Recently my ipod started to have problems. When i went to restore I got error 1611! After searching around I found this forum: http://forums.techarena.in/portable-devices/1157704.htm
I found a very simple fix:
(This fix worked for me, no promises that it will work for everyone)
Step 1: FIX:
I was suprised it worked!
Note: I have only done this on windows vista.