It could be the classic lockup that these players are famous for but usually they botup to the sandisk screen and then its a brick, anyway try a total hardware reset by:
1 taking out the battery.
2 holding the powerbutton down for 40 seconds
3 waiting 5 minutes before putting in a fresh battery and starting over.
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Depending on how long you've had the player, the batteries may need replacing.
I have seen a problem where the computer would not recognize the player and would not charge it, however.
First, I recommend trying to charge it directly from the computer USB port (not the hub) if possible. If that doesn't help, try reinstalling the software for the player to see if the computer will then recognize it and allow charging.
If neither of these fix the problem, it's probably time to replace the batteries.
Use restore feature in iTunes. Simply connect the iPod to you computer and choose "restore." (Click what you named your your Ipod nano.) This is generally pretty easy and can be done in no time. For more information, you can visit the Apple Support website.
If that doesn't work, try holding in the menu button and the middle button and it will reset your iPod, but the music will not be erased.
Sony made this in such a way so that it's NOT "user friendly" to replace. They have soldered this battery to the main board and there's no real easy to find markings on the battery to tell you what it is. Basically they've made this with the idea that the battery will either last forever or you'd have to ship it back to them. Typical. I'm still in the process of finding a replacement battery.
I went to the rca site and downloaded the firmware update. It told me how to reset the unit. You have to let it crash, then start it from the Start menu. Then you plug in your player while holding down the play button while it loads. It managed to get it running but I still can't add music.