iPhone 3G & 3GS iOS 4.2.1 Upgraded to iPad Baseband 16.15.00 Stuck on Recovery Mode / Apple Logo [How To Fix It]

Wicked Sago [dot] Blogspot [dot] ComIf you accidentally updated your Jailbroken iPhone 3G or 3GS with an updated iPad 16.15.00 on iTunes, I’m 100% positive that you have just rendered your phone unusable because it’s now stuck on recovery mode.

I had this experience just a couple of days ago when a friend asked me to unlock her iPhone 3G with 4.2.1 iOS. I accidentally clicked the “Erase and Clear All Settings” and just rendered the phone unusable. (“Update” and the “Erase and Clear All Settings” will put your phone on recovery mode if it’s jailbroken and its baseband upgraded to 16.15.00)

And you probably know by now that with an upgraded baseband, you just can’t go back to the previous baseband version and downgrade your iOS to successfully recover your phone.

With your warranty gone because of the jailbreak and the baseband upgrade, you can’t ask Apple to fix or replace the device for you.

So, here’s what I did to recover the iPhone.

What you need:

iOS 4.2.1 custom firmware. | Download [here] or [here]

i-REB-r4 | Download [here]

Latest iTunes version

Procedure:

1. Plug your iPhone to your computer while on “Recovery Mode” (look at the image above)

When you do this, your computer will detect the device and will ask you to recover it. Don’t do it, it will not work. Just close the pop up window and close iTunes.)

2. Run iREB-r4 and put your phone in DFU mode.

DFU mode or Device Firmware Upgrade is a special mode in the device that bypasses the loading of the operating system for recovery purposes; in this mode, the screen of the device is blank.

Click here if you want the step-by-step process on how to put your iPhone on DFU Mode.

3. Select iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS.

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This software will install some programs on your device that will fix the iTunes errors during the Custom iOS 4.2.1 Firmware restore in the Sn0wbreeze, Redsn0w and PwnageTool. Many users have had difficulty while restoring the Custom firmware on their devices using Sn0wbreeze, Redsn0w and PwnageTool. Hopefully iREB 4 will fix all of those annoying iTunes errors from now on.

4. After putting your iPhone 3G and 3GS in DFU mode, run iTunes and wait for it to detect your device.

Remember: When in DFU mode, your iPhone will appear as if its off and the screen completely blank. If your device displays the apple logo or the connect to iTunes logo, it means that you have to perform “Step 2” again until you get it right.

5. When iTunes detects your device, close the pop-up message, and press SHIFT+Restore and direct it to iOS 4.2.1 custom firmware you just downloaded.

iTunes will now restore your jailbroken iPhone 3G or 3GS with an upgraded 16.15.00 iPad baseband.

It took me a day to figure this out and I hope it helps you fix your iPhone. Comment if you have a question and I will respond to it.

Enjoy!

51 comments :

  1. Thank you so much! It saved my life ;)

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  2. I'm getting Error 3194... :/

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  3. I think this article will help you: http://j.mp/kmgRPh . Good luck!

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  4. Do I need to patch the host file first?

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  5. this worked right up until i got to the part where i had to restore, itunes just tells me that the firmware is not compatible. is there any other way?

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  6. I tried this method but all that happened was a character appeared on my iPhone. Please help

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  7. If this works you'll have saved my life!

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  8. Wow! it worked..thanks a ton

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  9. thanks for your tips. after that you get iphone with jailbreak and baseband 16.5.0 right ? how about the unlock ? it still in unlock state.... help please

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  10. maybe it's because you are using the usual ios, you should used the custom one. push shift restore and choose to restore with your custom IOS. may be it can help

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  11. OMG THANK YOU!!!! 

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  12. error 2003...cant restore..how to fix?

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  13. I got this error unknown error 3194. Please help me. how to solve it 

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  14. i get error 1604 :/

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  15. dose it work cuse it shud becuse i wated 1hr to wait for the sofware to download

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  16. I get an error 1015 ...
    Any idea?

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  17. I got 1015, so I used redsn0w to jailbreak using the stock ipsw and it worked! So thanks to poster, really saved my life!!!

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  18. i was just looking for this let me try and if I'll face any prob I'll ask it later

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  19. Mine also is saying that even with the Custom upgrade :(

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  20. No dear,
    i cant resolve the problem there is a error 1015 :) now what i doo, could you plz tell me some thing

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  21. i did what you've instructed. IPhone is in DFU mode and itunes detect the unit but when doing shift + restore then choose the 4.2.1 firmware file, itunes prompted an error : the iphone "iphone" could be resoted because the firmware file is not compatible. Please help me. this is the 3rd day that im trying to recover my iphone 3Gs. :(

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  22. thanks dude it worked first time, i followed the instructions exactly and it worked. man i was about to lose it. last night i erased all settings and data and was like WTF? but luckily i found this post. ill spread the word dude. you rock

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  23. Didn't work :( Did it all, and iTunes reported error 1015. Than I jailbreaked it with Redsn0w, and when finished, still stuck on apple logo and restarting on recovery logo over and over again... so sad... dunno what to do...

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  24. Thank you so much!

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  25. I followed all directions but when I went to the link you posted for iPhone1,2_4.2.1_8C148_Custom_Restore.ipsw   I had to pay 69.00 for the file. After paying, it then directed me to Media Crawler, NOT the file!  I then downloaded the Torrent version, only to have to pay another 69.00 for that...and guess what? The file does not exist! I'm out 69x2 and still can not find the file.  The link you offer is very deceptive because it says you are paying the 69 dollars for the file you need, but only gives you Media crawler!

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  26. For what it's worth..I found the proper software at GSM Doser and it cost nothing...however I was unable to perform the fix because I got error 1601. It was worth a try!  :)  I appreciate your efforts... at least it worked for some people.

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  27. Please share the link so I can update this post. The custom software was free when I posted this entry. Thanks.

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  28. but phone is in locked state......plzzzz help

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  29. hola k puedo hacer un iphone 3g de 16g se queda en la pantalla del Sn0wfreeze con el cable del usb pero no me deja actulizarlo ni carcarle ningun firware. k puedo hacer..
    y un 3GS que se carga el firmware pero se vuelve al mismo punto osea a la manzana con el usb. al cragarlo me manda errores pero en conclusion me dice k es ilegal pork estaba jailbrokeado k puedo hacer en estos 2 casos
    Se les agradece la sugerencia. 

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  30. I still have the same problem

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  31. man,thanx...................you save my life

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  32. hi thank for the info but this did not work and ireb gives me a message that says cant fix tethered iphones . please help
     

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  33. So great, you are my lifesaver.

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  34. Thank you! I messed with my iphone 3g and had to follow your instructions above. They work perfectly, thanks for your time and effort.... 

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  35.  Thanks dude worked perfectly......... and this also works if the phone gets crashed after it is upgraded to the 06.15.00  baseband.

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  36. I have got error 2003, too. what's the solution?

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  37. thank u so much.its worked.i m really happy now.thank u again frnd

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  38. i tried this but itunes doesnt detect the iphone.. how do i get past number?

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  40. Hi, iReb doesnt recognize my iphone in DFU mode even though it is (the PC recognizes it), any fix for that? Thanks!

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  43. ..a cartoon version of steve jobs just replaced the recovery mode icon..
    ...

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  44. My iPhone 3G says "Incompatibility with carrier you are trying to use.Use a different SIM or request that it be unlocked".. What to do??

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