Resolved Is my 3GS Bricked?

jan08

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Any help here would be much, much appreciated.

I have a 3GS and the 3rd to 5th digit of the serial number are 034 so I thought I'd be OK. The power button doesn't work which has made this process a nightmare.

Yesterday I got Redsn0w to change to the iPad baseband but after it completed its process and its says wait for reboot, the screen went black and it wouldn't be seen by either iTunes, Redsn0w or Tiny Umbrella.

Today I have taken it to a local shop and he has brought it to life but it is now stuck on Activation and won't get past that. iTunes is saying no sim so I can't restore. Its connecting to WIFI which leads me to think its not bricked, but if I can't get it turned on it may as well be

I'm as stuck as I've ever been with an iDevice. Please fellow MR forumistas, help me out :D
 
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TriJetHero

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Hook it up to redsn0w and jailbreak it during the proccess it will ask to activate, do so.

Afterwards you will have a jailbroken, activated 3GS.
Install Ultrasn0w from Cydia and you should be in business.
 

jan08

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Hook it up to redsn0w and jailbreak it during the proccess it will ask to activate, do so.

Afterwards you will have a jailbroken, activated 3GS.
Install Ultrasn0w from Cydia and you should be in business.
The power button doesn't work so I can't seem to get it into DFU mode. Looks like I need to get that done to get anywhere
 

TriJetHero

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The power button doesn't work so I can't seem to get it into DFU mode. Looks like I need to get that done to get anywhere
use the latest redsn0w 9.14b2

from the Dev-team blog:
DFU IPSW

We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from users who can’t launch a DFU ramdisk because their iPhone home/power buttons are broken or intermittent. We’ve added a new redsn0w feature that lets you enter DFU mode as long as your phone is healthy enough to restore to a normal, everyday IPSW. You don’t need to be already jailbroken to use this method.

In redsn0w, go to “Extras->Even More>DFU IPSW” and select an IPSW that is currently being signed for your device and that you’d normally be able to restore to without any hacks. redsn0w will create an “ENTER_DFU_” version of the IPSW that you can restore to just like any other IPSW, except that now you’ll be dumped into DFU mode towards the end of the restore (WARNING, your screen will remain completely black…the only way to even know its on is that iTunes and redsn0w will detect it!). The technique used by this feature is 3 years old but surprisingly still works today!"

http://blog.iphone-dev.org
 

jan08

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Yes I did that to get this far, but that doesn't seem to be an option now because I can't get into iTunes as its stuck on the No Sim card page.

Schoolboy error on my part to buy a cheap 3GS just to tide me over, but buy one with faulty power button
 

daudi

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if you are on windows try this:
1) Download this file

2.) Extract the archive to the root of your hard drive, should be C:/DFU/

3.) Connect your iPhone and ignore iTunes

4.) Goto Start - run

5.) Next type in “c:/dfu/dfu iBSS.m68ap.RELEASE.dfu”

6.) Wait for iPhone to show a “white” screen.So you are in DFU mode...
 

jan08

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if you are on windows try this:
1) Download this file

2.) Extract the archive to the root of your hard drive, should be C:/DFU/

3.) Connect your iPhone and ignore iTunes

4.) Goto Start - run

5.) Next type in “c:/dfu/dfu iBSS.m68ap.RELEASE.dfu”

6.) Wait for iPhone to show a “white” screen.So you are in DFU mode...
Cheers I'll try this. I'm on Mac, but I've got a VM Fusion so I'll try it on there
 

TriJetHero

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did you try Recboot to get it in to Recovery mode?

That way iTunes should recognize it and you should be able to restore with the redsn0w-DFU IPSW
 

jan08

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Thanks for all the suggestions guys but I got nowhere. Recboot just says I am missing something and the suggestion from daudi just says No error and then nothing happens
 

labman

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Did you check to see if the host file or what server you are connecting too Apple or the Cydia server that might be your problem tinyumbrella is a easy way to check and fix the problem.
 

jan08

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I'm going to get the Power button fixed this morning at £25, which will negate the idea I had of selling the IP4 early to get the best price for it, but that's life.

Will a re-Jailbreak 100% activate it? I've followed the iClarified tutorial and that doesn't say anything about activation, just "add activation ticket" which I ddon't have :confused: