iPhone 3GS 'dead' after jailbreaking - just a black screen & unable to restore error

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by leon1982, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. leon1982 macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2011

    I am looking for help with my poor iPhone 3GS

    I jailbroke it last week with iOS version 4.3.2 and then a day later 'every thing went black'

    When I connect it to iTunes the message comes up:

    "iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes."

    So I realise that I have lost everything on my iPhone and just want it working again, so I hit the restore button, but then got this message:

    The iPhone "iPhone" could not be restored. An unknown error occorred (1600).

    I looked at the Apple forums and could see no reference to Error 1600 and I looked on google, but so far no success.

    Does anyone know what has happened to my iPhone 3GS and how I can bring it back to life?


  2. wpotere Guest

    Oct 7, 2010
    Put the phone into DFU mode and then try a restore. If you still get this and have a Mac, try creating a new account on the Mac and login to it, then try the restore.
  3. sychev macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2011
    Is there anything I can do if restore fails?

    The 3G phone is in the permanent recovery mode, but every time I try to "restore" with ITunes, it fails during verification stage with "error 6".

    the "genius" at the apple store did same, saw same error, and informed me that its "hardware defect" and there is nothing to be done but throw it out.

    So, is there a 3rd party tools out there to load iphone software and run diagnostics?

  4. bradmullins007 macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2011
    Thats the excuse for anything they either dont know or are too lazy to fix. Download a custom ipsw and try to restore with the correct version of itunes.
  5. Foap macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2011
    That's why I don't jailbreak. The advice saying to try restoring using a separate Mac account is good. Try that! :)
  6. thakur83 macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2010
    Step 1: Download iREB google it.

    Step 2: Launch iTunes and put your iPhone in DFU mode (hold power and home button together for 10 seconds; release the power button and keep holding the home button until iTunes tells you it has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.

    Step 3: Once iTunes has detected your iPhone in recovery mode, close iTunes and launch iREB.

    Step 4: Select your device and wait for the screen to go red or white.

    Step 5: Launch iTunes and hold the SHIFT key while clicking on restore. A window will open. From there just browse for the custom firmware you want to restore to.

    You should be good to go. iTunes should restore your iPhone to the desired firmware without giving you any error.

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