Hi Ekse, i recently bought an ipod classic 80GB and my computer will not read it. when i plug it in it makes the ding noise which signifies its being recognized then this window pops and up and says new hardware detected it also shows an ipod with a yellow arrow and and then it will prompt me to installl it. i click on yes and it says unsuccessful after awhile itunes doesnt recognize it either and i've followed the troubleshooting guide on the itunes website but it didnt do anything for me but when i plug it inot my friend's computer it shows up immediately so i assume i must have something set wrong on my computer ...any suggestions?
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Is it still on or does it stay frozen off? If it's still on and frozen, simple hold the top button and the home button at the same time and wait until it restarts and the apple logo will appear. Then if it does this again later on when using the iPod, do the same thing and plug it into the computer and do a full restore or upgrade.
The only way to save the files is by connecting it to pc and storing them in a file. Try checking the usb connection inside the ipod. If there are any broken wires or solder joints, re-solder them or anything you can do to get it to connect.
Try connecting it, go to control panel, the ipod should be able to found on the I: drive.
Toggle the Hold switch on and off. (Slide it to Hold, then turn it off again.)
Press and hold the Menu and Center (Select) buttons simultaneously until the Apple logo appears, about 6 to 8 seconds. You may need to repeat this step.
Tip: If you are having difficulty resetting your iPod, set it on a flat surface. Make sure the finger pressing the Select button is not touching any part of the click wheel. Also make sure that you are pressing the Menu button toward the outside of the click wheel, and not near the center.
If the above steps did not work, try connecting iPod to a power adapter and plug the power adapter into an electrical outlet, or connect iPod to your computer. Make sure the computer is turned on and isn't set to go to sleep.