Thanks for your quick reply. I followed your steps but it still won't charge or recognise when it is plugged in.
Also if the iPad is powered off and I plug it in, all it does it switches the iPad back on but still won't charge it. So I think it recognises something when it is powered off but all it does it turn it on.
Forgot to add that I have tried the 10v and 5v power supplies, different USB cables, different wall outputs and then made sure all of these options charged my iPhone (which they did).
Is my iPad able to be saved without be paying for a service / repair?
I hate to say it, but if you've confirmed that your chargers and cables are okay, and you've sprayed out the dock connector then your port may be bad.
I know the 36 days is hard to swallow - it'd frustrate me - but it is probably an issue with the port.
You can always make a genius bar appointment and maybe when you talk to a person face to face they may be more sympathetic. When a person calls APple support, they stick to the letter of the warranty. But sometimes individual store personnel have more discretion. It's a long shot but has been known to happen.
Thanks for your response, I think I'm in denial really! Not sure how it can be fine one day and then not charging the next.
Yes I'm going to book an appt for the Genius Bar and hope they may be sympathetic seeing as I am heavily pregnant and was planning on taking my iPad to hospital to keep me entertained during labour!!
Hoping that as its only just out of warranty that they may use their discretion and repair it free of charge. They have seen my sister before and replaced her iPhone 4 even though that was out of warranty.
Thanks all for your help
So, today I was able to connect my ipad to the computer and completely restore to factory settings, first I backed it up to icloud, then through itunes I was able to erase my ipad2 completely then disconnect from the computer and through icloud, restore my system. It worked... the first time I restored my ipad I didn't do it through itunes so the system didn't get erased, so you have to go through itunes.
back up your ipad on icloud first...
connect ipad.. do not sync.
click on ipad icon in your itunes program.
go to summary
once restored disconnect and get your back up from icloud,.
worked for me!!