Posted 03 October 2010 - 04:26 PM
I need now to correct what I put in a previous post. I fixed my problem by getting another USB cable from a relative. This cable has a removable plug on the end and has the name GRIFFIN on it. The GRIFFIN cable with the removable plug on the end of it, IS for SURE a USB connection, not Firewire. Someone advised me to get an old Firewire cable with a wall outlet plug adapter on the end of it to reset my IPODs with. You see I was unsure what Firewire was. I spoke to a relative today and my laptop does not have a Firewire port. My whole problem was that the cables I bought for the IPOD off eBay, they simply do not work for syncing these IPODs with my iTunes software. These Ebay bought cables only work while using to charge either IPOD I mentioned in earlier posts. Sometimes they try to sync with my computer using the USB cable to IPOD connection, sometimes not, and always with errors. I was able to reset my brother's IPOD, but the IPOD I purchased from eBay would never go beyond giving me errors using the USB cable aforementioned. Once the picture of the 'plug' showed up on my brother's IPOD, nothing else happened using any of MY cables, and that's when your reply to my post began the solution process.
When I started having all these problems, my brother said he had an old IPOD and I could have it. He gave me only the IPOD and said he would look for accessories. I told him I bought some cables off eBay that were listed as working with both his model and the IPOD I purchased listed 'as for parts' and may "only need a battery" from eBay. I got a car charger, electrical outlet to IPOD, and a USB to IPOD cable together for $7.00, including shipping, from Hong Kong off eBay.
After you responded to my post, I told my brother that I needed a Firewire cable. He said he would look to see what he had that came with his IPOD or what he had bought for it, that he knew worked for him in the past. That's when I got the cable from him with the plug adapter on the end, that I wrongly "Assumed" was the Firewire cable you mentioned for resetting both our IPOD models. Both of our IPODs are for sure, clickwheel 4th GEN 20GB monochromes. My brother's IPOD had a screen that was broken. I got a screen parted out off eBay and fixed his IPOD screen issue. Even though the screen worked, the IPOD would not sync on account of the cables I had bought off eBay, but finally his IPOD did reset using the USB cable, and showed that 'plug outlet' picture I mentioned in another post.
Now once I plugged in the cable he gave me, which has the word 'GRIFFIN' written on it, (not one of my eBay cables) his finished the reset process. When I removed the plug adapter from it and plugged the GRIFFIN cable into my USB port, not only did his sync without any errors; but so did the IPOD I bought off eBay. I put a new battery in the one I had purchased.
Now after all the trouble I was having trying to sync the eBay IPOD using MY cables, along with the noise the hard drive in it was making, I also put in a new 20GB hard drive I bought off eBay. I now have two working, syncing, and charging 4th Gen IPODS, each with 20GB hard drives.
My problem now is with the APPLE iTunes 10 software. I checked and did see some exclamation marks by some of my songs listed in iTunes. Next, I added the folder again to iTunes, and deleted the files with the exclamation points. It worked for some of the songs. I added them to the IPODs by re-syncing the IPODs. No problems. iTunes just will not see some of my folders with mp3 files in them along with some artwork. I will try a manual organization next after I read some more about it or try renaming the folders perhaps? I did this once and the folders loaded as 'UNKOWN Album' in iTunes. I will look into your advice of loading individual tracks.
Lastly, I want to sell the IPOD I fixed, and bought off eBay. I do not need two IPODs now. However, whomever buys the IPOD will have the same trouble as me, unless I include cables that work for both syncing, and resetting the IPOD. The IPOD I bought of eBay, only came with the dock and IPOD, no cables.
Now I think my best bet would be to buy a GRIFFIN USB cable with the plug adapter, and include it in the purchase in my listing on eBay. I think I should keep dock that was included with my purchase and the dock to IPOD cable I bought from eBay, and use them for charging the IPOD. This cable has a permanent electrial outlet plug on one end of it. I could then use my brother's GRIFFIN cable as my USB cable to sync the IPOD, and install the plug, only if I need to reset the IPOD again.
This way whomever buys it from me will get a GRIFFIN cable (which I will now purchase) that will sync to their computer, and plug into a wall outlet for resetting the IPOD or re-charging the IPOD. I will keep the car charger for me as well. The only cable that would go to waste would be the USB cable from ebay that will only charge my IPOD's, but gave me so much trouble when trying to sync both IPODs with my computer. If I included this USB cable with the purchase, the buyer may try to sync the IPOD with it, and they would go through what I just did? I could just have it as an extra charger, which it will do through my computer's USB port.
Now after explaining all this and writing you a book here to read, does this seem like my proper course of action if I want to recover some or most of my money? Right now I have spent around $72.00, and it would cost another $13.00 for the GRIFFIN USB and plug cable I mentioned? I think maybe I could get $85.00 if I include enough stuff. I could honestly list the IPOD I bought from eBay back on eBay as a seller refurbished IPOD in good working order with new hard drive and battery, not to mention the GRIFFIN cable and plug which would be included? That way a potential buyer will be able to do everything needed with what I give them including syncing, resetting, and re-charging without any trouble. They would just plug it into their USB port and use iTunes and they should not have any of the trouble I did with the hardware. They will just have to figure out iTunes as I am in the process of?
How does all this sound to you. Am I finally straight, except maybe having the iTunes issue left?