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    I was having this error on a 2.2.1 trying to restore to 2.2.1.
    I managed to get in to restore on a Windows XP pc that didn't have itunes installed. I downloaded the latest version and then I was able to restore it without any errors.
    So maybe you need a "clean" pc with no previous versions of itunes to restore it.


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    Hi Toaster,
    I'm sorry to hear you're experiencing so much pain.

    I've encountered this symptom numerous times on several iPhones.
    What i've found to work is redownloading or obtaining an older firmware.

    iClarified - iPhone - Where To Download iPhone Firmware Files From

    Once reloading an older firmware works(from DFU Mode),
    i would then update back to 2.2.1
    This has eliminated the 1604 Error and got me back up and running.

    This may also sound ridiculous, but another solution is to use a direct USB connection and not through any usb hub/extension cable.

    Quickpwn has also given me problems if i don't hold onto home+power for the full 15 seconds. (10 seconds won't do the trick anymore)

    Hope this helps,

    Cheers.
    Last edited by Dieselblind; 06-16-2009 at 04:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Confucious View Post
    only just seen this again - if you can get to the apple logo why don't you just disable the timer and let it boot?
    What does this mean? disable the timer and let it boot????

    It never goes to the icons....? is there another step I'm missing???????????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikolas.A View Post
    I was having this error on a 2.2.1 trying to restore to 2.2.1.
    I managed to get in to restore on a Windows XP pc that didn't have itunes installed. I downloaded the latest version and then I was able to restore it without any errors.
    So maybe you need a "clean" pc with no previous versions of itunes to restore it.
    I tried this method... I happen to have a laptop just come back from HP service, with a fresh factory install of XP, and so I downloaded iTunes, installed it, re-downloaded another copy is 2.2 .ipsw and it STILL gave same results, same error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toaster View Post
    What does this mean? disable the timer and let it boot????

    It never goes to the icons....? is there another step I'm missing???????????
    The reason it hangs at the Apple logo is that there is a timer that reboots if it hasn't registered all the apps after 2 minutes. This is not long enough in some cases so the phone continually reboots.

    SSH into the phone as root, cd to /System/Library/SystemConfiguration/ and rename mobilewatchdog.bundle to mobilewatchdog.bundle_tmp

    When the phone has booted be sure to rename it back though!
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    i solved the 1604 problem on my phone with the help from a poster on another forum... basically itunes would hang then give the 1604 error. at this point open task manager and close the itunes proces, then open itunes again and it should detect the iphone. click restore again and this time it should finish the restore...voila. that worked for me, worth a shot

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    1604 is usually caused by trying to restore acustom FW on an already pwned device in DFU. If the device is already pwned a normal restore should be used when the phone is not in DFU.
    He who asks a question looks foolish for 5 minutes. He who doesn't ask a question remains foolish forever.

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    Update- as of 5th September 2010

    What Benr said..........

    Worked fine.

    Upon 1604 error, leave phone connected and close/restart itunes.

    Yay!

    My system xp pro sp3 itunes 10 (latest version).
    Iphone 3g, not s. software 4.0.2

    Thanks all!

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    Hello everybody,

    I thought I would update the community (and all iPhone users who visit this thread in the future) about my success in restoring--well, actually updating--my iPhone 3G. My iPhone was previously an unlocked and jailbroken iOS 3.1.2 iPhone with T-mobile. The only difference now is that the iOS is 4.0.2.

    When I first attempted to update the iPhone, I got the 1604 error after a prolonged "preparing to restore iPhone message." I decided to try Apple's suggestions for fixing the problem (you get directed to the error page if you click on "more information" once the error appears). On the page, it suggested that I install the latest version of iTunes and reboot the computer. I followed the instructions, but I still was unable to update the iPhone. The same thing happened: load up iTunes, press shift + click on restore, click on the firmware I wanted to restore/update (4.0.2), process starts, "preparing to restore iPhone" message, and then the error again.

    At this point, I decided to search for solutions elsewhere. I entered a query into Google, determined which web page title seemed the most relevant, and chose this forum thread. And it is here that I did, indeed, find the solution to my problem. When I attempted to update the iPhone again, I waited for the error message, terminated the iTunes process via Task Manager, restarted iTunes, and selected the file I wanted to use for the restore/update (of course, if you want to have the latest operating system version, you do not need to select a file). It worked perfectly!

    In conclusion, I thought I would summarize what I did:
    *Decided to update iPhone 3G from 3.1.2 to 4.0.2. Left phone connected the whole time.
    *Downloaded iPhone firmware from the Internet (I wanted 4.0.2 instead of 4.1).
    *Installed latest iTunes and updated iOS from iTunes.
    *Once error 1604 came up, I killed the process and restarted iTunes restore.
    *Jailbroke and unlocked the iPhone.

    I have to thank everyone who participated in this thread, especially Andy123, BenR, and the poster who assisted BenR on the other forum.

    My system specifications:
    Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 with iTunes 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leader View Post
    Hello everybody,

    I thought I would update the community (and all iPhone users who visit this thread in the future) about my success in restoring--well, actually updating--my iPhone 3G. My iPhone was previously an unlocked and jailbroken iOS 3.1.2 iPhone with T-mobile. The only difference now is that the iOS is 4.0.2.

    When I first attempted to update the iPhone, I got the 1604 error after a prolonged "preparing to restore iPhone message." I decided to try Apple's suggestions for fixing the problem (you get directed to the error page if you click on "more information" once the error appears). On the page, it suggested that I install the latest version of iTunes and reboot the computer. I followed the instructions, but I still was unable to update the iPhone. The same thing happened: load up iTunes, press shift + click on restore, click on the firmware I wanted to restore/update (4.0.2), process starts, "preparing to restore iPhone" message, and then the error again.

    At this point, I decided to search for solutions elsewhere. I entered a query into Google, determined which web page title seemed the most relevant, and chose this forum thread. And it is here that I did, indeed, find the solution to my problem. When I attempted to update the iPhone again, I waited for the error message, terminated the iTunes process via Task Manager, restarted iTunes, and selected the file I wanted to use for the restore/update (of course, if you want to have the latest operating system version, you do not need to select a file). It worked perfectly!

    In conclusion, I thought I would summarize what I did:
    *Decided to update iPhone 3G from 3.1.2 to 4.0.2. Left phone connected the whole time.
    *Downloaded iPhone firmware from the Internet (I wanted 4.0.2 instead of 4.1).
    *Installed latest iTunes and updated iOS from iTunes.
    *Once error 1604 came up, I killed the process and restarted iTunes restore.
    *Jailbroke and unlocked the iPhone.

    I have to thank everyone who participated in this thread, especially Andy123, BenR, and the poster who assisted BenR on the other forum.

    My system specifications:
    Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 with iTunes 10.


    How do you kill iTunes.exe, restart iTunes, and then restore again? All I see is a normal iTunes window. Do you have to wait another 10 minutes for your device to exit the spinning wheel and restart in recovery mode? My understanding is iTunes instantly detects recovery mode even though it's already at the Preparing to Restore part of the process.


 

 
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