Ipod Stopped Working - Ugh

Discussion in 'iPod' started by VanMac, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. VanMac macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2005
    Rampaging Tokyo
    Hello All.

    My IPod seems to be mucked up....

    When I turn it on, or try to charge (through AC or computer)
    - Apple Logo comes up
    - Picture of a sad iPod
    - Screen then goes blank

    Is it pooched, or is there some remedy to try.

    I'll search around, but any advice appreciated.
  2. cbrain macrumors 65816


    Dec 9, 2006
    North-East, UK
    Just restore the iPod from iTunes. (If you don't have iTunes 7 or later, then you'll need to use the iPod update utility.)
  3. alexprice macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2005
    If its out of warranty and you run out of things to try. Just hit it, no too hard. I've seen some iPods where the HDD gets jammed. Knocking them brings them back.

    Oh yea, don't knock the LCD!!!

    I'm gonna get flamed for this.
  4. alexprice macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2005
    A restore will not fix it. Sad iPod = hardware issue.
  5. VanMac thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2005
    Rampaging Tokyo
    All Better


    Ya, I could tell it was a hardware issues, as the disk was not spinning up (based on feel of ipod).

    Anywho, read the posts on pulling out HD, etc, and the ones on whacking it against a flat surface.

    So, I whacked it pretty firmly - flat of back against flat wooden surface. Ipod booted right up and works fine.

    Vunderbar :D
  6. alexprice macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2005
    Excellent!! :D
  7. phillipjfry macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2006
    Peace in Plainfield
    Is it possible that it might be a stuck wheel button that might be causing the "muck ups" instead of a hard drive being "stuck"?
    And maybe banging the ipod on the table just unsticks the button? Just a thought :)
  8. BydoEmpire macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2005
    This worked for me. My 30gig slowly became more and more flaky over the course of a couple months, and finally died. With nothing to lose (out of warranty and $272 repair estimate) I hit it very hard, dock-side down, on a table a couple times, and it's been like-new ever since.
  9. alexprice macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2005
    Very cool!
  10. Mooey macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2007
    Dude, my iPod wasn't working for 9 months... I tried EVERYTHING on Apple's website - I couldn't send it in because my warranty ran out. So I decided to try this yesterday (the slamming) and it worked! Took two tries and not really much of a hard slap, but a slap nonetheless.

    Thank you guys! I've missed my iPod so much!
  11. sonofjabba macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Sad Icon is normally a hard drive problem. However a Weak battery can cause it too. Even Hooked to a external power source. Slamming is not the best fix for ipods you actually can make it worst with slamming, although I've done it in the heat of the moment too...
  12. robPOD macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2006
    That sucks bad. Sounds like a hardware issue.
  13. MacBass macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2005
    La Crosse, WI
    wow, I just tried this with an iPod 4G that I was going to try to fix for a friend, and it works. I'm still going to recommend that I replace the HDD for him, but it works now!
  14. iHerzeleid macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2007
    Most of the time, the heads are locked and a simple knocking of the iPod will unlock the drive heads.

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