Just dropped my ipod...

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Spikeh, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. Spikeh

    Spikeh Sex Strings

    And it's stuck on "Now playing". The text is still scrolling, but none of the control buttons work any more. It powers off after 10 mins or so then I can turn it back on with the lock switch at the top, but nothing actually works. It's not playing either!

    Anyone had this before? Not tried plugging it into my PC yet cos I'm at work... I'm a pretty technical person, but tbh I can't be arsed to fiddle around with it. I'd rather just send it back and get a replacement - I only dropped it from about 2 foot onto a carpet... it should take that at least! I would have thought they should be able to stand being dropped on concrete - if you drop it while you're jogging.
  2. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Aug 31, 2001
    Halifax, Canada
    Owner - St. Germaine Guitars
    I'd take it back. If you dropped it from 2 feet onto carpet and it broke it sounds like it is a defective piece of electronics. An mp3 player shouldn't be that delicate (my fiance's certainly is not).
  3. KeithBMI

    KeithBMI Guest

    Is it a Nano or what?

    The older ones use HDs that aren't ment to be jostled.
  4. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I dropped my first iPod onto a hard surface and it broke. Well, the buttons stopped working and it effectively became useless. I went to the apple store and the 'genius' there took it, looked at it for like 5 seconds and said "ya, you dropped this, nothing we can do, unless you have applecare, or you want to spend (fairly large amount of money)"

    Now, the thing is, that was because there was a dent on the back, so he clearly knew it had been mishandled. If there is no physical damage to the frame, you very well may be able to get it replaced by going into any apple store and saying that it just stopped working one day or something like that.

    As for mp3 players 'should' being able to withstand a drop to concrete on a run. That's kinda dubious, they have hard drives, it would be very difficult to make them that durable without making them way too bulky to fit in your pocket(defeats the 'on a jog' part) or even around your neck/arm.

    Both the nano and the shuffle could most likely withstand a drop while jogging, but you're asking quite a lot from a portable HD to do such.
  5. KeithBMI

    KeithBMI Guest

    The Nano uses a flash drive. So it should be able to withstand the hit.

    I wouldn't advise it... but...

    Trust me. I got 50/50 on a paper about iPods. :p

    I'm in the class right now... on TalkBass. ;)
  6. simpy1

    simpy1 Guest

    Mar 31, 2005
    New Zealand
    Tried rebooting it? I think you hold the middle button and menu for 10 seconds. SOmething like that. It could just need to be reset (cross your fingers)
  7. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    that's what happened to me when i did it
  8. Don W

    Don W

    Jan 30, 2004
    East Bay, CA.
    That's what I would suggest trying. Hold the Play/Pause and the Menu button for about ten seconds and it should reboot. I've seen that solve problematic ipods before so it is worth a shot.
  9. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    hmmm interesting. I was using my ipod mini one day and it just froze, it was playing "car wash" and when the song was over, the screen indicated the song was still playing, only stuck in the middle of the song somewhere, but the counter wasen't moving....

    all the controls were useless. the padlock icon was on which indicated it was on hold, but moving the hold button was useless.

    Good thing I bought it at Costco.......I try and make all my electronic purchases there because of the refund policy is so bitchin.

    Here's the funny part, when my ipod froze while playing the song "car wash" (I was learning it for a gig) ...........I was actually at the car wash waiting for my car to get done. too weird. I upgraded to an ipod 20GB, we'll see what happens next time........... :smug:
  10. FireBug

    FireBug Guest

    Sep 18, 2005
    Sony Network Walkman

    This is taken directly from the site:

    I believe this is the best mp3 player by far. Beats iPod in lots of categories.
  11. Nick man

    Nick man Guest

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Let the iPod bateries drain completely and then when you recharge it see if it works. Its worked for me the couple of times Ive bumped mine too hard.
  12. simpy1

    simpy1 Guest

    Mar 31, 2005
    New Zealand
    This is pretty much the same as performing a reset. The ipod never turns off, it only 'sleeps'. A reset or completely draining the batteries means the ipod gets to start up fresh and happy.
  13. Nick man

    Nick man Guest

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    No, I mean draining it completely to the point that the clock resets.

    It's happened to me where a reset wouldnt work since the buttons were not working at all and thats what I did to fix it.
  14. groovit

    groovit Guest

    Oct 12, 2004
    New Hampsha
    That's interesting...I've got a 4gb Mini, and it has sustained several drops, accidental of course, onto pavement prior to a protective case...Works with no problems...
  15. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002

    This is terrific!

    I read nick's post and thought "whoa... my broken iPod has been sitting in a bin unused for almost a year now, its battery is definitely 100% exhausted. I plugged it in, sure enough... it chirped an beeped a little strangely, but the buttons work again!


    My replacement 40 GB was stolen, so I was seriously missing having iPod action. Oh boy

    :hyper: :hyper:
  16. Nick man

    Nick man Guest

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Im awesome.
  17. Spikeh

    Spikeh Sex Strings

    It's at home now, ready to be shipped off. Amazon have offered me a refund because they don't have any replacements in stock.

    It's a 20GB ipod colour. I don't rate it tbh... hate the fact I have to use itunes is horrible. I also hate the fact that no matter how careful you are, the screen and silver back always get scratched to hell!

    I'll try rebooting it tonight - but the buttons don't work at all, so I'm not sure it'll work at all.
  18. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Golly, yes - I'd suggest all iPod users be aware of how to do a reset. IIRC, Apple advises toggling the lock switch a couple of times before holding down the menu and play buttons (for 3G pod). Consult documentation or Apple website to be sure, but by all means - learn it, know it, live it! I've never owned a computer that didn't have to be rebooted - it's something that's going to happen eventually to just about every iPod, I suspect. It's happened to me two or three times - no dropping involved. :)
  19. Spikeh

    Spikeh Sex Strings

    Nope, tried everything - won't reboot. The buttons just don't respond!

    So... it's getting shipped back to amazon with a slight adustment to the description of how it happened ;)
  20. Brown Shark

    Brown Shark Guest

    Feb 13, 2005
    Tasmania, Australia
    As a former Apple employee, there has been some good advice on this forum - secretdonkeys advice of "if you own an iPod, you should know how to reset it" is too true. Your iPod WILL need to be reset at some stage, no matter how well you look after it. Knowing how to reset it on the fly will stop you from being one of those stupid morons who flips out when their iPod freezes/stops playing/goes flat and who makes an ugly scene about how much you paid for your iPod and its not working etc, even though you have only had it for a nominated period of time, but have never read the manual about how to use it.

    Running the battery completely dead is also good advice - sometimes the internal battery can get frizzed and needs to be reset by draining and recharging. Leaving the iPod connected to your computer while it sleeps is the quickest way to drain its battery if it cannot play music.

    And a final thing, if your iPod has a hard drive DO NOT GO RUNNING/JOGGING/ROLLERBLADING/POLE VAULTING WITH IT - Apple says not to! It's a great way to stuff your iPod up - buy a shuffle if you need music to do these activities, as they do not have a hard drive and can handle constant shocks.

    My grandfather used to say "stupid people can drive too" - my experience shows they also own an iPod, but have no idea about how it works.