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How to fix a "bricked" ipod touch

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Recently i was brought an iPod Touch 3g 8Gb to fix. The issue? This iPod was running 3.1.2 firmware and was jailbroken and under some unknown circumstance ended up bricked (I say unknown because it is not mine). Normally when a 3g is jailbroken it is teathered, meaning that if turned off it must be connected to the computer and re-jailbroken to turn it back on. This could be a big number of the problems that drew you to this instructable so i will cover that as well.

Note: I have only performed this on the aforementioned iPod so i do not know if this works on others.
 
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Step 1: Tell the difference between bricked and tethered.

If you are seeing a plug and disc on the screen like the one below go to step 2 for instructions to fix this.

If your screen is black and will not come on at all skip to step 3 and go from there.

Step 3: Bricked


This was a tricky fix as i could not find much info on it. The iPod was black and would not turn on, show the tethered icon, go into recovery mode or DFU mode. When i plugged it into itunes and tried restoring i got a error everytime. If you are having the same problem move to the next step.
hbk07986 months ago
but what if when I turn it on, it doesn't do the whole startup scripts and go past the opening screen? (jailbroken of course)
lonelyranger1311 months ago
Very well.
If an iPod is Hard-Bricked it can't be fixed. That's what bricked means. If it can be fixed its only Soft-Bricked
jf78 (author)  lonelyranger131 year ago
I never differentiated between hard and soft bricked, nor claimed to be able to fix a "hard" bricked iPod.
jbaker221 year ago
I am hoping I can unsolder a chip from an ipod touch 4g 64 gb and on an ipod touch 4g 8gb with a heat gun. Then I can swap the chip from a bad ipod to a good ipod. I probably will need new firmware like you show you ipod needed. Does this seem possible?I thank you in advance.
jf78 (author)  jbaker221 year ago
Im not 100% sure on the hardware side, but im not sure that transferring a chip is feasible. I would do some serious research. If an iPod has a similar architecture to a basic computer, the chip may not be backwards compatible. But theoretically if everything between the two is the same, except the memory, it may be possible. But again I have no idea ive never tried any kind of hardware modification on any iPod.
Do you have to re-jail break it to then restore the ipod back to normal and also what if you don't know waht was originally used to jal break and tether it?
jf78 (author)  freakyqwerty3 years ago
You dont need to know what was used to jailbreak it... unless im taking that question out of context. and no you do not have to rejailbreak it after
*what* and *jailbreak* that was suposed to read. ^
Kirbsome!3 years ago
Wanna know why the 3g software didn't work? It's because the 8Gb versions sold as 3g are actually 2g.
that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. You cant get away with something like that
jf78 (author)  junits153 years ago
What exactly can I not get away with? I'm pretty sure it must make some sense being that to date I have now fixed 4 iPods using this method and I know many others who have too. I don't see by what means you say this makes no sense. Please do a little research before critisizing on someone elses hard work.
junits15 jf783 years ago
I was talking to Kirbsome, I actually don't even know why you saw this comment, Sorry if I confused you or got you angry.
jf78 (author)  junits153 years ago
Oh im sorry i was informed of your comment while i was on my ipod and it didnt show you as replying to Kirbsome! it just showed as a comment. My apologies
Trust me, they can.
I got ripped off and I'm pissed.
Tell the world.
jf78 (author) 3 years ago
Haha didn't even notice that. I also don't know why urban dictionary is up lol
account3r23 years ago
i can see that you were making the instructable (in a different tab) when you were on the website
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