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  • iPod nano has a Secret Diagnostic Mode


    It would seem the latest iPod nano models have a secret diagnostic screen dubbed “iTerm.” This screen allows users to test various features of the iPod nano, such as: the power, audio, remote, TV Out, LCD, IO, FM receiver, memory, the touch panel and accelerometer. You navigate this screen using the Sleep/Wake and Volume buttons.

    There is also a Disk Mode that when activated allows the nano to appear as an external USB disk when connected to a computer. You’ll know you are in Disk Mode when the nano’s screen turns from its usual color to a retro-looking black and white screen reminiscent of earlier-model iPods.

    It is quite easy to activate either the diagnostic or the disc mode: First, reset the iPod nano by holding down the Sleep/Wake button and Volume Down button until the Apple logo appears. Then:
    • To enter Diagnostic Mode: Reset iPod and continue to hold down all three buttons. “iTerm: iPod Display Console” will flash briefly on screen.
    • To enter Disk Mode: Reset iPod and hold down both Volume buttons.



    The sixth generation iPod nano carries a new codename that appears at the top of the “iTerm” screen, N20 Snowfox. The last generation iPod nano had a similar codename: N33 GreatDane. Also held over from the last iPod nano model is a hibernation mode that puts the device into a low-power mode after 14 hours of inactivity.

    These diagnostic screens are nothing new for iPods, but it does give users a closer look at the way Apple designs and tests its iconic products. This new information is not terribly useful for the average iPod nano user, but it is rather cool to see a little bit of what’s under the hood.

    Source: iLounge
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPod nano has a Secret Diagnostic Mode started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 48 Comments
    1. xerray's Avatar
      xerray -
      cool
    1. xxfr0stbytexx's Avatar
      xxfr0stbytexx -
      That's pretty cool, I remember that with the iPod videos.
    1. Thelongamer's Avatar
      Thelongamer -
      Jailbreakable?!
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      thats really cool
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      What could the TVout be used for???

      I was unaware that an ipod of any sort was capable of a TvOut by default, since none of my iPhones have had it without a Jailbreak.
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Quote Originally Posted by GellBrake'rrrr View Post
      What could the TVout be used for???
      ummm, connecting it to a TV?....
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Don't get smart!! How does the nano have a way/output for tv out without a jailbreak? I've never owned one, nor have I seen one in person. My question "WAS", what capabilities does it have for a TVout?? Please forgive me if i don't understand. I don't own EVERY device apple sells. Quick question F'N Ferry.... Does the iPhone or iPad have a TvOut option w/out Jailbreak???

      That's what i was getting at..... Not a simple answer, as YOU'R simple mind replied to.
    1. Aldog18's Avatar
      Aldog18 -
      thats pretty sweet. hmm i wonder if these little things are jailbreakable
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      seems to be a cool way to see the full spectrum of the iPod.
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      ummm, connecting it to a TV?....
      LOL


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    1. sdjmchattie's Avatar
      sdjmchattie -
      Quote Originally Posted by GellBrake'rrrr View Post
      Quick question F'N Ferry.... Does the iPhone or iPad have a TvOut option w/out Jailbreak???
      Yes, there's a cable to connect you iPod touch, iPhone or iPad to the TV. I use it all the time to watch films. Don't are what use it would be on an iPod that can only play music, but maybe it's just for the audio.

      Now stop flaming!
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      Cool i might get one and use it as a usb for college


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    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      Quote Originally Posted by GellBrake'rrrr View Post
      Don't get smart!! How does the nano have a way/output for tv out without a jailbreak? I've never owned one, nor have I seen one in person. My question "WAS", what capabilities does it have for a TVout?? Please forgive me if i don't understand. I don't own EVERY device apple sells. Quick question F'N Ferry.... Does the iPhone or iPad have a TvOut option w/out Jailbreak???

      That's what i was getting at..... Not a simple answer, as YOU'R simple mind replied to.
      Tv out is on almost every ipod without jailbreak, and its on the new nano so you can watch pictures off ur ipod on a tv


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    1. dale2's Avatar
      dale2 -
      wait, so the new nano lost video capability and its just pics?
    1. sdjmchattie's Avatar
      sdjmchattie -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale2 View Post
      wait, so the new nano lost video capability and its just pics?
      Got it in one
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Quote Originally Posted by MaxxyBoii2K10 View Post
      Tv out is on almost every ipod without jailbreak, and its on the new nano so you can watch pictures off ur ipod on a tv


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      Thanks for a simple answer without a lot of poor grammar and sarcasm, like the rest of these idiots. I appreciate the information. Like I said. I've never owned an iPod. Just didn't see how it would be possible.

      Quote Originally Posted by sdjmchattie View Post
      Yes, there's a cable to connect you iPod touch, iPhone or iPad to the TV. I use it all the time to watch films. Don't are what use it would be on an iPod that can only play music, but maybe it's just for the audio.

      Now stop flaming!
      It's so GREAT to see someone post something, who thinks they know it all. However their post doesn't even make sense. PLEASE read what you write before you post!!! It makes you look a LOT more intelligent than you try to appear.
    1. joehowes's Avatar
      joehowes -
      Quote Originally Posted by GellBrake'rrrr View Post
      Thanks for a simple answer without a lot of poor grammar and sarcasm, like the rest of these idiots. I appreciate the information. Like I said. I've never owned an iPod. Just didn't see how it would be possible.



      It's so GREAT to see someone post something, who thinks they know it all. However their post doesn't even make sense. PLEASE read what you write before you post!!! It makes you look a LOT more intelligent than you try to appear.
      You seem very irritable... maybe take a few deep breaths before you post...would help make you look ALOT less angry
    1. mkblade's Avatar
      mkblade -
      Quote Originally Posted by GellBrake'rrrr View Post
      Thanks for a simple answer without a lot of poor grammar and sarcasm, like the rest of these idiots. I appreciate the information. Like I said. I've never owned an iPod. Just didn't see how it would be possible.



      It's so GREAT to see someone post something, who thinks they know it all. However their post doesn't even make sense. PLEASE read what you write before you post!!! It makes you look a LOT more intelligent than you try to appear.
      Sort of something like this:
      The Component version-
      Apple Component AV Cable - Apple Store (U.S.)
      or this, the Composite version-
      Apple Composite AV Cable - Apple Store (U.S.)
      (You can as well just read that page and the questions & answers on it and it should answer most of your questions on this subject...)

      And maybe the reason you got a simple answer was because well, your question was to broad as well...
      What could the TVout be used for???
    1. christopherjason's Avatar
      christopherjason -
      Quote Originally Posted by GellBrake'rrrr View Post
      Don't get smart!! How does the nano have a way/output for tv out without a jailbreak? I've never owned one, nor have I seen one in person. My question "WAS", what capabilities does it have for a TVout?? Please forgive me if i don't understand. I don't own EVERY device apple sells. Quick question F'N Ferry.... Does the iPhone or iPad have a TvOut option w/out Jailbreak???

      That's what i was getting at..... Not a simple answer, as YOU'R simple mind replied to.
      The same way you do with a iPhone but Nanos hade that ability for ever my Gen 3 could so it.
    1. holygamer22's Avatar
      holygamer22 -
      I wonder how you get the diagnostic mode on an iPod video?