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(Jan 18 Update) This post details how to downgrade iPod touch’s firmware from version 1.1.2 to version 1.1.1 only. To downgrade from the newer version 1.1.3, you must use the DFU Method instead.

Here’s how to downgrade/restore the iPod touch’s firmware to version 1.1.1 using your Mac OS X.

  1. Download the firmware package file to your Desktop. It’s a massive 150MB in filesize! Goto Step 2 after it’s downloaded. Do not attempt to extract, rename, or do anything to the downloaded file. Leave it on your Desktop, as is. It is highly recommended to use Firefox to download the firmware file. It is widely reported Safari download will result in numerous problems. (Jan 22 Update: You can also use the Terminal.app to download via the curl command, as outlined by our blog reader Toby.)

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  3. Get your iPod touch to go into “Recovery Mode”:

     

    ipod-touch-recovery-mode.png

    • Power off the iPod touch.
    • Disconnect the USB cable.
    • Press and hold down the Home button.
    • Plug in the USB cable while still holding down the Home button.
    • Release the Home button after you see the Recovery Mode screen.
    • The iTunes.app will launch, and the summary screen tells you your iPod touch is now in Recovery Mode.
  4. In iTunes.app, you should see a screen with a “Restore” button. Press and hold the Option key before you click it. A file browser will pop up for you to browse and select the Firmware file you downloaded above.
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  6. It takes a while for iTunes to restore the firmware. When it’s done … it’s done. You can check in iTunes or your iPod touch the firmware version. Try to keep your OS X free of other processes (like Skpying, rendering video etc) that could interrupt the delicate firmware update process, k!?
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  8. After your iPod reboots, and connects itself to your iTunes.app, be sure to choose to setup your iPod as a new iPod. The other option to Restore from a backup will not work.

 

Alternative method to boot up in Recovery Mode

  • Press and hold the Power/Sleep button and the Home button simultaneously.
  • Continue holding both buttons until iPod touch power off itself (about a 5-10 secs wait).
  • Keep holding both buttons until you see the Apple logo, at which point release the Power/Sleep button but keep on holding down the Home button.
  • Release the Home button when you see the Recovery Mode screen.
  • The iTunes.app will launch, and the summary screen tells you your iPod touch is now in “Recovery Mode”.

Related Post: Let’s jailbreak the iPod touch with Mac OS X

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165 Comments

    • AMS
    • Posted 11 December 2007 at 06:52
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    God damnit every time i download a firmware version ITS NOT MY BUILD TYPE!! ARGH

    I NEED A RESTORE 1.1.1 FOR BUILD 3B48B!!

    • Sebastian
    • Posted 15 December 2007 at 02:16
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    Is the build type important???????
    cause i have also build type 3B48B……

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 15 December 2007 at 08:24
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    What are you guys talking about? Build 3B48B corresponds to version 1.1.2 only. There’s never been a 3B48B for version 1.1.1!

    Ref: http://www.touchdev.net/wiki/Decrypt_Firmware#Firmware_Versions

    • Daniel Harris
    • Posted 15 December 2007 at 19:36
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    I get an error after trying to restore to 1.1.1 (the downloaded firmware version)… and it never finishes downgrading. Anyone else get this?

    “the Ipod (ipod) could not be restored. An unknown error occured (1)”

    • emwete
    • Posted 19 December 2007 at 11:20
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    works great!!! thx for the info.. the link… & the tricks…
    ive been looking for this. from many tutorial on the web.. this is the simpler one (& it works!).
    thx alot!!

    • ur mom
    • Posted 19 December 2007 at 22:44
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    Whats the option key?

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 19 December 2007 at 23:08
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    Hi mom,

    The Option Key is on every Apple computer’s keyboard, of course.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Option_key

    Come to think about it, if you don’t know the Option Key, this post is not for you; read the title again.

    Oh, switch to Mac and send some more money, mom.

    Love ‘ya.

    • krooked
    • Posted 21 December 2007 at 03:12
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    I am getting an error right before it finishes the downgrade can anyone help I know plenty of ppl have been experiencing it, has anyone figured it out?

