Resolved Help, I think I bricked my 3GS :(

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  1. SuperMini, Sep 5, 2011
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    SuperMini macrumors member

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    Was messing about with my 3gs (was on 4.3.5, new bootloader) trying to downgrade it. I sucessfully downgraded to 4.3.3, but I wanted to get to 4.2.1 in order to install the ipad bootloader. I attempted this downgrade but the iphone went straight back into DFU and I attempted to use programs such as Tiny umbrella to kick it out since it wasnt being kicked out by holding the power and home buttons.

    It has been off ever since then and rarely goes into DFU mode when I try. When it does eventually go into DFU mode, I try and restore with 4.3.5 with itunes but it gets stuck on Preparing iPhone for restore then eventually gives me error 1601 after a while.

    I have tried restoring on two different computers, with different cables. I have also removed any apple entries in my hosts file. Using Win7 64bit on both.

    Does anyone know how I could go about fixing it? Im pretty sure ive bricked it.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. gngan macrumors 68000

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    If you are sure it's brick then there is no way to make it work. Ill be more than happy to pay you $20 for your bricked 3gs.
     
  3. SuperMini thread starter macrumors member

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    iReb will pick it up and put it in pwned DFU, but then itunes and redsnow cant find it.
    Im not sure its a brick. And I could get at least £70 for a bricked phone here in the UK.
     
  4. Fantasigraphic macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    It's not bricked! D/l a program from TinyUmbrella called FixRecovery (for windows and Mac). Make a folder onto the desktop and d/l FixRecovery into this folder. Put your iPhone into DFU (if not already in DFU) and run the program.

    If you get an .dll (think it's called zip1.dll) just google it and d/l it into same folder with FixRecovery.exe and start over.
     
  5. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    You know very well that it's not bricked. After all, the OP didn't throw it into a pool or off a building.:rolleyes:
     
  6. ClutchThese macrumors 65816

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    ^^This. It's pretty tough to brick it... if not impossible. :)
     
  7. SuperMini thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, just tried it and it leaves my iphone screen white and after that its undetectable my iTunes until I put it back into DFU. Gonna try the apple store and hope that they dont detect any downgrades/jailbreaks. Its not under warranty anyway so they are gonna try and charge me an arm and a leg most likely knowing apple.
     
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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Right it's supposed to. That's DFU mode. Did you let it run? There should be a "ms-dos" screen doing some work then after that you'll see alot of "coding" on it.

    Or save a trip and restore it to 4.3.5 and then go back to 4.3.3. You said that worked. Then you tried to go back to 4.2.1 (4.3.1) and that messed up. Do you have SHSH saved for that firmware?

    Also I think (not sure) since you have 3GS you can actually go back to 4.1 w/o SHSH saved. for some reason apple still signing 4.1. GOOGLE it first before trying to see if still true
     
  10. SuperMini thread starter macrumors member

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    Didn't let it run, but ill try now. Wont restore to 4.1.5, and when I try and restore to 4.1 normal and custom IPSWs I get error 28.

    I have no SHSH saved. Just tried going back to 3.1.3 and restored (first time ive seen the apple logo in a while) but got error 1015 which was expected. But isnt the itunes logo supposed to show on-screen with the cable when it hits that error? Because I get a black screen still and tried kicking to out with tiny umbrella but it just sat there, no signs of anything.
     
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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Yes... You have to put phone in DFU mode run FixRecovery.

    Since you have NO shsh blobs saved you cannot downgrade. Only option is do a normal restore to latest firmware
     
  12. 700-Grizz macrumors 6502

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    Yo--How much crack you been smoking, Jeez
     
  13. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    You can't blame her/him for taking advantage of a not so bright newbie. :rolleyes:
     
  14. plshelpineedit macrumors newbie

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    no worries, you can downgrade w/o thed ssh coz apple still signs 4.2.1. Just backup your windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts file and delete it then download latest snowbreeze and with its integrated ireb should you put it into dfu mode than download official 4.2.1 and make a custom firmware with snowbreeze 2.1 to get rid of recovery mode. enjoy :)
     
  15. labman macrumors 604

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    anytime somebody starts with I bricked my phone they should expect at least a little harassment. OP you already know you need shsh blobs so you should already know that you can't go back in firmware if you don't have them. It is what it is. I would like my Ford Focus to be as fast as a Lamborghini and still get good gas mileage. Guess what it's not going to happen. ;) i don't believe 4.2.1 is still being signed but I'll let you guys fight that one.
     
  16. SuperMini thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all your help guys, sorted now. Apple gave me a replacement phone which happens to be unlocked too.

    Cool story bro.
     

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