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Screenshots on iPod touch

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Q: I recently found an odd photo of my enter-password screen saved on my iPod touch after it totally hung and refused to reboot. I connected it into my PC and heard a shutter sound.
A few weeks later I found another strange photo of my home screen appearing in my saved photos section. Is there anything wrong with my iPod touch?

- Mike

A: It sounds like you may have inadvertently triggered the iPod touch screenshot function. If you press both the sleep/wake and home buttons simultaneously, the iPod touch will take a picture of the current screen and store it in your saved photos. Your screenshot is normally accompanied by a shutter sound, similar to the sound heard when taking a picture with the iPhone camera.

Chances are that these were inadvertently while you were trying to restart your iPod or connect it to your computer, and unless these screenshots are being taken automatically, the presence of these don’t indicate any problems with your iPod touch.


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I have an 30GB video ipod.  I have about 600 photos on the ipod.  my computer crashed some time back and i lost all my information including my pictures.  Ot of the thousands of photos I had….and are now gone forever I have the 600 on my ipod.

I have readded all my songs and videos from the ipod to an older computer at home, but I can’t figure out how to add the photos from my ipod to the computer.  It says it is going to erase them.  I went into the photo database and found them there, but they can’t open.  It says they are in a format unknown.

Please help!  i don’t want to lose these photos also.  If i could figure out how to open the photo database and copy those pics it would be great.

thanks in advance, Marc

Posted by Marc in Toronto on April 26, 2009 at 11:32 PM (CDT)

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