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  • How to Jailbreak/Unlock/Activate iPhone 2G on 3.0 Firmware - PwnageTool
    This guide will show you how to jailbreak,unlock, and activate firmware 3.0 on the iPhone 2G (not the iPhone 3G, not the iPhone 3G S) all at once using a custom .ispw created with PwnageTool 3.0.

    You need to download PwnageTool 3.0 and the iPhone 2G 3.0 firmware file.

    Note: Safari does not download the .ipsw files correctly - it decompresses them as soon as they're downloaded. We don't want that. Use Firefox to download the .ipsw, not Safari. Or you can ctrl+click the decompressed folder & click the compress button.

    Connect your iPhone 2G to iTunes and sync it (you will want that back up later)

    Note: restoring will remove all Jailbreak app settings and WinterBoard themes. You can back that all up following this guide if you want to.

    Once you have downloaded the firmware file and PwnageTool run PwnageTool. OS X my ask you if you really want to run it, choose open.

    Hit OK to the Copyright

    Since we are jailbreaking, unlocking, and activating the iPhone 2G click the iPhone on the left, make sure you have Expert Mode elected in the top left, and click the arrow in the bottom right.

    PwnageTool will search for the correct .ispw (you downloaded it earlier). It will probably find it but if it doesn't you can browse to where ever you downloaded it. Once you have your firmware file selected, click the blue arrow button.

    Select General and hit the next arrow.

    Make your screen look like the one below (default root partition size should be fine, I changed mine, the larger partition you have the more Cydia room . . . ). Hit the next arrow.

    Make sure the options I have checked match. You can update the bootloader if you'd like. Hit the next arrow.

    Hit the next arrow.

    Select (or un-select ) the package installer(s) you want. If you un-select both don't bother continuing. Hit the next arrow

    Change logos if you'd like then hit the next arrow.

    Now select Build and hit the next arrow.

    Choose a place to save your custom .ispw that you'll remember.

    It starts building your custom .ispw.

    Enter in your password when prompted.

    If your iPhone is pwnd and you are selecting Yes you can continue to iTunes further down in the guide. If your iPhone is not pwnd currently or you are not sure hit No.

    Follow the instructions.

    Hit Ok.

    Close PwnageTool and start iTunes. Hold down the option key while you click restore.

    Browse to, and select your custom .ispw.

    iTunes does its thing.

    Hit OK.

    After your iPhone restarts BootNeuter will run to unlock and activate your iPhone. Don't mess with it while it is doing its thing. Once complete you can connect to iTunes and restore settings from back up or set it up as a new phone

    Congrats you're done and have a jailbroken unlocked iPhone 2G on 3.0 firmware!

    This article was originally published in forum thread: How to Jailbreak/Unlock/Activate iPhone 2G on 3.0 Firmware - PwnageTool started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 242 Comments
    1. otepski iphone's Avatar
      otepski iphone -
      To all Iphone 2G users who wants to upgrade to 3.0 OS, you need to downgrade your "iousbfamily315.4.1log.dmg". This have an effect in properly putting your Iphone 2G in the correct DFU mode. I experienced it and gave me an error of unsuccessful DFU mode.

      Hope this helps.....

    1. dombizarre's Avatar
      dombizarre -
      hmm.. pwnage tool keeps quitting unexpectedly on me, some time after it has asked where to save the custom firmware.. error report below..

      Date/Time: 2009-06-26 19:53:16.266 +0100
      OS Version: 10.4.11 (Build 8S165)
      Report Version: 4

      Command: PwnageTool
      Path: PwnageTool
      Parent: WindowServer [56]

      Version: 3.0 (3.0)

