iPhone Need to restore bricked jailbroken iPhone 4S

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by mario-t, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. mario-t macrumors newbie

    mario-t

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    Problem:
    iPhone is completely dead. When connected to the computer it just flashes the Apple logo.

    Specs:
    iPhone 4S
    iOS 5.1.1
    Jailbroken with Absinthe

    Today this iPhone simply stopped working. When I connect it to iTunes it keeps blinking the logo, but nothing happens. I can put it in Restore Mode, but iTunes will not accept to restore it.

    I have tried literally every possible option: editing the Hosts file, Tinyumbrella, manually downloading the latest IPSW and so one.

    It's always the same: when I try to restore it in iTunes I get an error message. No other application is able to access this iPhone. It's not responding at all.

    Any help will be appreciated!
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    You cannot brick an iPhone 4S. Put it into DFU mode (Google it) and restore it in iTunes.
     
  3. mario-t thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did it. iTunes will not recover it.
    I tried it many times, but it won't work. I edited the Hosts file and tried again, same problem.
    I tested it with Redsn0w but it says it doesn't accept the 4S.

    If this iPhone is now bricked I don't know what it is. But it's not working at all!

    Any other suggestions?
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    You cannot brick an iPhone 4S. It is just not possible. The definiation of a bricked iOS device is one that isn't seen by any computer, doesn't turn on, doesn't do a thing. Your device is seen by a computer, turns on, and does something. Thus, it is not bricked. Use a different computer and restore it via DFU mode.
     
  5. labman macrumors 604

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    different cable and computer only way to brick is to fry the radio or hardware failure.
     
  6. mario-t thread starter macrumors newbie

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    At least it gets recognized here. I have 3 computers here to test, so I will give it a try. I will let you know if it works!
    Thanks.
     
  7. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    The only possible way an iPhone 4S could not be restored is if it suffered a serious hardware failure.
     
  8. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000

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    What error are you getting when it's not restoring?
     
  9. mario-t thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, it was bricked.

    I spent the last 2 days testing every possible option in 3 computers. iTunes gave me several errors (1600, 2001, 21, 11, etc) and not a single program was able to connect to the device. I tried everything, I am not kidding.

    I took it to the Apple store today and they also tested it. They said it was bricked, probably because of a serious hardware failure. I was very curious, but nobody figured out what the problem was.

    Anyway, they are sending me a new iPhone soon (and at least I had a backup).
    I know we get a lot of questions about "bricked" devices, but this time it was for real. I will let you know if I get more details.

    Thank you for the support.
     
  10. Intell macrumors P6

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    It wasn't bricked. Look at my definition of a bricked iOS device. Your device had a hardware failure. Hardware failure ≠ bricked.
     
  11. labman macrumors 604

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    Hardware issues are not caused by Jailbreaking it's self. When it happens while somebody is jailbroken however it gets the blame. Nothing you do during a jailbreak can cause hardware issues. Only exception would be unlocking and possibly frying your radio chip even that is difficult.
     
  12. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    Humm... did you read my post ?

    Do yourself a favor and get over this "bricked" mentality. It is one sure way to put a flashing sign over your head that says "I am a N00b".
     
  13. labman macrumors 604

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    I will also add I would be surprised if a Apple Genus said a phone is bricked. Most likely you just ran into a nice genus or one that wasn't sure what he was doing himself. probably be a good idea to learn more before trying jailbreaking again. ;)
     
  14. mario-t thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think you missed the point.
    I am not worried about jailbreaking. I was just asking you for help because it was the first time I faced this problem.
    I don't care if it's called bricked, damaged or broken. By definition a "bricked" device is something that is rendered useless.

    I also don't think this has anything to do with jailbreaking, it was a hardware issue that probably affects one in a million iPhones. This was the lucky one!

    I will try to discover what was the problem and if I have any updates I will post here.
     
  15. Intell macrumors P6

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    A bricked drive does nothing, your device would go into DFU mode and attempt a restore. A truly bricked drive wont even do that. I am not missing the point. You are simply not understanding the correct definition set forth by those that have written the iPhone hacking lexicon.
     
  16. mario-t thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've been using the term bricked since I started hacking Nokias with monochrome displays, so it's definitely not a term created by iPhone hackers. Maybe you should check some history. It probably goes decades before that, who knows.

    What I know is that it was completely useless, I just don't know the reason yet.
    And no, it would not go in DFU or recovery mode correctly. This is the first time I saw something like this.

    A lot of people asked me if I had dropped this iPhone. Nope, it was brand new (2 months) with not a single scratch. Maybe it was just a matter of quality control.
     
  17. Intell macrumors P6

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    I'm not saying that the term was universally created and defined by iPhone hackers. I'm saying that the criteria for the word to be able to be applied to iPhones was set forth by iPhone hackers. Maybe to should correctly read what I write next time.

    If your device even shows the Apple logo, it is not bricked. Some members of the iPhone Dev-Team have bricked original iPhone and iPod Touch 2Gs. One noticeable example of a bricked iPod Touch 2G is when Musclenerd tried to send a command via the steaksause exploit. The command overwrote a critical part of the device's NOR and caused it to enter what he called "the Christmas tree effect" where the screen flashed between white and black until the battery died. He was unable to get it to do anything ever again. That is a bricked device. Your device could be seen by iTunes. If iTunes is able to see the device connected to it, it is not bricked.
     
  18. iphone noob macrumors newbie

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    4s stuck in recovery loop

    I bought a used Iphone 4s it worked perfectly untill i tried to do a factory reset to remove the last owners contacts. i tried many different computers, I took it to the local Iphone guru nobody seems to be able to fix it ...Please help:confused:
     
  19. Intell macrumors P6

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    Put it into DFU mode and restore it in iTunes to iOS 7.0.4.
     

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