2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 10, 2012 5:49 PM by Kenichi Watanabe
jimbimba Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have an older iPod (Generation 3 40Mb). After upgrading to Lion (10.7.4) on my iMac when I plug in my iPod

it just locks up and is not visable as a device on iTunes. I can't reset it, so I just let it sit until the battery dies.

I can then recharge it (in my car) and it seems to recover. Is it time for a new iPod??

 

Thanks,

jimbimba


iPod classic, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • 1. Re: My gen3 ipod locks up when trying to connect to my iMac.
    Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 Level 7 (30,030 points)

    If it's the 3rd gen iPod (with touch buttons that glow orange), it needs a FireWire connection to work reliably.  Are you connecting it to USB?  It cannot draw power from USB, so it cannot recharge it's battery, which is why to does recharge from the power connection in your car and starts working again.  So it's probably working normally.

     

    Your iMac does have a FireWire 800 port, I believe.  If you have the FireWire docking cable that came with those iPods, you can use an adapter like this to adapt the iMac's port for the older FireWire 400.

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/FIR1369AD/

     

    That will provide it with the proper (for that iPod model) data connection that also supplies power at the same time.

     

    NOTE:  My 3rd gen iPod works with the latest iTunes and Mac OS X 10.7.4.

  • 2. Re: My gen3 ipod locks up when trying to connect to my iMac.
    Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 Level 7 (30,030 points)

    Actually, check your iMac's FireWire port(s), because if your iMac is one of the older models that can still run Lion, it may already have FireWire 400 ports (not 800).  So all you'd need is a FireWIre docking cable to use that 3rd gen iPod.