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Community Sources Update via Installer will Freeze your iPhone

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Yes, you read that correctly. At first what I thought was an isolated incident, it now appears that others are also experiencing the same problem. Just what am I talking about? Well, updating Community Sources in Installer caused my iPhone 3G to freeze and end up in a continuous Apple logo reboot loop.

The Story Behind my iPhone 3G Freezing

My original intention was to get my hands on Installer Beta v4.0b9. So once I launched Installer I saw the update icon for Community Sources. I proceeded with the update, and after it finished downloading and installed itself the iPhone immediately rebooted. This is when the nightmare began.

Normally an iPhone reboot does not take that long. So when I thought that my phone was just taking a bit longer than usual to update, I got very suspicious. The phone was frozen on the Apple reboot logo and after trying a hard reset (hold down both Home/Sleep buttons simultaneously) a few times, nothing worked. The phone just kept on rebooting into an endless loop!

It just so happened that I was on my way to the movies when this happened so I had no access to a computer (and the internet) to figure out how to fix this problem. So after 3 hours of excruciating pain I soon realized just how naked I felt without my iPhone 3G and my data plan at my side!

So I get home and think to myself that a simple restore in iTunes will solve the problem, right? I proceeded to connect my iPhone 3G to both my MacBook and PC–but iTunes (version 8) did not recognize my iPhone! At this point in time I’m wondering if this iPhone actually got “bricked” due to my jailbreak.

How I Fixed my “Stuck” iPhone 3G

After some Googl’ing and testing out various solutions I found the answer to my problems. In order to get iTunes to recognize my iPhone being plugged in I had to do the following:

– hold down the Home button on the iPhone while plugging the USB cable into your computer. iTunes will show a message that this device needs to be restored.

The unfortunate thing is that I lost some pictures I had on my iPhone 3G, but luckily my old PC notebook still had a recent backup that I was able to sync and restore to. After an hour or so of troubleshooting I had my iPhone 3G back up and running. I lost my jailbreak but at the same time I was amazed at how responsive a factory-restored iPhone was!

So there you have it folks, this is my warning to you jailbroken iPhone users out there: be careful when updating Community Sources via Installer or you might have to end up restoring your iPhone like I did! You’ve been warned! Anyone else out there end up with this problem too? Let me us know!

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  • Bert Friction

    I’d die if my phone ever bricked. D:
    My worst nightmare… I am too physically/mentally/emotionally/spiritually attached to my iphone… and I am half n00bish to jailbrokenphones/Cydia/installer ahah . Thanks for the tip. D:

  • Bert Friction

    I’d die if my phone ever bricked. D:
    My worst nightmare… I am too physically/mentally/emotionally/spiritually attached to my iphone… and I am half n00bish to jailbrokenphones/Cydia/installer ahah . Thanks for the tip. D:

  • Bert Friction

    I’d die if my phone ever bricked. D:
    My worst nightmare… I am too physically/mentally/emotionally/spiritually attached to my iphone… and I am half n00bish to jailbrokenphones/Cydia/installer ahah . Thanks for the tip. D:

  • Rey

    I had a similar issue. I had to get the Rename 2.0 app from Installer because it was no longer in Cydia for some reason. I had always stayed away from Installer becuase it always seemed very unstable and have heard lots of horror stories from using it. I needed the rename app, however, and bit the bullet.

    As soon as I opened it, it asked me to update so I did. After completed it froze up for a long time so I kept hitting home. Eventually it came back and immediately it respringed. I waited, waited, waited, then in my head said “oh fcuk, it bricked my phone”. I was lucky though becuase it did come back after a long time. Sorry you weren’t as lucky.

    Since then I vowed never ever to use/update Installer. I would suggest everyone (jailbroken) to stay far away from it.

  • Rey

    I had a similar issue. I had to get the Rename 2.0 app from Installer because it was no longer in Cydia for some reason. I had always stayed away from Installer becuase it always seemed very unstable and have heard lots of horror stories from using it. I needed the rename app, however, and bit the bullet.

