OK... Complete update here. After several hours of unsuccessfully trying to resurrect the iPod, I decided to vent my frustration on the iPod. Suffice it to say, the iPod is now dead. The battery was good and likely still is. Anything I can do to "preserve" the battery for my next iPod in case it develops a problem? Or does the battery have any financial value to anyone here? How about the iPod case? The drive obviously is dead, but let me know if anyone is interested in buying other components. Cheers!