iPhone 3gs Stuck in Recovery

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  1. trev macrumors 6502

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    Hey all,

    This phone isn't jailbroken or anything, but I'm stuck in a recovery loop. When I plug it into iTunes and try to do a restore, I get "The device isn't eligible for requested build". Does iTunes not choose what should go on it? I believe my software was fully up to date before this happened. I've tried recboot and tinyumbrella to kick it out of recovery but neither work. Any advice at all would be appreciated.

    Thaks,
    Trevor
     
  2. PsstGreek macrumors 68040

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    Put the iPhone into DFU mode. Then it should restore with no problems.


    Was it jailbroken or unlocked before?
     
  3. trev thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I used pwnage to put it into DFU and I still get the same error when trying to restore. I don't believe the phone was jailbroken before, no.
     
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    What firmware are you trying to restore the iPhone too?
     
  5. trev thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I didn't select one, I just hit "restore" in iTunes. I've since downloaded the ISPW's for 4.3.2, 4.3.1, 4.3, 4.2.1, & 4.1 and neither of them worked.
     
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    Create a custom ipsw for 4.3.3 in PwnageTool and restore that way.

    Did you buy the iPhone second hand? Because it could of been unlocked and jailbroken at one point and have the iPad baseband installed. Giving you the errors.

    The custom firmware should work for 4.3.3
     
  7. trev thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I can't find an ipsw 4.3.3 for iphone 3gs to download. Which version of pwnage should I use once I find one?
     
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    NVM, got 'em. I'll let you know if this works. Thanks.
     
  9. trev thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No, that didn't work either - I still got the "phone could not be restored. This device isn't eligible for the requested build".

    Trevor
     

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