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Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Mav451, Mar 13, 2005.
Update: iPod has been restored and is working. Thanks to all who provided useful advice.
Just re-install windows, then follow the instructions for the iPod (its critical!)
The problem is no the iPod, its windows!
I see 2 problems with this :
Its an HP iPod.
Its Windows XP. They didnt get to call it eXtra Problems for nothing you know.
I get 2 joke posts in the MR forums. Should I be surprised?
1) It was a gift.
2) Did I say anywhere that I was having problems with Windows XP? No. Windows XP has been fine since I installed it 2 years ago. The problem is with the iPod and solely the iPod.
If you guys can't offer anything constructive to say, save the chitter-chatter.
I'm just teasin.
Try plugging it into your iBook and running iTunes. Maybe that will help it. If it still doesnt work, I suggest contacting HP, since it IS a HP iPod.
I had the same icon on my iPod's screen (exclamation point w/ folder). Is is making a clicking noise? If it is, than it is more likely a hard disk failure. U should take it back. Also, there is a way toreboot it that might work. U have to hold down the middle button and either munu or play. I feel for you brotha. Spending time w/out ur iPod sux!
All it does is turn on, show the Apple Logo >> Exclamation mark Folder, then shut down.
-_-. Looks like I'm taking it back.
You probably got a lemon. Just bring it back and Apple will give you a new one.
"Now, the iPod isn't even recognized as a USB device anymore by XP. Ridiculous."
Im sure that means you using XP?
"If you guys can't offer anything constructive to say, save the chitter-chatter."
Theres no need to be rude!
Like someone else mentioned, plug it into your iBook.
Head over to www.ipodlounge.com for more ideas.
I think you need to call support on this one. They will know which steps to take to diagnose the cause for the exclamation mark folder.
Here's a page on this from the apple support forum link
I doesn't look like you followed the installation instructions if you plugged your iPod in before installing the software. link
Firmware update failure. Disk write error.
Looks like I can't even update or do anything anymore. Anytime I try to do "Restore" it says that, then I hear the USB "disconnect" sound.
After about 5seconds, I hear the "connect" sound and the iPod is again detected as USB device.
Man...if all iPod updates are this unreliable; alrite i'll stop there.
That's all I can say. Apple claims "Plug & Pray", yet the irony is that their products are the WORST of that. USB hard drives, game controllers, printers all are true "Plug and Play". There is no one to blame but Apple for putting a sh*t load of extra hoops/obstacles in letting PC users use an iPod.
I am not your typical PC user and even I'm running into problems. What does that say for Apple. Hmm?
Have you actually tried it in your ibook? It might beformatted in HFS or whatever it is.
Try plugging it in your ibook and running the disk check utility.
My iBook is at home. This iPod was originally formatted on my mother's Compaq at home...so I'm sure it is a Windows supported format. Even put some of her favorite songs on there cuz she wanted to hear some herself.
so let me get this straight (sorry trying to help)
1) You havn't tested the ipod in your ibook.
2) It did work in your mother's Compaq.
3) It doesnt pick up on your PC.
4) When you plug it on your pc an exclamation mark is next to the drive. The USB Connects/Disconnects?
ok 3 suggestions.
1) by overclocking your cpu by the fsb have you kept your pci bus around 33mhz? If you overclock your PCI bus too high your USB is effected aswell. This is probably not the case.
2) Is it plugged in your USB2.0 connection? 4th gens do not work well if at all on USB1.1 or USB 1.0
3) What other devices are connected to your USB Ports. I.e. external hdds, scanners, web cams mice etc? I had a similar problem, it was because I had a 2.5" ide drive on my USB aswell, because the 2.5" Drive used its power from the USB BUS the IPOD could not charge or keep active over the USB BUS and subsequently turned on/off and wasnt able to access the drive.
Try Disconnecting all USB devices except your mouse. and give the ipod a whirl. If it works, add 1x USB device at a time until the ipod starts going on the fritz again then you know what device must be disconnected while the IPOD is connected.
My nForce2 locks the PCI/AGP busses at 33/66Mhz respectively. That is not an issue. The OC in my signature is a MAX, not a 24/7 setting. I run 24/7 at 12 x 203, and that is VERY stable.
In terms of a USB connectivity problem, I don't know think that's the issue anymore. Windows XP is seeing the iPod (at least momentarily) when I connect it. It is just that after about 20-30 seconds, it will say "Ok to Disconnect", even though I never gave that command.
Wasn't saying your overclock wasnt stable, I have a 3.2ghz p4 runnning at 4.1 happily, just some chipsets do not lock the agp/pci bus frequencies which can cause irratic behaviour with your usb and pci/agp cards.
Are you sure there are no other devices plugged in? Ive just tried plugging my ipod + external hdd and im getting some very colorful errors at the moment. However if i plug them individally they run fine.
Do you have the iPod plugged into a powered USB or unpowered? It needs to be in a powered USB port.
Ok, now my iPod is stuck on "Ok to disconnect".
When I connect the iPod, I hear the "USB Connect" sound, followed by "USB Error".
It seems to be stuck on "Ok to Disconnect", whether or not I connect it to USB, it doesn't change.
Its running through the motherboard directly. When the iPod WAS working (like 10min), the recharge battery bar WAS moving.
I got it to work, finally.
3 things happened simultaenously:
1) Move to USB connector on the motherboard back panel.
2) (hehe) Uninstallation of "said" programs.
3) Clean install of iPod updater from Apple website.
*Oh, and disconnect iPod until Updater is installed.*
This time, when I tried to "Restore", it works. Then, all I need to do is reflash by connecting it to the iPod DC Charger.
Ugh...what a day.
Glad to hear its working for you. Odd that it was so hard to get it to work though, normally they are very easy to get set up and running.
Well see here's the thing.
1) I was accustomed to USB devices working out-of-the-box. The iPod CAN'T do that (at least on the PC).
2) The issue with NOT connecting the iPod before you have that iPod Updater App installed >> It is a VERY big deal they did not emphasize enough. Without it, Windows doesn't know what to do with the iPod.
When I finally got it to work, then iTunes noticed it, and let me name it, etc.