Recovery Loop Problem... with a twist

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  1. jay68ar

    jay68ar New Member

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    And the twist is... I'm trying to salvage an iPhone that went for a quick dip in the toilet. I took the phone apart to dry it out. Only the lower water damage sticker was activated.

    It is stuck in the dreaded recovery loop where iTunes detects the iPhone in recovery mode, restores and reboots, and detects the iPhone in recovery mode, restores and reboots...

    I am connecting with a Windows PC (XP).

    iPhone OS is 3.1.3, and it is not jailbroken.

    I tried iRecovery, but got the output I noted below in red seems to indicate sumpthin's broke. My commands are in blue:

    iRecovery - Recovery Utility
    by wEsTbAeR-- and Tom3q

    Got USB


    =======================================
    ::
    :: iBoot for n88ap, Copyright 2009, Apple Inc.
    ::
    :: BUILD_TAG: iBoot-636.66.33
    ::
    :: BUILD_STYLE: RELEASE
    ::
    :: USB_SERIAL_NUMBER: CPID:8920 CPRV:14 CPFM:03 SCEP:03 BDID:00 ECID:000001
    0E2A054D4D IBFL:01 SRNM:[5K9521Y63NP]
    ::
    =======================================

    [FTL:MSG] Apple NAND Driver (AND) RO
    [NAND] Found Chip ID 0x3294D79876 on FMI0:CE0
    [NAND] Found Chip ID 0x3294D79876 on FMI0:CE1
    [NAND] Found Chip ID 0x3294D79876 on FMI:CE8
    [NAND] Found Chip ID 0x3294D79876 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]
    [FTL:MSG] FTL_Open [OK]
    Boot Failure Count: 0 Panic Fail Count: 0
    Entering recovery mode, starting command prompt
    gas gauge read timed out
    hdqgauge voltage bogus: -1mV
    gas gauge read timed out
    hdqgauge temperature bogus: -1dK

    (Recovery) iPhone$ setenv auto-boot true
    gas gauge read timed out
    hdqgauge voltage bogus: -1mV

    (Recovery) iPhone$ saveenvs
    (Recovery) iPhone$ fsboot
    (Recovery) iPhone$ /exit
    Closing USB connection...


    Running the printenv command returns nothing.

    Ideas?
  2. ripply

    ripply Active Member

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    You shouldn't have taken it apart. Next time simply put it in a bow of rice for a week to take all the water and moisture out and it will be good as new
  3. LssThanThree

    LssThanThree Active Member

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    You dropped it in water.
  4. BVromans

    BVromans New Member

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    Same here

    I have exactly the same problem:
    iPhone 3GS was completely under water for 15 minutes.
    iPhone had switched itself off.
    Opened iPhone and carefully dipped with tissues.
    Then I put the iPhone in closed tupperware case with dry rice.
    Rest for 4 days.
    Opened up and started iPhone: Everything worked as normal!!
    Only just for 4 days.
    Tried to update to iOS 4 yesterday, but phone went into Recovery loop.
    iTunes Error 29 when trying to recover iPhone.
    Used the same iRecovery commands to stop autoboot.
    Managed to install iOS 4, but after installation iPhone automatically rebooted every 10 minutes.
    However phone was connected en synchronizing, charging was not working anymore.
    Untill this morning battery was empty....
    Tried other cable, USB port, other PC, other charger, etc. No result.
    Thinking of replacing battery or system connector.

    Anyone can help??

    See here iRecovery values:
    Last login: Mon Jun 21 21:45:45 on ttys001
    iMac:~ Margot_en_Bart$ /Users/Margot_en_Bart/Desktop/irecovery -s
    iRecovery - Recovery Utility
    by westbaer
    Thanks to pod2g, tom3q, planetbeing and geohot.

    [NAND] Found Chip ID 0x3295DE987A54 on FMI0:CE0
    [NAND] Found Chip ID 0x3295DE987A54 on FMI0:CE1
    [NAND] Found Chip ID 0x3295DE987A54 on FMI1:CE8
    [NAND] Found Chip ID 0x3295DE987A54 on FMI1:CE9


    =======================================
    ::
    :: iBoot for n88ap, Copyright 2010, Apple Inc.
    ::
    :: BUILD_TAG: iBoot-889.24
    ::
    :: BUILD_STYLE: RELEASE
    ::
    :: USB_SERIAL_NUMBER: CPID:8920 CPRV:14 CPFM:03 SCEP:03 BDID:00 ECID:0000010E0A1683CE IBFL:01 SRNM:[8892394A3NS]
    ::
    ======================================

    [FTL:MSG] Apple NAND Driver (AND) RO
    [NAND] Found Chip ID 0x3295DE987A54 on FMI0:CE0
    [NAND] Found Chip ID 0x3295DE987A54 on FMI0:CE1
    [NAND] Found Chip ID 0x3295DE987A54 on FMI1:CE8
    [NAND] Found Chip ID 0x3295DE987A54 on FMI1:CE9
    [FTL:MSG] FIL_Init [OK]
    [FTL:MSG] BUF_Init [OK]
    [FTL:MSG] FPart Init [OK]
    read new style signature 0x43313133 (line:405)
    [FTL:MSG] VSVFL Register [OK]
    [FTL:MSG] VFL Init [OK]
    [FTL:MSG] VFL_Open [OK]
    [FTL:MSG] YAFTL Register [OK]
    [FTL:MSG] FTL_Open [OK]
    Boot Failure Count: 0 Panic Fail Count: 0
    Entering recovery mode, starting command prompt
    gas gauge read timed out
    hdqgauge voltage bogus: -1mV
    gas gauge read timed out
    hdqgauge temperature bogus: -1dK
    setenv auto-boot true
    gas gauge read timed out
    hdqgauge voltage bogus: -1mV

    ] saveenv
    gas gauge read timed out
    hdqgauge temperature bogus: -1dK
    saveenvs
    ] saveenvs
    ] reboot
    ]
  5. shdwghst457

    shdwghst457 New Member

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    same problem

    my 3GS is doing the same thing. here's the really interesting part though: put your phone in DFU mode and leave it plugged in. I'm almost certain it will charge. works for me. my iPhone also syncs and whatnot, but the charge symbol is that of a "complete" charge, not a currently charging icon. so it could be at 2% and "fully charged" or 99% and "fully charged". but it charges in DFU. running 4.0, and get an error 29 everytime I try to restore. can't restore to 3.1.3 even though I think that would fix it. same error messages in iRecovery.
  6. BVromans

    BVromans New Member

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    Problem was the battery

    I finally found out the problem was a faulty Battery. After replacing it. Al problems were over!
    Best regards,
    Bart
  7. shdwghst457

    shdwghst457 New Member

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    fixed

    Agreed. just found a verifiable authentic Apple battery (out of a phone that's never been opened before) threw it in there and now it's charging correctly. But the guy I bought the problematic phone from swore he never had the battery replaced, and the "do not remove" sticker was still intact inside of it. so strange.

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