent some more time trying almost everything suggested on Apple's support website (I was not going to re-install iTunes). I got a little farther than I did yesterday morning, but still couldn't get it to work. So I searched the internets for a bit, looking for non-Apple suggestions. I finally stumbled upon Relevant History: Meeting the sad iPod icon, which included the suggestion of dropping the iPod on your desk from about three inches. Sounds crazy, but I figure it's worth trying anyway. I mean, really, with the clicking noises, I figure the hard drive is pretty much shot, so dropping it isn't going to make it worse.

So I dropped my iPod on the floor from about three inches. And the iPod started working again.

Crazy. It took about 2 hours to re-populate my iPod with songs, as the things I had tried before had deleted all the data from the iPod. I'm listening to the iPod now and it's working fine. I don't *really* expect it to last, but every day I have with my iPod now is a gift. Besides, if it dies again, I'll just try dropping it again.

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naqerj
Aug. 8th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
Let me know when you graduate to throwing it.

(And please, take pictures.)
christtrekker
Aug. 8th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
This is an old trick I remember hearing tech support guys talking about. After you've tried everything else and a hard drive still won't work, might as well try banging it lightly. Usually the next step is to make sure everything is backed up from then on out, because you're living on borrowed time.
theevilhalf
Aug. 8th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
We don't take no [guff] from a machine!
Yay. It could be that the HD connection cable's loose. Check out Other World Computing's Tech video for replacing iPod battery. The HD is the first thing you see when you open the case and it doesn't seem too risky to check the connection.

My ipod needs a new battery, no biggie as I only use it in the car or hooked to the mac. Also it seems to be developing a will of it's own, because as soon as I turn it on it self navigates to my 80's music playlist and plays it. There's crud in/under the click wheel or the middle button is loose or broken. I'll do something about it before the end of the year.
emike2k3
Aug. 8th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
See, and people look at me funny when I suggest stuff like that.
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