    • bob
    • Posted 21 December 2007 at 04:51
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    dude it dosent work!!!!!! pls help me!

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 21 December 2007 at 06:42
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    For those of you experiencing problem, I suggest you download the Firmware package with Firefox, by right-clicking on the download link and choose “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. The file name should be and saved as “iPod1,1_1.1.1_3A110a_Restore.ipsw”. Save the package to your Desktop.

    Somehow Safari is messing up the download for a few users.

    You can get Firefox at http://www.firefox.com/.

    • Scott
    • Posted 23 December 2007 at 10:16
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    In reply to Daniel Harris I get the message that you do “the Ipod (ipod) could not be restored. An unknown error occured (1)” I downloaded mine from safari. When I go about restoring it from itunes, it decompresses it, and upon completion of that it just gives me that error message. Have you figured out the problem?

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 23 December 2007 at 10:26
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    I’ve edited the instructions to download the firmware with Firefox only. Our suspicion that Safari is the cause of various problems is correct.

    Thanks for the feedback, Scott.

    • Josh
    • Posted 25 December 2007 at 03:38
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    Hello Rupert,

    I have downloaded the firmware from this site by using the ctrl + click save as function on the Firefox browser. Immediately after the software is extracted during the restore process, I get the same error people are getting above the “An unknown error occured (1). Any ideas what I am doing incorrectly?

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 25 December 2007 at 13:07
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    Hi Josh,

    I have not encountered such an error. Have you attempted jailbreaking using another method? If you do, then you might want to to restore your iPod to its original condition first. The previous attempts may have mess things up? I dunno. Anyways, to restore your iPod to original conditions, perform step 2 as outlined above. And click Restore after that.

    Otherwise, I’ll make sure the downloaded firmware file is on the Desktop, ie, on the same drive/partition as the iTunes.app.

    I’ll also make sure only the iTunes.app is running. Don’t forget to quit those darn widgets, and whatever background apps you may have, such as those Menulets that access iTunes in one way or another. Actually, the best way to ensure no interference from others is to boot up your Mac in Safe Mode. Here’s how to do it.
    Oh, did you double-click on the downloaded firmware file? Don’t. Just download and leave it on your Desktop as is.

    Good luck!

    • chris marley
    • Posted 26 December 2007 at 08:52
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    hey im not sure this firmware package fully works

    can someone prove me otherwise

    • cronic
    • Posted 26 December 2007 at 10:12
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    once i downgrade to 1.1.1 and jailbreak my itouch and then restore my itouch to 1.1.2 will i be able to download things from the safari on the itouch???(like msn)?

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 26 December 2007 at 12:21
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    cronic,

    You’ll want to read this post on downloading files in mobile Safari.

    • Thunder
    • Posted 26 December 2007 at 13:11
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    For PC users, do everything that he described above but press and hold the SHIFT key when hitting the restore button.

    • Vanya
    • Posted 28 December 2007 at 06:41
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    Hi there, if i downgrade, will I lose all my data such as music, videos etc? Would really like to know. Help much appreciated, thanks.

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 28 December 2007 at 08:28
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    Vanya,

    Yes, you’ll lose everything whenever you run the Recovery Mode. Afterall, its purpose is to restore your iPod to factory original condition, ie, as if it’s a brand new iPod you just bought. Your data will be gone.

    • pablo
    • Posted 28 December 2007 at 19:03
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    dude, did i need a special itunes version because mine is 7.5 and i whant to know every detail before do this, and about if there is a risk ._. thankyou

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 28 December 2007 at 20:33
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    Pablo, 7.5 is ok. You can always restore your iPod to factory settings if something goes wrong. Risk is very low.

    • Zander Cammarata
    • Posted 28 December 2007 at 21:23
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    when i go to choose a firmware i cant choose it plz help!

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 28 December 2007 at 22:13
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    Zander, click this (Don’t use Safari; please use Firefox *only*.)

    • mimrar
    • Posted 29 December 2007 at 01:55
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    ir worked, THANKSS

    • pablo
    • Posted 29 December 2007 at 05:46
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    and when i´ll get into recovery mode the ipod have to be conected? or i conect the ipod later?

