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Nevermind... I got er' Once I copied and pasted the OP settings... I restarted iTunes, and low and behonld I have 4.1 now... Can't wait to JB this... anyone wanna
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    Default Didn't work for me
    Nevermind... I got er'

    Once I copied and pasted the OP settings... I restarted iTunes, and low and behonld I have 4.1 now...

    Can't wait to JB this... anyone wanna guide me through that process now???
    Last edited by wastedrocco; 09-16-2010 at 01:54 AM. Reason: Figgured er' out

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    I asked my friend who is much, much smarter than I am why this worked and what it did. He says:

    "Well, here's what you're doing here, you're commenting out the line by putting the hash in, making it not effect the file. So what the line says is redirect the url and any path starting with gs.apple.com to localhost. It basically, makes the url inaccessible. This is probably the server that itunes hits when it tries to download software updates for the phone."

    I asked why is effectively killing this line a good idea? He said:

    "My guess for the why you need to do this is that somewhere along the line, you ran a jailbreak that added this line. It's pretty common for hacks to do things like this. A particular keygen I looked at for educational purposes only, added a bunch of lines to the hosts file to make (company name omitted)'s authorization servers inaccessible so that the software couldn't find out it was not a legit registration. Basically it's a really ghetto way of firewalling. Removing it is not a bad idea since having it in the first place is likely to break a few things (like what you just ran into). It was probably added to prevent Apple from forcing an update to overwrite your jailbreak."

    So now I know and if you care, now you know too. I can't answer your questions so don't bother asking them. Saying "my friend," is not some clever way of defecting blame. I really don't understand any of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ballaholic View Post
    AHHH, I got my hopes up and then realized my Hosts File didnt have the '127.0.0.1 gs.apple.com' it stopped at the one before. Is there a way i can add this? Because Notepad wont save over the Hosts file.

    much thanks.

    I use Win7 btw.
    Copy everything inside the hosts file 1st, DELETE IT, then open notepad (as admin) and paste the shizz you just copied, add the 127... bit and then save it to the appropriate dir.
    Ps if you can't save it straight to the dir then save to your desktop and drag it into the directory from there

    Lol I got beat to it...
    Last edited by iNT3Rv3NTiONZz; 09-23-2010 at 06:26 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Ohmigoodness... 24 hours of utter frustration, SOLVED!!! You definitely need a donate button somewhere. :-D

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    Lol no donations, thanks! Haha 24 hours? That's it? Took me like a couple months till I figured it out. Glad I could help

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    awesome!! how in the world did you figure this out? just spent an hour on phone with apple tech trying to fix this....thought i was gonna be stuck-didnt want to have to bring my JB phone into store because i couldnt restore lol!! thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TypeRBass View Post
    I just followed these steps..

    Step 1 – Open the Terminal.app
    Either by start typing Terminal on the Spotlight, or by going into Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal.

    Step 2 – Open the hosts file
    Open the hosts by typing on the Terminal that you have just opened:
    sudo nano /private/etc/hosts


    Type your user password when prompted.


    then i scrolled down to the bottom, and where it says :
    127.0.0.1 gs.apple.com, I just added a # and a space before it. Then saved it, and it updated without a problem.

    Awesome! Was trying to be helpful and restoring for a friend and been racking myself for 2 hrs. This worked for me on my macbook pro like a charm!

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    DUDE . THANK YOU FOR YOUR POST YOU SAVE MY PHONE . you're so great .

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    I though this line was for tiny umbrella/cydia to redirect your blobs so that you can downgrade your firmware?

    I know that when i first used tiny umbrella it added this to my hosts file.

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    Can you help?
    I have an ipod touch 3G which i let my brother use. It was on 3.1.3 with shsh saved on cydia,
    Its on 4.1 and im trying to downgrade.
    I followed instructions and still getting cannot be restored at this time because the iPod software update server could not be contacted..

    This is what the bottom of my hosts file says

    # localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
    # 127.0.0.1 localhost
    # ::1 localhost
    127.0.0.1 validation.sls.microsoft.com
    74.208.10.249 gs.apple.com

    Is that right?

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    Skipp2k,

    I doubt it has anything to do with tiny umbrella (at least not for me, anyway) as before I purchased the iPhone 4 I had the old 3G. I skipped 3GS altogether. Anyway because of this, I never even heard of tinyumbrella until not even having having my iPhone 4, but when the the jailbreakme.com website came to light to jailbreak. That's when I figured out all this shsh stuff was required.

    Anyways, the problem I provided a fix for here was a problem I was having between both my old 3G and the new iPhone 4. That's how I realized it was something to do with the computer itself, not my old phone haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by brumann View Post
    On a mac, when using the SUDO command to edit the hosts...

    this is what mine (working) looks like.

