Locked out of iPod Nano: reason 10,000,001 that Craigslist sucks!

Discussion in 'iPod' started by quantum003, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. quantum003 macrumors 6502a

    quantum003

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    Once again, I am an idiot... I hate you, craigslist. I purchased a used iPod Nano for a girl I'm dating. I looked over the 3rd gen 4GB iPod Nano thoroughly and turned it on... saw the Apple on the screen and that it was powering on, but I didn't watch long enough to see the "Enter Code" lock screen appear. Even if I had noticed I probably would have assumed it would be wiped clean when I restored it.

    But this son of a gun... this passcode lock is no joke. The iPod Nano will not appear in iTunes to restore. I tried a PPC Mac as well as an Intel... I did all iTunes updates on both... but the Nano will not appear in iTunes on either computer. That stupid code just stares at me... I have tried 0000. I have tried 1111. I have tried 1234 and 6969. What other codes do people even use?! What is the purpose of this stupid feature? "Oh no I don't want someone to see my unprotected iPod Nano, pick it up, and listen to my Britney Spears songs". How about a physical lock that would keep people from picking it up and stealing it? Who cares about locking people out of simply looking at and listening to your iPod? Oh no! They'll see my Kenny G!

    Anyway, I get the feeling I have gotten the bum's rush AKA "craigslist handshake" and I am just out the $40 I paid for this FLAMING NUCLEAR PINK iPod Nano. And the worst part? I already sent a picture of it to the girl I was going to give it to. :eek: So now I must purchase another nauseatingly pink iPod Nano to save face. Ohhh... it is an onion of failure... so many layers...
     
  2. quantum003 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Believe me, I googled. Sometimes a nice rant helps too though. :eek:

    Downloading that iPod update now... very much obliged for the timely assistance. :)
     
  3. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    You bought a girl you're dating someone's used iPod?

    haha.

    Anyway I can't help but damn your post made me LOL here at work.

    On a serious note though just call the guy up and ask for the code? He probably forgot about it.
     
  4. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    As to why you can put a passcode on a nano: the contacts application.
     
  5. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Hey, I never knew you could put a passcode on there. I think that's a good idea.
     
  6. instaxgirl macrumors 65816

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    An iPod's an iPod, and the 3rd gen pink ones are really, really pretty.

    I mean I know some people don't like the shape of the 3rd gen but it's a really nice shade of pink.

    /girl :p
     
  7. quantum003 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just a couple of dates so far. Maybe if she was a serious girlfriend.... :p But hey, the right one wouldn't care anyway right? :)

    Well I'm still stumped... the iPod updater software seemed to indicate that it was now bundled with iTunes, so I installed the latest version of iTunes it kept linking me to on Apple's website... then tried the whole rigmarole again without any better luck. Frustrating... now I'm wondering if the Nano doesn't want to play ball with anything except the EXACT style iPod cable that it's used to connecting with...

    If I can't figure this out soon I think I'll post this piece of pink junk on craigslist for $50 ;)
     
  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Put your iPod into disk mode and try to restore from there.
     
  9. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Contact seller for the code. Otherwise it's stolen (don't tell him that), and ask for your money back.

    You buy things without trying them out? Next time, test to see if something works first. Jeez.
     
  10. quantum003 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I did get the code issue resolved, that was not the underlying problem. It turns out the real problem here is that this Nano just plain refuses to sync. I've done some reading and apparently a lot of these second gen iPod Nanos (4GB) eventually just give up and refuse to sync anymore... I tried all 5 of the Apple Support "R's"... I'm ready try #6... "Ricochet this iPod off the nearest wall".

    Live and learn... live and learn. Nice person =/= trustworthy person.

    The Disk Mode thing might be worth a shot though... possibly the previous owner formatted it for PPC or something and a clean wipe to GUID or FAT might get me somewhere...

    Thanks all for the helpful posts, very much appreciated. :)
     
  11. gan6660 macrumors 65816

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    Im not really sure how to help with your problem but I do have a comment about why people lock their iPod. Even though locking it wont help from it being stolen but if someone does steal it, it keeps them from being able to use it and that may help some people cope with their loss.
     

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