The following text describes how to restore a non-responsive iTouch after a failed jailbreak attempt.
Symptoms of diseased iTouch:
- History of failed attempts at jailbreaking
- Non-responsive to touch
- Displays pages of scrolling white text before hanging
- Only displays black screen
- Permanently displays restore icon
If your iTouch is presenting with any of the preceding symptoms or other similar signs, proceed with the following proceeds until the patient responds to treatment.
Step 1 – Artificial Rescuscitation: try resetting iTouch by holding down both Home and Wake buttons for 10-20 seconds until iTouch restarts. If iTouch doesn’t reboot and display the home screen, move on to step 2 – defibrillation.
Step 2 – Defibrillation: plug iTouch into the USB while holding the home button down…it should go into restore mode. Once it goes into restore mode (illustrated by a screen that shows the iTunes icon and a USB cable) you should get a restore prompt from iTunes. If you do not get a restore prompt from iTunes then you may have a dysfunctional iTunes installation and should proceed to step 3.
Step 3 – Dialysis: If you are unable to get a reaction from iTunes when you connect you iTouch (even after defib), then your best bet is to reinstall iTunes to fix any issues that you may have with your USB drivers and the iTunes services. Do this with your iTouch disconnected and do not reconnect your iTouch until after the iTunes installation is complete. When the iTunes installation is complete, reconnect the iTouch and you should be rewarded with a restore prompt or at least iTunes will recognize your iTouch and give you the main device screen where you can select the “Restore” button. If you do not see either of these then your computer has other issues and you need a different kind of doctor. We don’t do Windows.
Step 4 – Group Therapy: Regardless of which steps were necessary to restore your iTouch, you should probably know in advance that smoking cigarettes will give you cancer and jailbreaking your iTouch may fail. If either one of these scenarios scare you then you should probably not do it. Also, since as soon as you have finished restoring your iTouch, you will probably pick up another cigarette and proceed to jailbreak your iTouch again (we never learn…do we ;-) the try the following tips to avoid another failed jailbreak attempt:
- Turn off autolock in settings
- Make sure you have a fully charged battery
- Don’t be impatient and start killing programs and disconnecting the iTouch until it is done
- Be sure you have a reliable wireless network…this means you should probably not use the neighbors unprotected linksys network
DISCLAIMER: Most of article was written with the best of intentions and in a light-hearted manner. The rest of it are serious and meant to advise and assist those of you who want to venture into the unknown world of jailbreaking. You pick which parts are which.