iphone 3gs only works when plugged in (displays connect to itunes).

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by 2short514, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. 2short514 macrumors newbie

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    hello all, i hope someone can help! here's the problem in a nutshell:

    -iphone 3gs running 4.3.3 was dropped
    -iphone 3gs only works when plugged in (displays connect to itunes).
    -When unplugged screen stays black (even usb).
    -when plugged into the wall it displays connect to itunes (imei/iccid are unknown)
    -when unplugged, screen goes black and will not turn on
    -when plugged into PC, nothing happens
    -when put into DFU mode, itunes recognizes the iphone as an iphone in DFU mode (itunes does not display capacity, software or serial number)
    -i try to restore, and then it gives me an error 1601.
    -i tried uninstalling itunes and quicktime completely and reinstalling both, this did not resolve the error.

    i hope someone can help! thanks!
     
  2. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Seems you did some physical damage.
     
  3. 2short514 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. awadeee macrumors 68020

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    Sounds almost like battery damage if it won't stay on without being plugged in.
     
  5. aususer macrumors newbie

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    I seem to remember reading somewhere that the 1601 was related to a "non-standard" iphone battery or battery not installed - when you tried to do an upgrade (ie. DFU/Restore).

    Might be worth crack your case open and have a look at the battery setup - maybe the connectors may have "bounced flat" or something - the battery is only held in place by a plastic connector, a screw and some adhesive tape - I wonder if it might have worked loose and thus throwing the error?

    Might be worth having a dig around the case and see what you can see - maybe as simple as a battery replacement (if your up for that job - or get someone else to do it).. ??
     
  6. 2short514 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thx for the help all! I've ordered a new battery and will be attempting the replacement. I'll let u know how it goes, but yes all signs point to the battery.
     
  7. itsallaboutrich macrumors newbie

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    I'd be interested in knowing if the battery replacement resolved this. I gave my old iPhone to a friend and it's experiencing the same thing.
     
  8. woodlandtrek macrumors member

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    Any updates? I've got a friend with the exact same problems. Did replacing the battery fix the problem?
     

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