Nothing can be more frustrating than when your beloved (INSERT GADGET NAME HERE) suddenly stops working. Especially in the case of object like the iPod: it has tons of your favorite music that you paid for on it.
"Some sites like macfixit.com, fixmyxp.com and macosxhints.com are devoted to a single product, while others like avsforum.com sponsor debates on a big product area, in this case home theaters, televisions and stereos," the NY Times said. "People with laptops that have suddenly gone blank can turn to www.notebookforums.com or notebookreview.com, and there are even a few sites like www.highdefforum.com for fixing TVs."
There are lots of websites that offer tips that may be surprisingly simple. For example, inserting a small folded piece of paper into your portable Apple player (to put pressure on the hard drive) can fix about 70% of failed iPods.
Don't be so quick to throw out that device or send it into service; doing your research on the web first could save a lot of money.
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