iPhone 4S, can't recover. (error -1) solution?

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  1. SPNarwhal macrumors 65816

    SPNarwhal

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    I bought an iPhone 4S from the marketplace here, it had a damaged screen. I took it completely apart and replaced the screen, and that all worked fine. The software was all working fine as well, I was able to use the phone, no problem. I decided to do a fresh restore of the whole phone, thinking it would be no problem. So, I went to restore it, it extracted the data, and started putting the software back into the phone. It seems to get 3/4 of the way (judging by the bar on the iphone) and then give me an Error.

    "Your iPhone cannot be restored, an unknown error as occured. (Error -1)"

    Going off of iTunes, it seems as though it gets the software on there, and then errors while trying to install the Firmware.

    It was working before I tried to restore it, so not sure what could be happening here.. Is there anything else I can do? Is there another way to put software onto an iPhone other than through iTunes?

    I put it into recovery mode and that's what iTunes is picking up. I'm out of ideas here.

    P.S: It's a Verizon model if that makes any difference.
     
  2. brohan711, Sep 26, 2012
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  3. SPNarwhal, Sep 26, 2012
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    I don't think they'll help me out since not only did I open it up and replace the screen, but I replaced the screen with a blue screen so it's not as if they won't notice. Hmm..

    What are the odds that if I replaced the whole pin connector that it would solve the problem?
    Not sure how easy that is to do, but can't imagine it to be too difficult.
     
  4. rxllrn macrumors member

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    Just kick it out of recovery/DFU mode with Tinyumbrella. Once it turns on, you should be restored to your firmware.
     
  5. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    I've had this error before, and this isn't true necessarily true :)

    OP, have you ever jail broken, used blobs, ect?
     
  6. SPNarwhal thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Nope, I know nothing about that stuff. I assume I could use that sort of thing somehow to force software into it or something, but no idea how I would possibly. I know of no 3rd party software or anything like that.

    If someone could talk me through some potential cures, that would be awesome. I could even give you my AIM name or even let you into my computer with TeamViewer if someone was so willing.

    I know the phone is capable of working, since it was working before I tried to restore it.. And it will restore up until the Firmware. I don't really understand it. I fix hardware, not software.
     
  7. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    DFU mode restore it. It's not just like restoring from iTunes Normally:

    http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=1034
     
  8. SPNarwhal, Sep 26, 2012
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    Still giving me that error, although I see a video online that says if you hold down Option while hitting restore, it opens a folder option to where you can choose a firmware file to install. Any idea where I would find the right firmware file?
    -

    i downloaded some firmware for 5.1.1 and it won't even try to install it, telling me the device is not compatible with this build. It was for 4S though, so I don't really get it. I'll try 5.1 and 6.
     
  9. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    You can't install iOS 5.1.1. Apple no longer signs (permits it). Use iOS 6.
     
  10. SPNarwhal thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Put it into DFU mode, downloaded iOS 6 and manually selected it. Same problem. Error -1.

    I think it may be a lost cause, unless there's some other way to do this without iTunes.
     

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