I have an iPod Touch 1st Generation, I have searched a lot of forums and google and I can not find an actual solution for this...

The ipod is stuck on the itunes logo(connect to itunes to restore), but when you connect it it isn't recognized by itunes. When I plugged it into a PC it "dinged" and popped up a message saying like an "unknown device" message. In the control panel it shows as "unknown device." How can I fix this.

Please don't "answer" this by saying RESTORE it. Can't do that as it doesn't come up in itunes. I've tried the advice on the Apple website; reinstall itunes, delete several files, etc. That didn't work.

Thank you in advance for any answers/help.