Sick iPod

Thursday, January 19th, 2006 @ 5:32 pm | iPod, Mac

I’m getting concerned that my iPod might be nearing the end of its life. At the very least, strange things are happening when my iPod and PowerBook get together. Suffice it to say, this has me slightly annoyed. Suffice it to say, I’m not thrilled by this possibility. In the hope of finding help, I’m listing the symptoms here in case anybody’s got suggestions (other than “buy a new one,” of course).

  • My iPod occassionally resets, enters Disk Test Mode, or freezes when I connect it to my laptop.

  • I’ve reset the iPod to factory defaults, but iTunes occassionally stalls when copying over music (ie, it’ll be “copying” the same file for hours). Sometimes, I’m able to cancel the update and resume with the remaining songs. The last time this happened, though, iTunes was convinced I’d switched my iPod to manual sync, so it erased everything and started over when I changed the settings back to auto sync.

  • Similar to the above error, I also occasionally get a dialog that reads:

Attempting to copy to the disk “Eric’s iPod” failed. The disk could not be read from or written to.

  • My contacts no longer sync, even though said option is selected in the iPod preferences. I see the following output in the Console:

ipodsynctool[395] dealloc called with unsaved changes <isdchangeStore: 0x37fe00> AddressBookSync[396] AddressBookSync (client id: error: Exception running AddressBookSync: *** -[NSCFArray objectAtIndex:]: index (186) beyond bounds (0)

I’ve already run DiskWarrior on both the computer and the iPod. The more I see this stuff, the more I’m convinced trying to work around these errors is simply putting off the inevitable. Anybody care to convince me I’m wrong?

3 Responses to “Sick iPod”

  1. AlanD Says:

    Check the cable – a friend of mine had similarly insane problems with his iPod and I think he narrowed it down to the cable. Or possibly a power problem on the computer, I’m not sure…

  2. Andrew Says:

    I’m having the same problem with Safari all of a sudden – reinstalled it – you name it. But it’s user specific – try creating a separate user and login into that with your ipod and see what happens… I’m trying to avoid trashing a 5 year old user set up (UGH!) would be interested to hear what you find out. Andrew

  3. Eric Says:


    Don’t know if you saw my later post, but I found out that my iPod was pretty much toast. It wasn’t a software issue, it was a dying hard drive. I saw problems using two different computers, so I didn’t even consider trying multiple user accounts.