Help! My iPhone is suddenly locked again!

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by thesheep, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular


    Mar 27, 2006
    My iPhone is an original 2.5G one, which I have been using unlocked, with a 'non-standard' SIM card for the past 2 years.

    I've always been very careful updating the firmware but the last update was so easy, using Pwnage, I got complacent.

    I was using the new version of Pwnage for firmware 3.1. I followed the instructions using 'Simple Mode'. It asked if I had a contract that would normally work through iTunes and I said no.

    When it said it had created the custom ipsw file and gone into DFU mode, it told me to connect iTunes and do a restore. However, when I clicked 'restore' in iTunes it started downloading the firmware from Apple, and it restored that. Now my phone is unusable as it says the SIM is not allowed.

    Not sure what went wrong there - how do you force iTunes 9 to restore from a custom backup, instead of from the file downloaded from Apple?

    Anyway, now I'm stuck with an unusable phone... any tips?
  2. macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Liverpool, UK
  3. thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 27, 2006
    Ah, the option key. That's what I did wrong.

    Since it is 'Simple Mode' in Pwnage, it would be helpful if they put this information in their instructions, to save people like me from this problem.

  4. macrumors 68030


    Jun 20, 2007
    Cranford, NJ
    Option key has been needed from Day 1 when Pwnage was released. :)

    I always use Expert Mode, maybe they display that there?
  5. macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    They don't say it in Expert Mode either (I know because I forgot what key it was 2 days ago and had to google before I did the restore)
  6. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    It IS in the instruction the last time I checked.

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