3rd Gen iPod, completely dead?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by KingDDD, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. KingDDD macrumors newbie

    KingDDD

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    My friend dropped off his 3rd Gen iPod (later 20GB ed.) to fix, but I didn't expect it to be this bad!

    I plugged it into the wall with a recent small transformer, and absolutely nothing happens. No red buttons, no display, nothing.

    I tried it on a windows box USB for a couple minutes and same thing.

    It's been a while since I used a third gen, how are you supposed to wake these guys up again?

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  2. psychofreak Retired

    psychofreak

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    He's not saying that 3G iPods are dead, just his friend's :)
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Try plugging it in with the wall charger and holding menu + play. If that doesn't work, try prev/forward/center.
     
  4. KingDDD thread starter macrumors newbie

    KingDDD

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    Dang, neither of those combinations work.

    Do I need to replace the motherboard?
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    If you're comfortable, open it and make sure everything is physically still connected -- sounds like a loose connector. The scan thing should work even if the hard drive is completely fried.
     
  6. KingDDD thread starter macrumors newbie

    KingDDD

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    I opened it up, the battery was connected of course, it is a molex style connector. I reseated it just in case.

    The hard drive ribbon connection seemed to be fine, but I reseated it just in case.

    I put it back together. The only thing that could still possibly be disconnected is the 1.8" to the ribbon itself, but I doubt that would prevent it from powering up, it would just give me a sad face.

    When I plug it into the wall it should see some evidence of power, even if there was no battery or hard drive connected, right?

    I'm thinking a cap blew or something and the board is dead.
     
  7. Dommo macrumors newbie

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    I signed up just to reply to this thread, so, hello there!

    Basically, 3rd gen iPod's reqire a firewire connection to charge, they DO NOT charge by USB, AT ALL! This is why your PC connection + new style USB wall charger connection do nothing.

    Try with a firewire charger and see what happens :)
     

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