    • pablo
    • Posted 29 December 2007 at 06:15
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    it works perfect tankyou very much i´ll try the jail brake now n_____n

    • Chris d
    • Posted 29 December 2007 at 11:57
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    Hey i have a question about the version 3b48b…Every time i try to downgrade i get Error (1), i saw earlier that there is no downgrade for this itouch version??? i am a little confused and have had no luck downgrading.. i am had sure that the firmware is still in a compressed file but i am still getting error (1) this is the only method i have tried using so i also dont think i have screwed it up trying to do it before..
    if any one has any tips i would really like to hear them! thanks

    • Yongseng
    • Posted 29 December 2007 at 13:35
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    I’ve encuntered error (1) too, and Rupert’s suggestion to boot up my Mac in SAFE MODE overcame the problem. Mine ipod is now jailbroken!

    Thanks a lot Rupert.

    • pablo
    • Posted 29 December 2007 at 14:07
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    how can i use the ipod touch like a external hard drive ? i already jail break it and i need to put things on t like the rooms of ness ._.

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 29 December 2007 at 20:22
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    Read this, Pablo.

  1. uhhhh when i download the firmware, it downloads as a file, and when i go to restore and i choose the file, it wont take the whole file :/

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 2 January 2008 at 14:56
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    wyatt… I don’t know what you mean by won’t take the whole file. Can you elaborate?

  2. I didn’t want to install Firefox, so I successfully did this with


    curl http://appldnld.apple.com.edgesuite.net/content.info.apple.com/iPod/SBML/osx/bundles/061-3932.20070927.p23dD/iPod1,1_1.1.1_3A110a_Restore.ipsw -o iPod1,1_1.1.1_3A110a_Restore.ipsw -#

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 3 January 2008 at 17:43
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    Good tip, Toby!

    For the uninitiated, you can copy toby’s very long command and paste it in your Terminal.app. It’s one single line of text starting from “curl” and ending at “#”. It looks like this. The firmware gets downloaded into your Home folder once you hit the Return key!

    You can quit (Option+Q) Terminal once the progress indicator indicates download completion.

    • martin rasmussen
    • Posted 4 January 2008 at 23:43
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    hey guys, when i go to jailbreakme.com and press install. it just show a little ? in the upper left corner plizz help me !!!

    • Nick
    • Posted 7 January 2008 at 06:31
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    Works with windows XP too ^^

    • Danny
    • Posted 8 January 2008 at 08:30
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    hi uh i use a mac, and whenever i try selecting the file for the firmware update it says error 1403 or something like that. what can i do to fix it?

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 8 January 2008 at 10:40
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    1403 huh? It seems to be quite a common error. I read you can try this method:

    * Perform steps 1 and 2, skipping the rest.
    * Navigator your OS X to: ~/Library/iTunes/iPod Software Updates/
    * Move the existing firmware file (if any) to your Desktop.
    * Move the downloaded firmware file into the folder.
    * Launch iTunes, and it should upgrade the firmware, using that copy of version 1.1.1 firmware file you just moved into the folder.

     

    • luke
    • Posted 10 January 2008 at 12:11
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    Hi RupertGee one comment above (danny) and i had the same problem but i dont know what your talking about when you ask Navigator your OS X to: ~/library/itunes/ipod softwear update

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 10 January 2008 at 20:01
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    Hi Luke,

    That means using your Finder to access a folder in your harddisk… Here’s a short-cut:

    While in Finder, select “Go to Folder…” from the Go menu, and enter the following full path name:

    ~/Library/iTunes/iPod Software Updates/

    in the text input field. Click and you’re there.

    Cheers!
     

    • Ryukuma
    • Posted 10 January 2008 at 23:21
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    Well so i can’t really downgrade my iPod if it’s 3B48B??? Or is there some other way?

    • bob
    • Posted 13 January 2008 at 11:09
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    what about iphone???

