iPod Classic (3rd Gen) Power Issue

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  1. HunterCupp macrumors regular

    HunterCupp

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    Hello, all!

    I found an iPod Classic 3rd Generation at a garage sale the other day.

    It doesn't seem to turn on or recognize that it is receiving power.

    I'd like to get this working, if there is a simple fix.

    Thanks,
    -Hunter
     

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  2. jruschme macrumors 6502

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    3rd gen iPod Classics can't charge over USB. You need a Firewire charging cable.
     
  3. Slix macrumors 6502a

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    Also, what I've noticed with older iPods that don't have the best charges because of being so old is that the first time you charge it when it's completely dead it's best to charge it with a wall charger until it has enough power to reliably stay connected to the computer.

    Hope you get it working!
     
  4. HunterCupp thread starter macrumors regular

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    jruschme,

    Like these?

    Thanks,
    -Hunter
     

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  5. California macrumors 68040

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    Those look like USB charging cables.
     
  6. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030

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    No those are all USB. If you wanna use it, you'll have to purchase a 30-pin to FireWire cable off of eBay.
     
  7. big eye tuna macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, just went through this. You need a 30 pin to firewire and a firewire plug to charge it, and then a 30 pin to USB to transfer music to the iPod. It will not charge off USB, but otherwise it will work fine.
     
  8. venomgt95 macrumors 6502

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    I have a 3rd gen iPod that had the same issue. It had sat for years (probably) dead, so i ordered a Firewire charger, and sure enough, when i plugged it in, it came on and worked 100% ! Now, after i loaded some music on it, i couldnt exactly use it quite yet (Broken Headphone Jack) So, i left it in my backpack for about 5 or so days. Well, in that time period, it died, so when i went to charge it again, it booted up, but would not turn on all the way. It would just stay at the Apple logo, and the hard drive just keeps spinning and spinning, and spinning, and well you know where this is going...

    I just dont know WHAT the issue is. Ive tried resetting it multiple times. But no luck. It really disappoints me...
     
  9. California macrumors 68040

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    Sounds like a dead hard drive. They are tiny 1.8" mechanical drives in the older iPods. There are lots of alternatives, google around.
     
  10. venomgt95 macrumors 6502

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    I want to convert it to flash but i have no money haha
     
  11. vmaniqui macrumors 6502a

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    you can get a new 1.8 hard drive for less than $40 instead .
     
  12. g33k macrumors member

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  13. venomgt95 macrumors 6502

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    I don't know if you're talking to the OP or me so i'll just address both issues.

    Regardless if the OP needs to change the battery or not, he still would never know without the FireWire charge cable.

    As for my issue, I know for a fact that its not the battery. It's the HDD.
     
  14. g33k macrumors member

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    Yeah, he might need to replace the battery and definitely connect it to Firewire.
     
  15. venomgt95 macrumors 6502

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    Well before he goes and blows 20+ dollars on a new battery, he should get a firewire charger and try charging it.
     
  16. venomgt95 macrumors 6502

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    For some unknown reason, My iPod just turned itself back on! I thought the HDD was junk, but i guess not! :D True :apple: reliability

    [​IMG]
     
  17. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    The third-generation iPod is my absolute favorite in terms of sheer coolness. It's why one still lives in my bag, pumping out the tunes to this day!
     
  18. venomgt95 macrumors 6502

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    I would be using mine as my main iPod if the headphone jack on mine wasn't broken :(
     
  19. caseyfriday, Jul 25, 2015
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    I did a fun mod on a 3rd gen, adding a high-pass filter (20Hz), audiophile capacitors, two batteries, and a 128GB SD card. It sounds phenomenal!

    iPod 3G Hack Mod Upgrade - 1.jpg iPod 3G Hack Mod Upgrade - 2.jpg iPod 3G Hack Mod Upgrade - 3.jpg iPod 3G Hack Mod Upgrade - 4.jpg
     

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