3G S stuck on Recovery (blackra1n RC3 infinite loop)...Please help...
I'm a n00b and this my first posting here. Apologize if I sound stupid with my questions. Any help would be a big life saver of my extremely important data.
I'm trying to recover my iPhone 3G S and here are the specs:
baseband version: 05.11.07
Firmware verson: 3.1.2
Serial: 87940****** (assume week 40). please confirm.
Jailbroken with blackRa1n RC2 in 2009.
Accidentally ran jailbreakme.com during the 4.3.3 PDF unlock timeframe in July 2011.
Tried blackRa1n RC2 several times and would't boot but ran blackra1n RC3 and luckily it booted to the home screen.
Unlocked with ultrasnow RC1 and tested with T-Mobile and it worked.
2 days back: iPhone was dropped and glass fixed. In the process, I asked the repair guy to remove the tethered jb and go for a untethered jb and he screwed up in the process. Don't know what he did.
I ran blackra1n RC3 50 times in a row without any success (by reading some of the other forums). I also used redsn0w with original 3.1.2 firmware and it didn't work either. The data I have (300+ photos, 20+ audio recordings, contact information) are all extremely important for me and I don't want to lose them at any cost.
I wanted to add some information:
All along, I was using iTunes 10.x and just formatted my machine completely and installed iTunes 9.1 64bit as I'm running Windows 7 home Premium 64 bit.
Also, before I did the unlock last month, I saved the SHSH using TinyUmbrella:
And after the unlock was done, I saved the SHSH files again:
Will this help in any way to do a non-destructive restore to factory settings? Unfortunately, I didn't save the 3.1.2 SHSH file from Cydia when I jailbroke the iPhone.
Again, stupidity and shear laziness.
I also was reading these:
Mostly iPhone hacking: Working iPhone recovery ramdisk with SSH ;-)
Do you think the attempts I made would have already wiped the data? I heard that unless you Restore directly thru iTunes, the data is still safe in the user partition.
Will any great sould help me from dying? Losing data is like shooting myself.
I wanted to give a shot and tried the RamDisk approach and followed the video. When I ran "irecovery -s" from command line, this is what I got:
iRecovery - Recovery Utility
Thanks to pod2g, tom3q, planetbeing, geohot and posixninja.
Found iPhone/iPod in Recovery mode
:: iBoot for n88ap, Copyright 2009, Apple Inc.
:: BUILD_TAG: iBoot-636.66
:: BUILD_STYLE: RELEASE
:: USB_SERIAL_NUMBER: CPID:8920 CPRV:15 CPFM:03 SCEP:03 BDID:00 ECID:000003
D9DA1C9D8F IBFL:01 SRNM:[87940*****]
[FTL:MSG] Apple NAND Driver (AND) RO
[NAND] Found Chip ID 0x3295DE987A on FMI0:CE0
[NAND] Found Chip ID 0x3295DE987A on FMI0:CE1
[NAND] Found Chip ID 0x3295DE987A on FMI1:C8
[NAND] Found Chip ID 0x3295DE987A on FMI1:CE9
[FTL:MSG] FIL_Init [OK]
[FTL:MSG] BUF_Init [OK]
[FTL:MSG] FPart Init [OK]
read new style signature 0x43313133 (line:375)
[FTL:MSG] VSVFL Register [OK]
[FTL:MSG] VFL Init [OK]
[FTL:MSG] VFL_Open [OK]
[FTL:MSG] YAFTL Register [OK]
yaFTL::YAFTL_Open(l:2630): CXT is not valid . Performing full NAND R/O restore .
[FTL:MSG] FTL_Open [OK]
Boot Failure Count: 15 Panic Fail Cont: 0
Delaying boot for 0 seconds. Hit enter to break into the command prompt...
Kernelcache image not valid
Entering recovery mode, starting command prompt
It displays a error : "Kernelcache image not valid". What do I do here?
Kindly help me come out of this black hole.