    ##
    # Host Database
    #
    # localhost is used to configure the loopback interface
    # when the system is booting. Do not change this entry.
    ##
    127.0.0.1 localhost
    255.255.255.255 broadcasthost
    ::1 localhost
    fe80::1%lo0 localhost
    # 74.208.10.249 gs.apple.com

    I added the # SPACE before the 74.208.10.249 gs.apple.com as it wasn't there before, and it was NOT working, but with the # SPACE it is working!

    Hope this helps!
    HOLLY SH*T!!!!!! i had just given up when i saw that i and thought..."it can't be that easy" so i tried it and it worked! thanks!!
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    Saved my butt too

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    Hey, So I've been attempting all the solutions on here for the same problem, but when I do the sudo command, it asks for the password, and I have no password, well I do, my password is, ( nothing ) I justpush enter when asked for password... and because of that its not letting me use nothing as a password. And other times it wont let me type anything, not even control c to abort.

    heres a little back info. I jailbroke my new 4.2.1 and it worked fine I was happy, I installed android lock screen ( kicks *** ) and then qtweeter because I'm a nerd. after qtweeter rebooted my device though, I got stuck on the apple screen, so I tether booted with redsn0w and then it got stuck on the lock screen... and every 60 seconds it resprings ( pineapple logo ) and I cant restore... and I'm ready to die because I JUST bought the damn phone 2 days ago... any second help would be like a christmas miracle for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by TypeRBass View Post
    I just followed these steps..

    Step 1 – Open the Terminal.app
    Either by start typing Terminal on the Spotlight, or by going into Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal.

    Step 2 – Open the hosts file
    Open the hosts by typing on the Terminal that you have just opened:
    sudo nano /private/etc/hosts


    Type your user password when prompted.


    then i scrolled down to the bottom, and where it says :
    127.0.0.1 gs.apple.com, I just added a # and a space before it. Then saved it, and it updated without a problem.
    This makes almost no sense to me, I'm not very tech savvy, I tried it and failed I think, any suggestions ?
    Last edited by vcmystery; 12-27-2010 at 01:40 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    awesome dude.... you just saved me a trip to the apple store THANNNNNKSSS!!!

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    Default Still having problems with changing host details...
    Hi there, I have tried all solutions posted with regards to the host update i.e going in through terminal and also editing the host file but the problem I have is there is no line existing with the '127.0.0.1 gs.apple.com' in the first place. I have tried updating the host text to include the line with the hash but still no luck. The original host page looks like this:

    ##
    Host Database
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    local host is used to configure the loopback interface
    when the system is booting. Do not change this entry.
    ##
    127.0.0.1 localhost
    255.255.255.255 broadcasthost
    ::1 localhost

    Any help would be much appreciated!

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    Default Help Pls not seeing gs.apple.com
    This is what comes up when i go into terminal.
    ##
    # Host Database
    #
    # localhost is used to configure the loopback interface
    # when the system is booting. Do not change this entry.
    ##
    127.0.0.1 localhost
    255.255.255.255 broadcasthost
    127.0.0.1 activate.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 ereg.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 activate.wip3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 wip3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 3dns-3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 3dns-2.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 adobe-dns.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-2.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 ereg.wip3.adobe.com

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    This fix worked for me also. Didn't think something so simple would work. Thanks alot man.

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    So i had to get my iPhone 4 replaced by Apple and they handed me a new one on 4.2.1. I have tried to restore the iphone to the .ispw that i created with pwnage tool. I either get the message that the required build is not eligible or that Apple cant connect to the servers. Needless to say i am extremely frustrated and have tried all sorts of "fixes". I have tried editing my Terminal code to:
    ##
    Host Database
    #
    localhost is used to configure the loopback interface
    when the system is booting. Do not change this entry.
    ##
    127.0.0.1 localhost
    255.255.255.255 broadcasthost
    ::1 localhost
    fe80::1%lo0 localhost
    74.208.10.249 gs.apple.com
    and to

    ##
    Host Database
    #
    localhost is used to configure the loopback interface
    when the system is booting. Do not change this entry.
    ##
    127.0.0.1 gs.apple.com
    255.255.255.255 broadcasthost
    ::1 localhost
    fe80::1%lo0 localhost

    Ive tried many variations of the code but can't seem to get any of them to work for me. Any ideas?

    Btw i am running iTunes 10.2.1 and ive got an iPhone 4 on 4.2.1

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    You're a bloody lifesaver mate. Thanks! I remembered finally that we'd added that redirect line to block adobe and apple activation... having never done a legit update I'd just never run into the issue. Thanks for taking the time to write this up.

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