iPad iOS 5 update bricked iPad, even Apple cannot fix.

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by holmesf, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. holmesf macrumors 6502a

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    I originally posted this in the normal iPad forum, but one user suggested I might have luck posting it here. My iPad was not jailbroken or hacked in any way (besides being used as a development device with XCode), but perhaps some of the methods used by you guys would come in handy.

    I tried updating my iPad 1 to iOS 5 the other day. The OS refused to install normally, so I put the iPad into recovery mode and tried to install. Huge mistake: my iPad 1 is now stuck in recovery mode.

    Any attempt to restore the iPad results in the message "The ipad could not be restored. An unknown error has occured (1)." The Apple "geniuses" tried to fix this problem, couldn't, and told me it would cost $369 to repair since I'm out of warrantee. For the price of the repair I could practically buy a refurbished one. But I don't think they tried anything that I hadn't tried already (just using iTunes to restore the device), so I'm not willing to say that all hope is lost yet.

    What could I try to get the device out of recovery mode to any version of iOS? At this point I am willing to try both sanctioned and unsanctioned methods.
     
  2. engelke2010 macrumors 6502a

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    Have you tried downloading Tiny Umbrella and kicking it out of recovery using TU? That's worked for me in the past, even when I wasn't jail broken.
     
  3. holmesf thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Tried Tiny Umbrella just now. Used "Exit Recovery" button. That caused iPad to go into a loop. It would show the apple logo, then show a progress bar (which makes no progress) momentarily, then the spinning activity indicator for a minute, blank screen briefly, then back to the apple logo (ad infinitum it seems). I'll refer to this loop as "the loop."

    Next I tried putting the device in DFU mode and using TU's "fix recovery" button. This caused the iPad to boot to a white screen, then show a split screen with white on top and a black console on bottom. The console says:

    "Unable to find fs_mount"
    "Unable to find fs_unmount"
    "Unable to find fs_load_file"
    Greenpoison initialized"

    It sits there doing nothing.

    If I try restoring using iTunes at this point it tells me "The iPad "iPad" could not be restored. This device isn't eligible for the requested build." Then the iPad goes back into the loop. I figured this might be because TU messes with the Mac's hosts file. So next I tried using TU's "fix recovery again" but this time unchecking "Set Hosts to Cydia on Exit" and exiting TU before restoring from iTunes.

    This time iTunes began the restore, and the console on the iPad began to fill up quickly. Unfortunately after a few seconds iTunes popped an error message stating "The iPad "iPad" could not be restored. The device cannot be found."

    The last few lines in the console on the iPad are:
    yaFTL::YAFTL_Open(l:3008): CXT is not valid. Performing full NAND R/O restore ...
    [FTL:MSG] FTL_Open
    AppleBCMWLAN:handleIOKitBusyWatchdogTimeout(): Error, no successful firmware download after 6000 ms!! Giving up...

    There didn't appear to be any visible error messages in the iPad's console before this point.

    After restarting it's back in the loop again. Out of ideas again.
     
  4. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

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    Try with redsn0w:

    Under "Extras", try
    1. Just Boot
    2. Recovery Fix
    3. If that still doesn't work, Pwned DFU and try restoring in iTunes.

    If none of those works, you might have to build a custom ipsw and jailbreak.

    ($369 to repair?? now that's pure theft :eek:)
     
  5. holmesf, Oct 20, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2011

    holmesf thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    After many hours and dozens of procedures THIS WORKED.

    1. Okay tried "Just Boot". After redsn0w went through some steps, and the iPad booted with a pineapple logo, the iPad went back into the loop I described before. In other words, no luck.

    2. Okay tried "Recovery Fix". To do this I went back into iTunes with the device in DFU mode. I then did a restore in iTunes. iTunes did "Extracting Software", "Verifying With Apple", "Preparing iPad for restore", iPad booted with Apple logo, showed progress bar, "Waiting for iPad", "Restoring iPad software ..." (progress bar moves on iPad), "Verifying iPad software...", "Restoring iPad firmware...", iPad's progress bar is 3/4's done at this point, iTunes pops up "The iPad "iPad" could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (1)." The iPad now appears to be in restore mode, showing the iTunes logo and USB cable graphic. I now open redsn0w and hit "Recovery Fix". iPad boots with white flash. "patching files", "waiting for reboot", "uploading ram disk", "done", console appears, lots of lines streaming down, running pineapple, rebooting, apple logo.

