Currently Being ModeratedSep 10, 2012 2:52 PM (in response to bryverine)
Have you done a hard reset of the device to see if that does any good as well? To do this,press and hold both the Select (Center) and Menu buttons together long enough for the Apple logo to appear.
Otherwise, it may be necessary to do a complete restore of the device in iTunes. This process wipes all content from the iPod, resets all settings back to their defaults, and loads a fresh copy of the iPod's software onto the device. So doing a restore would help eliminate the possibility of a software error/glitch and/or corrupted data.
Given the age of the device, the battery may not be strong enough anymore to provide sufficient amounts of energy requried to power the video.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 10, 2012 3:16 PM (in response to planb77)
Thanks for your reply, I've already tried hard resetting it a couple of times now, but it didn't help. I was hoping that I didn't have to "factory reset" the device because I don’t currently have anything to hold 80Gb of data at once. I guess I’ll have to find a way to try that though if I want to see my videos.
The videos look like they try to run when I click on them, but remain black screen without sound for as long as I let it (it even has the video length on the bottom, but won't start playing).
I'm not sure if battery strength has anything to do with lasting long (I assume its more stress on the battery to play videos), but I’ve turned the sound all the way up (for my car) and it holds a pretty good charge still.
Well I appreciate you help again; I’ll post what happens...
Currently Being ModeratedSep 10, 2012 3:29 PM (in response to bryverine)
(I assume its more stress on the battery to play videos)
That is correct. It could also be an indication or a damaged or dying hard drive. I would recommend doing a disk diagnostic on the iPod's HD using the instructions given by turingtest2 in this older thread. He always covers what the resulting numbers indicate, which may be slightly different since your model is a bit older.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 11, 2012 8:22 AM (in response to planb77)
I did a number of tests... and it all appears to be fine. Looks like I need to find a friend with a big hard drive and empty off all my songs and files to do an iTunes format...sigh... I'll let you know how it goes.
Also, here's what diagnostics came back with:
pending sectors: 0
power on hours: 771
ID = 0x57
VCC = 442 (4034mV)
Battery = 458 (4072mV)
-Graphics Self Test
M25 Diagnostics 0.7 – Completed
-SDRAM quick Test
64Mb SDRAM ok
Checksum = 0x665C
I just realized something: I have a few games i bought back when they were available in iTunes and also 3 computers ago... Is there a way to take the games off before I reset my iPod and then put them back on?
Currently Being ModeratedSep 11, 2012 8:42 AM (in response to bryverine)
I'm not so sure about this one though. This number is unusually high and indicative of the hard drive having a hard time reading and writing data.
As for the games, I'm not sure if they can be transferred from the iPod back to iTunes as the ability to download and install them to an iPod has been removed in newer versions of iTunes.
I assume the File -> Transfer Purchases from [name of iPod] did not put them back into iTunes?