Well, I'm about 4 of the 11 hours to Japan. And I finally busted out the iPod. But it did something that I've seen once or twice before. The backlight decided to just stay on until I actually turned it off. The weird thing is that since the first day I bought it, I've had it configured to automatically shut off after 5 minutes.

Every once in a while, though, it does this.

Anyone else have this problem?

FWIW, I'm running the latest software and it's a 20GB model that's about 10 months old.

Posted by jzawodn at October 19, 2003 06:17 AM

Reader Comments
# Pedro Melo said:

hmms... In my iPod (1st generation), the software has a backlight option in the main menu. If you click it, it stays on all the time... until you select that option again...

MNaybe that's what you've done.

on October 19, 2003 06:58 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Nah, I understand the iPod UI pretty well. It just does this sometimes. Really.

on October 19, 2003 02:43 PM
# Arcterex said:

Must be the model. I think it's probably broken and needs to be sent to me immediately for further testing. You may replace it with the model of your choice at no charge to me.


(ok, I'm still lusting after one, leave me alone)

on October 20, 2003 04:04 PM
# Becky said:

Hey...I think the backlight on my new 4th gen 40GB ipod is broken, I can't get it to turn on at all, and the apple people said they can't fix screen problems. Any suggestions?

Becky :-)

on March 7, 2005 06:06 PM
# Paul Wilson said:

Yes the same thing happened to me... i was just listening to music browsing through photos whenever i kinda like.. i dunno my thumb pushed a few buttons at once and the screen went black. the songs kept playing - it's unresponsive and 10 mins later the backlight is still on with no screen... it wont turn off or on or do anything for me
ive only had it for about 2 weeks

ipod nano 8 gig, black

and apple dont fix screen problems????
what a fuckin joke

on March 27, 2007 04:30 PM
# Paul Wilson said:

in regards to my previous post, it fixed it fine by resetting it; see here http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=61705

on March 27, 2007 04:37 PM
# Gordon said:

Ive got a 30GB Gen 5 ipod and the backlight will not turn on. The screen was broken so I put in a new one but despite numerous resets the backlight will not switch on.
Help please

on April 9, 2007 08:43 AM
# Help! said:

Please can you help me? I've just got a 16gb ipod nano and i went on settings, general, backlight and accidently selected off. I can't see anything to go back onto it to change it. I'm really stuck. What should i do?

on December 25, 2009 04:35 PM
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