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Broken 4G iPod? Maybe not…

November 8, 2006 | Computers

It came up in conversation lately that a coworker of mine had a broken iPod. Being the tinkerer that I am I asked if it was broken and he didn’t plan on getting it fixed if I could have it. He brought it in today and I inadvertently fixed it.

Oops, fixed it

I cracked open the case because in my troubleshooting I found that sometimes the error I was getting (folder icon with exclamation point) could be solved by taking out the battery and plugging it into a computer to reformat it. Something about the battery state can cause the problem.

About the time I was removing a piece of tape inside the case I noticed that it had turned on. Curious, I turned it over and noticed that it had fully booted. The only thing I can figure that I did was partially reseat the hard drive cable.


So, since the iPod actually belonged to the guy’s son and he couldn’t replace it for a while since they just bought the son a new laptop I gave it back. If they had already bought a new one I might not have said anything and gone ahead with my 4G iPod Mac Classic Jukebox™ idea. But I guess that’s gonna have to wait.

So, if you have or know someone with a problematic 4G iPod you should crack that sucker open (instructions are all over the internet) and reset that hard drive cable on the motherboard. You just might save a ton of money.

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  • Word. I have a 4Ger, haven’t had any problems with it yet, though (other than, of course, decreased battery life due to age). That’s interesting.

    Joey Brooks, November 8, 2006 2:14 pm | permalink

  • I have a 4G as well. Battery is decent, but I don’t really push it that much. Longest it has to really go is 1.5 hours and that is pretty rare. Its mostly in the car, at work, and the occasional use while walking the dogs.

    Shawn Parker, November 8, 2006 5:19 pm | permalink

  • What about the 3G, gippster? Being the pessimist I am, I’m just waiting for mine to die.

    beebs, November 10, 2006 6:22 am | permalink

  • I’m really not sure, beebs, but I can’t image them being that different. At the very least you have nothing to lose by opening a dead unit.

    Shawn Parker, November 10, 2006 5:04 pm | permalink

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