I have a hand-me-down iPod Classic 80G and Windows Vista 32bit. I attempted to do a clear-and-sync process last night, and the sync hung up after about 1500 songs. I couldn't get it to do anything at all, including shut down. I ended up clicking on Eject, and hoped that it was safe to disconnect it from the USB2 port. Not good. I could hear the disc spinning with a light beeping type sound. I just left it going, hoping it would magically fix itself in the night.
This morning it is doing the same thing. I can attempt to reset it, and it will go to the Apple logo, but then goes back to a screen with a sad looking computer with a "!" sign. If I run the diagnostics on it, I get the same thing. I have reattached it to my computer, to a different USP port, but the computer doesn't even see that the device is there. Meanwhile the disc keeps spinning along. How can I stop this so I can start fresh with it? Oh, I currently have the 18.104.22.168 version of iTunes on it. iTunes runs fine on the computer, it's just the iPod itself that is snarked. Thanks for your help...this is driving me nuts.