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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. ODavy's Avatar
      ODavy -
      PwnageTool doesn't work on PowerPC Macs
    1. DJM AutoWerkz's Avatar
      DJM AutoWerkz -
      Quote Originally Posted by pastachef View Post
      okay, for windows users i found this after some googling link removed i am downloading right now and will report in a bit if it works

      EDIT: the 2g iphone 3.0 firmware works! im on tmobile and jailbroken!
      Downloading now thanks
    1. duceduc's Avatar
      duceduc -
      Quote Originally Posted by pastachef View Post
      okay, for windows users i found this after some googling Download Custom ipsw 3.0 Firmware for iPhone 3G/2G & iPod Touch i am downloading right now and will report in a bit if it works

      EDIT: the 2g iphone 3.0 firmware works! im on tmobile and jailbroken!
      I am a bit confuse with the link provided. The description says:
      Well donít worry for Windows users we have got Custom ipsw of Firmware 3.0 which you can restore on iPhone 3G, 2G & iPod touch first Gen to Jailbreak and Unlock without going through long steps of jailbreaking.
      However, uder 3G, 3.0, it says you will need to wait for ultrasnow to unlock.

      Which is true?
    1. jvenge's Avatar
      jvenge -
      All right, once again. sorry to bother everyone.

      So I was pretty excited when the Pwnage Tool came out today.
      I restored my iphone with the itunes update to the 3.0 OS and then tried to DFU mode the iphone to use my custom firmware etc.

      However, when I put the iphone on DFU mode, itunes always gives the "an ipod has been detected..." error message.

      " An iPod has been detected, but it could not be identified properly. Please disconnect and reconnect the iPod, then try again. An unknown error occurred (1601)."

      It did a 1604 before as well...

      So I really don't know what I'm doing wrong. I know I'm in DFU mode, I've switched USB ports..etc.
      NB: at the moment: itunes 8.2, macbook pro OS 10.5.6 (would an OS update help?)

      I know the iphone connects...since I could restore to the official 3.0 OS - no problems there. So I am confused as to why itunes won't recognise it in DFU mode. what's wrong?

      any contributions would be much much appreciated.
    1. Loyalty's Avatar
      Loyalty -
      Am I the only one having a problem clicking into this thread from the home page?
    1. DJM AutoWerkz's Avatar
      DJM AutoWerkz -
      Sorry I get error 1600 when trying to restore in itunes ?
    1. duceduc's Avatar
      duceduc -
      I can't get these two custom files to work on 1G iphone. This one says the file is not compatible when I try to restore it.

      Quote Originally Posted by malekebraheem View Post
      hello guys i just found this, its great for windows users since there is no quickpwn for FW 3.0 yet.

      here is a guide (YouTube)

      YouTube - JAILBREAK Firmware 3.0 on WINDOWS! iTunes Restore Firmware Method! [PC + MAC. ] (METHOD 2)

      link for the custom FW site:
      CUSTOM FIRMWARE for Jailbreak PASS: iphonearena@youtube

      i would recommend you guys wait until i see if it is working fine...
      This one gives me a 1600 error message when I try to restore.
      okay, for windows users i found this after some googling Download Custom ipsw 3.0 Firmware for iPhone 3G/2G & iPod Touch i am downloading right now and will report in a bit if it works

      EDIT: the 2g iphone 3.0 firmware works! im on tmobile and jailbroken!
      Phone is in DFu mode and I am on a PC. Anyone have a another 2G custom file to share?
    1. iceman_raoul's Avatar
      iceman_raoul -
      where is the thread that says winpwng3.0 for windows is out ??????
    1. duceduc's Avatar
      duceduc -
      Quote Originally Posted by DJM AutoWerkz View Post
      Sorry I get error 1600 when trying to restore in itunes ?
      What version itunes you are using. I am getting same error on 8.2.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jvenge View Post
      All right, once again. sorry to bother everyone.

