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Sam Pearce
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Hello everybody... I have good news and bad news.

First off, I received mt StageCue yesterday, and I must say, it is excellent.

But the bad news... The night before I was altering my suit jacket and happened to leave a magnet on my magic room couch, and this wasn't any magnet. It was one of those super strong rare earth magnets.

Well, I got my Stage cue set up... On my couch, and it worked great for a, few minutes until I turned over my iPod (that I just got the end of July last year) and noticed a magnet attached to the metal backing.
I think nothing of it because magnets have been near it before, but never the rare earth ones.

This is where it all goes bad...

I casually slide the magnet off my iPod, and try to get my music going, -and for all you iPod owners who will know what I'm talking about- an iPod with a sad face appears on my screen, which means it needs service.
I try messing around with it to fix it, but nothing will work, I get on the computer and read Apple's LIMITED warranty, and since the damage was accidental... It's not covered!!!

Dang, well I looked at getting it fixed and Apple said it would cost me $249 US, but for that price they will send me a new colour iPod... I got looking at their site, and the new video iPod is only $299. Figure that out.

So now, I'm sitting at home with a brand new StageCue, with a broken iPod, I figure when I get the money ill be getting a video one, but I'm still mad for leaving that magnet there.

I guess this just shows how careful you must be, a $2 magnet ruined an almost $500 iPod (canadian cost, with taxes and shipping and everything).

Well I learnt my lesson... The hard way.

Sam Pearce
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Here is a handy thing you can try. You can try letting your iPod run its own diagnostic software to see if there is any way it can diagnose itself. This may not work if the damage is as bad as it sounds, but it is always worth a try. http://www.command-tab.com/2006/03/30/hidden-ipod-commands/ that website explains the basic operations that you must go through to put your iPod into diagnostic mode. First, you'll want to perform a "hard reset" and just as the Apple logo appears immediately press and hold the buttons for "diagnostic mode." Once in diagnostic mode you may have to press a button for it to begin (just fiddle with it...it can't get worse), some people tell me it just starts instantly. Regardless, if you manage to put it into diagnostic mode (read: if it is still in good enough shape to access the diagnostic mode) it will then go through tests to try and find problems within itself.

If that doesn't work: Generally magnets succeed in one thing, manipulating the bytes on your hard drive so that they are all affected bytes are facing the same direction, instead of a the sequence of positive and negative (on and off) that makes up binary code. So, theoretically, if you could restore your iPod to the way it was at the factory (completely blank) that may help.

In order to try this: Connect your iPod to your computer (or a knowledgeable computer geek/friend's computer), and try to format the disk in FAT32 format. You may want to see if you can put your iPod into "Disk Mode" before you do this, but may not be necessary. If you want to try, the link I gave you has the button combination for "Disk Mode" as well.

I hope something works out so that you don't have to buy yourself a new iPod, that would be a shame.

Nick Fox
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