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

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.
 

SPNarwhal

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itunes error (-1) 9 times out of 10 signifies a hardware failure. Either the processor or the dock connector. I'd take it to the apple store and see what you can do. Make sure you have a backup of your device. Sometimes excessive corrosion on the dock connector can do that as well.
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.
 
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rxllrn

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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.
 

Dwalls90

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itunes error (-1) 9 times out of 10 signifies a hardware failure. Either the processor or the dock connector. I'd take it to the apple store and see what you can do. Make sure you have a backup of your device. Sometimes excessive corrosion on the dock connector can do that as well.
I've had this error before, and this isn't true necessarily true :)

OP, have you ever jail broken, used blobs, ect?
 

SPNarwhal

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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?
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.
 

Dwalls90

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

http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=1034
 

SPNarwhal

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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
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?
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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.
 
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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?
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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.
You can't install iOS 5.1.1. Apple no longer signs (permits it). Use iOS 6.
 

SPNarwhal

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You can't install iOS 5.1.1. Apple no longer signs (permits it). Use iOS 6.
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.