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Old Feb 21, 2011, 06:50 AM   #1
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Windows Problem with Host...."Not Writable"

When I download and open tinyumbrella it opens with an error message which says Host are not writable.

A while back I messed up my host file so I searched online and found a "Host file fix" from Microsoft, that from what I understood put the host file back to default. I can restore with Apple fine during the signing procedure but not sure if I wanted to downgrade my firmware via Cydia I'd be able to now due to the fact I can't alter my host file. Which I'm pretty sure also means TU can't alter the host file either.

I've attached a picture of the error message for all to view.

Does anyone have any clue as to how I can fix this issue? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


PS...and then when I go into Note pad as Admin and try to open the host file to see if I can rewrite it...I get the second error message saying to check the spelling and try again.

Any help guys??
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Old Feb 21, 2011, 06:59 AM   #2
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And you're sure you're running TU as an Administrator, logged on as an Adminstrator on the Windows box?
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Go to "C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc", right click on the hosts file and select properties. Make sure the box next to Read-only is unchecked. Click Apply, OK and try it again.
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Go to "C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc", right click on the hosts file and select properties. Make sure the box next to Read-only is unchecked. Click Apply, OK and try it again.
Which one would you suggest doing that to?
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Which one would you suggest doing that to?
Well I opened every one under properties and every one had the box beside read only unchecked.

Now what?
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Old Feb 21, 2011, 07:57 AM   #6
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Sorry guv but you don't have an HOSTS-file in that list. It should be named HOSTS only.

Rename HOSTS.umbrella to HOSTS and post the content of that file before you proceed or just use this default HOSTS-file
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Sorry guv but you don't have an HOSTS-file in that list. It should be named HOSTS only.

Rename HOSTS.umbrella to HOSTS and post the content of that file before you proceed or just use this default HOSTS-file
http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost...5&postcount=11

You smart Sonofa*itch!! haha changing the umbrella file to Hosts seemed to work great. Now when I open TU I don't get the error message anymore!

Thanks so much buddy!!
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One more question....at the bottom of hosts file it says the following:


74.208.10.249 gs.apple.com


Does that mean if I wanted to downgrade my firmware Cydia would sign the firmware and trick iTunes into thinking Apple signed it??

Also with that at the bottom of my hosts file....if I wanted to just do a clean restore with iTunes and have them sign it would I need to delete that line item and replace it with another line item to connect to Apple??

Please advise!
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One more question....at the bottom of hosts file it says the following:


74.208.10.249 gs.apple.com


Does that mean if I wanted to downgrade my firmware Cydia would sign the firmware and trick iTunes into thinking Apple signed it??

Also with that at the bottom of my hosts file....if I wanted to just do a clean restore with iTunes and have them sign it would I need to delete that line item and replace it with another line item to connect to Apple??

Please advise!
Yes you're absolutely right, if you want to restore your iPhone using the SHSH blobs Cydia has stored for you - you must have 74.208.10.249 gs.apple.com in your HOSTS-file.

If you for some reason want to do a clean Restore, just as Apple wants it to be, you either comment out that line from your HOSTS-file (by making it read #74.208.10.249 gs.apple.com) or just delete the line completely
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Yes you're absolutely right, if you want to restore your iPhone using the SHSH blobs Cydia has stored for you - you must have 74.208.10.249 gs.apple.com in your HOSTS-file.

If you for some reason want to do a clean Restore, just as Apple wants it to be, you either comment out that line from your HOSTS-file (by making it read #74.208.10.249 gs.apple.com) or just delete the line completely
So if I want to restore with Cydia just keep host file as is...but if I want to restore with Apple all I have to do is put the # in front of the 74.??

That's how I'm understanding the last part of your last post??

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Yes, correct
Okay that's great...thanks again! Although I don't really understand why the # sign would make the signing process change from Apple to Cydia....but hey, what I don't know won't hurt me right! lol
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I think I understand now...if you place a # in front of 74. it "comments out" which means it'll ignore the line, which is Cydias servers and send it to Apple's servers.
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i dont get it can u guys post pictures of what u did thx
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error 3194./host not writeable


my ipad has recently gone to the grave after or during a itunes restore and upgrade to 6.0.1, it said connect to itunes (with that cable pointing to the itunes logo) so i did some research on why it was not connecting to itunes after recieving the error 3194. I find out that i needed to fix my host file in order to restore my ipad using itunes or tinyumberla, the only problem was that i did fix it and rewrite the file to this

# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# ::1 localhost

it still not only says that the host is unwritable but now my ipad wont be recognized in my computer or itunes for some reason :'(

PLEASE HELPPP
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