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Old 02-17-2010, 02:49 PM   #1
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Sometime during jailbreak or restoring iPhone/iPod Touch using custom firmware your device won’t boot normally and stuck into recovery mode. Then every time you reboot your iPhone/iPod Touch it enters into recovery mode asking for restore. This is called recovery mode loop.
In this guide we are going to talk about how to fix recovery mode loop on iPhone and iPod Touch. To get out of recovery mode loop you can use iRecovery and iREB.
NOTE: We are talking about recovery mode loop resulted due to some error during jailbreak process. We are NOT discussing the recovery mode that all new iDevice users face whenever they reboot their iPhone 3GS or iTouch 2G (MC) & iTouch 3G. These devices are tethered jailbreak only (you lose jailbreak on reboot) that’s why get stuck into recovery mode on reboot. Just run the BlackRa1n/RedSn0w again to get out of recovery.

How to Fix Recovery Mode Loop with iREB

How to Fix Recovery Mode Loop with iRecovery
What is iRecovery?

iRecovery is a libusb-based commandline utility for Mac OS X and Linux (perhaps windows too but I’m not developing/testing under windows).

It is able to talk to the iBoot/iBSS in Apple’s iPhone/iPod touch via USB.
It currently connects to 0×1281 (iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPod touch, iPod touch 2G: Recovery Mode/iBSS), 0×1227 (iPhone,

iPhone 3G, iPod touch: WTF Mode; iPod touch 2G: DFU Mode).

(Mac users please skip to step 2, this step is for Windows users only)
Install the libusb first. If you are on Windows 7 or Vista you need to run libUSB in Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode:
Right click on libusb exe file > Properties > Compatibility. Check mark the “Run this program in compatibility mode” box and select “Windows XP (Service Pack2)”from the drop down list.
Right click again and select “Run as “Administrator”. Install libUSB.
Run the iRecovery in Terminal/Command Prompt with iRecovery -s. (make sure you change your directory in the command prompt to the directory where you have installed irecovery)
Now run the following commands in the Terminal:
setenv auto-boot true
Now reboot your iPhone/iPod Touch by holding home + power/sleep for 10 seconds

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Old 02-17-2010, 05:43 PM   #2

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Don't worry about using iRecovery, just use iREB instead. Check out this thread for more info How to restore iphone/ipod without restore errors in itunes!!! - SiNfuL iPhone

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Old 02-17-2010, 06:52 PM   #3
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Used iREB on my 3G to avoid 'error (1600)' and installed custom 3.1.2 firmware. Thanks for the recommendation.
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Old 02-20-2010, 09:56 PM   #4
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i just used blackra1n as my jailbreak was tethered. As soon as i "made it ra1n" it broke out of said loop and booted up just fine.
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