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

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Replaced battery & battery charge logo on when charged but never moves

Ipod not used for around 6-8 months after hard drive broke so replaced it but could not get ipod to charge [also ipod will not appear in My Computer or in itunes - I'm aware this is a combination of no battery and a need to reinstall the firmware]. Assumed battery was dead as it was drained, so bought a replacement from ifixit. I installed it seemingly without any problems but when I try to charge it using the wall charger, nothing happens. When I connect to my PC the battery charge icon appears [though it sporadically disappears for 10-20 seconds then reappears again]. Ipod has been on charge like this for almost 6 hours but the charging icon is still there showing no progress [i.e., it's not flashing or moving forward]. Can anyone help please?

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Stuart, I just repaired one of the 4th generation as well with the same problem. Makes sure yur hard drive cable is seated properly. It can only fix one way but the one I had was actually put in wrong. (square peg in round hole) make sure all the pins are straight and that the cable is seated right. Check your port connector and make sure all the pins are straight, you should also check your cable. Check for corrosion as well. Make sure the power connector on the logic board is in good working order and that the pins are straight and not corroded. Reset your iPod

1. Toggle the Hold switch on and off. (Slide it to Hold, then turn it off again.)

2. Press and hold the Menu and Select buttons until the Apple logo appears, about 6 to 10 seconds. You may need to repeat this step.

Also see if you can place the ipod in either diagnostic mode or disk mode. For disk mode do this

  1. Toggle the Hold switch on and off. (Set it to Hold, then turn it off again.)
  2. Press and hold the Menu and Select buttons for at least 6 seconds until the Apple logo appears.
  3. When the Apple logo appears, release the Menu and Select buttons and immediately press and hold the Select and the Play/Pause buttons until the Disk Mode screen appears.
  4. Connect the iPod to your computer; the screen on the iPod will change and say "Do not disconnect" and diagnostic mode is explained here that can give you more information. I also kept my ipod on a wall charger to finish charging. Worst case scenario since you already replaced most parts would be a new logic board. Good Luck and let us know how things are progressing.

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Thanks Oldturkey03, but still no joy. I opened the ipod up again and checked all connections and seating of the HD - this seems ok. Toggling the hold switch then holding down Menu & Select has no effect unfortunately. If I press the Select button with the ipod unconnected to my PC the Apple logo appears for about 10 seconds and is then replaced by the ipod sad face icon. If the ipod is connected to the PC the Apple log appears then is replaced by the battery charging logo [but this never moves to indicate progress]. I also plugged the ipod to the wall power socket last night for about 1 hour to see if that might help but the ipod became so hot I couldn't hold it in my hand!! Do you think there is any hope of recovering the ipod to working order? Thanks


Stuart now there is definetly a problem since it gets hot. SInce you got the battery here I have no doubt that it is a good one, The only time I have had that happen was when the charge circuit failed. I think that those iPods are really good quality, easy to work on and I do love the audio quality. So do consider getting a new circuit board. you do not have a adapter handy that you can plug your hard drive in to a usb port is assume, which is to bad. I had purchased one a while back for less than $5 which allows me to check the HDD but again I assume that you bought a good drive (good investement for the future since it also does the zif drives). The only thing that you have left is the logic board I did buy a few for a little less than $20 a few weeks back so they are available. Wish I could have a better suggestion.


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Did you try resetting the OS? There have been some problems with it after a battery change. Go here and follow the instructions:

As usual let us know how you do.

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thanks Marc. Sorry, I should have mentioned I am using Windows 7, so the Mac link you kindly supplied was not applicable. Also, by 'OS' I presume you're referring to the operating system or firmware? If so, this was the original trigger for me ordering a replacement battery as the ipod update I downloaded would not work, I presumed because Windows did not recognise the ipod due to it having no battery power. Hope this makes some sense?



thanks for the response OT. Will think about the getting a replacement circuit board as the next step.


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