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Ipod not recognized by Windows XP or Itunes

My son recently updated Itunes and now his Ipod nano is not recognized by Windows XP or by Itunes. Any suggestions how to fix this?? It is very frustrating.

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Well if you have an itunes then it should work but if you had a revoius computer then um if you go to the file button at the top there will be a button that says sync songs form what ever you named your ipod and then click on that but just to warn you it mught delete the songs you hav eon your ipod alreddy but you can get a cd or usb and put it on to your old computer nad then put it on your new computer

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  • Check system requirements. - iPod nano (5th generation) requires the following minimum versions of Windows: either Windows XP (Service Pack 3 or later), Vista or Windows 7. If you have one of these versions of Windows, verify that Windows is fully up to date by downloading and installing software updates from Microsoft. If you have Windows XP with Windows XP Service Pack 1 or Windows XP Service Pack 2, download and install Service Pack 3 using Windows Update.

  • iTunes online? - Confirm that iTunes has been downloaded and installed.

  • AMDS online? - iPod nano requires Apple Mobile Device Support (AMDS), which should be automatically installed with iTunes. To verify whether it is installed, click Start > Control Panel. Open the Add or Remove Programs control panel and verify that Apple Mobile Device Support is visible in the list of currently installed programs. If it is not, remove and reinstall iTunes.

  • Check USB connection. - Disconnect all USB devices from the system with the exception of the iPod nano and any USB keyboard and mouse. Then restart your computer. Verify that you are using a high-powered USB 2.0 port. Test with an alternate iPod USB cable if one is available.

  • AMDS - Re-verify that AMDS is running and installed.

  • iTunes usage - Remove and reinstall iTunes.
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My son has a nano ipod and he locked it with a commbination and forgot it how do i unlock it?


Try plugging it into the computer your son normally syncs it with. Then open iTunes.
After iTunes recognizes the nano, you can eject and disconnect the iPod from the computer. It should be unlocked.

If that does not work, then you'll have to restore the iPod (which will remove *all* music, etc. from the iPod).
You can do that like this:
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launch iTunes when iTunes recognizes your nano, Resync the iPod (so the data is saved on the computer) Then click on "Restore" (on the "Summary" tab).

Then follow the onscreen instructions.

You'll need to resync all your music etc. to get it back on the iPod.


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Why does my iPod appears on my computer but not in iTunes?


Laptop or portable connecting via USB? "See iPod not recognized when connected to Windows laptop over USB for more information. Your computer doesn't meet iPod system requirements Make sure that your computer meets the system requirements to use iPod for Windows. Your iPod displays an exclamation point folder or sad iPod icon, or doesn't appear in iTunes or My Computer If your iPod displays a folder with an exclamation point icon or a sad (unhappy) iPod icon on its screen, or if your iPod doesn't appear in iTunes or My Computer, follow these instructions to resolve the issue. Your iPod isn't formatted for Windows iPod for Windows Software only recognizes iPod for Windows. You cannot use iPod for Macintosh with a Windows PC. To see which platform your iPod is formatted for, follow these instructions. Your iPod isn't connected to a high-power USB port If you're connecting an iPod, iPod mini, or iPod shuffle to your Windows computer, make sure that you're connecting it to a high-power USB 2.0 port on your computer (not a low-power one such as the USB port on your keyboard or bus-powered USB hub). Typically, USB 2.0 high-power ports are located directly on your computer. Try connecting your iPod to another USB port on the computer (or to a self-powered USB 2.0 hub that's connected to a high-power USB 2.0 port on your computer) if the computer still doesn't recognize your iPod. Alternatively, if your computer has a FireWire connection, try using that instead. If you're connecting an iPod, iPod mini, or iPod shuffle to a Windows laptop computer through USB, connect the laptop to a power outlet before connecting your iPod. You're not using a WHQL-certified IEEE 1394 card If you have a FireWire (IEEE 1394) card installed in your computer and are using it to connect your iPod, make sure that the card is Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certified. If it isn't, your iPod may not be recognized, or you may not be able to send music to the iPod. If you're not sure about your card's WHQL certification, check the inbox material that came with your FireWire card or contact the card's manufacturer. You can view a list of WHQL-certified cards on the Windows Hardware Compatibility List website. To view this: Go to the Windows Hardware Compatibility List website. Enter All Products in the ""Search for"" field. From the Product Categories pop-up menu, choose 1394 Controller. Click the Search Now button. Note: Windows XP information is not listed on the initial search screen, but is listed when you click on an individual card. You can also check the list of recommended FireWire and USB cards that have been tested by Apple with iPod and Windows XP. (Apple sells FireWire cards that are compatible with iPod at the Apple Store.) To rule out an issue with your FireWire card, try connecting a different FireWire device to the card to see if your computer recognizes it. Your connections aren't secure Make sure that there i

