Fix…. My iPhone 3gs won’t restore after iOS5

 

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

Warning – 3200 Error downloading iOS5 – Apple

As usual Apples servers are under a lot of stress with everyone worldwide trying to download the new operating system out today for iPhone iPad and iPod Touch.

It appears to download but then it comes up with an internal error, 3200 – where you have to just start again with the downloading.  It is purely because Apple cannot cope with the astonishing number of downloads at the same time.

Some have been saying they have been downloading for hours – others it was a quick download but it won’t install – they get this error.

The best thing to do is leave it for a few hours when Apple say it should be resolved.

I do know of some people that say they have it working but I am assuming they got it right at the start – but as time goes on the more we are seeing people complaining about an error.

Some have also said they have lost their contacts so please back up before you start the download.

What tweeters are saying…..

Have you managed to download it and have it working yet?  How long did it take? What is it like? 🙂

Blank screen on Nokia 6700 Fix

Recently we had a problem with a Nokia 6700 mobile phone, the problem was a blank or black screen with a back light. After searching the internet we could not find out what the problem was – so I decided to share this with you as we found out the solution.

None of the buttons seemed to do anything, I asked some of my Nokia friends who suggested the 3 finger reset which actually you need 4 fingers for, as you also have to turn the phone on.  This solution seemed to make the phone make a noise, sometimes the start up noise and sometimes just a beep but still nothing on the screen, it was just dead.

We suddenly realised that we hadn’t tried to take a call with the phone, so we called it and it rang, we were able to answer the phone and talk on it.  This made us assume that the phone could be still ok but it was actually a screen fault.

So we ordered a screen from ebay  – “NEW LCD SCREEN DISPLAY FOR NOKIA 6700 CLASSIC + Tool” from u2cheerexpress – this screen also came with 4 tools that you need for a total of £5.99 !! Amazing – service and delivery were in fact brilliant.

Then we followed the very detailed how to – instructions here – Nokia 6700 Classic ♥ Screen Repair / Replace / Change a Broken LCD

Fixed !

Youtube is brilliant for things like this, if there is ever anything you need to fix and are not sure exactly how to do it, always check you tube, I’ve used a lot of these instructional video.

Hope this helps

 

How to redeem a code in iTunes

Cannot find where to Redeem your iTunes code ?

If you have a iTunes Gift Card to download music or an application on to you iTouch or iPhone – Or as in my case a promo code for an app that I’ve been asked to review, then you will have to redeem the code in iTunes.  Just sometimes,  that little sucker is hard to find,  due to the fact you’ve been doing other things in iTunes and you are now on the wrong page.  I seem to always forget this, so this blog is for me as much it is for you 🙂

How to redeem a code in iTunes

Stay logged in

Close iTunes 

Reopen iTunes

Look in Quick links on the far right at the top

Click Redeem. 

Thanks for hiding that, Apple – it was there all the time! – Now you can insert the code.

Short and Sweet, totally not like me 🙂

Hope this helps