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Old Feb 4, 2013, 11:19 PM   #1
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Hello All ,
On 2/4/2013 , I updated my iPhone 4s from iOS 5.1.1 Jailbroken ? Unlocked to iOS 6.1 and now I can't get past the Activation Screen . I updated it by iTunes and I pressed Shift and restore and I browsed the firmware I downloaded this morning. Now I'm stuck on the Activation .
I tried installing iOS 6.1 on iTunes but I keep getting iTunes Server Unavailable or cannot be contacted . If someone can help me with this it will be greatly appreciated.


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Old Feb 4, 2013, 11:31 PM   #2
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hi,
as far as i know you should never update a jailbroken device. ALWAYS restore as new first, and then update. i think that's where you've gone wrong.
i suggest plug in your device and on itunes click on 'restore as new'. before you do this, make sure you back up your device. during the restoration process, itunes will automatically download & install 6.1.
incase your itunes isin't reading your phone, then you will need to go into DFU mode. I'm not too fimiliar with DFU options as i've done it only once, a few years back while jailbreaking my i4 on 5.1.1 so i dont remember the process, but i can tell you, your phone is not bricked and your situation is fixable.
incase my limited knowledge & advice doesnt help, wait till the senior members see this and help you out.
g'luck!
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 11:32 PM   #3
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It's not bricked. Put it in DFU mode then do a normal restore. Look up the directions. It's super easy.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 11:39 PM   #4
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I tried that but it doesn't seem to work .

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I just tried doing it but all I see is restore iPhone and I dont see anything like restore as new .
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 11:41 PM   #5
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I tried that but it doesn't seem to work .

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I just tried doing it but all I see is restore iPhone and I dont see anything like restore as new .
Restore is what you want.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 11:42 PM   #6
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Restore is what you want.
okay but it keeps giving me an error . It says iTunes Server cant be contacted or is unavailable . Is it because of the new jb being released and what should I do ?
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 11:43 PM   #7
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Have you used TinyUmbrella to save your SHSH blobs sometime in the past?
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 11:44 PM   #8
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Have you used TinyUmbrella to save your SHSH blobs sometime in the past?
I did when i first installed ios 5.1.1 but it doesnt seem to work .
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 11:48 PM   #9
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TinyUmbrella adds a line to your hosts file to point itunes to a different server to allow you to restore an older version of iOS.

It has been a while since i had to do this, so i cant be of much help, but there are guides on reversing this change online.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 11:48 PM   #10
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Update : I found and iOS 5.1.1 on my computer which was in my blobs folder but when I tried to install it it said " The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error occured (11)
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 11:51 PM   #11
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TinyUmbrella adds a line to your hosts file to point itunes to a different server to allow you to restore an older version of iOS.
@Demonface - what t5brick just said makes a lot of sense. that's probablly whats happening with you. now i have never used tinyumbrella but why dont you try deleting/uninstalling TU, reinstalling itunes and then clicking on 'restore'... just a thought...
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 11:55 PM   #12
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@Demonface - what t5brick just said makes a lot of sense. that's probablly whats happening with you. now i have never used tinyumbrella but why dont you try deleting/uninstalling TU, reinstalling itunes and then clicking on 'restore'... just a thought...
I don't think deleting TinyUmbrella and restoring iTunes will do it. I'm sure i had to go in and delete a line from my hosts file.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 11:55 PM   #13
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@Demonface - what t5brick just said makes a lot of sense. that's probablly whats happening with you. now i have never used tinyumbrella but why dont you try deleting/uninstalling TU, reinstalling itunes and then clicking on 'restore'... just a thought...
Ok , I guess I can give it a try .

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I don't think deleting TinyUmbrella and restoring iTunes will do it. I'm sure i had to go in and delete a line from my hosts file.
how exactly do I do that ?
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 12:00 AM   #14
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how exactly do I do that ?
http://forums.macrumors.com/archive/...t-1112596.html

Hopefully that does the trick.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 12:06 AM   #15
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I tried restoring iOS 5.1.1 and I still get an Iphone cannot be restored error.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 12:08 AM   #16
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I tried restoring iOS 5.1.1 and I still get an Iphone cannot be restored error.
Did you get to this part?

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Step 1 : Go to your “Applications” folder
Step 2 : Go to your “Utilities” folder
Step 3 : Launch “Terminal”
Step 4 : Type “sudo nano /etc/hosts” (without quotes) and hit return
Step 5 : Enter your password
Step 6 : Use the down arrow key to find the “gs.apple.com” entries. Once the cursor is in front, make sure you comment out the line(s) by entering “#” (no quotes) in front of the text.
Step 7 : Save the file by pressing CONTROL+O on the keyboard
Step 8 : Exit the nano editor by pressing CONTROL+X on the keyboard
Step 9 : Restore your iDevice

Windows:
Step 1. Start –> Programs –> Accessories
Step 2. Run Notepad or WordPad
Step 3. Click “Open..” from File menu.
Step 4. Browse to Windows/System32/drivers/etc
Step 5. In “files of type:” select all documents
Step 6. Open “hosts”
Step 7. Delete all line that has “gs.apple.com” or something like that
Step 8. Hit Save
Step 9. Restore your device.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 12:11 AM   #17
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Did you get to this part?
I just did all of that . Im trying to do the ios 6.1 . hopefully it works
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 12:14 AM   #18
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I just did all of that . Im trying to do the ios 6.1 . hopefully it works
If you found and fixed any lines in your hosts file that said gs.apple.com, you should be good to go.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 12:16 AM   #19
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It keeps going to Activating Your iPhone screen .

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iTunes says " We're sorry , We are unable to continue with your activation at this time "
IPhone says Sim NOT Valid.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 12:20 AM   #20
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It keeps going to Activating Your iPhone screen .

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iTunes says " We're sorry , We are unable to continue with your activation at this time "
IPhone says Sim NOT Valid.
Sounds like you have a locked iphone and a SIM from a different carrier?
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 12:22 AM   #21
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Sounds like you have a locked iphone and a SIM from a different carrier?
The thing is that I have a Gevery Sim in this iPhone and it worked well on iOS 5.1.1 but since i tried to update to iOS 6.1 it's not going past the activation screen . I also have /had Straight Talk if that matters.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 12:24 AM   #22
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The thing is that I have a Gevery Sim in this iPhone and it worked well on iOS 5.1.1 but since i tried to update to iOS 6.1 it's not going past the activation screen .
I can't really be of much help here. I've done a lot of jailbreaking, but I haven't done any unlocking.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 12:25 AM   #23
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I can't really be of much help here. I've done a lot of jailbreaking, but I haven't done any unlocking.
ok, I dont think I need unlocking help though . Just getting pass the Activation Screen.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 12:30 AM   #24
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ok, I dont think I need unlocking help though . Just getting pass the Activation Screen.
Im pretty sure you'll need a valid SIM card in there to get past it. I had to get one to activate my old 3GS that my son uses as an iPod touch.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 12:32 AM   #25
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Im pretty sure you'll need a valid SIM card in there to get past it. I had to get one to activate my old 3GS that my son uses as an iPod touch.
It was an Sprint 4S and I dont even think I have the Sim anymore . Misplaced it when I moved .
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