for Christmas last year I bought my brother a new 80gb iPod classic... he recently moved away and gave me his old 20GB iPod color saying that he didn't need it and maybe I could hack it or get some other kind of use out of it.
it was dead so I borrowed a usb cable and plugged into my computer overnight to charge.
the next day I downloaded and installed iTunes... but it would not recognize the iPod AT ALL...
when plugging in the iPod I see display the "do not disconnect" logo and My Computer will show the iPod pop up as a mass storage device for about 2 minutes and then it disappears, even after it disappears though it recognizes that the iPod is plugged in... iTunes still doesn't recognize it.
-I tried every USB port in my computer (all USB2.0)
-I rebooted numerous times
-I reset the iPod numerous times
-I reinstalled iTunes numerous times
-I tried putting the iPod in file mode and back again
-I completely removed all instances of iTunes/Quicktime/etc from add/remove programs, temp files, straggler files, and registry entries, rebooted and reinstalled iTunes fresh
-I manually changed the iPod drive letter mapping in windows (per the instructions on apples site_
all of that did nothing
I found a fire-wire cable and tried that and again windows recognized the iPod but iTunes would not. Frustrated I left the room for a while to watch some TV... when I came back iTunes was open and it had recognized the iPod... it asked me if I wanted to erase the iPod data and sync it with my data... I did so.
Once it was done I disconnected it and the iPod had all my data on it, it seems to work fine. but I still have the connection issues with the PC... iTunes will not recognize the iPod through USB and it will recognize it through Firewire but only if I leave it connected for an hour or so.
FWIW I called my brother and he said it never gave him any problems like that so...
The stereo in my car has an iPod interface so I'm planning on just using this thing as a music hard drive for my car... I haven't tried hooking it up to my stereo yet but any insight into improving the connection to my PC would be welcome.