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Can't get my iPod to charge or even show up on my computer

My son purchased a 4GB iPod 2 nights ago. He plugged it into the computer and charged it and then downloaded songs on it. The computer recognized it immediately. However, now when he plugs it into the computer's USB port, it does not recognize the iPod or bring anything up. What is wrong? Any ideas? I've tried to 'Add new hardware' and it can not find any. I've gone to my Window's Explorer and looked up the USB ports and it doesn't identify anything???

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  • jojaji Dec 31, 2007

    ipod won't charge in docking station. also, prior to this issue, ipod wasn't recognized by my laptop, which I've used numerouly for buying and syncing itunes from. it states a usb isn't recognized error, or something similiar.

  • purple123 Mar 24, 2008

    I cant download music to my Ipod Nano 8gb which I Bought at christmass 07 and all I can do is download albums from my c.d.s Does it have to be I tunes that you download from or can I download from any other site, Is there any free sites which I can dowanload from. Also do I have to stick to the same computer all the time to do anything with it.

  • taraaaaaa May 04, 2008

    my ipod is plugged into the computer, using the right cord, and nothing is showing up. It's as if itunes is just up, and no ipod is plugged in..?

  • Anonymous May 24, 2008

    i too have got the same problem as MR.DANIEL said..after a long time i am using my ipod silver 4gb..and it isn't charging..neither my computer is accepting plzz can any 1 tell me that what to do to solve that problem...

  • golden24 Jul 06, 2008

    i plug my ipod to my computer in i can't find wont even get charged

  • Anonymous Sep 08, 2008

    ok i pluged my ipod into my pc and it wont reccognize it...

  • Anonymous Sep 09, 2008

    I have the same problem the computer wont reconize it and it wont charge up..

  • meg_09 Feb 21, 2009

    my iPod can't charge and the battery is dead.

  • Anonymous May 21, 2009

    My i-pod wont charge and isnt recognised when i plug it in ......



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Hi there! Often, when an iPod does this it just needs to be 'reset'. To do this, turn on the iPod, and then press and hold the center button and the top ('menu') button just above it. You'll have to hold these two down together for anywhere from 10 to 40 seconds. When you see the screen go dark, you can let go. At that point, you should see the Apple logo appear as the iPod reboots. Take this opportunity to reboot your computer... this might help out as well. When both the computer and iPod have rebooted, go ahead and plug the iPod in and see if you get a response from iTunes. I'm afraid this is not "the" solution, necessarily... there are a number of potential fixes for the issue you're describing, but this is the first thing that I would try. The next thing to try would be to go into your control panel, into the add/remove software program and completely uninstall iTunes. Then reinstall iTunes, reboot the computer, and try again. Best of luck!

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  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2011

    i did that for 100 seconds and it still didn't reset. it just went back to the "charging dead battery" logo again. any more ideas? i could use all the help i can get. its the second ipod i've had this year and now it won't work. im very good with my games but the ipod just doesn't seem to like me. i need help!!!!!!!!




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Is this a windows PC or an apple?

If Windows, right click on My Computer and go to properties.

Click hardware and open the device manager.

Under drives, locate the ipod. Right click it and remove or "uninstall" it.

Make sure the ipod is not connected.

Reboot the system and re-connect the ipod when done.

It should find it again.

I'm not too familiar with apple computers so i can't help you there.

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