Quick background information: I purchased this 1st gen ipod touch (8 gig) off of a good friend of mine. He freely admits dropping the touch in water. The device itself works fine, except it isn't recognized by Windows or iTunes upon connecting to any computer. (there is an exception though). I'm not sure if you can just fry the usb port on an ipod, but I was hoping to fix the issue. What I have tried: 1) Connecting it to different computers running different operating systems 2) Connecting to different versions of itunes 3) Using different usb cables in different usb ports on those computers 4) Placing the ipod into restore mode and try to redo the OS (this is where the exception comes in). When I put the ipod into restore mode, it is recognized by Windows and iTunes about 1 out of every 5 times. When I've tried to restore on those occasions, the ipod restarts, shows an apple logo and a spinning object, and iTunes says "preparing ipod for restore." At that point the computer fails to recognize the ipod after it restarts out of recovery mode. Firstly, is there any hope of fixing this issue? Secondly, what are your recommendations? Thank you all in advance! ------------------double post merged------------------I attempted to restore using DFU mode. Unfortunately, I never heard a beep indicating that Windows recognized the ipod. Any thoughts/suggestions? Thanks in advance!