You can troubleshoot an iPod nano if you are having problems getting the portable music player to do what it was designed to do: play music. The following steps start with the nano playing music while seated in the Dock and move on to problems that may be experienced when you use the iPod nano on its own.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need
Seat the iPod nano properly in the Dock. A firm connection is needed for the iPod nano to transmit its data to the external speakers.
Check the external speaker connection when you are running the iPod nano from the Dock. When the unit is not playing, the sound may not be reaching the speakers. Also make sure the external speakers are powered up.
Press the “Play/Pause” button to disable the pause setting. It is very easy to accidentally hit pause without realizing it.
Look at the volume level. If it is too low, turn it up. The volume control may have had a lock set, which limits how loud you can turn up the volume on the iPod nano.
Press the headphone jack firmly in the connector. A loose connection here can interfere with the transmission of sound.
Make sure the “Hold” switch is not set to the ”Hold” setting. The “Hold” button prevents you or anyone else from using the controls of the iPod nano.
Check the song formatting. iPod nano supports AAC, Apple Lossless, MP3, WAV, AA and AIFF formats.
by eHow Electronics Editor
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Overall Tips & Warnings
*Follow the 5 R’s to clear up problems with synchronization and performance. Reset, retry, restart, reinstall and restore. For more information on the 5 R’s and other troubleshooting tips visit the Apple site or consult your user’s guide.
*Run the latest version of iTunes for the best performance from your iPod nano. The latest version of iTunes can be downloaded from the Apple online site.
*Try recharging your battery. Sometimes, if the charge is very low, the screen will not power up. Dock the nano and allow about four hours for a full charge cycle.
*Restoring the iPod nano is a last resort troubleshooting option, as it erases all of the user-created information on the iPod nano and returns all of the settings to their factory condition.