Huh. I got an iTrip on Saturday, plugged it into my iPod, threw the whole thing into the dock, and POW: my new PC rebooted, and when it came up, Windows was complaining about drive integrity. iTunes wouldn’t recognize it after that, and it claimed to have no music on it any more. I was ready to blame Cratchit’s shoddy PC building, but it turns out a few other people have had that problem. With minis, not grown-up iPods, and only, y’know, two, but I wonder if there’s not something about PCs and the power going through the firewire jack. iTrip is supposed to be kind of a power hog.
I resynced everything and am happy again. Plus, in all the fuss, I set all of the BIOS stuff back to defaults, and the computer is running a lot more happily. I played Half-Life 2 until my eyes got dry and I needed to check some sort of walk-through, and not until it locked up or rebooted on me. I like that.