    As soon as I opened it, it asked me to update so I did. After completed it froze up for a long time so I kept hitting home. Eventually it came back and immediately it respringed. I waited, waited, waited, then in my head said “oh fcuk, it bricked my phone”. I was lucky though becuase it did come back after a long time. Sorry you weren’t as lucky.

    Since then I vowed never ever to use/update Installer. I would suggest everyone (jailbroken) to stay far away from it.

  • Justin

    So it sounds like I should not update any addresses in Cydia going forward?

  • Justin

    So it sounds like I should not update any addresses in Cydia going forward?

  • Justin

    or I can update anything in Cydia but stay away from using installer all together. I don’t use installer anyway, so I’m good.

  • Justin

    or I can update anything in Cydia but stay away from using installer all together. I don’t use installer anyway, so I’m good.

  • Rezde

    I had the same problem trying to update the pool app via Installer and my iPhone kept on rebooting with the apple logo showing constantly. But i didn’t have to restore my iPhone all i did is plug it to my computer and a few minutes later, it worked, I did not loose anything. Does this mean there is a problem with the Installer program.

  • Rezde

    I had the same problem trying to update the pool app via Installer and my iPhone kept on rebooting with the apple logo showing constantly. But i didn’t have to restore my iPhone all i did is plug it to my computer and a few minutes later, it worked, I did not loose anything. Does this mean there is a problem with the Installer program.

  • Just remember that if you want to jailbreak on your new mbp you won’t be able to. The iTunes shipped with the new mbp is different version than for the old mbp, and apple has blocked jailbreaking. Next firmware 2.2 will come with a new iTunes update, for windows and the old ten mbp.

  • Just remember that if you want to jailbreak on your new mbp you won’t be able to. The iTunes shipped with the new mbp is different version than for the old mbp, and apple has blocked jailbreaking. Next firmware 2.2 will come with a new iTunes update, for windows and the old ten mbp.

  • Rey

    Cydia updates are fine. Installer updates are a no go.

    Side note: is anyone else’s Safari crashing a lot on this site? I think it’s the moving ads doing it. Boourns

  • Rey

    Cydia updates are fine. Installer updates are a no go.

    Side note: is anyone else’s Safari crashing a lot on this site? I think it’s the moving ads doing it. Boourns

  • Jailbreaking is pretty straight forward if you follow the instructions from my tutorial. One day you’ll give it a try. 😉

  • Jailbreaking is pretty straight forward if you follow the instructions from my tutorial. One day you’ll give it a try. 😉

  • I have a new MB, not MBP. I haven’t tested the Pwnage Tool on here yet, but I will soon to see if it’s just an isolated incident, and not just the end all for everybody out there.

  • I have a new MB, not MBP. I haven’t tested the Pwnage Tool on here yet, but I will soon to see if it’s just an isolated incident, and not just the end all for everybody out there.

  • The following thread on howardforums.com has a handful of replies from owners of the new Aluminum MBP. They’re unable to Jailbreak their phone, and it looks to be a new version of iTunes pre-installed.

    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1449075&page=1&pp=15

    It’s been confirmed by a number of sites. What hasn’t is if this new version is going to be released to the masses. Apples did it with the last update to iTunes, why wouldn’t they do it again.

  • The following thread on howardforums.com has a handful of replies from owners of the new Aluminum MBP. They’re unable to Jailbreak their phone, and it looks to be a new version of iTunes pre-installed.

    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1449075&page=1&pp=15

    It’s been confirmed by a number of sites. What hasn’t is if this new version is going to be released to the masses. Apples did it with the last update to iTunes, why wouldn’t they do it again.

