Model A1136 / 30, 60, or 80 GB hard drive / black or white plastic front

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Stuck in Restore/Recovery Loop

I'm stuck in a restore loop and have tried all the suggestions here and on the Apple Board (change drive path, update iTunes, switch computer, restore in Disk mode, etc.)

What's different in my case is that I go thru the restore process, the Apple logo appears with a progress bar and it looks as if it's ready to go to the main menu, then goes back to a dim Apple logo, flashes the "Use iTunes to Restore" and the process starts all over again.

I can reformat the drive and it passes all the diagnostics.

Any thoughts?

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henry Gitter, take a look at the dock connector and see if it has any debris or corrosion on it. Clean it as good as you can. Also check your cable, if you have try a separate one. I am sure you already tried a different USB port etc. on your computer. Which OS do you use on your computer? Did you chkdsk the drive just to check on bad sectors etc.

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thanks for the suggestions,

I blew out the connector with compressed air and ran chkdsk (no issues) - still no difference. Running XP. I'm out of ideas

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admittedly that is the weirdest thing. I have a couple of iPods in front of me and am going to try to see if I can reproduce the error with a couple of faulty components...Hang in there and don't get to frustrated ;-)

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ok -- thanks -- I'm going to peek inside it again and see if anything looks out of place.

Your help is much appreciated

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looked inside again - disconnected and reconnected both the battery and HD - no help

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Since it does not recognize the previous restorations, I would think that it is either a dock connector error or a logic board issue, especially since your drive is okay. Would you be willing to try something different? Would you mind downloading Floola and follow the instructions on http://lifehacker.com/#!237986/hack-atta... to see if bypassing iTunes helps. This way you would at least know if it reacts to it.

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Hi! I'm having the exact same problem as henry. Tried everything, reformating, ...

It's really strange... once I connect the iPod in Disc Mode (after having pressed down "select" and "Play" for a while) iTunes lets me choose a name and I'm able to sync with my music. - When I restart after that it returns to the "Your iPod has to be restored" screen... and keeps looping.

Disc seems to be ok. - Is the Motherboard broken?

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have you followed the driection that henry Gitter got? Any change with that?

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