Currently Being ModeratedDec 28, 2012 11:12 AM (in response to bsprasad2)
I am also experiencing this problem. I have an older 80GB iPod which will charge when I plug it into my computer, but the computer will no longer detect it to update its contents. This is true, even when I reboot the iPod by holding down the center and Menu buttons together. Any advice from anyone?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 28, 2012 5:39 PM (in response to Spokesman4)
I'm having the same issue, it sounds like. I have an old MacBook running OS 10.4.11 and iTunes 9.2.1. My ipod is an older 30GB with the color screen.
When I plug the ipod into the laptop, it charges, but almost immediately the usual flashing "Do not unplug me" sign disappears and the device never shows up in iTunes.
Sometimes the laptop doesn't recognize that anything was plugged into the USB ports at all, so figured maybe the issue was the laptop's age and the ports wearing out.
Just for kicks, I plugged it into my Win7 desktop, and I get "Code 43" unknown device has an issue and cannot be read. I downloaded iTunes for the Win7 machine just to see if I could get it to read the device, but still nothing (the ipod is Mac formatted, but I was at least hoping for a "would you like to reformat?" option or something). I've been unable to find specific drivers for the 30GB ipod, if that's needed. It just doesn't even know what it is and won't try to read it. Honestly, I'm more familiar with how Macs work in this catagory.
So... I'm at a loss for the moment. If the problem is the ports, or a broken wire in the usb cable or something, then... why would it be charging the ipod just fine? The ipod runs fine on it's own and doesn't seem to be experiencing any sort of problems, so I'm assuming it's not the ipod itself.
Anyone have any thoughts here? It'd be awesome to be able to add music to my ipod once again! ;D
Currently Being ModeratedDec 30, 2012 5:39 PM (in response to Fireskye)
Update for my issue -
Not sure if this will help others, but I just tried a brand-new ipod cable, and it completely solved the problem. Not only does my ipod now show up on my MacBook, but my PC also now reads it just fine (doesn't even seem to care that it's formatted for Macintosh), the songs appear under the "On this iPod" tab of iTunes with no problem.
I have no idea why the ipod was still charging and responding to being plugged/un-plugged with a broken cable... but clearly the part that was broken was the part that dictates whether or not the computer registers that it's plugged in. Never been so happy to see the flashing red "Do not disconnect" sign on my ipod. Lol!
Either way, if your cable is ancient, then I recommend borrowing a friend's new one just to see if this will be as easy of a fix for you as it was for me. Good luck!