2875 Views 14 Replies Latest reply: Mar 31, 2006 1:23 PM by A. Toad
I have the same problem with a 15GB, no click wheel. It keeps restarting every 6 seconds, making a clunk sound. It won't reset, won't go into disk mode, won't be recognized by any disk utility or the Finder.
The last thing I did before it began acting up was insert it into the dock to charge. That's it. No updater, no change to software, no transfer of files. I just charged it.
Is there any combination of buttons to try? Or is it Applecare time?
I too have an ipod 3rd Gen (with the four buttons across the top) that is constantly running into the restart loop. All I did was change the battery myself and let it charge apparently. then connected it to my computer (G4) and it just never launched. I've tried all the techniques I know and it's a no go... I don't know what the heck went wrong? But, I can't get it out of this crazy loop. is there some sort of physical way to take a chip out or something then place it back in to reset it? I'm basically stuck on a folder icon with exclamation point then back to Apple logo again. Please help this is not giving me a good taste with my 4th ipod....
Ok, I have fixed the problem...:o)
Ok, I hope this helps others out there too!
Ok, You know when you have taken your ipod apart right?
The backside on the lower left hand corner is a little Female chip set surrounded by copper looking plastic. That was not connected back when renclosing my ipod.
It's a little pain but, easily fixable. So, basically remove backside Hard Drive along with little chipset as one unit and snap back it back into place.
then Before snapping ipod back together turn on and you should be golden.
That's the reason for the Folder icon resetting...it couldn’t find the HD DUAH! Hope this helps others.
This might work, but I never opened my ipod. All I did was buy a new computer and download the latest iPod Updater. After I installed the new iPod update, I docked my ipod and that is when the iPod crashed and has not recovered.
After a couple of days doing without the ipod. Here is my strategy.
1) Take it to the Genius Bar at the local Apple Store to see if they can fix it. If they cannot fix it then..
2) Ask them about the servicing cost and any trade in policy. If servicing is $50 or under, I will service it. If not....
3) Not sure yet.
I'm having the same problem.
I finally got it to recognized my ipod in the ipod updater software but now when I click restore the updater gets stuck in its starting up phase (stripey progress bar instead of breathing(?) one)
Anywho, if anyone finds the quick, free (haha) resolve of this problem it would be much appreciated.
Well I don't know how well you've searched and read previous posts (dating years ago) but this is how I fixed it.
Right after resetting your ipod (four buttons on top) quickly switch your fingers to the 2 outside buttons. That will take you out of the restart loop. It works every time, if not, I read that you can drop it on the carpet. I've done it tons of times with no success (before I read about the good way of fixing it) but my iPod still works fine.
My problem, and I will search before reposting, is my flat screen no camera iMac won't restore it. Like the updater app doesn't recognize it. Now when I bring it to my dad's old iMac DV, it restores it fine. So it's a problem with my computer and not the iPod (I think).
I tried it, I am out of the loop. I am not recharging however it seems to put the pod into disk mode - not back to the main menu did that happen with you??
It certainly seems that your problem seems to be with your computer. I have not encountered this problem previously. You may want to repair your permissions see if that cleans it up.
By A. Toad.
We were so happy, the 'Pod and I
Until, without a warning
'Twas with dispair that I did spy
The restart loop this morning.
Over and over, ad infinitum
A click, a whir, the logo appears
But no tunes emerge, for she's struck dumb
An invisible monkey wrench in her gears.
Hellish death a thousand times
The hours pass, and I now see it's true
Awake, but she sleeps; Alive but dead,
Dear iPod, you are passed and through
So Loop, Loop, fiend, once friend,
On and on, you loop.
Perhaps our days have come to end
You've flown the proverbial coop
And left your little iPod shell
to rot in a comatose little ****
No need for the white case
the little 'Pod's soul soars through space
She waves sadly as she departs
And leaves a great abyss within my heart.
31 March 2006