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4th gen iPod doesn't want to shut off

I have been having ipod issues lately. Seems that since I bought a firewire cable and tried that out my luck has gone down hill. The cable which was supposed to work with 4th gens only charged the ipod and didn't do data. I returned it. Since then my 60gb photo keeps dieing. I can have a full battery and leave it off for a few hours before it dies. I bought a new battery and replaced it and its still an issue. I have reloaded the ipod firmware and disconnected battery and hard drive let it sit a while and reconnect. None of these seem to fix my problem. I think the hard drive just won't shut off so after several hours of nonstop running it kills my ipod.

When I turn it on it freezes at the apple logo with the LCD backlight on. I could have this thing on the charger for hours and reset it with menu and the middle button and get nowhere. When I plug it in my PC though after maybe an hour of the apple logo the thing will boot by itself and be functional until it dies again. Anyone with a similar experience? I've got nothing on this issue. Think I could blame the Dynex people who made that stupid firewire cable? Please help me out if you think you have a serious work around.

4th Gen Apple iPod
iPod Firmware version 1.2.1
Windows XP x64 edition

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