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Fixing Ipod Nano Crash

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Written by Atariboy

January 23, 2006 at 8:50 am

Posted in General, Hardware

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  1. Googled this page & fix worked like a treat!



    February 4, 2006 at 5:43 pm

  2. Excellent advice, thanks a lot!


    February 5, 2006 at 3:36 pm

  3. Thanks man, google had you at the top of the list for “Ipod Nano Crash” and now I’ve got my music back :)


    February 12, 2006 at 5:26 am

  4. Great news. I’m updating it just before I set of travelling – so was worried it was gonna be a Nano-free trip. Thanks


    February 13, 2006 at 7:21 pm

  5. Likewise, Googled this page and it worked like a charm!

    Despite just trying it for the hell of it, the first step seems unecessary. I’ll trying skipping it next time the poor thing crashes.

    Austin Spafford

    February 27, 2006 at 5:15 pm

  6. Yeah, i dont think it helps too much if you have a full on crash, but sometimes it can save a minor crash.


    February 27, 2006 at 5:20 pm

  7. Nice one mate saved me a trip to the shops, it worked a treat


    March 5, 2006 at 6:41 pm

  8. Worked for me too, thought the thing had broken down forever! Many thanks!


    March 5, 2006 at 9:58 pm

  9. Cheers for the tip! I was just hoping for the thing to run out of battery before I could use it again… thanks a lot!


    March 6, 2006 at 11:48 am

  10. Works for me! Thanx.


    March 6, 2006 at 12:09 pm

  11. Thanks for the tip. Here I was in Denver intl with no tunes!


    March 7, 2006 at 10:04 pm

  12. yeah, i cant see the words on the screen. it plays the music but you cant see anything


    March 9, 2006 at 11:05 pm

  13. GREAT FIX. had to press each button a couple of times but the screen eventually faded and it rebooted no problem.


    March 10, 2006 at 11:06 pm

  14. i’ve tried this and it still hasn’t solved my problem. The screen stays blank. nothing happens. can u please help!


    March 12, 2006 at 5:23 pm

  15. Sounds like its a bit more broken than jsut crashed smithy, all i can suggest is try plugging it into the pc/mac and letting it charge up for a while, either that or take it back to the shop and get a refund.


    March 12, 2006 at 5:26 pm

  16. Thanx man,

    your fix just made my day!!


    March 22, 2006 at 2:36 pm

  17. Thanks a lot! Now I’ve got music for my flights :)


    March 22, 2006 at 10:18 pm

  18. thanks for this man ….this is a wicked fix….:p


    March 28, 2006 at 8:45 pm

  19. Hey guys! Literally just got my brand new ipod, and started it up and it crashed! Much help! was about to either cry or throw it at a wall!!


    March 30, 2006 at 8:37 pm

  20. Thank you sir


    April 7, 2006 at 6:54 am

  21. Any ideas if a rf transmitter stops working.

    Bought one in states and worked locally, wont work in UK.

    Transmitter does work on other nano’s.


    April 7, 2006 at 11:46 am

  22. Do you think its because it is in the UK or that its broken?


    April 7, 2006 at 12:00 pm

  23. Awesome! thanks so much!


    April 8, 2006 at 1:09 am

  24. Thanx muchly
    I was sooooo scared that i may had 2 have called up services. Whic would probably cost a bomb


    April 8, 2006 at 8:15 pm

  25. Buzzin mate worked a treat shame my power was dead after

    charging now :)


    April 11, 2006 at 9:01 pm

  26. arrrghh Crashed again!!!!

    fix wont work 2nd time around


    April 11, 2006 at 9:19 pm

  27. hey just thought would say thanks as my ipod nano is now working again!

    cheers x


    August 5, 2006 at 3:57 pm

  28. thanks for the advice – was really panicing for a second.


    August 11, 2006 at 11:10 pm

  29. thanks so much!!! you saved my brothers life(and his ipod)! saved him £150!
    what would we do with out the internet! cheers (y)


    August 13, 2006 at 10:40 pm

  30. This post should be called ‘my stupid girlfriend crashed my iPod’

    Cheers thougfh mate, worked like a charm.

    Paulo Rossi

    September 17, 2006 at 7:02 pm

  31. My Ipod Nano is not turning on. I have tried to restore it and reset it and nothing happens. first i get the apple in the window, then a screen comes on and in that screen there is a folder and Then it shuts off. that sums up what the Ipod Nano is doing. How do i get it to come on??? Getting frustrated here.


    September 20, 2006 at 4:24 am

  32. My Ipod Nano is not turning on. I have tried to reset and restore and nothing happens. When I try to turn on my Ipod Nano the apple shows up and then a screen comes on with a folder and Then it shuts off AGAIN!!!!! I am getting frustrated and I just want this thing to turn on… can you help me? I have windows xp. I have my ipod +itunes disk but that does not do any good either.


    September 20, 2006 at 4:30 am

  33. As the link doesnt seem to work. i’d suggest trying to flick your hold button on then off then on then off and then holding down middle button and menu button. Repeat if needed


    October 1, 2006 at 9:37 pm

  34. Thanx JJ u really made my day i thought i might have to go all the way to the store to fix my nano.


    October 21, 2006 at 7:32 pm

  35. thanks alot. wasnt my ipod tht crashed so i got abit scared wen i cudent fix it and i had to give it back to them the next day lol


    January 21, 2007 at 7:48 pm

  36. Ta jj, many thanks. now the next problem – itunes only updates 3 or 4 songs (sync) then it stops and says the required file is missing. any ideas??


