iPhone 3GS logo stuck spinning wheel

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by AFerreira, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. AFerreira macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2013

    I have a semi-dead iPhone 3GS with the following problem. My friend tried to erase the whole jailbreaked iphone (4.0.1, if I recall correctly). Now the thing is, the iphone is in a certain loop between the apple silver logo and low battery.

    If I connect him to my windows computer or to the wall charger, he charges a little bit, and then he turns on alone a display an silver apple for 20 seconds. Then a spinning wheel appears, and spins about 10/15 seconds and then freezes. Something strange appears at top of the screen, like multicolored pixels.


    Then it stays about 10 min (at times, exactly 10 minutes) and then it turns it self off for 1 minute may be. If I try to turn it on between that minute, it show the battery sign of charging.

    To end this beautiful story he turns on it self, and the process starts over again, and again.

    So, I already tried to charge it, but it only charges a little bit, just to turn it on during 10 minutes.

    I know I have to enter in DFU mode, but I really can't.

    I tried this, but with no luck :(

    Thanks in advance, and sorry for my bad English, I'm Portuguese :)
  2. Poolmyfinger macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2013
    Not sure if this will help...

    I have never seen this answer before but here's what worked for me and I found it accidentally.
    I have an iPhone and an iPad and I only had 1 charger (my only Apple cord didn't work anymore so I had thrown it out and I thought maybe that was the problem, except my iphone charged fine with my pink cord) by my bedside, so I would just hook up the one that needed it the most before I went to bed.* Well one day I woke up to find that my iPad had a low battery, with the red battery picture. When I plugged it into the charger, it just kept recycling to the Apple logo and then the spinning wheel of death, and back again.
    I did some research and couldn't figure it out. People who thought it was a dead battery still had the same problem after they sent it in and got a new battery* My iPad is not jail broken and half the "solutions" were over my head. I have over 1300 apps on my iPad, not to mention thousands of pictures, that I was just feeling so bereft and sad that I might have lost everything.* So I just let my iPad sit, and drained the whole battery down to the nubbin.* It was 2-3 days without a charger that I just let it sit.
    Then I put it on the charger again and I noticed I still got the red battery symbol, but the red was a thinner slice. I went to work and left it on the charger all day. When I returned, one of my FB notifications came on and bam, there it was, my sign on screen or whatever it's called, where you slide the thingy across. And it was back!!!!!!
    So I was overjoyed.* I'd also had a problem syncing with a warning that it overloaded my USB port. It was a separate problem, but I was able to sync it after that, and my iPhone too, so I was ecstatic.
    Then the battery thing happened again about a week later.* I thought I had been diligent about keeping it charged but it went down after only a day off the charger.* Realized that I had FB and mail notifications notifying me in the startup screen, so that it was constantly turning itself on and off.* I have almost 5000 FB friends and 10 email accounts, so that was a lot of steady activity that I wasn't really aware of.* I have now turned off all notifications to every app, since they also come on my phone AND I bought a 2nd cord, a purple one, so now I'm set and don't expect to ever have that problem again.
    Hope this helps everyone who thought they had a brick.

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