    • Wong
    • Posted 13 January 2008 at 16:02
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    Jailbreaking was originally developed for the iPhone, isn’t it?! Anyways, I jailbroke my iPhone based on these instructions!

    • TONY
    • Posted 14 January 2008 at 13:58
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    SAFARI DOES FUCK IT UP

    • pablo
    • Posted 14 January 2008 at 14:32
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    hi Ruppert am going to jail brake a new ipod touch of my girlfriend do i shuld try to downgrade since the first step? am going to ask in the web you gave me thankyou

    • pablo
    • Posted 14 January 2008 at 15:43
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    i did it very wel thankyou am happy my girl and i with touch *—* am going to jailbreak her ipod thakyouu rupert you rocks

    • Keanu Miller
    • Posted 16 January 2008 at 01:41
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    Hey guys!
    I know how it works and it worked fine for me and everybody i now!
    step1: do NOT put your iphone/iPod touch in recovery mode! i repeat do not do that!
    step2: connect iPod to your mac
    step3: Open iTunes and clck on the ‘iPod’ button.
    step 4: here you see the ‘Recovery’-button
    and the ‘check for updates’-button(that’s the button above the recovery-button)
    step5: Press and hold the Option key.
    step6: still hold that key and now (with your mouse) click on the ‘check for update’-button
    step7: choose the 1.1.1 firmware
    And your finished!

    • Ben
    • Posted 16 January 2008 at 07:55
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    hey, I know this is way out there and kinda pointless but could you load the iPhone software on to the touch. When I jailbroke my iPod Touch before it started acting like an iPhone and even had iPhone folders on it.

    Just a thought

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 16 January 2008 at 08:21
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    Keanu…

    “Recovery” button? OMG. There isn’t a “Recovery” button in iTunes 7.5!

    Apple released iTunes 7.6 today. I haven’t upgrade to it yet so I don’t know if it comes with a “Recovery” button. If it does, then we’re out of luck in jailbreaking.

    Keanu, is your iTunes version 7.6?
       

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 16 January 2008 at 08:24
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    • bob
    • Posted 16 January 2008 at 12:43
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    there is a new version 1.1.3 for ipod touch, plus the new itune 7.6 (damn i just did the update)

    does everything still work and can we still jailbreak

    • shant Krichelian
    • Posted 16 January 2008 at 22:23
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    guys i think he means restore button lol not recover

    • Rizzz
    • Posted 18 January 2008 at 06:34
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    Help it keeps saying unknown errror when i try to restore my ipod

    • B-RADd
    • Posted 18 January 2008 at 23:54
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    Yeah Rizzz, same thing for me.

    i (stupidly) downloaded 1.1.3 for my touch, im trying to restore… but its giving me an “unknown error”

    anyone know a 1.1.3 to 1.1.1 hack ON MAC??

    i had my touch jail broken… now its back to factory settings.

    ahh!

    • Raymond
    • Posted 19 January 2008 at 03:08
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    i tried it like 5 times and it didnt work at all. it says that theres an error.
    what do i do??

    • Raymond
    • Posted 19 January 2008 at 04:55
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    I get an error after trying to restore to 1.1.1 (the downloaded firmware version)… and it never finishes downgrading. Anyone else get this?

    “the Ipod (ipod) could not be restored. An unknown error occured (1)”

    • stevo
    • Posted 19 January 2008 at 07:06
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    HEy repertgee when ever i try to download the file, when its extracting an error1 pops up each time any help?

  3. how do u get fire fox??

    • Jonathan
    • Posted 19 January 2008 at 07:28
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    hey Rupert,

    I’ve downloaded the 1.1.1 firmware to my desktop. I try to restore my ipod with it but i cant. I says about and error (1).. can u help me please?!

  4. Where do u go to get firefox

    • Jonathan
    • Posted 19 January 2008 at 07:39
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    http://www.firefox.com. any answer to my question?

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 19 January 2008 at 07:52
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    Rizz, B-RADd, Raymond and Johnathan,

    Are your iPods on version 1.1.3 firmware? If so, follow the procedure in the following post instead:

    http://rupertgee.wordpress.com/2008/01/17/worlds-easiest-113-to-111-downgrade/

    I have updated this post to reflect the instruction is for downgrading from version 1.1.2 only. Downgrading 1.1.3 requires a different method, as outlined in the above link.