      PID: 432
      Thread: Unknown

      Exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (0x0001)
      Codes: KERN_PROTECTION_FAILURE (0x0002) at 0x0000000b
      Unknown thread crashed with PPC Thread State 64:
      srr0: 0x0000000000032544 srr1: 0x000000000200f030 vrsave: 0x0000000000000000
      cr: 0x22000428 xer: 0x0000000000000004 lr: 0x0000000000032558 ctr: 0x0000000000000001
      r0: 0x0000000000032558 r1: 0x00000000f0507d20 r2: 0x0000000000000001 r3: 0x0000000002000038
      r4: 0x0000000000000000 r5: 0x0000000000000017 r6: 0x00000000ffffffff r7: 0x0000000000000003
      r8: 0x0000000000000001 r9: 0x00000000a0001fa4 r10: 0x0000000000000001 r11: 0x0000000042000422
      r12: 0x000000009000648c r13: 0x0000000000000000 r14: 0x0000000000000000 r15: 0x0000000000000000
      r16: 0x000000000050c4d0 r17: 0x000000000a841210 r18: 0x0000000000000001 r19: 0x000000000a89eb40
      r20: 0x000000000a887080 r21: 0x00000000f0507e64 r22: 0x00000000f0507ea4 r23: 0x0000000000000000
      r24: 0x00000000f0507e38 r25: 0x00000000f0507e3c r26: 0x0000000000000000 r27: 0x000000000d183000
      r28: 0x000000000d193330 r29: 0x00000000ffffffff r30: 0x000000000a8a6170 r31: 0x00000000ffffffff

      Binary Images Description:

      Model: PowerBook6,8, BootROM 4.9.0f0, 1 processors, PowerPC G4 (1.2), 1.5 GHz, 1.25 GB
      Graphics: GeForce FX Go5200, GeForce FX Go5200, AGP, 64 MB
      Memory Module: DIMM0/BUILT-IN, 256 MB, built-in, built-in
      Memory Module: DIMM1/J31, 1 GB, DDR SDRAM, PC2700U-25330
      AirPort: AirPort Extreme, 405.1 (
      Modem: Jump, V.92, Version 1.0
      Bluetooth: Version 1.9.5f4, 2 service, 0 devices, 2 incoming serial ports
      Network Service: ntl, Ethernet, en0
      Network Service: Built-in FireWire, FireWire, fw0
      Parallel ATA Device: MATSHITACD-RW CW-8123
      Parallel ATA Device: Hitachi HTS541060G9AT00, 55.89 GB
      USB Device: Bluetooth USB Host Controller, Apple, Inc., Up to 12 Mb/sec, 500 mA
      USB Device: Apple Internal Trackpad, Apple Computer, Up to 12 Mb/sec, 500 mA
    1. Dr_CJ7's Avatar
      Dr_CJ7 -
      trying to upgrade my iPhone G2 from 1.1.4 to 3.0...... it's goes down after confirm the creation of the custom .ipsw file...... it seems to colect the data for the .ipsw but fail to create them and doesn't prompt for the pass...... help, please!

      PBook G4 1,5 Ghz
      OSX 10.5.7
      iTunes 8.2
    1. master_chief_8's Avatar
      master_chief_8 -
      Worked like a charm using iTunes 8.2 on Mac OS X 10.5.7 on my iphone 1st gen. 8GB.

      I had trouble under Windows Vista.

    1. o hella jdm's Avatar
      o hella jdm -
      thank you for sharing
    1. kinkhao's Avatar
      kinkhao -
      Excellent guide gents, many thanks.
      Worked 1st time for me but I did stumble on getting the iPhone into recovery mode as I had previously Pwned it.
      Maybe you could add that it's a slightly different process in the guide?

      For anyone else experiencing the same problem:
      1. Start iTunes
      2. Sync if needed and then remove iPhone from dock (or USB cable)
      3. Turn off iPhone
      4. Hold down the home button and then reconnect, you should get yellow arrow, or usb-to-mac graphic or Mr Jobbs doing his Russian thing if you had previously kept the bundled graphics.
    1. alpawa's Avatar
      alpawa -
      I'm trying to update my GF 2G iPhone. It's jailbroken and unlocked but she left it at firmware 1.1.1 (3A109a) Modem firmware 04.01.13_G
      When I try tu use pwnage tool 3.0 to update it, I go as far as to where you select "buid" and when I hit the arrow appears a message that says: "No bootloader V4.6 found" What the heck is that??
      I have a 3G and updated a couple of times using pwnage and it never asked me for something like that before...
      Help... Thanks.
    1. Aragono's Avatar
      Aragono -
      Hiya folks,

      Tried to go from 1.1.4 to 3.0 using redsn0w 0.7.2 but Sim is not working anymore.

