Resolved Is there any programs other than iTunes for restoring iPhone?

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  1. SPNarwhal, Oct 18, 2013
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    SPNarwhal macrumors 65816

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    I bought an iPhone 3GS that was jailbroken, running version 4.something

    I just went to restore it in iTunes and it removes all software and such, but when it gets to the "Verifying iPhone restore with Apple.." portion, it waits for a minute or so and then gives me an error saying that the "iPhone Software Update Server cannot be contacted or is temporarily unavailable at this time."

    which I don't think is anything that is going to go away, and I doubt it would do that if I tried with another phone.

    Anybody have this problem before? and am wondering if there's any 3rd party software that anybody knows about that would allow me to restore/install new OS onto this iPhone?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Ann P macrumors 68020

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    No other programs to my knowledge.

    Might be staying the obvious but, have you tried restarting or restore with DFU mode?
     
  3. Velin macrumors 65816

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    DFU.
     
  4. SPNarwhal thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yep, did DFU.
    Tried to install it manually too, but still needs to go through a "Verify" with Apple, and that's where it gets stuck.

    Even did the whole Terminal System File thing to find an Apple.com link to disrupt, but there wasn't any.
     
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  6. highlightshadow macrumors regular

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    I know some older jailbreaks updated the hosts file to prevent the iPhone from trying to talk to Apple...

    Maybe this is the issue...

    On a mac this is in /etc/hosts
    On windows: c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

    Make sure there isn't anything in there thats redirecting iTunes away from Apple.
     
  7. SPNarwhal thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's what I did before, but nothing was connected to Apple.
    I've also tried on my other Mac and same thing.
    (I didn't personally Jailbreak it, I bought it Jailbroken. Would the phone itself change my computer's host files? Can't imagine that it would.)
     
  8. thecurryman macrumors 6502

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    Yes. Try redsnow. It can restore your phone and even fix t
     
  9. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    Level 3 had a huge outage this morning. they are a backbone provider for lots of ISP's which is why you couldn't reach apple
     
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    How do you know for a fact that he was effected by the Level 3 outage? Did you contact the original poster to find out? Did you contact his Internet service provider?
     
  11. SPNarwhal thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Wowza, well, I guess that's what happened. What kind of luck is that?
    Never had a problem like that before, first time I go to do a jailbroken 3GS, bad timing.

    Ah well, resolved, I guess it wasn't a real problem then.

    Thanks for all the life-support though, you guys.
     

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