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iPod Touch drawing too much power--disabling USB ports

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Feb 16, 2010 10:39 AM
Hi there,

I have a brand new Macbook, just picked it up less than a week ago. I've been hooking up my 2nd gen iPod touch to it for a while without any problems, but suddenly I started to get an error message every time I plug it into my USB port:

"*Because a USB device was drawing too much power from your computer, one or more of your USB devices have been disabled.* To prevent damaging your computer, the USB device drawing too much power has been disabled. Other devices may also have been disabled. When you disconnect the device drawing too much power, your other USB devices will be enabled again."

I've been looking all over the internet for a solution to this and I can't find a thing--it's really frustrating since this laptop's brand new and I have no other way of charging my iPod.

My laptop is plugged in while I'm doing this. The error message is instant--it seems to pop up before I've even inserted the USB cable all the way. Also, for what it's worth, I just did a test and I get the error message just by plugging the USB in, even if it's completely unattached to anything.

Thanks, looking forward to a solution.

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Macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • DanInDub Level 3 Level 3 (640 points)
    had similar problem with iPod shuffle.

    COntacted Apple, and following their instruction tried with 3 different machines (1 macbook and two windows pcs), 6 different USB ports, they send me new iPod. Problem persisted.

    The issue turns out to be iPod cable (sic!) and after replacing that, my ipod finally worked

    Hope that helps
    MacBook 2.4GHz Aluminium Collectors Edition, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 6 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD 7200 RPM, iPhone 3GS 32 GB
  • fuzzbuzz06 Calculating status...
    Had the same where as soon as i Plug my iPhone into the USB Port on my 2009 "Macbook Pro"

    "Because a USB device was drawing too much power from your computer, one or more of your USB devices have been disabled. To prevent damaging your computer, the USB device drawing too much power has been disabled. Other devices may also have been disabled. When you disconnect the device drawing too much power, your other USB devices will be enabled again."

    (This is a Simple Fix)

    Just Change the USB Cable.
    I Just Happened to have a New USB/iPod/iPhone Cable Laying Around, so i Connected it and "Voila" everything was back to Normal.
    Intel Powered 2.26 GHz Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo, 2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 80 GIG iPod Classic, iPhone 2G 8 GIG
  • spalacio Calculating status...
    I'm having the same problem. I tried 3 different cables, both ports on my laptop, reset the iPod several times, and tried charging it from a wall charger. It will not charge, and my laptop disables the USB port ever time I plug it in. I also tested it on a PC and the USB port I plugged it in to was disabled by the Windows OS. I have a Nano that I tried and it works on all ports and cables.

    Now what?
    MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • rothfuss10 Calculating status...
    I'm having the same problem with the cord included with my iPhone 4. It doesn't charge even when I plug it into the wall. My phone charges with my other cords (for my iPods), but I have to remove the bumper to fit for it to fit those. Can I get it replaced?
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.4)

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