Have a broken iPod? Here’s my card.
About a month ago, my trusty-rusty 4th generation, non-color, non-video iPod took a long walk off a short pier. It has lasted a long time already, for a piece of computer junk – almost 4 years. But I had not planned on ever bying a new iPod. I just want this one to work for the rest of my life. Is that too much to ask?
I was walking down the street one day, listening to Brian Lehrer, when the iPod suddenly froze up. When I got home I plugged it in and “restored” it, which wipes all the data and resets the iPod to factory settings. From then on, the drive would make all sorts of clicking sounds, but no music would play and I could not get it to synch. To an “IT Person” such as myself, the clicking noises were a sure sign of a failing hard drive. Not to worry though, I know that other folks have replaced the drive themselves, and a new drive would cost about $100.
So I was prepared to order a new drive when I came upon a web site tht offered some interesting advice. Before trying a new drive, try opening the case and inserting a business card, folded in 4ths, between the drive and the inside of the case. I did this, and lo and behold, it worked! The iPod is good as new, save for some scratches on the case where I pried it open.
The “experts” believe this to be a temporary fix only, and before long the drive will fail more thoroughly. I’ll keep you posted on that. But so far, so good.
The site even made a New York times article. The article also mentions a good place to buy a new iPad battery: www.ipodjuice.com.
Next up is a fix for old Mr. Coffee, who got sick the day after Thanksgiving, at the peak of our coffee demand. I have traced the problem to a blown thermal fuse. A new part has been ordered for 22 cents and is on the way. We had to break down and buy a new pot, though, to satisfy the coffee addicted who could not wait for the mail.