Top three iPod troubleshooting tips

I really enjoy my iPod, but it’s hardly perfect. Here are my top troubleshooting tips.

  1. Open iTunes before trying to sync your iPod with your desktop. It usually works if you plug in your iPod before opening iTunes, but you can’t count on it.
  2. If you can’t get iTunes to recognize your iPod after several attempts, reboot your desktop and try again.
  3. When your iPod is locked up, you can reboot it by holding the middle and top (menu) buttons down at the same time for maybe 10 seconds.

4 thoughts on “Top three iPod troubleshooting tips

  1. That reminds me of a guy I saw who credentialed himself as a Microsoft Certified Angry OS Rebooter. Although Microsoft Certified Rebooter is probably more accurate in most peoples’ cases and shorter, too. On the other hand four-letter Microsoft Certification acronyms seem to be the most popular, so how about MCRS or Microsoft Certified Reboot Suggester?

    Years ago a colleague asked me how long I usually microwaved frozen burritos — the question struck me as absurd since I simply reheated them until they were hot. This led me to postulate a Universal Microwave Recipe — “Heat until hot” — which applies to any virtually anything one might care to microwave.

    So along those lines I suppose the Universal Technical Troubleshooting Procedure would be “Reboot” or maybe “Reboot everything”. This is the recommended procedure also when I call about my DSL connection or problems with my satelite TV receiver.

  2. Yes, and I am amused by how many recipes end with “bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until done”. For the other side see the Larousse Gastronomique. At least the parts I read were more like crib sheets than recipes. But full of lots of crazy food and trivia.

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    It’s worth adding that if your iPod refuses to go into Disk Mode and you hear a noticeable clicking sound, it’s likely a faulty hard drive. If the unit is a Fourth Gen, however, the problem might just be corrosion on the HDD cable and will need cleaned periodically. Good luck & I hope this helps.

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