i had a first gen 8gb clip, accidentally put it through the wash two days before i went on an overseas trip. dried it out as best as i could but it still wasn't turning on. i quickly ordered a clip+ to be delivered at my destination so that it would be there when i arrived and made do with my old nano for the plane trip over.
the clip+ was waiting patiently for me when i arrived, i immediately rockbox'd that sucka and copied all the music from my ipod onto it. works like a charm.
lo and behold, upon returning home, i plugged my old first gen into the USB power, and up she boots, good as new.
clip 4 lyfe.