iPod Video is Dead. What Should I Do Now?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by angelo321, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. angelo321 macrumors newbie

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    So my iPod 30GB 5th gen Video has died. Specifically it shows the sad iPod icon and the hard drive makes this clicking noise when I try to start it. It doesn't work in disc mode and isn't recognized in any way by the computer. I've tried a lot of things to fix it, from putting a folded business card on top of the HHD to freezing it and of corse banging it against a table. Its "symptoms" haven't changed through all of these attempts.

    I haven't brought it to Apple, and the closest store is one and a half hours away. So I don't really see that as an option. Also I really don't want to buy a new iPod, mostly because of money. I do have two old PATA PowerBook HDDs, one from a g3(80GB) the other from a g4(100GB). I was thinking of maybe trying to use one of them as a HDD for my iPod. Any thoughts on this slightly crazy idea? Any other suggestions as to what I should do with my iPod? Thanks for your input.
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    PowerBook hard drives won't fit: they are 2.5", iPods use 1.8".
     
  3. angelo321 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do you mean that it physical won't fit in the case, or that there is no way to connect it to the iPod? I know it wouldn't fit physical, but I was thinking of making a case for the frankenstein of an iPod, if I was able to make it work...
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Both. It won't fit physically and it uses a larger connector (I think). You might be able to get an adaptor though. Something like this
     
  5. angelo321 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That looks like it would do the job all right. Thanks for finding it. Do you have any idea about how to install the iPod software?
     
  6. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    I'm pretty certain the guys here could help you with matters firmware-related.

    If it's not clear what it is from the outset, Rockbox is an open-source firmware replacement for many players, including the iPod. It features the ultimate in nerding on so many levels, but for these guys reviving a dead iPod should be a walk in the park. Post in the Hardware subforum with what you intend to do and I bet someone will come along to lend some advice.

    http://forums.rockbox.org/
     
  7. iEvolution macrumors 65816

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but you simply hook it up to iTunes and run restore.

    I modded my iPod Mini with 32GB and thats all I had to do.
     
  8. angelo321 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just tried connecting it my computer again. No go. It still doesn't recognize it. Thanks though.
     
  9. 7031 macrumors 6502

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    So have you installed the harddrive?

    If you do, post pics! I'd love to see how it turns out.
     
  10. angelo321 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Not yet. I haven't ordered any thing to be able to connect the powerbook HDD to the iPod HDD port. I will post pics of the final product however. When iEvolution wrote "Correct me if I'm wrong but you simply hook it up to iTunes and run restore. I modded my iPod Mini with 32GB and thats all I had to do." I thought they meant to try and fix it, not get the "new" HDD to work. I see I could've been wrong though...
     
  11. iwuzbord macrumors 6502

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    same problem a few months ago.

    the same thing happened to me a few months ago. before you do anything to it, just leave it alone for a week or too. i did that to mine and afterwards, iTunes recognized it and it was successfully restored. i dont know why but, sometimes, time is the only thing that works.
     

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