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07-10-2012, 05:26 PM #1Iphone 4S only boots in DFU mode - restoring gives error 1601
I've been lurking around this forum since it was released in the ModMyMoto days So about time I post something.
I recently got myself an used Iphone 4S very cheap. The problem is though, this Iphone only starts up in DFU mode. I've tried restoring it with Itunes on both my Macbook Pro and two HP laptops with the same error code, 1601. The exact progress in Itunes is:
- Extracting software
- Verifying with Apple
- "Preparing Iphone" progress bar flashes in Itunes before being striped
After saying "Preparing Iphone" for about 2 minutes or so (haven't been counting) I get the error. My theory is that Itunes somehow loses the contact with the Iphone, but I do not know why.
The Iphone isn't covered with the warranty since the previous owner opened up the Iphone himself (or his friend, I do not know) and replaced the screen. You can see from the outside though that it's poorly reassembled, and when I opened up the back cover the moisture indicator on the logic board is red. Going to borrow some real tools and investigate the hardware tomorrow.
So, any ideas?
07-10-2012, 05:30 PM #2
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07-10-2012, 05:32 PM #3
Sounds like you may have bought a bad phone unfortunately. May have been scammed, it happens and it sux.
previous owner opened up the Iphone himself (or his friend, I do not know) and replaced the screen. You can see from the outside though that it's poorly reassembled, and when I opened up the back cover the moisture indicator on the logic board is red.
DFU; black screen
Recovery; Connect to iTunes logo.
edit: Sorry EVO, didn't mean to bounce on your response.
Last edited by blkcadi; 07-10-2012 at 05:35 PM.
07-10-2012, 05:45 PM #4
Thanks for the quick responses!
Originally Posted by blkcadi
07-10-2012, 05:46 PM #5
So it's stuck in DFU? or it boots and then your able to put it in DFU?
the moisture indicator on the logic board is red
Last edited by blkcadi; 07-10-2012 at 05:49 PM.
07-10-2012, 05:56 PM #6
07-10-2012, 06:27 PM #7
Good luck, plus side is, there are plenty of parts available (eBay/craigslist) if you want to repair it as well as several members here on the forum that sell parts and do repairs.
07-11-2012, 11:03 AM #8
Opened it up today and noticed that the logic board was burnt on the SIM tray. It also had a crack in a corner, so it's much likely dead. When I reassembled it again it didn't even get into DFU so won't even bother anymore. It will serve as a spare part phone from now on, thanks for the help