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My ipod classic keeps shutting off on me and i have to leave it charging for days until it decides it wants to tur back on

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  • Dilithium_V May 11, 2010

    how long has it been used? Could be a bad battery. ipods batterys are not somthing you can just chage like cell phone batterys. They have to be sent in to be replaced with a fee =/. There are ways on other sites that tell you how to chage it but its not practical when it comes to ipods. This is more of a sugg then a clarification.



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Does it work 100% once it is up an running and plugged into the charger? If so, it's most likely a battery issue. If it also acts up when connected to the charger, it looks more like a logic board issue. There is a website that shows you how to dismantle the ipod classic oso you can replace those components yourself. If all of that fails you can send it to an independent ipod classic repair company.

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You probably need a new battery. Maybe time to upgrade? Try a full restore using iTunes first and see if that makes any difference.

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