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CheckMark On My 1-Gig Nano

When I turn on my iPod Nano, I get a screen that says 'Disk Mode' at the top with a black checkmark displayed in the middle, and a message at the bottom that says 'Ok to disconnect': the problem is that my Nano is not connected. Nothing I do corrects the problem. The Nano is frozen on this screen. I tried holding down the 'Menu' button for 10 seconds... nothing; tried holding down the center button for 10 seconds... nothing; did the same thing for the other 3 buttons... still no changes. I have tried charging the nono by connecting to the PC... that works fine. But the screen that says 'Disk Mode' at the top with the black checkmark displayed in the middle, and the message at the bottom that says 'Ok to disconnect' is still there and the Nano is not responding. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do? CheckMark.

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Re: CheckMark On My 1-Gig Nano

Your iPod is in Disk Mode. Press and hold the menu and select buttons together until an apple appears. then it should be Ok. More info can be found here:

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