iPOD Sad Face - Fixed
You've had your iPod for over a year now, it's worked day in and day out until it's become a part of your daily routine. That is, until the fatefull day when the dreaded sad-face icon appears. And now you're not hearing the familiar faint clicking of the iPod coming to life. You try rebooting, nothing. You try plugging it into the wall, nothing. You try plugging it into your computer, and again, nothing. And alas, your warranty is up, so there's no sending it back for a quick (and free fix) It appears as if your friend has crossed that bridge into iPod heaven and now you're out several hundred dollars, right?
There is hope. More often than not, when the sad-face icon appears on your iPod it means there is a problem with the harddrive itself. Many times the delicate mechanisms within may become stuck causing the dreaded sad-face or folder icon.
When you've got nothing left to lose (after all, what good is a $300 coaster), there may be a quick and simple fix. Just follow these simple steps, and you just may find yourself with a working iPod:
1 - Open the iPod case. Any number of things can be used, a small knife, a thin spatula, or anything else you can find to fit between the metal and acrylic halves. Be very careful not to open it too quickly, or you may unplug some of the ribbons which are difficult to get back into place.
2 - After you've got it open, gently free the harddrive from the interior so you've got some room to work.
3 - Simply tap the harddrive on a solid surface a couple of times. Be gentle, you're not trying to crack it open, you're just trying to get some of mechanical workings to un-stick themselves. Tap a couple of times on each side and replace the harddrive.
4 - Close up your iPod and reboot as normal. Enjoy your tunes !