Just tonight I read on the boards about opening the iPod and unplugging/replugging the hard-drive as a fix to some problems. Considering that I have since bought a 5G iPod, my 3G is not under warranty and I've just been keeping it as a paper-weight, I decided to give it a shot. After spending 2min cracking the thing open and replugging the hard drive it appeared to work perfectly, containing the songs I had put on it 4 months ago and everything. I ran a restore just to be safe. Here's where the problem comes in. I then plugged it in to update songs and such, to see how it was working, and iTunes did not pop up automatically. When I went to do so manually, it did not respond. I then decided to restart my computer but in the restart process it got stuck on the "rotating gear" graphic... on a blue background. I restarted it by way of the nutton 'round back and the computer is now working fine, and the iPod still has the same problem. It might be worthwhile to mention that this problem did not exist previously. Before I had done this hard drive thing to the iPod it's problems ended at the "sad Ipod" / "exclamation file" screens. Anyone know what I might be able to do to get the iPod into working condition?