3G 20gb iPod won't play music on it's own

Discussion in 'iPod' started by joecool85, Dec 7, 2006.

  1. joecool85 macrumors 65816

    joecool85

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    I just got a cheap ($50) 3G iPod off eBay, in the description it says:

    "...It is able to play music perfectly plugged into a computer through itunes. It is not able to play on its own (it must be plugged into a computer)."

    I was thinking that the battery was shot, but it shows a pic of the iPod turned on not connected to anything, showing a full battery...

    Any ideas whats up with this?

    This is the image:

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  2. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020

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    I have never heard of such a thing but could it be that the picture is old?
     
  3. joecool85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That could very well be...I'm still thinking the battery is toast. I sure hope thats it, thats an easy fix :)
     
  4. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020

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    me too, good luck with that :)
     
  5. joecool85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks :)

    Not sure if I'll keep it or resell. I'll keep it for a while though, all I have for an iPod is an original 512mb shuffle. I love it, but it would be nice to have 20gb of music space.
     
  6. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    If could be the audio connectors shot, the connectors can be a bit dodgy, and you may be able to solder them back into place (they are quite delicate though). If it's playing on it's own in the photo that seems like the most likely problem, it could also simply be the headphone jack is dirty and needs cleaning with some cotton wool.

    EDIT: ask if it plays music through the dock.
     
  7. joecool85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well, I already won it, and I'm good at soldering, so I'm not too worried. I've built my own guitar amps, effects pedals and other things so I have some experience with electronics. Here's hoping its just the battery, and maybe the jack. Both of those should be nice easy fixes.
     
  8. MattyMac macrumors 68000

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    Don't worry, pretty soon you will change your tune and start collecting iPods. You'll say..."I already have two, why not get one of each generation!" That way you have no excuse to not buy every new iPod that comes out!

    That's the way I see it anyhow.
     
  9. joecool85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's exactly how I would do it, IF I wasn't a poor college kid lol.
     
  10. joecool85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ok...well I got this back when I asked what exactly it does...

    "You are able to turn it on, scroll through the playlist, but then it freezes once you pick a song."

    Maybe it just needs to be formatted and reset?
     
  11. MattyMac macrumors 68000

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    Hopefully...you'll find out as soon as you get. Either way if it's not what you wanted, you'll be able to at least get your money back for it, if not more.
     
  12. joecool85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, thats kinda what I was thinking, thats why I took the chance and bid on it anyway. I'm thinking a restore should do it. I sure hope so, that'd be great :cool:
     
  13. lamina macrumors 68000

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    Thats exactly what happened to me when I started fixing iPods. Often people wouldn't want to pay the money to get it fixed, so I'd end up buying em for $50 and fixing them myself, and then reselling. However, I kinda got attached to them, and ended up keeping them. I have 6 iPods now... and yes I am a starving university student. :)
     
  14. MattyMac macrumors 68000

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    Hahah yeah its awesome isnt it. I'm also a college student...well not for too long, I just defended my master's thesis today!

    Anyhow...
    I have a total of seven now. A mint Fist generation, a mint third generation, a fourth generation (my first apple product), a 1G shuffle, a 2G shuffle, a 1G nano, and a Fifth generation.


    Now I have no excuse not to buy the next best thing! Still missing a few in my collection though....soon enough!
     
  15. joecool85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well, back on topic, the iPod should be here by monday or tuesday, I'll keep you guys updated with what was wrong with it.
     
  16. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020

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    It would be very nice if that was all you needed to do, but honestly, for an object that expensive to buy, don't you think the original user might have tried something so easy? If it was my $300+ product i'd be trying every possible thing to get it to work again before i went and sold it.. I guess people are pretty dumb sometimes :rolleyes:

    Oh well i hope it works out for you anyway.
     
  17. joecool85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    This person seems to be EXTREMELY computer illiterate, so I wouldn't be surprised.
     
  18. joecool85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well it came in today. I took it out, hooked it up to my PB, installed ipod software v2.3 (it had 2.2 on it) then did a restore, and it works great! I've been using it for the past hour with no issues what so ever. I'm giving it a full charge now and I'll test how good the battery is, then it'll be going up on eBay eventually. I'm thinking I'll keep it for a month or two and play around with it. So far, even though it is really cool and in great condition, it really doesn't make me want to use it instead of my shuffle.
     
  19. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020

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    Great news! Good investment i'd say :)
     
  20. joecool85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I'd say so :)
     

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