i thought id post this, just i case some body out there is in the same position. A while back i dropped my iPod, it was Dead, i tried rebooting the baby (reset) but according to a few web sites that i searched for help, i had killed the Hard Drive. it sat on my desktop for over a month, gathering dust, and then tonight, excited about the new iPod, and its video capabilities, i got sidetracked as you do, and came across a website i had not seen before, i started to read and came across this thread.... Dead iPod Re: Dead iPod! by Nameless Lad on Nov 19, 2001 - 08:23 PM Although the reset didn't help revive my ipod, I did get Indiana Jones on my ipod and took the case apart as per the instructions listed on this site. The battery was still connected to the board, I disconnected the battery then reconnected it. Works again! well i followed the following instructions http://eshop.macsales.com/Catalog_Item.cfm?ID=6943&ItemNWTIPOD8503 and straight up it worked!!!!! before you chuck it out or send it off for repair try the above method, it might just work.