    January 21, 2007 at 8:19 pm

  37. I just about freaked out when my iPod nano crashed after plugging it into a PC. When I read the advice and did it on mine it worked splendidly! Thanks a lot!


    January 23, 2007 at 3:31 pm

  38. i was going to pick a song to listen to but when i clicked it my nano froze in between switching screens. how do i fix it???


    January 26, 2007 at 8:40 pm

  39. i just tryed the instructions by JJ THANK U


    January 26, 2007 at 8:43 pm

  40. Thank goodness. I was about to smash the thing into a billion mini iPod pieces! Ya saved me some cash my friend… I’ll by the next round.


    February 21, 2007 at 6:36 pm

  41. jj if i could i would hug you but that would be a little camp i cant live without my music i was happy bopping away it crashed i nearly broke down you saved the day tbh


    March 1, 2007 at 5:25 pm

  42. omg thx u guys so much i love u guys so much i though id half to w8 till the battery ran out thx u


    March 10, 2007 at 5:03 am

  43. hey i was chargin my ipod an puttin music on it then i unplugged it wen it had finnish an now its crashed! its just the ” do not disconnect” picture an nothin happens! i dont know wat to do!

    jen x


    April 27, 2007 at 9:42 am

  44. TY so much JJ i was so frieken scared that my ipod was screwed up or something and then i read your thing and its saved


    June 9, 2007 at 4:40 pm

  45. Hey – thanks for the Ipod tip, worked a treat

    Bernie John

    June 11, 2007 at 1:47 pm

  46. You are a GENIUS – cheers


    June 20, 2007 at 2:49 pm

  47. You are a GENIUS – cheers!


    June 20, 2007 at 2:49 pm

  48. got new ipod nan 8gb working great then yesterday un gym i had it on lock and it would not come off left battry run down now it totally dead and i am getting nothing charged it please help thanks

    stephen ford

    June 25, 2007 at 6:06 pm

  49. also when i connect it to itunes on my mac does not even connect to it it like its dead

    stephen ford

    June 25, 2007 at 6:16 pm

  50. I plugged in my ipod to itunes when itunes was up. It showed up with the last song paused and a pop up came up saying “there might be something wrong with your ipod disscont to save songs” i did and now the ipod is stuck on the screen, and it won’t come up on itunes. Help!!


    August 10, 2007 at 10:49 pm

  51. Right, had my iPod Nano 2nd generation for about a few months now, and i’ve just pressed the middle button to play a song, and where the menu changes to the song name and art, it’s frozen in between and now i have no way of getting it to work. it won’t play, the screen has remained the same, it won’t turn off, and when i plug it into the PC it doesn’t show up on iTunes

    I am extremely stuck lol. Any advice anyone?

    Deadnight Warrior

    August 21, 2007 at 1:20 pm

  52. Thanx dude! Was alrady freaked out because it didnt work! It helped, everything works fine again aaaaai! Greetz, me


    November 21, 2007 at 10:10 pm

  53. just tried to un crash my nano, and it worked thnxs


    January 23, 2008 at 5:47 pm

  54. thanks u lot are legands i did’t half shit a brick thanks


    January 27, 2008 at 4:59 pm

  55. Cheers Mate Just Bought The Ipod Few Days Ago N A Shit Myself Bought It In A Ipod Shop Abroad Thanks

    Craig ;)

    February 8, 2008 at 2:29 pm

  56. Great fix dude…. Thanks….


    February 24, 2008 at 10:08 pm

  57. Nice!! Worked for me in Seattle


    February 27, 2008 at 12:35 am

  58. hey thanks very much… i was totally stuck. bought a newstyle i-pod nano. my first i-pod, just learning to use it and then it crashed. this worked for mine thank u so much! :D


    March 11, 2008 at 9:51 pm



    March 22, 2008 at 12:42 am

  60. Googled my problem and came to this site….

    worked immediately, thank you so much.


    April 26, 2008 at 1:25 am

  61. Ooooh! Thank you so much. The first time I was terrified when it happened!!!


    June 2, 2008 at 5:29 pm

  62. eek i’m such a girl when it comes to fixing things, but this worked! i would have waited till the battery ran out … Thank you x


    August 11, 2008 at 10:42 am

  63. tnx man it really works i touhgt my ipod is dead but you helped me very good out


    August 12, 2008 at 9:31 am

  64. i was charging my nano on da comp den my sis unpluged the computer plug and now it is blank and white!wat should i do?


    August 26, 2008 at 8:40 pm

  65. my ipod nano keeps freezin when i charge it how do i fix it?


    September 8, 2008 at 2:20 pm

  66. my nano has crashed and its not turning on even if i pres any bottons its dead

    what do i do
    plz help


    September 29, 2008 at 10:27 am

  67. my ipod has crashed on a song & its says its on hold when it hasnt what should i do?

    i love my ipod :(
    had it 2years x


    October 2, 2008 at 5:04 pm

  68. Had my iPod Nano for about a few months now, and i’ve just pressed the middle button to play a song, and put it on shuffle mode to the song name and art, it’s frozen in between and now i have no way of getting it to work. it won’t play, the screen has remained the same, it won’t turn off, and when i plug it into the PC it doesn’t show up on iTunes

    Tony C

    October 20, 2008 at 10:15 pm

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