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Gen 3 firewire iPod not recognized anymore?

So, I pulled the old Gen 3 Ipod out the other day. Used the docking station to charge it up. Works fine, but when I plug it into my Macbook running the latest version of Itunes, it doesn't come up anymore. I tried my GF's old MBP with 10.4 and itunes didn't see it there either... Has Apple stopped support for these devices?

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Hmmm... strange...

It plays fine, totally functional. I've tried 3 different cables, but no recognition. I don't want to reformat without backing it up first, i'll lose alot of older stuff that I know I don't have on my new MB. Makes me think maybe the connector on the iPod is fouled or there's a loose wire inside. I did replace the battery and HD about 2 years ago (thank you ifixt!), maybe I jacked something up when I had it apart.

I'll try booting to disk mode tonight. See what that does.

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I had the same problem with mine! So, I booted it up in Disk Mode and it was recognized. If that doesn't work, you may try reformatting in Disk Utility (Which is an app on your Mac in your Utilities folder) and booting it into disk mode. If that doesn't work, try ejecting and reconnecting it a few times. One last thing you could try is - while it's plugged in, lightly knock it against your hand on the left side of the iPod. I've found that this helps when mine is stuck.

How to boot into Disk Mode: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1363

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You might have to reformat I have problems with older ipods to the newer machines. The MBP are "Mactels" CISC Little endian the ipods use ARM processors that are RISC Big Endian (Which are better because it is the way we humans think and recall information). Older format is unreadable on the newer machines. Besides Apple like you to spend money every six months for a new machine and ipod and not to hold on to the old.

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No apple dosent like that!

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Yes, it's getting old.

Resetting it into disk mode then reformatting it ("Reset" in iTunes parlance) will help for a bit. I have a 60GB model in the same condition.

Hard disks get old and die eventually.

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try to boot it into disk mode, do this by turning it on and holding "Menu" and the center button simultaneously, and than. like the other responses, restore it, and try it, if it doesn't show up, while in disk mode, check if the computer recognizes it at all, it it doesn't, try another cable, if not, than it might be dead, try it on a different computer.

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I use one on my iBook G3, and it always pops up. And I have Mac 10.4.11. So it must be your iPod..

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This is more of a question. I have one of those older ipods but a very new mac pro computer that has firewire 800 connectors that the original firewire cable that i got with the ipod. Anyone have a solution?

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Tess you might get a better answer is you ask your own question. Check on the right side of this screen you will find a link that say "Ask a question" and click on it. There you can give as much information as possible and I am sure you will get the help you need. Right now it looks like you are trying to answer a question that is almost a year old. Good Luck.

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yeahdude1976 will be eternally grateful.
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