iPod Classic (5th Gen - Video) stuck on Apple Logo

Discussion in 'iPod' started by philbagg, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. philbagg macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2010
    As said in the title, I have an 5th Gen iPod Classic Video (30GB), and recently I placed it into a docking station (speakers) and since, it won't turn on. Every time I go to turn it on, it just stays on the black screen with the barely visible apple logo. I can hold down Menu+Select to reset it but it just turns off and back on to the eternal black screen with the barely visible apple. I've tried charging it, plugging it in via USB to my PC (doesn't see it), nothing works. I've even tried holding down play/pause+select to put it into disk mode but that does nothing. Any ideas?
  2. philbagg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2010
  3. thebignewt macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2011
    We have somewhat newer iPod classic that does the same thing. Tried connecting it to my PC with a wire, nothing. I just gave up on it, assumed the hard drive had STB. (I've also got an older Classic 5g but it's still fine).
  4. philbagg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2010
    Sorry to bump, but does anyone have any more ideas? Lost without my ipod here!
  5. njaremka macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2010
    the hard drive is likely done with its earthly course. time to either upgrade, or replace the drive.
  6. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    When you reboot it, hold it up to your ear and see if you can hear the HDD spinning. If you can't, it's probably dead. In that case, it is time for a new HDD (iFixit, eBay, or search craigslist for one with a broken screen or something), or a new iPod.
  7. Jambox macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2010
    Are you looking to sell your ipod classic. Ive been looking to buy one for parts but they run to expensive online. If you want name your price and i might consider. Just as long as it hasnt been dropped in water, previoulsy opend or tamperd with. mostly looking for the logic board to attempt to fix my own ipod classic. PM me if you like
  8. ctgager37 macrumors newbie


    Oct 26, 2017

    I'm having the same problem but I CAN hear the HDD spinning....any ideas?
  9. iBook_Clamshell macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2013
    What's really odd is that the docking station seemingly caused the problem. If I had the iPod, I would take out the HDD and put it in another random iPod I have and see if it's working, and then diagnose from there. From my experience, the 5th Gen Classics are sometimes finicky. They do have a really good sound chip though.
    Let me know if you want me to look at it; I've done a lot of iPod repairs and upgrades, and I have iPods and parts laying around to test with. :)
  10. Apples555 macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2012
    Reset it (Menu + Button) then while it's starting enter diagnostics mode (Rew + Button). Run whichever tests you wish and check the HDD for SMART errors.

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