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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Low Battery and Use iTunes to restore Screen

Check the Signs of a Low Battery
When John Lennon’s energy was on the wane, he wrote tunes like “I’m So
Tired” for the Beatles. Your iPod shows icons, screens, and symbols instead.
Nine times out of ten, you can solve all battery issues simply by plugging in,
just like Dylan did at the Newport Folk Festival. Occasionally, the battery itself
is bad, but now we’re getting ahead of ourselves. If your iPod is experiencing
power issues, this section gives you a place to start.

Interpret the Low-Battery
Warning Screen
The low-battery warning screen is
the new version of the low-battery icon. It displays
on all the newer iPods—the ones with a color
display, that is—when the iPod’s charge is low.

Interpret the Use iTunes To Restore Screen
“Connect to your computer. Use iTunes to restore.” Ever come across this
screen? It appears when your iPod is experiencing certain kinds of software
issues. Not all iPods show this warning. You see it on fifth-generation iPods
with software version 1.1.2 or later, first-generation iPod nanos with software
version 1.2 or later, and all second-generation iPod nanos.
At the risk of stating the obvious, when you see this screen, you need to restore
your iPod. Restoring the iPod means wiping the disk drive completely clean and
reloading the original factory settings. It’s the iPod equivalent of a total system
restore on your computer. You complete this procedure through the iTunes
software, not through your iPod’s diagnostic menu.
To start, simply connect your iPod to your computer and follow the prompts.
On a Mac, you see a message in iTunes that says, “The software on the iPod ‘My
iPod’ is damaged and needs to be repaired before it can be used with iTunes.
Would you like to repair your iPod software now?” Click OK to proceed.
On a Windows PC, a message pops up that says, “iPod Not Readable. This iPod
needs to be reformatted for use on your PC. Click on the Update button below
to run the application that
will allow you to reformat or restore your iPod.” Just click update proceed.