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  • First Generation iPad Users Reporting Bricked iPads After iOS 5

    ***WARNING***
    Be careful updating to iOS 5 on your 3G first generation iPads.

    iOS 5 seems to be full of bugs. First we had the Newsstand app which can be dragged into a folder and rendered unusable until dragged out, additionally we had the iPad 2 being able to be unlocked with a Smart Cover bug, and now we have first generation iPad (3G models) being bricked when trying to install the iOS 5 update.

    If you have an iPad 2, you shouldn't need to worry about this issue, however anyone using an iPad first generation (specifically the 3G model) will want to take into consideration that there is a massive bug with the iOS 5 software update. There is a bug causing the iPad first generation to become bricked or unusable after the update to iOS 5. As of late, the exact cause for the problem is unknown.

    The iPad fails to restore after trying to update from iTunes giving the user an error code (1) after restoring. The iPad then refuses to turn on correctly. After consulting with Apple, it seems that the problem is a hardware failure not accepting the new firmware onto the device. The only solution at this point is to consider buying a new iPad, or to just wait it out and see if there comes a fix anytime in the near future by Apple. Both situations are very inconvenient but if you have an Apple retail store near you, I would suggest trying to bring it in and see if they can't replace it or fix it there. If you're covered by your AppleCare warranty still, then you shouldn't have too much trouble just bringing it in and getting a replacement.

    The fix for all problems is usually to put your device into DFU mode and try restoring again, doing this is usually fail-proof on iOS devices because DFU mode is basically a switch telling the device to set everything back to default settings as if the device were shipped from the factory all over again. The DFU mode restore will not work under this circumstance and it's leaving iPad first generation users flustered with anger about the whole ideal.

    Apple's customer service has usually been very good in the past but it seems that it's weakening. Numerous iPad first generation owners are phoning into Apple to get answers about this problem and they are getting nowhere, but with a response that seems to mirror the rest of the people that are complaining. Apple just says that it appears to be a hardware failure. They don't offer very much insight on the problem, or offer any way to fix it. They best you can do is wait for a fix. My recommendation to you is that if you have this problem and Apple isn't being very delightful with helping you resolve it, keep calling in about the problem. Just keep on it. After enough volume of calls, Apple will work on the issue and attempt to roll out a fix for the problem.

    Are you having this issue or do you know anyone having this issue? Share a comment below! If you've found a fix for the problem, comments of that nature are welcome as well!

    EDIT: MuscleNerd reports on Twitter that using Redsn0w's recovery fix option will fix this issue. If you are plagued with this problem, try that.

    Sources: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: First Generation iPad Users Reporting Bricked iPads After iOS 5 started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 40 Comments
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Colby21 View Post
      Just go to the Apple Store and ***** about it.


      are you serious? ***** is a bad word?? they say it on tv!!
      Wow!!! Good thing I'm jailbroken and don't even want to upgrade
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by Truckerbear View Post
      SAME ISSUE I HAVE TO SIGN OUT TO READ ALL COMMENTS. OTHERWISE ONLY ONE (FIRST) COMMENT SHOWS.
      Yeah! This! Same problem for a looooooong time. Why is this problem not addressed yet?

      My iPad is jailbroken since day one and thats not gonna change anytime soon. I'll keep what I have and wait a while for an untethered JB.
    1. d_animality's Avatar
      d_animality -
      now this is mean by "good things come to those who waits" ... i guess i just have to wait for the stable version of iOS5 before doing any upgrades and stressing myself
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      Yeah! This! Same problem for a looooooong time. Why is this problem not addressed yet?

      My iPad is jailbroken since day one and thats not gonna change anytime soon. I'll keep what I have and wait a while for an untethered JB.
      You guys that are having these problems with the article only showing the first comment don't have to sign out and sign back in... Just scroll down and click on original article. It then fixes all the other problems, sigs, comments,thanks, etc;
    1. DaLsim's Avatar
      DaLsim -
      apple just waiting for the jailbreak community to fix it, Then they and say they get the update? well apple. Spit ur seed in ur rear, Where the sun don't shine
    1. iZangetsu's Avatar
      iZangetsu -
      Mod edit

      It's a bad word depending on how you use it
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      The term 'bricked' is used far to much.

      A device is not 'bricked' if it can be got working again - in this case, just use RedSn0w's 'Rcovery Fix' to kick it back to life - admitidly not an Apple Fix but meh.

      The only ways I know to truly brick an iOS device that I know of are to pull the cable during a BB update or to try and help others by doing some serious low level stuff trying to find a BB downgrade (a thankless task).

      Bricking is exceedingly rare these days.
    1. jiniej's Avatar
      jiniej -
      I had this issue but solved it myself....
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by jiniej View Post
      I had this issue but solved it myself....
      How?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
      That ain't a bug that's a feature apple forgot to give us cause no one reads the freakin paper anymore but there to stupid to realize this, all we read in it is the funny pages
      It is a bug. It's something that was not meant to be there. That is the logic of a software bug.
    1. Xenthis's Avatar
      Xenthis -
      I HATE APPLE - 'if you are still under your applecare warranty...' DANG IT - IF YOUR FIRMWARE BRICKS MY IPAD, I WANT YOU TO FIX IT!
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Xenthis View Post
      I HATE APPLE - 'if you are still under your applecare warranty...' DANG IT - IF YOUR FIRMWARE BRICKS MY IPAD, I WANT YOU TO FIX IT!
      I haven't heard any reports saying that they *won't* fix it.
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      I got error 1 when I upgraded the iPhone 4 and I used Redsn0w's recovery fix option and its all good.
      I even got "error 1" 2 times when I downgraded back to 4.3.3 and again Redsn0w's recovery fix option fixed it.

      So the non jailbreakers have to take their iDevices back to the shop and hope they can get it fixed or swapped where us jailbreakers just fix it ourselves. LOL Another reason to jailbreak.
    1. syedsufyan's Avatar
      syedsufyan -
      buy a new ipad!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Are you kidding me?? That peice of !@#$% costed me ~$800!!!!!!!
    1. VaderForce's Avatar
      VaderForce -
      I've had no problems going thru the betas then restoring to the public release of iOS 5. Sorry to hear people are having issues.
    1. g12007's Avatar
      g12007 -
      that sucks big time. and its sad that apple NEVER has a fix for this stuff. its wrong that the jailbreak "hackers" are the only ones who care about this stuff and make fixes or tools for us to use. i have save people a ton a cash buy fixing itunes errors and jailbreak problems. apple tells them $150 to restore or something crazy like that. the hackers helps us in more ways than just a jailbreak
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Guess I got lucky, had no problem upgrading to iOS 5 on an iPad 3G 16GB. However, Safari no longer plays nice with LexisNexis' Accurint site, which significantly hinders my moonlighting job. I think I'll be going back to 4 pretty soon.
    1. btsrus's Avatar
      btsrus -
      I have an iPad 3G 32GB and had no issue upgrading to iOS 5. Everything is working fine so far, I must be one of the lucky ones??
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      i'd be pissed if my iPhone got bricked ! damn that Apple care for $69 or whatever the price is right now sounds good to those that didnt think of it.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      i'd be pissed if my iPhone got bricked ! damn that Apple care for $69 or whatever the price is right now sounds good to those that didnt think of it.
      Or use RedSn0w for nothing.

      I had no problems with either my iP4 or iPad (original) 3G - but then I restored and started from scratch on both devices. So far I have only JB my iPad as I am unsure about tethered on my iPhone.