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My nano ipod locked up by itself. i have no idea on how to unlock it

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  • horslvrs Jun 18, 2008

    My nano has also locked up. It is caught between screens and I can't get it to do anything. I tried turning it off (it won't), hooking it up to my computer (nothing happens), and pressing and holding the menu. Nothing works. Any suggestions?



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Hello kabob4life,

Make sure that the hold button isn't on. If it is you will see a lock icon on the display. If you do see this icon, just move the hold button to the off position.

If this doesn't work you can reset the unit by turning it off and then holding down Menu and the center clickwheel button for approximately 10 seconds. The iPod will power up and reset. If this doesn't work try charging the iPod and then resetting it again.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks - i had same issue and the holding of the menu and the centre button for 10secs also worked! Thanks - well done...

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Holding the Menu and center clickwheel for about 10 seconds unlocked mine! Thank you so much for the help and info. Horslvrs

Posted on Jun 18, 2008

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put the hold button on and then off then hold the center button and menu button at same time for a few seconds it will go to a black screen for a minute and then if u got it in ur computer it will say do not disconnect i dont know anymroe than that cuz mines doing it right now =(

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Hi Marco,

Do you mean your iPod was locked with a code and you want to unlocked it right?

Unfortunately if that's the case the only way to resolve this problem is to reset the player, that means it will be restored to its factory settings removing all data(song,files) that was stored to the player. To restore the player here are the steps;

-Make sure that you have iTunes install on your computer.
-Open iTunes and the connect your player either via USB or Firewire.
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