Question about Apple iPod MA446LL/A MP3 Player
The ipod 5th generation always shows a picture of the plug on the battery. It charges fine when plugged into a wall and will work without being plugged in, but will die after 8 hours or so. It always thinks its on after having plugged it in. Tried resetting on battery power - tried resetting when plugged in - updated both itunes and ipod software - attempted to restore ipod but got error in middle of it - resynched. It continues to always think its plugged in and cannot turn it off. It just dim and doesn't stay completely off. Its a little over a year old so no warranty. Any advise? I've taken apart and repaired laptops - can this be self-repaired somehow?
I have the same problem, in where it thinks its always charging and iTunes wont pick the iPod up, but it will play and take a charge from a mains charger. I dont get the 'Do not disconnect' screen though.
.BUT I can get around it although the problem does come back.
This works for me 1st time OR after a few attempts - -
Connect you Ipod to your computer (iTunes shouldn't pick it up if your having the same problem as me, as it thinks its still connected previously)
Now try resetting the iPod whilst still connected (holding the middle + centre button)
Now if you get the 'USB connection sound' let your computer and iTunes pick it up.
Once recognised, use the "Safely Remove Hardware" option via windows (dont eject with iTunes).
Then try using the mains power charger to give it quick charge, you should then be able to unplug the charger to see if the loss in connection has been recognised and u lose the charging lightening flash icon.
You should then get away with charging or using iTunes a few times without the problem re-occuring.
This does work, but not a permanent fix as I still have the problem.
Question - Does using the restore option work? As I refuse to wipe my music and carefully perfected playlists.
Posted on Jan 21, 2008
I have the same problem and my ipod got wet too nd exactly after that it started happening..so i think its because of the water!
Posted on Jul 02, 2008
Ipod 5th gen 60 gig. I had this problem and tried the fixes listed above with no avail. Then I tried changing the hold switch / headphone jack assembly on the back of the cover and it worked just like new. Whatever circuitry that tells the ipod is is charging apparently is in those components. It was not that difficult. Search you tube for video instructions. Headphone jack / hold switch $19.95 on most ipod part sites. Also acquire tools to open ipod without damaging it. Good Luck!
Posted on Sep 16, 2008
I had this problem on an earlier Nano (white with silver back, color screen) It was due to corrosion on the pcb (main board). The chip affected was located on the top right corner of the pcb (while looking at the ipod as you normally would while it was functioning). The chip is marked SH 4066 86044 and is on the U11 spot on the board.. Just cleaned the crust off of it and around it.. problem solved..
Posted on Feb 02, 2011
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Posted on Sep 25, 2008
The problem lies on your main board, it a short.
Posted on Aug 13, 2008
The answer most likely leads to the main logic board.
I was able to 'fix' for a short time by using a 'firewire' wall charger. Every USB charger did not have enough power to reset the ipod when it was completely dead. Since this 'fix' only worked for a while, if the ipod was reset, the 'constant charge' icon returned and cound not be turned off.
My Answer: Doing some research, I found an older article from engadget.
I went to the local Apple store where I showed them the problem. They used 'restore' option (make sure you have ALL your music and videos backed up) and the problem still was there.
They went to the store computer and checked something for a minute, then returned with a refurb unit of the exact make/model.
They said they 'never saw this problem before'
Overall, I was very happy with the support I received from the Apple store and happy that I got a fully working ipod again without having to buy another one at $240+.
I would hope that all who read this can get the same great service.
Posted on Jan 22, 2008
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