Daily Archives: July 11, 2008

How to fix iPhone firmware restore

I updated my iPhone using the wrong firmware yesterday. When the new and correct 2.0 firmware came out for my first generation iPhone, I tried the obvious update/restore method and insanity ensued. After many different tries, here’s what I did:

1. Restored the “bad” firmware and performed a complete sync.
2. Closed and reopened iTunes.
3. Holding the shift key, I chose “Check for update” and it downloaded the correct 2.0 firmware again.
4. Continuing to hold the shift key, I told it to apply the update.
5. Long scary time passes.
6. Phone now on correct 2.0 firmware!


I’ll be in line tomorrow to get a new phone for me and hand this one over to Tammy.

Early firmware brick update

So I thought I bricked my iPhone by putting the early firmware on there. It turns out that the early firmware was likely the 2.0 stuff for *3G* phones and not 1st generation iPhones. After trying many different was to get old 1.1.4 or new correct 2.0 on the phone, I remembered that I still had the firmware from yesterday on a thumb drive. I copied it to my Mac and started the process to “update” to 2.0 again.

Now I just need to figure out how to go from wrong 2 to right 2 and I’ll be out of the weeds…

Early firmware a bad idea


I downloaded the early firmware from a link and wished I hadn’t. I’m sure it was a legit source, but it hasn’t been a “right phone” since. I took the opportunity to download the regular 2.0 and now my iPhone is in a weird state. It’s in “recovery mode” and I’m waiting for 1.1.4 to download.


No iPhone 3G today

I was up at 6AM and I *still* didn’t get an iPhone 3G today. I’ll be up early tomorrow morning and in line at an AT&T store, trying to get one of the few arriving tomorrow. Tammy’s cell phone contract with Sprint has been up for two weeks and tomorrow is the last day of the billing cycle. If I can port her number to AT&T on Saturday, then we’ll be “even” with Sprint.

Wish me luck!