Well, that didn't help much. Read the whole thing, not a single mention of my issue.
I have the dreaded 'iTunes could not sync contacts to the iPad 'MY IPAD' because contacts have been disabled on the iPad' error.
Please, this is a fault. Tell us how to fix it, or at least admit it exists, dammit!
By the way, please don't go on and on about iCloud either. I AM NOT USING ICLOUD!
This is about straightforward syncing, via a USB cable.
Retrieving data ...