Plays & lights work but NOT recognized by Windows/iTunes & won't charge

It's a shuffle 512mb from a few months back and worked perfectly until last week. It continued to play as usual, but is no longer recognized when i plug it into ANY computer (i've tried about a half dozen)! I've followed every suggestion and recommendation from both the Apple Support and the discussion groups relating to my problem though it seems no one has experienced my specific ordeal. I am quite limited as it is not recognized by Windows. I tried searching for it as a "media device" but nothing. All the fucntions and lights work while playing, but there is absolutely no response when connected to a PC. When this charge goes, i'll be without my tunes!
Any help...
Thanks
Shuffle 512mb   Windows XP Pro  

AppleNEve wrote:
I double checked to make sure that the cable is not faulty and it's working perfectly.
how did you test that ?
anyhoo, you might want to give this a shot:
+Hi, All,+
+It works now, It suddenly stopped detecting due to unknown reasons, but try these steps.+
+Restart the device without connecting to your pc and+
+Connect to pc and restart again, I did this 2 times and it was recognized and its working fine.+
+Best of luck.+
here's the original thread: http://en.kioskea.net/forum/affich-17997-ipod-not-detected
if still no joy, it could be that your Touch is a goner. if it is still under warranty, you should plan a trip to the nearest Apple store.
JGG

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