Model A1059 or A1099 / 20, 40, or 60 GB hard drive / touch sensitive click wheel

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iPod starts for a few seconds and immediately turns off again?

My iPod is almost completely non-original now. At first I thought the logic board was bad, so I replaced it. At that point it would come on when plugged in, but the lock symbol was on and the click wheel would not respond, even when the hold switch was off. I figured no biggie, since I control it through my car stereo anyway.

However, once plugged into the car, I could choose the artist and song, but it would continuously cycle through the songs without playing anything. I then replaced the Hard drive, thinking this had to be it.

Now, after replacing the Hard drive it will come on only when plugged in. The apple logo illuminates for a second, then the iPod immediately turns off again. It will not charge, and will not be recognized in itunes. What is wrong with this stupid thing??!

Btw, it is a U2 special edition 20 gig, not a video.

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This is likely a battery issue. I have the same iPod (minus U2) and everytime I go to dust it off after months of no use it does this exact thing too.

What I believe is happening is that the iPod battery (when it is fully discharged and/or no longer holds charges) is drawing more than what the drive needs to spin at full speed. My iPod does this but eventually after 10-20 restarts the battery gets enough of a charge to maintain power and the iPod starts up. It could be that your battery is so far gone that this will not happen, and in which case you should buy one of the batteries for 4th gen iPods.

Good luck!

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