  • Corey

    Hello everyone this happened to me as well. However my backup was from a week ago and when i went to restore from that backup I had cracked apps that somehow corrupted my backup file. So after 2 days without sleep of googling my face off I found a command line program to locate specifics such as contacts and sms and so forth within the bundled backup files. Then extract this file. Then a way to transfer this file directly to my factory refreshed from scratch iPhone by a simple drag and drop. If anyone has any issues like this. Basically a corrupted backup that u need to get data from and have any questions I can provide help. So yes I had this installer issue as well as another issue. Good luck to everyone out there

  • Corey

    Hello everyone this happened to me as well. However my backup was from a week ago and when i went to restore from that backup I had cracked apps that somehow corrupted my backup file. So after 2 days without sleep of googling my face off I found a command line program to locate specifics such as contacts and sms and so forth within the bundled backup files. Then extract this file. Then a way to transfer this file directly to my factory refreshed from scratch iPhone by a simple drag and drop. If anyone has any issues like this. Basically a corrupted backup that u need to get data from and have any questions I can provide help. So yes I had this installer issue as well as another issue. Good luck to everyone out there

  • Justin

    I just bought my iPhone yesterday – not even 24 hours old – I jailbroke it using QuickPwn and everything was fine until this morning I decided to open Installer.app and the same thing happened to me this morning while I’m at work, it sucks! Now I have to wait till after work (several hours) to bring it back to life! UGH! I need my podcasts!

  • Justin

    I just bought my iPhone yesterday – not even 24 hours old – I jailbroke it using QuickPwn and everything was fine until this morning I decided to open Installer.app and the same thing happened to me this morning while I’m at work, it sucks! Now I have to wait till after work (several hours) to bring it back to life! UGH! I need my podcasts!

  • Shay

    I’m assuming you didn’t enjoy your movie because of this? hahaha 🙂

  • Shay

    I’m assuming you didn’t enjoy your movie because of this? hahaha 🙂

  • ryvr

    jeezuz bricked it. now how does one downgrade the first generation iphone from 2.2 to 2.1-_-

  • ryvr

    jeezuz bricked it. now how does one downgrade the first generation iphone from 2.2 to 2.1-_-

  • ryvr

    jeezuz bricked it. now how does one downgrade the first generation iphone from 2.2 to 2.1-_-

  • hoink

    NO NEED TO RESTORE!!!!!

    i had the same problem.. google brought me here. it was rebooting and rebooting like the others said.. i simply plugged it into the computer and voila!
    2 minutes later it sprang back to life…

    thank god.. i have too many folders filled with too many apps and way too much customization to ever want to go thru it again with a restore

    also 2.2 has launched as of today and as always it will take away the jailbreak so keep away til ya hear different from the dev team

    p.s that was the the first time i ever said “voila” only took 24 years

  • hoink

    NO NEED TO RESTORE!!!!!

    i had the same problem.. google brought me here. it was rebooting and rebooting like the others said.. i simply plugged it into the computer and voila!
    2 minutes later it sprang back to life…

    thank god.. i have too many folders filled with too many apps and way too much customization to ever want to go thru it again with a restore

    also 2.2 has launched as of today and as always it will take away the jailbreak so keep away til ya hear different from the dev team

    p.s that was the the first time i ever said “voila” only took 24 years

  • hoink

    NO NEED TO RESTORE!!!!!

    i had the same problem.. google brought me here. it was rebooting and rebooting like the others said.. i simply plugged it into the computer and voila!
    2 minutes later it sprang back to life…

    thank god.. i have too many folders filled with too many apps and way too much customization to ever want to go thru it again with a restore

    also 2.2 has launched as of today and as always it will take away the jailbreak so keep away til ya hear different from the dev team

    p.s that was the the first time i ever said “voila” only took 24 years

  • gucci

    i actually found when i jailbroke my 2.1 for the first time it was all fine and dandy.. then i decided to search on the net and find a list of new sources i could use for my installer in hopes i could find some new and interesting theams and toys for my phone..

    I think i installed about ten sources, all was well for about a minute.. when i opened my installer all my sources would start to update automatically and would end up freezing my phone.. it wouldnt do the whole reboot thing but it was a real pain in the ass.. what really sucked is at that point every time i would try to use my installer it would freeze up and i had no way of telling what source it was that was jacking my phone.. after lots and lots of trouble i finally had to restore my phone and loose the jailbreak..

    ever since then i have been a bit stand offish about jailbreaking my phone because i really wanted new sources and fun theams and stuff but was unsure of what sources to add..

