How to Troubleshoot the iPod Model A1051

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How to Troubleshoot the iPod Model A1051
Like all iPods, your iPod Mini is subject to the occasional lock-up or freeze. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The iPod model A1051, also known as the iPod Mini, was discontinued in 2005; however, you can still find used models for sale. Like all iPods, the A1051 is basically a small computer, which is subject to odd freezes, lock-ups and other frustrating problems. Fortunately, many times these problems are easy to resolve. In most cases, if you verify that you have an updated version of iTunes and the iPod software, or you manually reset the iPod Mini, you will have it running again very quickly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Update iTunes

  1. 1

    Open iTunes.

  2. 2

    Select "Help," "Check for Updates" to see whether you have the current version of iTunes. If you do not, the new version will download automatically.

  3. 3

    Close iTunes and restart it to apply the update.

    Update the iPod

  1. 1

    Plug your iPod into one of your computer's USB ports.

  2. 2

    Select your iPod Mini from the "Devices" list to open the iPod Summary page in the main window.

  3. 3

    Click "Check for Update" to see whether your iPod Mini has the current firmware. If it does, you will get a confirmation message. If it does not, iTunes will automatically download and update your iPod's firmware. Leave it connected until the update is complete.

    Unolock and Restart the iPod Mini

  1. 1

    Switch the "Hold" switch back and forth. If you see red under the switch, the iPod Mini is locked. Move the switch to the other position. If that does not work, go to Step 2.

  2. 2

    Press and hold the centre button and the top of the click wheel for several seconds. You will see an Apple logo on the screen.

  3. 3

    Release the buttons and wait while the iPod Mini reboots. When you see the standard menu, the iPod has finished rebooting.

Tips and warnings

  • If these steps do not work, contact Apple support for further assistance.

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