Nano isn't recognized by computer and won't charge via USB port

I'm having a problem with a couple of my Nanos and I can't figure out/find a remedy for it. The Nanos aren't recognized by the computer, nor do they charge when I plug them into the computer with the USB cable. They do charge when I use a FireWire cable, but the computer still doesn't recognize them. They do turn on when I connect the USB to them, so something is "connecting". Is this a hardware issue? Many people have had success with resetting the iPod, but I've had no luck with that. Thanks for any help.

im in the same boat as you man, i got mine from a friend at school, and after a month of having it, my computer wont recognize it anymore. it palys jsut fine, noting malfunctions, it will even charge( with some protest...), but itunes nor the computer even knows its there...
ive hunted dozons znd dozons of help forums and still cant find a solution that works.
should i jsut give up the ghost and get a new one...?
id really hate to think that all this effort is wasted and that apple cant offer us a simple solution of somesort atleast.
and the 5r's is BS and does nothing everytime i try it.
Does Anyone have ANYTHING usful to offer us?!
im crossing my fingers...

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