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    Default Trying to restore, getting 1601 / 1394 error? Wassupwitdat?

    I'm trying to restore my iPhone 4s firmware via iTunes; and two things are not working: when I try to restore to a d/led firmware (ie. 5.0.1 A9405/A9406) I keep getting "error 1394". However, when I try to let iTunes install the stock 5.1 firmware, I get "error 1601". I have the latest iTunes (which I reinstalled). To further remedy this, I have so far tried: including the references to two Cydia sites in my HOSTS file. NOT including those references (#ing them out). Plugging the cable directly into the main USB ports. Removing ALL software and hardware (router) firewalls AND anti virus. Hackware such as iReb, TinyUmbrella, and finally, praying to God. Nothing's worked so far (other than I'm thinking of converting to atheism).

    I realize you can't install 5.0.1 firmware if you have IOS 5.1. But is there even a way to install downloaded ISPW firmware without going through iTunes? What could 1601 mean, and what are people doing to resolve it that I haven't tried?



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    You absolutely cannot restore iOS 5.0.1 at present, there is not a way to do this. You will need to restore iOS 5.1 on your 4S. There is no way to install a downloaded firmware without using iTunes.

    1601 usually means you're attempting to restore a custom firmware but are not in Pwned DFU mode, OR you have a bad dock cable / outdated USB drivers / outdated iTunes or Apple Mobile Device service. If you're not attempting to restore a custom firmware, I recommend you try another USB port, another dock cable, and another computer to make 100% certain. With regard to the other error, are you sure it's error 1394 and not 3194? 3194 would be the error you'd get trying to restore iOS 5.0.1 because Apple is not signing it and it's not possible to SHSH it. It would be "The device is not eligible for the requested build".

    Last but not least, if none of the USB / computer switching works, it's possible (though unlikely on such a new device) that your dock connector has a bad connection to the logic board. I've seen a few of my friends have serious issues with their brand new 4S phones as a result of poor quality building -- two of my friends had 4S models where after a week or two the flash would just continually stay on, and the Apple store said it was a common problem, took it apart in front of me, remounted the camera, and fixed it. Another friend had a 4S that just bricked itself after a week due to a poorly mounted NAND, half of it popped off and disconnected (which is ridiculous, imo). I think they really just downed the build quality on this phone...
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    Thanks for the informative response. The error was indeed 3194 (when I was trying to apply custom firmware), but now that I'm just trying to restore to the latest 5.1 firmware, it's always "1601". I've installed the very latest iTunes several times, and tried this on different computers. As for USB drivers, I'm on Windows XP, and did not need to install USB drivers, so I have no idea if I need USB drivers, or have the latest. I don't know what "Apple Mobile Device Service" is, so I probably don't have that. That leaves the cable. I guess I could try to get my hands on another cable. But since I'm able to enter DFU mode no problem, successfully download the firmware in iTunes and have it go through the preparation phase, I find it hard to believe the cable would be responsible for failing on the very final step (of signing the code?). Because how could it even connect with the computer, let alone Apple servers, and continually go through 98% of the restoring process, if it was somehow bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by n1ckn4m3 View Post
    I think they really just downed the build quality on this phone...
    Hmm... Personally, I wouldn't be so quick to blame Apple. It's probably the fault of those lazy swollen-legged Foxconn employees, letting their quality control slip at the end of the 20-hour shift.

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    Just because you don't know what it is doesn't mean you don't have it . Apple Mobile Device Service is a component of iTunes that is installed by default and required in order for you to be able to connect to the phone over USB. Do a quick google search on how to completely uninstall iTunes and those services, then re-install. If that doesn't fix it, it very well could be the cable. There are cables out there that are poorly shielded that can sustain data transfer to synchronize and charge, but that fail to properly transmit data during a restore operation. Older Meritline cables are NOTORIOUS for this, especially when iOS 4.0 came out.

    Not trying to be snippy, but you definitely shouldn't just assume because you don't understand something that it couldn't be the case or that it couldn't be causing the problem -- it's stopped you twice so far that I know of from getting information or trying things that should have helped you get closer to a solution. Google should definitely be your friend in this type of situation.

