Computers won't recognize ipod classic

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  1. knobtwiddler, Jan 23, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2014

    knobtwiddler macrumors regular

    knobtwiddler

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    I've got a 120gb ipod classic that I hadn't used for about 2 years. I charged it up and it plays music fine but my computers (apple and pc) won't recognize it. The screen lights up wen plugged in showing the ipod menu and then after a minute or so the ipod shuts off. I use a newer ipod with both those computers so maybe that's the problem. I've done research for days on this and haven't found a solution. I've tried all the usual steps:
    1-updating itunes
    2-resetting ipod numerous times
    3-putting ipod into disk mode
    4-trying different usb ports / cords
    5-Checking disk management to see if it shows up there

    Should I try finding an older version of itunes or an older driver for the ipod? So far I haven't been about to find old drivers. Please help, it's for a student that has nothing to do and a horrible home life.
     
  2. Bear macrumors G3

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    Make sure the cable you're using is good. Make sure there's no fluff or dirt in the connector on the iPod.
     
  3. knobtwiddler thread starter macrumors regular

    knobtwiddler

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    I've tried 3 different ipod cords and no luck. They all work when charging with a wall charger. I just get no response from a computer. Not even a charge. Very odd.
     
  4. Bear macrumors G3

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    You shouldn't need an older version of iTunes, I have a 9 or 10 year old iPod Photo (4th gen iPod) that still works with the latest iTunes. I also have a couple of iOS devices I that sync to the same Mac,

    It uses different pins for charging versus power so it could still be a damage or dirt issue.
     
  5. knobtwiddler thread starter macrumors regular

    knobtwiddler

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    Now that I think about it I remember when I was still using that ipod 2 years ago sometimes when I plugged it into the computer it would have the don't disconnect thing and then disconnect all of a sudden. I twas a pretty regular occurrence. I'd usually plug it in, it would disconnect, and then upon 2nd plugging in, it would stay connected. Maybe it was wearing out and now just won't connect any more.
     

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