I just realized how long it has been since I added anything to this blog. It is not because I have not had any random thoughts in a while: rather it is because I have been pretty busy with work and lots of things going on with the family. However, right now I have been fighting a problem that is getting very frustrating.
I have had a 4th generation IPOD for several years. It was very useful and did exactly what I wanted: it addition to keeping music available I was able to load my Audible books on it and listen to books as I commuted to work daily. However, it started to give me problems a few weeks ago. It kept giving me an error “no data card found” and I had to reset it. I gave it a complete reset, including completely resetting it and reloading all the songs, with no real improvement. So, finally my good wife convinced me to upgrade to a new video IPOD.
I bought a new video IPOD from the local Apple store and brought it home. The first thing I noticed was that no matter what I did, it would never show a full charge. Also, the computer never recognized the IPOD. After four hours and trying both an powered hub and a direct USB connection, I was unable to get the IPOD to show a charge or be recognized by the computer. I finally gave up and boxed it up to take it back to Apple. I called the store, and they said that often if you tried to charge it with a USB 1 connection it would not charge, and so it needed to be charged by an external power supply. I tried to hook it up to a power supply from my previous IPOD, and after about 3 seconds it showed a full charge. I could only assume that it somehow reset the ipod. At any rate, I was able to then get the ipod to synch with my computer. It seems to play music correctly, but it will not play any videos: I try to play a video and it gives me a black screen, a beeping noise, and then it resets. I called the Apple store again and they told me to bring it in.
I will bring it in tomorrow after work and see what they say tomorrow……