    With regard to the comment about Apple/Foxconn -- the fact that labor laws in that area of the world don't protect the employees is a completely different issue than overall build quality and product quality that I mentioned. I'm not defending or attacking their labor practices or Apple's choice to use Foxconn, I'm just saying that of the 20 or 30 people I know with an iPhone 4S, there have been 4 of them that I know of who have had to have their phones repaired or replaced by Apple due to an issue in relation to build quality, which is a much higher percentage than I've seen with the earlier phones. I'm willing to concede the point that my evidence is anecdotal, but still... Beyond that, Apple is ultimately responsible for the quality of their products, regardless of who builds them, in my opinion.
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    Exclamation I'm getting the same error 1601 or 1603 (or maybe 1602?? sorry)

    A few weeks ago, I tried for almost 6 long hours to update my Iphone4 (4 only... not 4S) that is on 4.3.3 to 5.0.1 and Itunes just gave me these errors... (I was doing it with pwned DFU mode...)
    I was trying to use a custom firmware because I have to use GEVEY and my gevey is only compatible with 5.0.1. I tried everything... using different cables, usb ports, and believe me, 3 computers (dell win7 home, HP win7 professional, and MacBook pro) all of them gave to me the same errors... they just change when I try to set up something different on the hosts file (74.208.105.171 gs.apple.com or .201? I don't remember anymore...)
    Seems to me that Apple found a way to block this kind of update.

    Someone have an idea to solve this???

    Many thanks,...
    Last edited by vavasound; 04-21-2012 at 05:50 AM.


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    I am also getting the 1601 error. Don't know what happened but I was jailbroken on 5.0.1, my phone restarted and I couldn't access Safari, Cydia, or any of my JB apps, tried to reload the custom ipsw snowbreeze made for me, didn't work, tried to restore to a fresh 5.0.1, didn't work either, got various error messages, and decided to just update to 5.1, which also hasn't worked!!
    Now I'm getting 1601 everytime, tried DFU restore, using iReb, TinyUmbrella, uninstalled iTunes and reinstalled, used 2 different dock leads, and 2 different computers. Now I just have a very expensive iPaperweight. Any ideas?

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    Ok, now I am getting error 1604 at the end of the process. To recap, I disabled virus and firewall during the process. I'm using the very latest iTunes (10.6.1.7), recently installed. I went and bought a high quality connection cable (plugging directly in the main USB port), in case it was that. This is not a jailbroken phone. It is locked however, with a passcode I don't have. Could that be preventing a firmware upgrade or restore, or is there something I'm overlooking that may resolve the issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamfoul View Post
    I am also getting the 1601 error. Don't know what happened but I was jailbroken on 5.0.1, my phone restarted and I couldn't access Safari, Cydia, or any of my JB apps, tried to reload the custom ipsw snowbreeze made for me, didn't work, tried to restore to a fresh 5.0.1, didn't work either, got various error messages, and decided to just update to 5.1, which also hasn't worked!!
    Now I'm getting 1601 everytime, tried DFU restore, using iReb, TinyUmbrella, uninstalled iTunes and reinstalled, used 2 different dock leads, and 2 different computers. Now I just have a very expensive iPaperweight. Any ideas?

    It happens if you want to update with custom firmware.
    ill give the solution for that
    To help solve errors of 16**, remove gs.apple.com lines from your hosts file:

    Mac OS X:
    On your Mac, go to your “Applications” folder.
    Now navigate to the “Utilities” folder.
    Launch "Terminal".
    Type "sudo nano /etc/hosts" (without quotes) and hit return.
    Enter your password
    Use the down arrow key to find the “gs.apple.com” entries. Once the cursor is in front, make sure you comment out the line(s) by entering “#” in front of the text.
    Save the file by pressing CONTROL+O.
    Exit the nano editor by pressing CONTROL+X.
    If iTunes is open, close and re-open it so that it uses the changed hosts file.
    Restore your device.

    Windows:
    Close iTunes
    Start –> Programs –> Accessories
    Run Notepad or WordPad (as administrator on windows 7)
    Click “Open..” from File menu.
    Browse to Windows/System32/drivers/etc
    In "files of type:" select all documents
    Open "hosts"
    Either delete all line that has "gs.apple.com", or add a "#" sign at the beginning of the line to comment it out
    Hit Save
    Reboot computer for changes to take effect.
    Visit GCS Default Web Server to verify that the hosts file is pointing to Apple and not Cydia.
    Restore your device.
    THis worked for me for updation to IOS 6.0.1 wiht sn0wbreeze on iphone 3gs baseband 05.13.02

 

 

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