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Did you say this? My iPhone 3gs won’t restore after iOS5

My story…

After patiently waiting for 4 days for the dust to settle before I attempted to download the  iOS 5 Software Update for iPhone, some iPod touch and iPad . I connected up my iPhone and opened iTunes.

I was still apprehensive as so many people have had various problems, like music disappearing, album covers gone, various error messages but then some people said it was all fine and hunky dory.  To be safe I didn’t just rush and download the iOS software update – first I installed the updated iTunes, sync’d and backed up the iPhone and making sure everything was up to date, hoping this would help.

iOS5 downloaded in about 8 mins and installed really quickly, I thought it was too good to be true when it said iTunes needs to do a restore to complete. It went through the restore process only to come up with a message, saying that this unit could not be restored. Gutted – Try again and it says your phone is in recovery mode you must restore this iPhone.

Alert text: "iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode..."

– then again the message – an error occurred while restoring this phone – it just goes into a loop.   I tried to restore it two more times before I gave up. My iPhone was useless, thanks iTunes.

Recovery mode, I don’t like this picture.

I did a little search on Twitter and Google to see if any others were having the same problem, indeed they were. However, no one could suggest a solution. Most seemed to be taking their unusable mobiles into Apple to see a genius.

ITunes and me have never had a good relationship  (I’m not sure if it is only since I have had windows7) so I knew what to do to get my phone back to normal. If you ever that the cannot restore problem this is what you need to do.

Plug it into another PC or laptop – and do the restore from there.

Then plug it back into your own PC and restore the back up that you already have saved.

Done, iPhone back to normal.

The only problem is this does not give you iOS5 and once you have done this you will be back to the old version.  But, at least your phone works and you have all of your numbers, apps and details back.

Now I am not sure whether to try again and see if it works this time or leave it  until there is a fix or I can get to an apple store to report this as a bug.

Fix below ……

If anyone has the reason that this is happening I would be grateful if you posted the answer on here, or if you found a way around it.

It would also be great to know, who had this problem, and are they using windows 7 – so don’t be shy – let us know.  Maybe we can help each other

Update…..

I have finally found out what was wrong – I had error codes 1603 and 6 – this fix wasn’t on apple, these were….

Things I tried

  • Restarting everything
  • Restarting apple mobile device in services
  • unplugging all usb’s
  • plugging lead in different usb ports
  • making sure everything was allowed in Zone Alarm – Firewall
  • allowing and un-allowing bonjour access to the internet
  • Stopping various things running in taskmanager that I though might affect it.

Finally ……

I just turned off the Zone Alarm (firewall) and restarted the PC 

Duh!

Fixed, I now have iOS 5 – and now I’m going to upgrade to an iPhone 4S LOL well not just yet.

 

Hope this helps