    HOLY GOD IT WORKED. IT WORKED. I LOVE YOU! My iPad booted to iOS 5!!!!!!!

    My device was not hacked or jailbroken, and Apple was totally unable to fix it, but the jailbreakers could. Apple zero, jailbreakers one! You just saved me $369!
     
  6. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

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    Wow :p

    I'm glad I could help. (I'm not even a seasoned JB-er actually, I just had to deal with that stuff accidentally).
     
  7. holmesf thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry for being a little over the top, but I've been trying to fix this thing since 7:30pm and it's now 2:53am. I was really starting to think the device was a goner!
     
  8. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    This is both a happy and sad story. Truth is Apple wasn't "unable" to fix it, just unwilling to help. That puts a frowny face on me when it was apparently an easy DIY fix. $369 is nutty. But I'm happy you were able to find a fix and it's one of the reason these forums and "the crazy ones" jailbreakers serve such an important role in the Apple "community." It's OK to be a fanboy but, just like anything in life, opposition is needed to keep things honest, or at least more honest.
     
  9. Benchaya macrumors newbie

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    Hello Friend , I Need Your Help ,IF possible, thanks

    my name is Gláucio Benchaya, i'm From Brazil , have one Week which one friend give me Ipad 2 3G 32gb , was a gift , it arrived with IOS 4.3.5 , yesterday i tryed download the new version the OS 5 , but i have same problem the person which you help , but , i have a troubles , what version the Redsn0w i have which make download, what version the Ispw i have which make Download , thanks for your Help , i'm waiting your response , i can see which you are a expert in Ipad , thanks friend. excuse my english .:(
     
  10. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Thb op u just got an ****** of a genius! My iPad one suffered a boot loop issue out of warranty he said if I was willing to pay the out of warranty battery replacement fee I could have a brown box unit. That was 69 or 79 pound or 99 bucks!
     
  11. Benchaya macrumors newbie

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    my name is Gláucio Benchaya, i'm From Brazil , have one Week which one friend give me Ipad 2 3G 32gb , was a gift , it arrived with IOS 4.3.5 , yesterday i tryed download the new version the OS 5 , but i have same problem the person which you help , but , i have a troubles , what version the Redsn0w i have which make download, what version the Ispw i have which make Download , thanks for your Help , i'm waiting your response , i can see which you are a expert in Ipad , thanks friend. excuse my english .
     
  12. EvanLugh macrumors 68000

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    check the topic you created.
     
  13. Benchaya macrumors newbie

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    NO Work friend, i never have install jailbreak in Ipad 2 , ok ?
    Thanks For your Help .
     
  14. kalex macrumors 65816

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    not going to work with ipad2. sorry
     
  15. ricramirez84 macrumors newbie

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    ios5 cant be installed - error 3194

    hi guys, i hope someone here can help me..
    i have downloaded ioas5 software and also upfated my itunes to the latest version.
    then i tried restoring and updating my ipad to ios5.
    but everytime i try to do it, i always get the error 3194.
    i also tried reconfiguring my windows security setting and i followed the instructions provided by apple but still didnt work.
    what will i do? my ipad was jailbroken and i want to restore it so ghat i have ios5 already and i can shut down my ipad if not in use (because with the jailbreak setting i have, i cannot shut down my ipad).
    im desperately in need of help. i have started the entire process 4pm of nov28 and until now im still awake trying to resolve it..

    i need help badly! anyone please...
     
  16. kalex macrumors 65816

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    did u check your hosts file to remove gs.apple.com entries from there?
     
  17. visionsoulnight macrumors newbie

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    I have same problem after upgrade iOS 4 to 5.1.1 my ipad1 lose imei baseband and bootloader , but if fix in redsnow this start but not active in iPhone is possible hackactivate but in ipad no, i try in snowbreeze but the button of hackactivate no open, i have acess on funbox or any ssh , my question is( it s possible hackactivate this , same lost imei? For my use only for play?
    The iPhone 4 i delete dir setup and work , but in ipad this not work ,
    Its possible resoldering new nand and this have new imei? I want buy but no found, please if you have idea any people make this i pay, i try try try iTunes custon iOS redsnow snowbreeze ifaity, and custon servers from hackactivate iOS 7 but no work.

    My ipad1 is 5.1.1 and in forec0st most uncknow baseband imei and bootloader , thankyou
     
  18. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

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    this is a 3 year old thread... second of all... i cant understand anything you typed...
     

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