Can't restore in itunes. Need to erase everything and start over.

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by armd123, May 29, 2009.

  1. armd123 macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2009
    I bought a first generation unlocked jailbroken iphone, and it won't go all the way through when I try to restore it in itunes. Is there a program other than itunes that can completely wipe out the memory and allow me to reinstall the iphone software?
  2. jetsonhk macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2008
    You really can't restore in iTunes?

    Have you tried the other way - hold the power button and the menu button until it does a hard reset?

    1. Turn off iPhone - Hold down the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until the red slider appears, then slide the red slider. Ignore this step if your iPhone is already off.
    2. Press and hold down the Home button for about 10 seconds until a yellow triangle with a text which says Please Connect to iTunes appears.

    iPhone Recovery Mode
    3. Plug the iPhone into Mac or Windows PC. Release the button if you haven’t.
    4. Run and open iTunes if it’s not already opened yet.
    5. iTunes will prompt a message that says iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. Click OK.
    6. You will be taken to the iPhone pane. Then, click on Restore.
    7. Wait for the full restoration process to complete, and the iPhone will be back to the original settings state as when it left the manufacturing factory, typically a working phone again if you face any problem, unless it’s hardware related.
  3. armd123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2009
    I don't think I can do that because my phone has been 'bricked' (says my friend who is way too busy to fix this for me). What I need is some unbricking software that will allow me to 'flash' the memory (again, what he's telling me), but I have no idea how to do that or even where to start.
  4. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    Put the device in DFU Mode and then do a restore in iTunes. Sorry there is no way to brick your iPod touch. If there is nothing wrong with the hardware, there is usually a way to fix it.

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