      So I was pretty excited when the Pwnage Tool came out today.
      I restored my iphone with the itunes update to the 3.0 OS and then tried to DFU mode the iphone to use my custom firmware etc.

      However, when I put the iphone on DFU mode, itunes always gives the "an ipod has been detected..." error message.

      " An iPod has been detected, but it could not be identified properly. Please disconnect and reconnect the iPod, then try again. An unknown error occurred (1601)."

      It did a 1604 before as well...

      So I really don't know what I'm doing wrong. I know I'm in DFU mode, I've switched USB ports..etc.
      NB: at the moment: itunes 8.2, macbook pro OS 10.5.6 (would an OS update help?)

      I know the iphone connects...since I could restore to the official 3.0 OS - no problems there. So I am confused as to why itunes won't recognise it in DFU mode. what's wrong?

      any contributions would be much much appreciated.
      You need to to a software update on your mac. 10.5.6 prevents you from putting your phone into DFU mode. 10.5.7 fixes this issue.

      Hope this helps
    1. duceduc's Avatar
      duceduc -
      I can't even extract this file. It says engine error: format error.
      link for the custom FW site:
      CUSTOM FIRMWARE for Jailbreak PASS: iphonearena@youtube
    1. DJM AutoWerkz's Avatar
      DJM AutoWerkz -
      Quote Originally Posted by duceduc View Post
      What version itunes you are using. I am getting same error on 8.2.
      Im o 8.2 I even uninstalled itunes restarted my computer and even used a different usb port still getting 1600
    1. xpc21's Avatar
      xpc21 -
      Another link with custom : MobileMe - iDisk
    1. jettrue's Avatar
      jettrue -
      Is it confirmed that the newest version of PwnageTool only works on an Intel Mac? If so, that stinks!
    1. wraith1138's Avatar
      wraith1138 -
      Is this true, does pwwnage only work on Intel macs now?

      xpc21, is your custom file for the 2g unlocked as well or just jailbroken?
    1. Genocide51's Avatar
      Genocide51 -
      PwnageTool keeps "unexpectedly quitting" right after I choose build. When all the icons are falling into the box. Quits out about the time the Cydia logo is entering the box. I have Leopard OS X 10.5.7 , I have a 2G 8GB iPhone running 3.0 already. iTunes is up to date. Tried restarting the comp and made sure that iTunes wasnt open when PwnageTool was running. Any suggestions?
    1. kristian.nicolex's Avatar
      kristian.nicolex -
      Quote Originally Posted by judelgado View Post
      PwnageTool quits when starts to build de custom .ipsw. I'm o a mac G5 OS 10.5.7 an itunes 8.2. Does anyone else has the same issue?


      So we srsly can't use this new Pwnage on a powerpc? Wtf?! Why would they do that? So many people are still on powerpcs. UGH BUMMER Are the custom's that are linked in this thread good?
    1. DJM AutoWerkz's Avatar
      DJM AutoWerkz -
      Quote Originally Posted by xpc21 View Post
      Another link with custom : MobileMe - iDisk
      Thanks but the 2g 3.0 doesnt work either i get 1600 error
    1. justarry21's Avatar
      justarry21 -
      I encountered two problems: first, pwnagetool kept crashing on my emac so i ended up dragging the .ipsw and bootloaders and pwnagetool onto my macbook (which doesn't have all of my media) via usb and then after it was created i dragged the custom back over to the emac. The 2nd problem i ran into was the 1600 and 1601 errors (different times) while restoring on the emac.... i tried restarting, reinstalling itunes, restarting, and then closing, opening, closing, opening iTunes over and over to get it to work but no luck.

      Anyone overcome those errors?
    1. Spyrig's Avatar
      Spyrig -
      I have done everything by the books. I have a first generation iphone running 2.1., on itunes 8.2 I downloaded pwnage 3.0 restore.ipsw, as well as pwnagetool. The problem arises when the custom restore ipsw is being built. It attempts to build the custom ipsw, however after about 10 seconds it closes, and there is no custom built ipsw. Do I need to upgrade to 2.2 first? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks