After much research and many failed experiments, I have decided that my old iPod just doesn’t want to work with my PC. I don’t know if it’s hardware, software, or some combination, but it just doesn’t work reliably. So I gave up and went back to the iBook. I reformatted the iPod on the iBook, set up iPodder, downloaded a bunch of podcasts, and synced them to the iPod. It worked great, no problems. I’m thinking about setting up my newer iPod to sync everything *but* the podcasts, but I don’t think that’s really necessary; there’s plenty of room on it. Meanwhile, as long as I’m using the Mac, I’m looking at iPodderX.