View Full Version : NEED HELP IPOD DOCK !!!!!

Jul 14, 2005, 09:45 AM
i recently traded my psp for this 3g 30gb ipod with dock it says you can charge it from the dock but when ever i plug it into the computer it shows a pic of a battery with low juice and a yield sign, can anybody help me?

Jul 14, 2005, 09:52 AM
Are you plugging it in using USB or Firewire? You can't charge the iPod over USB

Jul 14, 2005, 09:53 AM
i dont have a firewire port?, have i just been "had"?

mad jew
Jul 14, 2005, 09:57 AM
i dont have a firewire port?, have i just been "had"?

No, USB is just fine. Well, at least it should be.

Jul 14, 2005, 10:01 AM
it shows a pic of a low battery with a yeild sign, and it wont charge or i'm not doing it right

mad jew
Jul 14, 2005, 10:02 AM
What happens when you try to restore the firmware with the iPod Updater?

Jul 14, 2005, 10:03 AM
Maybe. Did the iPod come with an AC adaptor?

If not you can buy one from Apple (not overly expensive) and use that to charge your iPod.

Jul 14, 2005, 10:04 AM
i dont know it wont stay on for 2 sec

mad jew
Jul 14, 2005, 10:05 AM
Also, have you read this (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=60941) article?

Jul 14, 2005, 10:07 AM
Are you plugging it in using USB or Firewire? You can't charge the iPod over USB

Hrrmmm, mine shows charging when I use the USB plug. I think it doesn't charge when my iBook is in sleep mode, but the firewire will.

Jul 14, 2005, 10:14 AM
so i need to get a powered firewire card?

Jul 14, 2005, 11:19 AM
so i need to get a powered firewire card?

FireWire will always transmit power.

But it would be cheaper to buy an AC adaptor.

What cable do you have for your computer and iPod?

Jul 14, 2005, 11:52 AM
Not to be a snob, but all caps titles want to make me cry, please dont do it.

Jul 14, 2005, 12:08 PM
Firewire won't always transfer power. Four-pin Firewire certainly doesn't transmit any power. Some laptop PCI cards that have 6-pin Firewire inputs don't transmit any power either; in that case, the PCI card usually has an AC adapter input (very strange looking for a PCI card, but nonetheless) that would then power the Firewire cable.

Six-pin Firewire on Macs always transfer the standard seven watts of power. Almost all USB2 ports, on any type of machine, now supply enough voltage to charge their input devices.

Jul 14, 2005, 12:16 PM
#1 Waht version of iPod do you have? Is it the 3rd Gen with the buttons above the wheel, or is it a click-wheel version?
if your answer is 3rd Gen, you need a compatible 3rd Gen dock. The pin configuration on the dock and 3rd Gen iPod are different from current docks and iPods. I won't bother askign if you have a mini-dock cos the bigger ipods will not even fit those.

#2 Do you have USB 2.0 on your computer?
if you have USB 1.x the iPod will not charge as only USB 2.0 will carry a charge.

#3 Did you receive the AC power adapter with the ipod. There are two versions of this, the Power Adapter (which uses firewire) or the USB Power Adapter (which, well, uses USB 2.0 cables)

Jul 14, 2005, 02:44 PM
FireWire will always transmit power.

Not if you use a laptop and have a firewire card inserted in the PC card slot.

Jul 14, 2005, 02:49 PM
Are you on a PC or a Mac?

PC don't charge over the cables once plugged in. At least Firewire and USB1 doesn't... no sure about USB2.

If you are on a PC try charging your iPod with the Powerbrick then syncing with iTunes...

Jul 14, 2005, 02:59 PM
I have a 4G pod and it charges fine over usb2 to a Dell computer as well as over 6-pin Firewire to the Mac. Should work for a 3G too.

I needed an extra charger so I bought one of these (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5789351644&category=48680&rd=1) [<- its an ebay link] and it works beautifully. Should work for a 3G too.

Jul 15, 2005, 11:14 PM
Got it fixed thanks for all your help i had to dish out an extra 65 bucks for a firewire card, o well my loss i guess lol.