My wife has a 30 GB Ipod that because of her Windows 98 computer she basically could not use. I feared the battery so dead at this point that it would have to be replaced. I bought a 2 year, no questions asked replacement warrantee but I think I let it expire without using the warantee. (action item for self: go bang head repeatedly into a concrete wall)
I’ve had the Ipod charging directly from a wall socket instead of the firewire port for the past two days and I’ll be darned if the doggone thing didn’t turn on this morning! Going to keep her charging for a bit whilst I find the software and see if it holds a charge. I still fear the need to buy a replacement battery.