5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 20, 2012 9:32 AM by planb77
masond Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My first generation ipod nano, which I only use these days when I go running, shuts off whenever I go running.  If it's lying still on top of my desk, it'll play until the cows come home.  But I can't run two hundred yards with it strapped to my arm before it completely shuts down (and, upon restarting, doesn't remember anything of what it was doing before shutting down).

 

So, it's very old by ipod standards, but was suited to the purpose I have for it.

 

Any reason this thing should shut down completely, and quickly, when in motion, but should function just fine at rest?


Mac OS X (10.7)
  • planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,290 points)

    Not sure exactly. The motion from running could be wiggling something loose. Do you use the headphones with remote and mic? If so, those could be getting moisture on them, causing some short circuiting that leads to odd behavior such as what you are experiencing.

     

    B-rock

  • masond Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the thought.

     

    I'm using the Apple earphones that came with it.  Some sixth-gen owners say that a software update causes the 6th-gen nanos to shut off if the earphones aren't plugged all the way in.  Is it possible that wear-and-tear inside the earphone port could make a space that would make an old 1st-gen nano shut down?  (Though it's not clear to me whether the 6th-gens are turning off or shutting down—mine is completely shutting down.)

     

    Is it also possible that a worn-out click-wheel could cause the nano to shut down?

     

    To develop a fix, I need to know what would tell an old nano to shut down completely.

  • planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,290 points)

    There is a pretty good chance it could be the headphone jack port or the jack on the actual headset that is getting wiggled around.

     

    Do you have another set of earbuds you can try?

     

    B-rock

  • masond Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried another set of earphones.  Lasted, perhaps, twenty-five additional yards.  Anecdotally, it's not the earphones.

     

    Would its perception of a loose connection inside the earphone port cause the nano to shut down?  (That is: is the device programmed to do this?)

  • planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,290 points)

    Yes.  It's a feature of the Nano. When it no longer detects a headset, it pauses playback. However, you said a complete shutdown, so that would actually rule that possibility out.

     

    Perhaps the battery's connection to the logic board wiggles when running causing the iPod to lose power.  I'm not 100% sure as there are still a few other possibilities, but I'm still leaning towards something getting jiggled around.

     

    B-rock