Apologies as this has been asked before, however I know I have a good go at fixing this and reading the posts etc, I believe I have a unique problem. I have bought a secondhand 1G Touch which was pitched as 'broken'. It is in perfect physical condition and powers up as if it is in "recovery mode" - NOT as "DFU mode". Recovery mode I indentify by the "iTunes and cable" on screen; DFU mode would remain black. iTunes says the device is in recovery mode, and must be restored. I have tried this many times with several versions of firmware, and tried holding the 'home' before plugging in the usb to confirm it is in recovery mode. The logo remains visible until you try to restore. Everytime you try to restore it unpacks the firmware, prepares the iPod which I think is loading a small bit of boot code, and then the device disconnects (the windows USB plugged sound). Just prior to this sound, very briefly I believe there is an Apple logo with a spinning white disk. From this point iTunes and any other program I try waits for the iPod to reboot - which it never does - remaining black until you unplug and plug the usb back in. I have tried to put it in DFU mode but I cannot. Step 1 is always "turn the device off". It is always off and unresponsive, and only comes on when plugged in. No combo of buttons held down makes any change, except for holding home to get recovery mode. When you unplug the usb the device goes black again, and cannot be turned on. I have also used ZiPhone to put it in DFU mode, looks sort-of the same as recovery except the background is more blue than black. iTunes still fails, as do all the other programs (blackra1n, redsn0w, QuickPwn just crashes when the iPod is plugged in). iRecovery can't see it, so neither can 1Click. I've getting a little over it now, so ANY help would be great. I'm sure the key is DFU mode, but how do I do that when I have no control over if it is on or off? My fingers are very sore from holding those buttons down! Cheers guys and thanks heaps for your time and patience.