View Full Version : iPod 2G wont charge with my iPhone4 cable?

Nov 17, 2010, 04:31 PM
Guys and Gals

I dug out my old iPod 2G earlier today. I want to give it as a present to my bro.

The iPod was dead ... had not been charged in ages. I plugged it into my MacBook using my iPhone 4 cable and nothing happened. I cant find the original iPod cable.

Should the iPod 2G charge with the iPhone 4 cable? If not, is there anyway to charge it if I dont have the original cable? I think I might have the original 2G dock. Will this be any use?

Thanks in advance ... OF

Nov 17, 2010, 04:34 PM
I'm pretty sure that you need to use FireWire to charge that model.

bad angel
Nov 17, 2010, 04:35 PM
That iPod will charge via Firewire only and the iPhone 4 cable won't work since it charges via USB only. You'll need to find an older Firewire iPod cable to charge that.

Nov 17, 2010, 04:39 PM
Thanks guys ... I thought as much.

Are there definitely no hacks possible to charge it by usb?

Nov 17, 2010, 04:42 PM
It doesn't physically have a USB chipset, so no.

Nov 17, 2010, 04:46 PM
Just fyi, the iPod 2G looks like this.

There's no way to plug a 30 pin iPod cable into it.

Nov 17, 2010, 04:47 PM
Maybe you are referring to the iPod 3G. It has the four buttons on the front. It chargers only via FireWire.

Nov 17, 2010, 05:04 PM
Sorry guys ... it is the iPod 3g ...


I managed to get it charged in an old dock I found ... and I now have it showing in iTunes but not charging.

So is there no way to get the 3G charging via USB?? Tell me there is a hack :)

Nov 17, 2010, 05:29 PM
So is there no way to get the 3G charging via USB?? Tell me there is a hack

There is no hack, it just doesn't have the right stuff inside to make it happen.