      Can someone link the tutorial for Windows plz? If it exists...

      Many thanks,

    1. alpawa's Avatar
      alpawa -
      Cant post here...
    1. Dr_CJ7's Avatar
      Dr_CJ7 -
      Same problem..... and PROBLEM SOLVED.....

      Incredible but True, after about 8 failed attempts of upgrade my 2G from a Powerbook 12" with OSX 10.5.7 and iTunes 8, I spent some hours of navigation on the web, and it's seems the bug could be this.....

      "PWNAGE 3.0 DOESN'T WORK ON MOTOROLA CPU.... ONLY WORKS ON INTEL" that's because Pwnage 3.0 crashes on the creating process of custom ipsw file.

      After see this comentary on a local south american forum, I try to upgrade from the 1.1.4 to 3.0 with Pwnage 3.0 on my wifes MacBookPro, and works fine.

      Then I put my 2G on my Powerbook 12" and use the restore backup file saved a few minutes before on iTunes....... few minutes later...... Ta Daaaaaaa........ 2G upgreaded and working

      Regards from Chile and enjoy.......
    1. alemdohorizonte's Avatar
      alemdohorizonte -
      thanks. it worked like a charm.
    1. y-nk's Avatar
      y-nk -
      best tutorial ever. Mine isn't finished but i have good signs which lemme guess it'll work.

      You should write that you must stay at itunes 8.2 ; i have 2 imacs, one with itunes 8.2 and the other with the 8.2.1 update ; i tried maybe... 10 times with the updated imac and it didn't work... first time with my "old" itunes, rock on
    1. tony666's Avatar
      tony666 -
      Hi i have a problem when i try to create the custom ipsw. the PwnageTool just quits. i have tried in leopard and tiger.

      Any help will be appreciated.


      powermac g5 dp 1.8mhz
      4gb ram
      25ogb hd

      ihopne 2g 2.2 8gb
    1. MiKe_CPH's Avatar
      MiKe_CPH -
      Thanks man:-)
    1. cristhian160's Avatar
      cristhian160 -
      i have the same ****** no service problem i dont know how to fix it... heeeeeelp
    1. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      You tried "Leopard & Tiger" but did you try "Crouching Dragon?"

      Sorry, couldn't resist!

      Quote Originally Posted by tony666 View Post
      Hi i have a problem when i try to create the custom ipsw. the PwnageTool just quits. i have tried in leopard and tiger.

      Any help will be appreciated.


      powermac g5 dp 1.8mhz
      4gb ram
      25ogb hd

      ihopne 2g 2.2 8gb
    1. Kyrono's Avatar
      Kyrono -
      Just upgraded my 2G iPhone (1.1.4) to 3.0 firmware without a hitch.
      Thanks for the tools!

      iPhone 2G 3.0 8gb
      MacBook White 2.2 C2D
      OS X 10.5.7
    1. tjfuncik's Avatar
      tjfuncik -
      Got as far building my IPSW file and got a RED sign saying
      No boot loader u 3.9 file found! Wud U Like to search" etc.

      I'm a total 'Know nuthin" and have the original IPhone

      which is a great machine bit a lousy phone. Am trying to figure

      out if it's the phone or ATT. I have T-Mobile here which works


      Would appreciate any ideas,


    1. sonrix09's Avatar
      sonrix09 -
      can you use pwnage tool to jailbreak an ipod touch 2g???
    1. noall666's Avatar
      noall666 -
      OK guys, Just spent last night doing this. heres the deal for power pc users. I just downloaded the iPhone1,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw file .. (just read all the previous posts. I know you cant tell were its uploaded here. but I do think you can pm people... (my idisk/ noall666) I just used the file someone else created with there intel computor. I just then put my iphone in restore mode. the first file I had sucked, i got it from a torrent site, it hd the no bootnueter, i think, so anyway. I found a good file. put my phone into normal recovery mode. went to restore using the alt/option key way... located the file.... BAM! waited patiently for it to do its thing. it restarted, waited again for it to upgrade baseband etc... I didnt need to do anything, its automatic. and BAM! jailbroke, unlocked.... (tried my uk sim card works fine...)
      summary. Power pc users(thats old macs.) just download the ipsw file from someone else and recover with that file. simple as that....