2884 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Jul 23, 2007 4:35 PM by irishgal
Mrs is feeling fat and frumpy and wants to go out
running but needs some sounds; bought her a 2nd Gen
iPod Shuffle but the thing doesn't seem to be
charging, despite there being an amber light. Have
left the PC switched on (not on standby) with this
thing docked via USB but the amber light doesn't go
green after hours of 'charging'; PC isn't state of
the art but it isn't old either (P4 2.53GHz 512MB) so
I'm assuming USB's aren't the problem. Starting to
annoy me, so can anyone tell me how long an initial
charge is meant to take as I just want to load this
thing with music and do other things.
Initial charge can take as long as 8 hours (or even more, depending on the vagaries of the USB controller and power draw of other attached, unpowered, USB devices).
edit: checked my motherboard manual (MS-6533/G Micro
ATX Mainboard) and it says the USB ports are +5V, so
there should be sufficient power. Does this mean the
iPod is faulty?
5v is standard voltage for USB... it's the current (amps) that count. "high-power" USB is 5v/500mA minimum.
BTW, there are a few situations in which the shuffle doesn't go green when fully charged:
I've left this plugged in all day, for more than eight hours, having unplugged all other USB devices, and the amber light remains static; the unit is charging in the off position. Does it need to be on instead? Have ordered a mains charger as I don't seem to be getting anywhere. I'll leave it on overnight, but so far I'm dissatisfied with this. If the likes of a scanner can operate via USB then you'd think charging an iPod would be a small task.
Sorry, I did check the link but neglected to mention
that it made no difference at all. When I disconnect
the iPod from the dock and switch it on there is no
light at all; green, amber, red, just null as though
no charging has taken place at all.
So it does... do you have another computer available to you with "high-power" USB port? IF SO, try charging the shuffle on it.
Otherwise, buy an external USB Power Adapter and see if the shuffle charges there OR take it to an Apple Store for analysis and possible replacement...