iPod won't connect to computer

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Paul550, Jun 26, 2004.

  1. Paul550 macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2004
    Hi All,

    Today my ipod started to act up. I cant seem to connect it to my computer anymore. When I plug it into my FireWire port, all it does is charge the battery. I am thinking there might be a problem with the FireWire cable itself (i hope, cause thats a cheap and easy fix). I know it isn't a problem with the FireWire port on my computer, because my CD Burner works fine. Any suugestions? Thanks in advance!
  2. bluebull macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2003
    I had a similar problem; I'm not sure if its the same thing, but it's worth a shot. I moved a month ago, then I bought some music from iTMS. A little later it wouldn't let me buy any more music because my credit card info didn't match, and I owed money for the music I bought before the problem was noticed. During the time I couldn't buy music, my ipod also wouldn't sync. When I found out that I had to change the billing info to my new address everything started working again. Chances are this isn't why your ipod won't sync, but it might be.
  3. DGFan macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2003
    It would be nice if they included the PMU reset in that KB article. For anyone with a PM G4 that may also be the culprit.
  4. caerfalias macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2006
    iPod works with USB Cable but not Firewire

    I have a 3rd generation ipod

    My ipod used to connect to my computer with my firewire cable. Now when I plug it in, it charges but does not show up in itunes or the desktop. Other ipods connect using this same cable, and my ipod can connect to my computer using my friend's 4th gen. USB cable.

    Therefore, this doesn't seem to be any of the following:
    1) firewire port problem
    2) cable problem
    3) ipod hard drive problem

    I have NO IDEA what it could be, since my ipod is updated to version 2.3 and my itunes and operating system are all the most recent.

    Please help if you can!
  5. Xander562 macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
  6. Zee macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2006
    Guys and Girls.. This is killing me.. Well ok it's not that bad; but boy am I getting the sh*ts!
    The Ipod is officially my enemy. But Mac OS, you're still my friend.

    It connects, but only sometimes, only when it wants to. It disconnects, whenever it bloody wants. There's only so much charging an Ipod needs!

    So what's the answer? Good question. I'm not here to enlighten anyone, I just wanted to winge. Finally some people that feel my pain.

    I am at the "genius bar" now, in Japan! We'll see if this mob knows anything we don't. I'll let you know.. If I learn anything.

    Scotty Zee
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Zee, how did the genius bar go? Did you try the 5 Rs? :)
  8. Chump060 macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2006
    I have the same exact problem with my 3rd Gen. iPod. I run it on windows and recently whenever i connect my iPod to my computer it doesnt show up. It shows that it is charging at the upper right corner but the computer doesnt recognize it. I tried a new cable. nothing. tried a new firewire card. nothing. reinstalled. i basically tried everything and nothing has worked. i duno what to do and im tryin real hard not to buy a whole new iPod. help would be greatly appreciated.
  9. blairemadison macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2007
    i had this problem for about a week,
    all i had to do was reset my ipod by holding the middle select button and the play button and fiddling with the hold. :)
  10. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Holy thread revival, Batman! It's not even in the right forum!
  11. webjames macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2010
    Just today i have had this problems with my 3rd gen ipod.

    * Will sync via USB
    * Will charge via firewire, but not recognized by os x, windows, or itunes
    * Have tried two different cables
    * have run diagnostic tests all passed

    Did anyone find a solution to this?

    All the best,
  12. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    It syncs over USB… what's the problem then?

    I'm pretty Apple dropped support of Firewire on iPods.
  13. webjames macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2010
    it's an ipod 3g and only charges via firewire, when syncing via usb the battery often fails before it completes it's sync as it doesn't chage and sync via usb.
  14. fedeboraxx macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2010
    my iphone has been giving me some grief when syncing to the MP. i was doing it through a powered hub, which seemed to be the issue. hope that helps
  15. moleda macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2012
    ipod issues

    My iPod touch 4th gen. doesn't charge when I plug it in (unless I plug it into the wall) and neither iTunes nor My Computer even recognizes that anything is plugged in. Other iPods work.

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