  • gucci

    i actually found when i jailbroke my 2.1 for the first time it was all fine and dandy.. then i decided to search on the net and find a list of new sources i could use for my installer in hopes i could find some new and interesting theams and toys for my phone..

    I think i installed about ten sources, all was well for about a minute.. when i opened my installer all my sources would start to update automatically and would end up freezing my phone.. it wouldnt do the whole reboot thing but it was a real pain in the ass.. what really sucked is at that point every time i would try to use my installer it would freeze up and i had no way of telling what source it was that was jacking my phone.. after lots and lots of trouble i finally had to restore my phone and loose the jailbreak..

    ever since then i have been a bit stand offish about jailbreaking my phone because i really wanted new sources and fun theams and stuff but was unsure of what sources to add..

  • gucci

    i actually found when i jailbroke my 2.1 for the first time it was all fine and dandy.. then i decided to search on the net and find a list of new sources i could use for my installer in hopes i could find some new and interesting theams and toys for my phone..

    I think i installed about ten sources, all was well for about a minute.. when i opened my installer all my sources would start to update automatically and would end up freezing my phone.. it wouldnt do the whole reboot thing but it was a real pain in the ass.. what really sucked is at that point every time i would try to use my installer it would freeze up and i had no way of telling what source it was that was jacking my phone.. after lots and lots of trouble i finally had to restore my phone and loose the jailbreak..

    ever since then i have been a bit stand offish about jailbreaking my phone because i really wanted new sources and fun theams and stuff but was unsure of what sources to add..

  • CaStiK61

    same happend here i updated installer, then dl’ed the pool app and got stuck in the reboot cycle. had to hold home button and connect to itunes to fix it.

    side note: what the hell is with the russian guy pic and what is he sayin?

  • CaStiK61

    same happend here i updated installer, then dl’ed the pool app and got stuck in the reboot cycle. had to hold home button and connect to itunes to fix it.

    side note: what the hell is with the russian guy pic and what is he sayin?

  • CaStiK61

    same happend here i updated installer, then dl’ed the pool app and got stuck in the reboot cycle. had to hold home button and connect to itunes to fix it.

    side note: what the hell is with the russian guy pic and what is he sayin?

  • john

    hi i updated something from my iphone intaller since then everytime i get on installer the phone freezes…..can anybody help me???

  • john

    hi i updated something from my iphone intaller since then everytime i get on installer the phone freezes…..can anybody help me???

  • john

    hi i updated something from my iphone intaller since then everytime i get on installer the phone freezes…..can anybody help me???

  • jraois

    I've had my jailbroken iphone 3gs freeze as well. It was during the installation of the weather icon program from cydia that puts live weather on the weather icon. Right near the end of the installation it froze, so I tried to turn it off but it wouldn't turn off. So then I held down Power and Home and got it to restart, but it stayed on the apple logo with a little spinning gear that would move intermittently. This has happened several times to me in the last few days since I jailbroke it. It happens during the installation of various programs in Cydia. It's frustrating because then you have to Restore – Jailbreak – Install Cydia – Install other programs you want. It is such a hassle. I wonder if it is a problem with the jailbreak programs? I have tried jailbreaking with both purplera1n and redsnow – both on mac.

  • jraois

    I've had my jailbroken iphone 3gs freeze as well. It was during the installation of the weather icon program from cydia that puts live weather on the weather icon. Right near the end of the installation it froze, so I tried to turn it off but it wouldn't turn off. So then I held down Power and Home and got it to restart, but it stayed on the apple logo with a little spinning gear that would move intermittently. This has happened several times to me in the last few days since I jailbroke it. It happens during the installation of various programs in Cydia. It's frustrating because then you have to Restore – Jailbreak – Install Cydia – Install other programs you want. It is such a hassle. I wonder if it is a problem with the jailbreak programs? I have tried jailbreaking with both purplera1n and redsnow – both on mac.

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