unlocked iphone with bad wifi, touchscreen deadspot, and screen locking problems

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  1. Jacian

    Jacian New Member

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    I know, this thing is a mess.

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    I recently bought an iphone for a hundred bucks. I own an AT&T black Razr and put its SIM card into the iphone. I didn't want the data plan so I pwned it with pwnage tool 2.2.5 and firmware package iPhone1,1_2.2.1_5H11. I had success doing the operation, and the phone booted up fine and will make calls. I used BossPrefs to disable EDGE so I wouldnt' be charged for the data. Anyway, two things happened that have ruined the experience and got me stuck. First of all, is that the fourth row of icons on the home screen are untouchable. I cannot click them. I had to tap everywhere along the box to dismiss the "touch the home screen icons to move" popup that came when I first booted it up. When I do a scroll with anything scrollable it will start to scroll and then jump back up as if I let go once I hit that certain spot; and as I continue to move my finger down, it'll realize I'm scrolling "again" and pop back into place. However, I know this isn't a hardware failure (least I think it's not) because the keyboard works fine. I can write a whole note and also dial numbers, but when it comes to scroling or panning or pinch to zoom, it fails in that fourth row area. When I try to tap on an icon, say, in the center of the fourth row, it'll jump to the next slide screen as if I touched the far edge. It must be some software glitch. If i restore to an apple firmware and just activate it legally, will it still have this problem? Any ideas? I contacted the original owner, who had never unlocked/jailbroken etc. it, and he said he had no problems with it. It must be a result of the firmware. Would restoring and activating it legally help its functionality? I sure don't want to pay for data though.

    Secondly, the WiFi is not working. The "searching" wheel will stay spinning but it will not connect. Is this a problem with BossPrefs? Or something that screwed up the wifi connectivity? All Wi-Fi is activated, but it won't see any networks. Any ideas? Suggestions? The whole point of me buying and unlocking the phone was to use it as a phone and then use my college's wireless for everything else.

    Lastly, when the iphone enters sleep mode, it won't recognizing incoming calls. I've called it from my home phone several times. When it's active (screen on) it will accept incoming calls just fine. But when it goes to sleep (after a certain time) it will not wake up for any calls.

    I know that others haven't had problems like this when they've unlocked their phones. Any ideas as to what the deal is?

    You guys are awesome. Thank you,
    ~jace
  2. DrewGzy

    DrewGzy Active Member

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    Is this a 2G or a 3G (assuming 2G but have to ask)?

    There might be a reason it was $100.....

    Regardless, it sounds like the digitizer is screwed up (it is the piece that recognizes where you are touching the screen). You can restore all you want and it will not fix itself. Depending on the phone model figure around $125 to replace the screen and that is you doing the work.

    Take your SIM card out and turn the BossPref's thingy off for the EDGE and check the WiFi.

    I would say do a factory restore and start over fresh. However, don't do it if this is a 3G. Let us know what it is and we can work from there.

    One more thing; has it ever been wet? Look down the earphone hole with a flashlight; is it white or pink at the bottom?
  3. Jacian

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    Hey, thanks for the reply. It is a 2G. Inner ring us white, and taking out the sim, enabling EDGE, and trying wifi didn't work. I don't think this is a hardware thing, because the keyboard works fine (I use an iPod touch so I know it's responsive like it should be.) just anything short of the keyboard fails :-( what should I try restoing to? And would it be worth a try to go back a few versions of firmware? Will pwnagetool 2.5 only work with the 2.2.15H11 build? How would I go about downgrading back to see if wifi/screen/lock issue is resolved?

    Thank you so much for your help.
    -jace
  4. DrewGzy

    DrewGzy Active Member

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    Since it is a 2G I would do a factory restore to the latest firmware (2.2.1) and just start over with a "fresh" iphone.

    I would only activate and check the WiFi and the screen issues; this should answer whether it is a hardware or software problem.
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    Also when u do restore put it in DFU to completely wipe it.
  6. Jacian

    Jacian New Member

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    Okay, so I'm going to get rid of it. I restored it to the latest iTunes firmare (as in set it into recovery mode and let it download the update) how do I remove all effects of the unlocking/jailbreak/etc. Do I need to do something to make it look like I never unlocked it in the first place?
  7. dudeitsriley

    dudeitsriley Banned

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    DFU then restore will do it.

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