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 19 January 2008 at 07:53
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    Stevo, you are probably using Safari? Don’t. Safari extracts the file, which it shouldn’t. Use Firefox to download and leave the downloaded file as it is on your desktop.

  5. i came up with an error (1403)
    what does that mean

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 19 January 2008 at 09:11
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    Error 1403 means the file doesn’t exists. :)

    • ChrisR
    • Posted 19 January 2008 at 11:40
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    Yes i successfully did it thanks Rupert
    i would also like to thank toby for his version of doing it and james
    u guys rock!!!!!

    • Seyaam
    • Posted 20 January 2008 at 21:26
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    Can somebody please help me… wen i click on the link to download the file….i cant save it to desktop.. there is no save button…. please help.

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 20 January 2008 at 21:40
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    Seyaam, scroll back up and follow Toby’s comment, and my further notes under it.

    • kristin
    • Posted 22 January 2008 at 07:07
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    yeah the website def doesnt work… i tried to go to the site and it said it couldnt be found. i downloaded the 150 MB firmware and it said it was downloading to my desktop and when it finished it wasnt there?? what do i do!

    • Zach
    • Posted 22 January 2008 at 09:26
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    I have a pc and i really want to do this, how can i?

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 22 January 2008 at 09:31
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    Hi Zach, please scroll back up and read Thunder’s comment on how to do it on a PC.

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 22 January 2008 at 09:36
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    kristin, that’s too weird. If you did download the file yet it can’t be found, you gotta fix your computer first.

    • lessthanthree
    • Posted 22 January 2008 at 10:25
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    Ok… I Tried to jailbreak it another way which did not work but it did get me to 1.1.1 than when i updated it it updated to 1.1.3 and than it didnt work. so ive been trying to downgrade from 1.1.3 to 1.1.1 and everytime i try to restore or update to 1.1.1 it says “the Ipod (ipod) could not be restored. An unknown error occured (1)” and i have even clicked restore as new and that did not work. i need help!!!!!! PLEASE !!!! someone please email me

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 22 January 2008 at 10:58
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    lessthanthree, scroll all the way back up and read the red boxed Jan 18 Update message.

    • lessthanthree
    • Posted 22 January 2008 at 11:44
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    ok that helped thank you very much

    • Regina1385
    • Posted 24 January 2008 at 07:18
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    I successfully downgraded my ipod from 1.1.2 to 1.1.1 my question is that if after i jailbreak it i would be able to upgrade my ipod again to 1.1.3 or just 1.1.2?

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 24 January 2008 at 21:18
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    Regina, a jailbroken iPod touch has no difficulty upgrading to 1.1.3 at all. In fact, many accidentally did so and had a hard time downgrading back. Heehee.

    • phil da man
    • Posted 25 January 2008 at 11:15
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    hahaha NICE thanks for all of the help!

    • chris
    • Posted 25 January 2008 at 12:43
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    whenever i try to downgrade i get an unknown error message, can you help?

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 25 January 2008 at 13:09
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    chris, there are many kinds of unknown error and we can only give you unknown answer unless you be more specific. :)

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 25 January 2008 at 13:10
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    chris, there are many kinds of unknown error and we can only give you unknown answer unless you be more specific. :)

    • mtroup
    • Posted 25 January 2008 at 14:22
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    where the hell is the option button?

    • jason
    • Posted 25 January 2008 at 22:10
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    ye this doesnt work i need help it keep saying cannot download an unknown error has occured ?????

