ios5 - could not be restored because firmware file is not compatible

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  1. iExchange, Jun 8, 2011
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    macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,
    I was trying to install iOS5 beta on my iPad1, here's what i did:
    1. download ios5 firmware for ipad1
    2. install itunes 10.5 beta
    3. open itunes 10.5 beta and plug my powered on ipad1 to the computer
    4. shift-click the restore button(im using windows) and select the firmware i just downloaded at step1

    then i received this message pop up:
    "XXX's ipad could not be restored because the firmware file is not compatible"

    Did anyone encounter this problem before/have a solution for this?
    Thanks tons!:)

    *Some background info for my ipad, it was jailbroken untethered at 4.2.1 and i restored it to factory settings using DFU mode and restored to a 4.3.3(newest one), after that i did the steps 1 to 4 above.
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    Are you sure you tried a shift-restore and not a shift-update?

    I did my V1 iPad on a Mac, but my steps were roughly the same as yours.

    BTW, where did you find iTunes 10.5 for Windows?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah... I tried both actually, i tried shift-restore and shift-update... both not working... then i fire up my mac and tried option-restore and option-update, but they arent working either...

    I found the itunes 10.5 dev beta from a youtube video
     
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    hey

    i had this too, what had happened was i had tried to download 2 different iOS files one from torrent one from a site and i had cancelled one. Just redownload.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your generous information, i will try it now and see if it works :)
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    So did this fix the problem for you? I am going to attempt to download the IPSW file again if so.
     
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    Can you explain exactly what you did?

    Did you just have to redownload the IPSW file?
     
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    This is strange, I redownloaded the IPSW file again and when i go to UPDATE in Itunes 10.5beta, I get a popup saying The iPad could not be updated. An unknown error occured (3002).

    What gives?

    Are you guys doing this by UPDATE or RESTORE button?
     
  12. macrumors newbie

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    I used restore. And the mistake that I initially made was that I downloaded the firmware for the iPad1 instead of iPad2. Once I downloaded the correct firmware the error about not being able to update the iPad went away.
     
  13. macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I'm having the same issue. I want to try whats been advised in this thread but unfortunately I don't quite know how to manually update firmware? ( I have also jail broken my phone in the past and since then restored back, with the current 4.3.3 and firmware: 04.10.01

    Thanks in advance!
     

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