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For Mac users "When you plug your iPod nano into a power source, the charging icon appears?it's a lightning bolt over a battery. Depending on the state of the battery, it may or may not animate (flash between gray and green). In either case, the icon indicates the battery is charging successfully. When the battery is fully depleted, the iPod nano may not appear in iTunes until it has been charged for about 10 minutes.The non-animated version of the icon, shown above, appears when your battery has been fully or nearly depleted of charge. This appears for up to 10 minutes. Note: If your iPod nano is connected to the computer, the computer won't see it until after that 10 minutes has elapsed. After that, you'll see the ""Do not disconnect"" screen. If the charging icon is flashing and your computer doesn't recognize it,Can't see your iPod in iTunes or or the Finder? Remember these five basic suggestions when you run into a problem with your iPod. If one of the following doesn?t help, read on for solutions to specific problems. Reset, Retry, Restart, Reinstall , Restore Reset your iPod. Retry with a different USB or FireWire port. Restart your computer and make sure you have the latest software updates installed. Remove iTunes software and then reinstall iPod and iTunes software from latest versions on the web. Restore your iPod. See ?Updating and Restoring iPod Software? in the user's guide. Still can't see your iPod? Several things could keep iPod from appearing in iTunes or in the Finder when you connect it to your Mac. The most likely causes are listed below in logical order (you'll find information for both USB and FireWire iPod connections). Check each one starting from the top of the list to see if that is what's keeping iPod from appearing. Battery depleted? If you have an iPod nano, click here to find out what you'll see if the battery is depleted. If this is what you are seeing, wait 10 minutes while iPod nano is charging. You're using USB instead of FireWire If you use USB instead of FireWire to connect, it won't appear in iTunes unless you update to Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later. If you can't update your software, then use FireWire instead. Note: iPod shuffle and iPod nano are compatible with USB only. With any model of iPod (except for iPod shuffle), if you connect it to a low-powered USB port (such as one on your keyboard or bus-powered USB hub), the following alert may appear: If you click OK, your iPod won't appear. Make sure that you connect your iPod directly to one of the computer's USB ports or to a powered (as in connected to an electrical outlet) USB hub. Your Mac is sleeping Your Mac must be awake to recognize iPod. Be sure that you wake the computer before connecting your iPod. Your Mac doesn't meet iPod system requirements Make sure that your Mac meets the iPod system requirements. Third-party FireWire and USB cards and PC cards may not work and are not supported by Apple. You're missing some system sof

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For Mac users "iPod does not appear in iPod Updater or iTunes in Mac OS X Under some circumstances, iPod appears in the Finder in Mac OS X, but does not appear in the iTunes Source list or does not appear in the iPod Updater. Symptom iPod's disk icon appears in the Finder, but it does not appear in the iTunes Source list or in the iPod Updater. Note: The iPod may appear in iTunes, but not in the iPod Updater. Important: If you are using iPod shuffle, you must have 10.2.8 or 10.3.4 or later to connect it to your Mac over USB. Other iPods require 10.3.4 or later Products affected Mac OS X iPod (5 GB) iPod (10 GB) iPod (touch wheel) iPod (dock connector) iPod mini - USB requires Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later. iPod mini (Second Generation) - USB requires Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later. iPod (Click Wheel) - USB requires Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later. iPod with color display (including iPod photo) iPod nano Solution iPod nano Certain models of single processor Power Macintosh G5 computers may show iPod nano mounted in the Finder but not recognized in iTunes. If this happens to you, try restarting your computer and Setting Energy Saver to highest performance and turn off hard disk sleep. If you have an iPod nano, but don't have a G5, then follow the other steps below. Mac OS X 10.4.x Perform an archive installation of Mac OS X10.4. Mac OS X 10.3.x Navigate to /System/Library/Extensions. Drag the iPodDriver.kext file to the Trash (you will be required to enter an administrator account password). Download and install the Mac OS X Combined Update 10.3.9. Restart the computer when prompted to do so by the installer. Connect the iPod. Mac OS X 10.2.8 and earlier To resolve this issue with earlier versions of Mac OS X, you'll need to delete one file and reinstall iTunes. Follow each of the steps below. Step 1 Delete the file using Terminal Warning: The steps below describe how to remove a file by entering commands in the Terminal application (located in the Utilities folder inside of the Applications folder). Users unfamiliar with Terminal and UNIX-like environments should proceed with caution. The entry of incorrect commands may result in data loss or unusable system software. Open Terminal (/Applications/Utilities). Type: sudo rm -R /System/Library/Extensions/iPodDriver.kext Press Return. Enter the administrator account password when prompted. Quit Terminal. Restart the computer (From the Apple menu, choose Restart). Step 2 Reinstall iTunes Download the latest version of iTunes from the iTunes download page. Install iTunes. Restart the computer after the installation has completed. Connect iPod. Step 3 Delete the iPod.plist file Remove the following file in the your home directory and launch the iPod updater again ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.ipod.plist "

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Why does my iPod appears on my computer but not in iTunes?


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Why isn't the charging icon always animated (flashing)?


