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Desperate for iPod assistance

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by wickedwritah, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Don't mean to post this here, but I've tried Googling and getting into newsgroups and everything, and still I'm about to pull my hair out stumped.

    I just bought an iPod and I'm trying to plug it into my USB port. Every time it recognizes the new hardware, it also recognizes a "USB Mass Storage Device."

    I go through the process of looking for drivers, etc. Then I get an error message telling me:

    "There was a problem installing this hardware.
    An error occured during the installation of the device.
    The data is invalid."

    I have tried plugging the iPod into all of my USB ports, and I get the same result. (The ports should be USB 2.0, since I only got the computer two years ago, though I don't know for sure.)

    Needless to say, iTunes is not recognizing the iPod, so I can't transfer over my four days of music, which I'ma need soon enough.

    Can anyone help?
  2. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    This is not relevant to the topic, but I just got a MacBook (my first Apple) and it is amazing. I am running Windows and OS X. Why did I ever have a PC? Now I need to get an iPod.
  3. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Just guessing, but some of the refurbished iPods are formatted for Macs...you have to convert them for PCs. It's simple, I think, if you go to the iPod site...that might be your fix.
  4. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Thanks for the tip, 21, but I already checked. It's formatted for Windows.

    I've spent the better part of four hours the past two days trying to figure it out, and it ain't getting any better.
  5. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Try ilounge.com. Great message board.

    I am just a novice with my Ipod but have you loaded iTunes yet? Perhaps unless you have loaded iTunes, the ipod will just be recognized as another mass storage device.
  6. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Do what I did.
    Get a Dell.
  7. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Indeed (hi Jones!), iTunes is loaded -- the most current version, too, off the Apple Web site.

    Thanks for the message board tip. Maybe I can get somewhere on this ...

    P.S. Moddy -- I have a Dell. Screw Dell.
  8. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    Works for me.
  9. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    wicked: Moddy meant a Dell MP3 player. Like instead of an iPod.
  10. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    I'd rather eat my own anus than buy another Dell.
  11. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Again - not a Dell computer. A dell digital.
    We have four in the family and all work like a charm and there's no bullshit about loading them up.
  12. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    I know, Mod. I just don't trust any pieces of shit Dell makes.
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