Sunday, July 12, 2009

When all else fails, hit it!


Your old-school iPod has been working fine for years. But one day you try to wake it from sleep, and it reboots (without the backlight) to reveal the above 'sad mac' icon. This icon indicates that there is a hardware failure.

If you are able to force iPod into 'Disk Mode' (click here for more info) then it may not be a hardware issue, and you should try to restore your iPod with the latest software.

However if this doesn't work, there is a simple trick that has a very high success rate. Grip the recalcitrant iPod firmly in one hand and slap its stainless steel back hard against a firm but resilient surface (a magazine placed on a kitchen worktop is ideal).

The best guess is that it reconnects a loose hard drive connection. What I know for sure is that it has resuscitated my 60GB iPod Photo on more than one occasion.
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8 comments:

Major Look said...

Maybe it's more to do with the taste filter on your iPod shutting it down before any one else hears a particular track ;-)

brett jordan said...

:-), i did consider that option, but i asked your children, and they said you'd been having no problems with your iPod at all...

ConradGempf said...

Interestingly, this is exactly the way that monkeys reset their iPods in the wild. Peel a couple of bananas and smack the iPod. They also do interesting things with the earbuds.

brett jordan said...

well, thanks for ruining my next two blogs conrad...

Pippa said...

That's exactly what Graham did with his ipod. It had a sad Mac face, couldn't be cheered up, so he whacked it on the desk. It's running better than ever now.

I'm thinking of trying the same technique on the kids.

brett jordan said...

*copy* *paste* *send to 'childprotection*at*harrow.gov.uk*

Pippa said...

That's fine - we live in Hillingdon!

brett jordan said...

:-)

 
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