For Mac users "When you plug your iPod nano into a power source, the charging icon appears?it's a lightning bolt over a battery. Depending on the state of the battery, it may or may not animate (flash between gray and green). In either case, the icon indicates the battery is charging successfully. When the battery is fully depleted, the iPod nano may not appear in iTunes until it has been charged for about 10 minutes.The non-animated version of the icon, shown above, appears when your battery has been fully or nearly depleted of charge. This appears for up to 10 minutes. Note: If your iPod nano is connected to the computer, the computer won't see it until after that 10 minutes has elapsed. After that, you'll see the ""Do not disconnect"" screen. If the charging icon is flashing and your computer doesn't recognize it,Can't see your iPod in iTunes or or the Finder? Remember these five basic suggestions when you run into a problem with your iPod. If one of the following doesn?t help, read on for solutions to specific problems. Reset, Retry, Restart, Reinstall , Restore Reset your iPod. Retry with a different USB or FireWire port. Restart your computer and make sure you have the latest software updates installed. Remove iTunes software and then reinstall iPod and iTunes software from latest versions on the web. Restore your iPod. See ?Updating and Restoring iPod Software? in the user's guide. Still can't see your iPod? Several things could keep iPod from appearing in iTunes or in the Finder when you connect it to your Mac. The most likely causes are listed below in logical order (you'll find information for both USB and FireWire iPod connections). Check each one starting from the top of the list to see if that is what's keeping iPod from appearing. Battery depleted? If you have an iPod nano, click here to find out what you'll see if the battery is depleted. If this is what you are seeing, wait 10 minutes while iPod nano is charging. You're using USB instead of FireWire If you use USB instead of FireWire to connect, it won't appear in iTunes unless you update to Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later. If you can't update your software, then use FireWire instead. Note: iPod shuffle and iPod nano are compatible with USB only. With any model of iPod (except for iPod shuffle), if you connect it to a low-powered USB port (such as one on your keyboard or bus-powered USB hub), the following alert may appear: If you click OK, your iPod won't appear. Make sure that you connect your iPod directly to one of the computer's USB ports or to a powered (as in connected to an electrical outlet) USB hub. Your Mac is sleeping Your Mac must be awake to recognize iPod. Be sure that you wake the computer before connecting your iPod. Your Mac doesn't meet iPod system requirements Make sure that your Mac meets the iPod system requirements. Third-party FireWire and USB cards and PC cards may not work and are not supported by Apple. You're missing some system sof

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Why my iPod doesn?t appear in iTunes?


For Mac users "iPod does not appear in iPod Updater or iTunes in Mac OS X Under some circumstances, iPod appears in the Finder in Mac OS X, but does not appear in the iTunes Source list or does not appear in the iPod Updater. Symptom iPod's disk icon appears in the Finder, but it does not appear in the iTunes Source list or in the iPod Updater. Note: The iPod may appear in iTunes, but not in the iPod Updater. Important: If you are using iPod shuffle, you must have 10.2.8 or 10.3.4 or later to connect it to your Mac over USB. Other iPods require 10.3.4 or later Products affected Mac OS X iPod (5 GB) iPod (10 GB) iPod (touch wheel) iPod (dock connector) iPod mini - USB requires Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later. iPod mini (Second Generation) - USB requires Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later. iPod (Click Wheel) - USB requires Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later. iPod with color display (including iPod photo) iPod nano Solution iPod nano Certain models of single processor Power Macintosh G5 computers may show iPod nano mounted in the Finder but not recognized in iTunes. If this happens to you, try restarting your computer and Setting Energy Saver to highest performance and turn off hard disk sleep. If you have an iPod nano, but don't have a G5, then follow the other steps below. Mac OS X 10.4.x Perform an archive installation of Mac OS X10.4. Mac OS X 10.3.x Navigate to /System/Library/Extensions. Drag the iPodDriver.kext file to the Trash (you will be required to enter an administrator account password). Download and install the Mac OS X Combined Update 10.3.9. Restart the computer when prompted to do so by the installer. Connect the iPod. Mac OS X 10.2.8 and earlier To resolve this issue with earlier versions of Mac OS X, you'll need to delete one file and reinstall iTunes. Follow each of the steps below. Step 1 Delete the file using Terminal Warning: The steps below describe how to remove a file by entering commands in the Terminal application (located in the Utilities folder inside of the Applications folder). Users unfamiliar with Terminal and UNIX-like environments should proceed with caution. The entry of incorrect commands may result in data loss or unusable system software. Open Terminal (/Applications/Utilities). Type: sudo rm -R /System/Library/Extensions/iPodDriver.kext Press Return. Enter the administrator account password when prompted. Quit Terminal. Restart the computer (From the Apple menu, choose Restart). Step 2 Reinstall iTunes Download the latest version of iTunes from the iTunes download page. Install iTunes. Restart the computer after the installation has completed. Connect iPod. Step 3 Delete the iPod.plist file Remove the following file in the your home directory and launch the iPod updater again ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.ipod.plist "

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