"This device isn't eligible" - usual solve doesn't apply

NENO555

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 11, 2007
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I've been sent a replacement warranty iPhone 3GS which is currently running 5.0 and I want to restore to 5.1 so that I can retrieve my contacts etc, when I try to restore I get the 'eligible' error message BUT the solve of adding a hash tag in front of 74.208.105.171 gs.apple.com doesn't seem to apply as I don't have the code.

Below is ALL of the text from the hosts file.

Any thoughts / solutions gratefully received.


##
# Host Database
#
# localhost is used to configure the loopback interface
# when the system is booting. Do not change this entry.
##
127.0.0.1 localhost
255.255.255.255 broadcasthost
::1 localhost
fe80::1%lo0 localhost
 

nostresshere

macrumors 68030
Dec 30, 2010
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On the 8th iphone in our family and never, ever, ever seen any of this stuff.

Hope somebody with some knowledge comes along.
 

darkside flow

macrumors 6502
Aug 11, 2010
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Toronto
Are you updated to the most recent version of iTunes?

Are you sure that you have downloaded the proper build version of the firmware?

You mentioned 5.1 but I don't believe they are signing that version anymore due to the release of 5.1.1. Make sure you have downloaded 5.1.1 and not 5.1.
 

dave420

macrumors 65816
Jun 15, 2010
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Also try turning the phone off and back on if you haven't yet. Sometimes that does the trick.
 

NENO555

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 11, 2007
11
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Thanks for your input chaps.

I'm not running the most up-to-date version of itunes as I'm waiting for the disc to arrive but I've tried it on a friends machine that is, but I had the same problem.

Yes I'm pretty sure of the source for the update as I followed the link from iclarified. I've tried 5.0, 5.1 and 5.1.1 but still I get the same result. I don't really want to go to 6.0 as I think it'll slow the old 3GS down plus I use the calendar as part of a group and there are known problems with declining meetings.

And yes I've switched it off.

I've also tried updating from DFU...

Getting frustrated now :confused:
 

brand

macrumors 601
Oct 3, 2006
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127.0.0.1
Thanks for your input chaps.

I'm not running the most up-to-date version of itunes as I'm waiting for the disc to arrive but I've tried it on a friends machine that is, but I had the same problem.

Yes I'm pretty sure of the source for the update as I followed the link from iclarified. I've tried 5.0, 5.1 and 5.1.1 but still I get the same result. I don't really want to go to 6.0 as I think it'll slow the old 3GS down plus I use the calendar as part of a group and there are known problems with declining meetings.

And yes I've switched it off.

I've also tried updating from DFU...

Getting frustrated now :confused:
You need to go to iOS 6.
 

procrastinasn

macrumors regular
Jun 20, 2010
106
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I think since the 3GS is capable of iOS 6, that's the OS that they are signing right now.

Unless you have the blobs saved (and.. even if you do, I'm not sure).. you probably can't go to a specific iOS.
 

acatch90

macrumors newbie
Oct 7, 2012
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I've been sent a replacement warranty iPhone 3GS which is currently running 5.0 and I want to restore to 5.1 so that I can retrieve my contacts etc, when I try to restore I get the 'eligible' error message BUT the solve of adding a hash tag in front of 74.208.105.171 gs.apple.com doesn't seem to apply as I don't have the code.

Below is ALL of the text from the hosts file.

Any thoughts / solutions gratefully received.


##
# Host Database
#
# localhost is used to configure the loopback interface
# when the system is booting. Do not change this entry.
##
127.0.0.1 localhost
255.255.255.255 broadcasthost
::1 localhost
fe80::1%lo0 localhost
Those blobs only work for your old iPhone and not your replacement. Each iPhone needs their own blobs and since apple isn't signing 5.1 anymore you can't restore to it.
 
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