Broken docking port

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  1. Donster51

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    I have a 1st generation iPad with a bad docking port. I can still charge with a wall charger, but my computer and iTunes does not recognize the iPad when connected. This is not a computer problem, 100% positive it's the port itself. Unfortunately I didn't activate wifi sync before this happened. The iPad is still functional otherwise, and I back up to the cloud. Problem is, I'm getting a new iPad and want to give this one to my wife. How can I wipe all the data and set it up as a new pad if I can't connect to iTunes. I do not want data synced between the two pads. Possible?
     
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    Have you tried another cord? If it is the port, your only hope is to take it in to the Genious Bar and act dumb. If you tell them it is the port, they may overlook another answer.
     
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    Yes, already been to the Genius Bar, they tried with their cord. Best they could do was to offer me a refurbished iPad 1' for, get this, $269! And that was 2 weeks before the release of the new iPad! Now that's genius. I feel like I'm really stuck here. Can't even trade it in, because it's not in "perfect working condition".
     
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    Have you considered having it repaired? If you google "repair iPad 1" you find a couple of options. I haven't used any of them, but maybe others can recommend some companies that will repair an iPad.
     
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    That is an option, although it seems pretty costly, but probably worth it. I'm still really looking for some kind of work around. I'm still using it without any real limitations, the only drawback is that I can't sell it (or give it away) and wipe the data and have it be usable to someone else.
     
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    Well, if it were mine, I would be real inclined to watch the video on how to disassemble one, then tear into it and see what happens. Maybe you could fix it yourself. If nothing else, I would sell the piece parts (except the hard drive and broken parts). Look at the bright side - If you record the whole process, maybe your video would go viral and you can make your money back on youtube adverts.
    Good luck.
     
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    Now that the new iPad is out is it worth trying an Apple Store again to see if you can get a better deal?

    The Archangel
     
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    Is your iPad updated to iOS 5.x?

    If so the cord problem can be bypassed for now (though you may want to try and fix it later).

    Go to Settings > General > Reset and then Erase All Contents and Settings. The next time the iPad starts it will take you through a setup procedure that does not require connecting to iTunes. As long as nothing weird happens (and it shouldn't) you are good to go. Otherwise you''ll end up with the same USB ---> Apple Logo screen you get when restoring iOS 4.x and earlier.
     
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    I have actually done that to see if it would fix the problem, then restored from the cloud. Would I have the option to set up as a new iPad without connecting to iTunes?
     
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    Yes, that is one of the things I've been considering.
     
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    Guess it's worth a try.
     
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    Yes, set up as new iPad is one of he options; a few pages along the procedure. I just set up my new iPad, and if I remember right it is the first option on the same page that asks if you want to restore from an iCloud or iTunes backup.
     
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    Great, thanks for your help, and thanks to all who responded. Several option, this one will work best for me for now.
     
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    You're welcome.

    Please let us know how it works out.
     
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    Well, found the solution, something I never thought of! I accidentally dropped it from about a foot and a half. Yep, everything has been working perfectly for the last 2 weeks. Saved a bundle on repairs!
     

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