I have a simple problem, but have no clue as to how to fix it, lol.

I am using a PowerBook running on the latest version of Panther. I have the 4th gen. iPod and was connecting it to my PB using the USB cable (no dock). I had iTunes open and was playing a song, connected the iPod and everything froze up. I had to hold the power button to restart and then tried it again without the music playing and it saw the iPod and synced it with iTunes. I then disconnected it, and tried it again, and it would not for the life of me, show the iPod connected in the finder, or on iTunes, or anywhere. The only thing I can think of for the not showing the pod connected, is the battery level was pretty **** low, but still enough to turn on. Although I have no idea why it is freezing every time I connect it to the computer.

Thanks in advance,