iPod setup help needed!

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Jan 6, 2005
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I just got a 6GB iPod mini and am having trouble setting it up...

I follow the instructions to what they say and when i start to install the CD it goes though everything correctly, it sets up iTunes aswell as iPod Updater 2005-02-07.

The only part that doesn't happen during setup is when it says, please connect your iPod to see if it needs to be formated. I connect the USB cable to my computer and iPod, but it doesn't seem to be going though as the "Format" button doesn't become clickable and i have to carry on without doing this process. Then when i have finished and restarted my computer and go into iTunes it is not picking up that my iPod is connected.

Meaning that my computer is not seeing that i have an iPod connected to my computer. The only thing that i can think of is that maybe my USB ports are not 2.0 and 1.1, but i don't think that is the case, BUT incase it is, can anyone tell me on a Windows PC where to find out what they are.

Also if anyone has any advise or idea's what else it could be, please let me know.

Thanks

Mike

NOTE: Problem solved, i'm not sure how to be honest, but i just kept redoing what i had before and now it seems to be working perfectly.
 

stevep

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Oct 13, 2004
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It would help to know a bit more about your computer.

Try this - plug in the iPod, go to My Computer, and see if its listed (something like Removeable Drive E maybe). If it is, double click it to see if you can see any files on it - if its new it probably won't have anything on it. Try dragging an mp3 onto it.
 
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mad jew

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Apr 3, 2004
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It'll still work with USB 1 but it'll be dog slow so that's definitely not your problem. What version of Windows are you running? If it's pre-2000 then I'm sure the iPod isn't supported but I'm not quite sure how you would have got iTunes working.

Also, the format button can take AGES to load in Windows so maybe you just have to give it a little more time?


OK, just red your little red writing part. Glad to hear it's working. I'll still post for future reference though. ;)
 
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mfacey

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Feb 1, 2004
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Ok this post is slightly straying off the topic, but bear with me.

Here's what I think is strange. Apple is all about ease of use and installation and such. When I got my ipod last year all I had to do was plug it in and it worked. Simple as that. A friend of mine but an ipod a few months ago and was complaining to me how much effort is was to get the thing installed and recognized by windows. Not only does it need to be formatted first, he also found that in some instances the ipod would just not be recognized and he'd have to go through a whole procedure to get the thing working in windows.
I find it odd that Apple hasn't figured out a way of making the installation under windows less of a headache. Sure, its windows we're talking about. But wouldn't it be great if window's users could experience that little bit of the Apple experience when installing and using their ipods?

Just a thought. You can get back to the topic now. :D
 
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mad jew

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For some reason I've never managed to get Windows to admit there's an iPod there when I'm using the dock. It took me a while to work out what was happening but simply taking the dock out of the equation has made it work. :)

Are you using a dock?
 
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tdhurst

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Yeah...

mfacey said:
Ok this post is slightly straying off the topic, but bear with me.

Here's what I think is strange. Apple is all about ease of use and installation and such. When I got my ipod last year all I had to do was plug it in and it worked. Simple as that. A friend of mine but an ipod a few months ago and was complaining to me how much effort is was to get the thing installed and recognized by windows. Not only does it need to be formatted first, he also found that in some instances the ipod would just not be recognized and he'd have to go through a whole procedure to get the thing working in windows.
I find it odd that Apple hasn't figured out a way of making the installation under windows less of a headache. Sure, its windows we're talking about. But wouldn't it be great if window's users could experience that little bit of the Apple experience when installing and using their ipods?

Just a thought. You can get back to the topic now. :D
I think they are probably doing the best they can, I mean there is only so much they can do without access to the OS itself. You really can't blame Apple because a few windows users have issues.
 
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ChrisBrightwell

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mfacey said:
Ok this post is slightly straying off the topic, but bear with me.
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Hate to continue the hijack, but so be it.

I've never had a problem getting an iPod working under Windows. Install and update iTunes first, then plug in the iPod to USB2 or Firewire. No sweat.
 
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jeremy.king

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ChrisBrightwell said:
Hate to continue the hijack, but so be it.

I've never had a problem getting an iPod working under Windows. Install and update iTunes first, then plug in the iPod to USB2 or Firewire. No sweat.
I had no problems with mine either. I read the manual ;)
 
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Chip NoVaMac

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Dec 25, 2003
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Once we know more about your computer, the more we can help. I am assuming that since the format button is greyed out, then you are ready to install your music.
 
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Chip NoVaMac

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kingjr3 said:
I had no problems with mine either. I read the manual ;)
Back before I got our Macs, my first re-intro to Apple was the iPod. From what I remember it wasn't a simple slam dunk, but not hard either to get it to work under Windows. No where near as hard as that darn Sony MiniDisc player with Musicmatch!
 
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