my iPhone 3G completely dead?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by mprey, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. mprey macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2011
    So I have had a iPhone 3G for well over a year, jailbroken, worked fine since I got it. Then yesterday, it suddenly froze up on me on the "shut off" screen. Would only get out of it after connecting to iTunes, seemed fine again, then this morning, frozen again, with black screen. It won't restart, or turn on properly, even if I press home+power for 60 secs etc.

    It seems to be in DFU mode because if I plug it into a Windows, the "add hardware" manager recognizes it as "DFU device" etc. However it can't be restored with iTunes on either Windows or Mac, with neither custom firmware nor stock firmware, no matter which version. I usually get Error 21, or Error 1600/1601..

    Today I spent all day trying every jailbreak / hacking tool under the moon for both Mac and Windows. iRecovery and certain other tools don't even seem to recognize the device is there, though iTunes on both Win/Mac at least acknowledges some sort of existence.

    I have tried it all and nothing helps...the only time I actually ever got something "happening" was when using iReb, and when it uploaded the hacked bootrom or whatever it is, the Windows device manager would recognize an "iBoot" device or something like that. That is the only response I ever got from the phone.

    I can only assume it's a hardware issue at this point..any other suggestions? I would really, really appreciate it...many thanks.
  2. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    This is not a hardware issue, I have had trouble with Error 1600 before, and it is a tough one because nobody knows what it means!

    The way I fixed it in the past was create a new user account on the Mac, but sometimes that doesn't even fix it. If you are using Pwnage Tools, REMEMBER that ALWAYS CREATE A FRESH IPSW FOR EACH RESTORE. I realized that if you don't, you will always keep getting errors.
  3. AlexIamandi macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2011
    Hmm, that's why a phone should have a removable battery.
    Take it to Apple, they will figure it out.
  4. B.winkle macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2010
  5. JamesMB macrumors 68000


    Jan 2, 2011
    Yeah right! I'm sure Apple is gonna jump right on repairing a jailbroken iPhone.

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