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Thread: 3GS 4.2.1 - No MMS/can't restore over greenpois0n ipsw (error 29 itunes)

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    Question 3GS 4.2.1 - No MMS/can't restore over greenpois0n ipsw (error 29 itunes)
    Hello everyone!

    I could really use some help. I got a jailbroken 3GS from craigslist recently, and I have learned that the previous owners had the battery replaced. When I got the phone home, I decided to wipe it and jailbreak it myself.

    So I go into iTunes to restore to 4.2.1, planning to redsn0w JB afterwards. i get a 16xx error...nothing unexpected. I get back into the shift+restore process and this time, I get an error 29. Did some research and found that this is a hardware error usually relating to the battery. At this point I couldn't get anything, jailbroken or not, onto the phone to get it running again. So, I download every jailbreaking and modding program I can find to try and get it working. Eventually, using greenpois0n, I was able to get the phone running. This whole process took me about 6 hours.... yikes. At first, after finally getting the phone running, I had no service. Used multiple SIM cards that worked in other phones, etc. AT&T said the phone wasn't showing up on it's towers at all...eventually I went through the restore/16xx/29/greenpois0n process again to get it back up and I had service.

    So finally the phone is working (4.2.1 greenpois0n). I wanted to restore on top of the greenpois0n install, cuz I don't like the little custom boot logo, and I don't really know jack about greenpois0n or how it works. But, I am repeatedly frustrated by the error 29, so I settled for it.

    Now, I'm having problems sending and receiving MMS picture messages. I don't know what's wrong but I've been on the phone with AT&T already and everything 'seems' to be correct. I presume it's a software problem because of the weird setup process I had... I will get a 'message' when someone sends me a picture, but it's just the little arrow, and no thumbnail, and when I click the arrow its just a blank screen where the picture should be.

    ****tl;dr****
    I can't send/receive MMS messages and I'm not confident I can restore/re-jailbreak correctly...

    SO, now you know a bit of the history, I'm hoping someone can help me out with some info. Why is greenpois0n able to bypass/work around this hardware fault error from iTunes? Is there an alternative program I can use to restore a default Apple ipsw and jailbreak cleanly through redsn0w? Any other ideas as to what might be up with my MMS? Any advice on a procedure to correctly update/shift-restore without 16xxs or 29s? I have used iREB to get pwndDFU mode running but it never helps. The only thing that gets past 16xx for me (and subsequently into 29) is task manager/kill itunes.exe, then reopen and shift-restore again.

    I'm running on Windows XP, latest iTunes, and I have a buttload of ipsw's and SHSH's through tinyumbrella.

    Sorry for being so lengthy...but I wrote a tl;dr summary so there :P

    Thanks for any help!

    Kyle

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    During a restore, iTunes will report errors if a non-standard/non-acceptable battery is installed. I discovered this about a year ago after replacing my 3GS battery (Symptom: 3.1.2 loaded fine, 3.1.3 failed with battery log errors). In your case, it sounds likely Greenposion can bypass this error -- however I wouldn't be 100% confident everything loaded 100% correct. My suggestion is fix the problem (battery) and try again.

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    Thank you, Mes! This has been my original thought too, and I'm really glad to hear you confirm it through your own experience. And yes, although greenpois0n seems to have been able to overwrite something somewhere along the way, I feel like I've got some weird instability going on. I contacted the seller and he said he's going to get me a phone number of the place that replaced his battery. I'll contact them and ask them to do it correctly. And I ain't paying for a faulty battery, either....hahaha! This is a desperate measure, though, so I've been trying to ask around for some ideas in the meantime.

    Thanks again!

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    Good luck. FYI: Being a ex-computer tech I replaced the battery myself ---- 5 times before getting it right. Uggg. From my experience, it appears the 3GS is very picky about the installed battery (I loaded 3.1.3 for the test because everything else appeared normal with an incorrect/non-acceptable battery). I hope your experience is better than mine (haha) .
    Last edited by Mes; 2011-06-24 at 04:05 AM.

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    Mes...I'm wondering if you could give me some info or guidance as to what battery IS acceptable? So this mistake doesn't repeat itself...

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kylezo View Post
    Mes...I'm wondering if you could give me some info or guidance as to what battery IS acceptable? So this mistake doesn't repeat itself...

    Thanks again!
    I can't find my notes on the correct part # for the 3GS battery. I do remember the last digits changed a bit on later models. This is sure -- 3G and 3GS batteries are NOT the same. Stay away from a seller that claims otherwise. I had good experience with: sw-box.com

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