How Can I Intentionally Brick My iPod Touch

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by biff6789, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. biff6789 macrumors newbie

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    I know the first 5 replies to this thread are gonna be "Why would you want to do this?"... Well I wouldn't ask if I didn't have a reason so let's just leave it at that :p

    Anyway, since I need to do this, is there any way to brick the ipod touch without causing any physical damage? Can I jailbreak and pull the plug halfway? Is there another piece of software that'll kill the thing?

    In case it matters, it's the most recent ipod with the most recent firmware version
     
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Dude, they're going to find the liquid damage anyway. Nice try.
     
  3. biff6789 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What are you talking about? What liquid?

    Read my original post again. I specifially said "WITHOUT causing physical damage".. that includes me not wanting to do any liquid damage

    I just want some software that will kill it
     
  4. Brien macrumors 68020

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    Since you're already seeming to be in murky waters, why not sell it and buy a bricked one off eBay?
     
  5. Exegesis48 macrumors regular

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    You could jailbreak it with blackSn0w and then after installing Cydia you can get OpenSSH and then once you've remoted into your iPod Touch you can start deleting everything... that'll crash it for sure.
     
  6. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    I don't think you're likely to get any suggestions until you've said why!
     
  7. milk242 macrumors 6502a

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    Re upload a new firmware and disconnect while it's loading? Jailbreak it with old jailbreak programs? No idea.

    I'm also going to join in on the fun and guess why you are doing this. There is something wrong with it that you don't like (such as discolored screen) but not enough to bother someone else so you want apple to replace it with a new one.

    Or this ipod touch is your ex girlfriend and she won a legal battle to take the ipod back and you want to screw her over with a bricked ipod. :D
     
  8. biff6789 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Finally some actual answers :p Thanks, guys. With the first example, you're saying I just blackrain it, then use OpenSSH to open the filesystem and blow it away from there by deleting all the ROM files?

    And to answer the question for the last poster, it has to do with a legal case I'm working on. The device itself needs to remain intact, but the data needs to be completely wiped clean and un-retrievable as per the judge's orders. It's complicated to explain which is why I tried to avoid it in the first place
     
  9. aaron11193 macrumors regular

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    since you can't directly access the iPod's disk to retrieve deleted files anyway (yes I know it's not an actual disk) why not just restore it?

    EDIT: Also, more details about the case please? :) That is, if it isn't one of those tell nobody about it ones.
     
  10. biff6789 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Again, it's complicated :p I just need to make the thing completely un-bootable

    Yea, it's one of those "tell nobody" ones

    Sorry :rolleyes:
     
  11. mwchris macrumors regular

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    Gently take it apart, remove the flash memory, put it back together.
     
  12. biff6789 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If I do that, I still run a slight risk of physically damaging it
     
  13. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    So newbie, let me get this straight. You want to know how to brick your touch? Why? Because you're likely to be a thief who ripped it off someone and you'd like to exchange it for a new one? You got a scratch and you're so "gutted" that you must have a new one? Or what? Any reason is likely to be an attempt to defraud Apple. Wow kid, you're my hero. :rolleyes:
     
  14. biff6789 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Did you not read the thread at all?

    For starters, I'm not a "kid"... I am an attorney who needs to know how to do this for a legal case per the judge's orders

    Please read first next time before commenting
     
  15. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    huge risk of definitely damaging it.
     
  16. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Due to the potential "ill intentions" of what the poster is asking, regardless of what the real reason is, I advise not helping

    This is akin to people asking for how to get around computer passwords that they "accidentally" forgot, how to circumvent iphone passwords, or how to obtain a serial for a cd that they "lost" and what not...all of which this forum does not help with

    OP: If this is for a case as you say, surely there are better avenues of looking into this than a forum
     
  17. biff6789 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ill intentions? By following a request from a United States District Judge? Tell you what, you PM your email address and I'll send you the court ruling once the case is over and you can see for yourself that there are no "ill intentions"

    I'm starting to understand why there are so many out there who don't like Apple fanatics. Over half of the answers in this thread are indolent and unconstructive
     
  18. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Ill intentions being that we don't know you from Joe down the street who may be trying to intentionally damage an ipod of someone he dislikes or trying to scam Apple.

    You would be amazed at how many people try to legitimize actions that are otherwise "criminal". Not saying that yours are but for all we know...they could be. That is the point I am driving home
    Apple fanatic? Instead of name calling, how about you try and act as professional as you imply your profession is? There have already been post edits of yours by mods taking out name calling in this thread done by you.
     
  19. biff6789 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Mods, feel free to close this thread down. 20 posts later, I still have yet to get a working answer from those here who claim to "help"

    I've been called a "kid", have been accused of trying to get "mommy and daddy to buy me a new ipod", and now the most recent poster has already deemed himself judge and jury and has determined that my intentions are misguided and has taken the authority upon himself to ask others to not help with a legitimate issue. Thanks, pal

    Thank you to the one or two of you who actually tried to be constructive. But I won't be back
     
  20. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Sorry bud but I call BS. Then again it's my right to believe what I want. As an "attorney" I'd figure you'd have thicker skin.

    If you truly had a court order then you could very easily get Apple to tell you how to do what you need. All you need is that fancy judge and a subpoena. Then again an attorney would likely know that.
     
  21. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816

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    :eek: *single tear rolls down cheek*
     
  22. Eschelon macrumors newbie

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    i'm going to go against the grain here and sympathize with the threadstarter. it has to be incredibly frustrating to spend a couple of hours in a forum on a saturday afternoon and get no little to no help from everybody

    i, too, went to law school and can admit that his situation could be fully legitimate. getting a subpoena isn't as easy as law and order makes it look. and apple might not want to get involved in the case and might be putting up a small fight to keep their names from showing up in insignificant court docs

    anyway, i like this community so i don't want to ruffle feathers. but OP, i feel for ya!

    ...but i don't know how to brick the ipod. i love my touch and would never dream of doing such a thing :p
     
  23. tremlock macrumors 6502a

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    Even if you "brick" it, can't it just be restored through iTunes?
     
  24. Exegesis48 macrumors regular

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    People in these forums have gotten more and more pretentious every day. If you have nothing to contribute, then don't bother posting on the thread.

    Who cares why he's doing it? I'm not an investigator for the FBI, it's not my job to enforce the laws either. I know this community frowns upon the breaking of license agreements and copyright laws, and that's understandable. But if the guy asks a question, either answer it, or move along. If you see a drunken homeless guy begging for change, do you go out of your way to berate him for it, or do you go on about your business and leave him be?

    Just because it's the internet, doesn't change anything. You're being an a**.

    Now on the the OP's question. Yes, BlackRa1n, Install Sn0w and Cydia. Use Cydia to load OpenSSH and then follow a guide to remotely access your iPod Touch's filesystem. Erase everything you can, corrupt the system directories if you have to, it should fail pretty easy. I've had my fair share of crashes render my iPhone unbootable on a pretty regular basis. Most of the time these crashes result from me accidentally restarting during a filesystem update when installing a new Cydia app, etc. So just keep messing with it till it crashes, you'll soon have the endless "Apple Loop" which we're all so fond of.

    You can PM me if you would like, I don't care what you're doing with the phone, if it's your phone, do as you please. If it's not, then that's your problem and I hope you do what's right in the end.
     
  25. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    Get a cattle prod and get a couple sparks going on the data slot pins, it will fry it without any damage. Or use a igniter that goes on a gas grill and do the same process, it will work for sure.
     

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