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Just so we're clear, that's me wailing, not a baby. No baby to speak of yet.

But I think my iPod has just died. Which I realize is not the end of the world (it had been clear for a while that this iPod was elderly and infirm, and I'd already asked for, and been promised, a new one for Hanukkah/Christmas), but I'd really been hoping to bring it to the hospital so I'd have soothing music to listen to during the birth. And this kind of throws a wrench in that plan.

Yesterday, I tried to connect the iPod to my computer to load some new music onto it. If I plug it in with a firewire, it will recharge itself, but the computer won't recognize that it's there. If I use a dock with USB, the computer can see it, but it won't recharge. Yesterday the problem appeared to be that the battery was entirely kaput, so the iPod wouldn't wake up when connected to the computer via USB, so I couldn't update it. I plugged it in with firewire overnight, came back this morning, and hooray, the battery is charged.

But all my music is gone. I'd had something like 35GB of music on this device, including a fair bit of music that I do NOT have on my computer. All completely wiped. Along with all my other settings, playlists, etc.

And now, when I attach it to my computer via firewire, it will happily charge its battery, but the computer does not acknowledge its existence. And when I attach it via USB, the computer sees that it's there, says that it cannot read the contents of this iPod, and instructs me to restore the factory settings. The iPod will show up in iTunes, but it has absolutely nothing on it, and the only option I'm given is to click "Restore" and, presumably, start fresh. But when I go ahead and click "Restore," the computer informs me that I need to attach the iPod via firewire in order to do this. See above, re the computer not noticing the iPod when I connect it with firewire.


Date: 2008-09-22 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bayleaf.livejournal.com
Try restoring it to factory settings and see if that fixes the problem. Also maybe a new usb cord?

Date: 2008-09-22 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bayleaf.livejournal.com
...er, and now I see your last para about the restore issue. Isn't there a combo of buttons you can press on the ipod itself to restore?

Date: 2008-09-22 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
I'd already tried swapping in different USB and firewire cables, hoping it might be a cable problem. No luck.

Bizarrely, though, after it was attached to the computer via firewire for around two hours, the computer suddenly noticed it was there, and is letting me work with it. I'm slightly afraid that as soon as I unplug it it will die again. But for now it seems to be alive...

Date: 2008-09-22 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kassrachel.livejournal.com
I wish I had smart suggestions. As it is, the best I can come up with is that you might buy a new iPod now, so you'd have it during labor, and let your loved ones come up with a different gift in December? Though I realize that doesn't help with the music that has been lost. Sigh.

Date: 2008-09-22 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
A new one has now been ordered, and D has promised me that I can still have a present for the winter holidays. Now it'll be a race, to see which gets here first: baby or iPod?

Date: 2008-09-22 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kassrachel.livejournal.com
I'm not sure which to hope for. Er -- may the delivery be speedy and safe, either way? *g*

Date: 2008-09-22 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melissam805.livejournal.com
Press play/pause and the menu button for several?? seconds and that performs a reset. If I recall... you have an ipod that was found near Stonehedge, no? Amongst the 4 newer ipods we have in our house the pause ~ menu combo works like a charm.

Good luck, tell D to loan you his Touch. You better have some portable speakers as well for the delivery, because I guarantee you that the nurses will not want any extra headphone wires running around your already wired body. Besides, you will be capable of communicating with anyone in the room, and they might like to know that you are listening to them and not PJ Harvey.

Stevo :D

Date: 2008-09-22 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
Oddly enough, after being plugged in for a few hours, the computer suddenly noticed the firewire connection and let me restore stuff. So now we'll see if the iPod continues to work after I unplug it. Which I'm slightly nervous about doing, but it'll have to happen eventually. (Meanwhile, D went ahead and ordered me a new one, so the holidays are coming early. It's now a race, to see if the ipod arrives before the baby.)

Speakers are already in the suitcase...

Date: 2008-09-24 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nadyezhda.livejournal.com
Just wanted to say good luck and happy baby! You looked lovely at laura_md's shower and I can't wait to see your baby pictures, should you post them on LJ...

Date: 2008-09-29 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
Thanks very much, and it was good to see you too. I'm sure I'll be posting photos once there's actually a baby to take photos of; they'll be under friends-lock, but I've just added you. Alas, said baby seems to be in no hurrry to make his entrance.

Meanwhile, how are you? You've had your little one by now, yes?

Date: 2008-10-01 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nadyezhda.livejournal.com
I would love to see your photos when you get the chance. Yes, Malcolm James joined us on 8/24 after a stupidly long labor. Things are going really well. We've been blessed with a wonderful, cute little guy. I really hope we get to dodge colic this time, too :)

Off to go get Danny from daycare! Take care and hope you're hanging in there.

Date: 2008-09-24 09:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bop-radar.livejournal.com
Ergh, I have a very old very glitchy iPod, so do not give up hope! Every so often they just play up. Give it a rest, charge it fully, try again.

Or do what my bf did: pull it apart, give the drive a strong whack and stick it back together again. Worked perfectly! (But I suspect he has uncanny tech magic!)

STILL no baby?! *disbelief* :p

Date: 2008-09-29 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
STILL NO BABY. *headdesk*

I do, at least, have a shiny new iPod, thanks to my very sweet husband who decided that I did not need to be stressed about technology at this juncture.

However, the new iPod, while it is indeed shiny, looks distinctly silly sitting in the crib, and it doesn't fit into any of the cute little outfits we've got. Also, I'm mega-uncomfortable. Though I guess, on the plus side, the iPod also doesn't keep me up at night, and was delivered by FedEx in an entirely painless procedure, which is more than I'll be able to say for my son, should he ever decide to grace us with his presence.

Date: 2008-09-30 06:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bop-radar.livejournal.com
Wow. Still!

Is new iPod a touch?! I have a touch and I love it. Son better hurry up or he will be replaced in your affections!

Date: 2008-10-01 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
I went for the Classic; my husband has the touch iPod, and I've played with it some, and it just has too many bells and whistles for me. The technology is fantastically cool, but I don't want to surf the web on such a teensy screen. I'd rather have something that can hold my entire music collection.


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