    • Mohsin
    • Posted 25 January 2008 at 23:15
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    Hi,
    i also get error (1403) always when i try to downgrade my iphone 1.1.2 to 1.1.1 it always give me this error
    An unknown error occurred (1403)

    plz guide me to solve this problem

  6. Hi, to downgrade to itunes 7.5 do the following:

    (1) Using a tool like AppDelete or AppZaper completely remove iTunes (I did this and did not lose any music)
    (2) Download iTunes 7.5 from http://www.oldapps.com/download.php?oldappsid=iTunes7.5.dmg
    (3) Install
    (4) Voila

  7. Before you install you need to copy your library (iTunes Music Library.xml) to your desktop then after the install is complete delete both the iTunes Library file and the xml file in your iTunes directory. Quit iTunes, hold down option and click iTunes in the dock. Select new library go to Music/iTunes. A blank iTunes library window will appear go to import in the file menu and choose the iTunes Music.xml on your desktop. And this time it will actually work

    • Tyler
    • Posted 26 January 2008 at 23:36
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    I’ve downloaded the 150mb file but when I option + click the update/restore button I dont know what file is the actual 1.1.1 update. filename please? it would be appreciated

    • alex
    • Posted 27 January 2008 at 06:22
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    Hey, I’m trying to downgrade my ipod touch from 1.1.3 to 1.1.1, I keep getting the same error message, a few people have written this down already… It keeps saying “extracting software”, it finishes that but then says

    “the Ipod (ipod) could not be restored. An unknown error occured (1)”

    I have a Mac, the newest one running on leopard.. I know what an option key is and stuff, I’m pretty sure i’m not making any dumb mistakes.. I downloaded the firmware from firefox straight to my desktop and everything. It lets me put 1.1.3 back on my ipod no problem but 1.1.1 wont work (neither will 1.1.2. I’ve tried both.)

    • alex
    • Posted 27 January 2008 at 06:43
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    I also tried what some other websites have suggested as an “easier” way to get through this process which is to option+click on the “check for updates” button but that won’t work either.

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 27 January 2008 at 09:39
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    alex,

    Forget about trying to downgrade.

    You can jailbreak a 1.1.3 iPod touch now.

    • denots
    • Posted 27 January 2008 at 12:40
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    Hi rupert, Great work. However i’m having trouble downgrading. When I try to download the firmware 1.1.1 (which I have five or six times using firefox) the 150.6mb file only downloads to 141mb. I was woundering how big the firmware file you downloaded is? In addition I also get the error 1403 message when i try to use this file. I think this may be most peoples problem when they get the 1403 message.

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 27 January 2008 at 12:48
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    denots, read my reply to alex just above yours. :)

    • denots
    • Posted 27 January 2008 at 14:05
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    I’m sorry i was under the impression you had to have a already jailbroken ipod to do this. I am underway doing it now and i’ll let you know how it goes thanks and again great work. :)

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 27 January 2008 at 14:37
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    My apology denots. Indeed a jailbroken iPod touch is mandatory. Fortunately, a 1.1.1 jailbroken one is good enough. So just restore and then install AppSnapp at http://jailbreakme.com will do.

    • denots
    • Posted 27 January 2008 at 14:52
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    Yes the problem, i’m having is that although my ipod was jailbroken with 1.1.1 I now have a 1.1.2 non jailbroken ipod. and the trouble i’m having is in downloading the firmware. as mentioned above the firmware is downloading to 141mb of the 150mb that is supposed to download. I was wondering if you could check the size of the firmware file you have and let me know the size?

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 27 January 2008 at 14:58
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    Oh, you’re having problem downloading the firmware. Have you tried using Toby’s method? Read my reply to Toby for a bigger picture how to run Curl in terminal.

    If that doesn’t work either, I’ll suspect your internet connection is at fault. Does your ISP requires proxy? If so, don’t skip it. Failing which, bring a thumbdrive to an internet cafe or wherever you have internet access, and download the firmware file over there.

    • denots
    • Posted 27 January 2008 at 15:03
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    No it doesn’t require a proxy and i’m using a pc. will I still be able to use terminal or is there a pc alternative?

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 27 January 2008 at 15:16
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    The PC’s equivalent of Mac’s Terminal is the Command Line (Start-> Run: Cmd).

    But PC runs DOS, while OS X has Unix underneath, and “curl” is a unix command.

    So Toby’s method is not an option for you.

    Oh, the firmware file I have downloaded is exactly 157,906,686 bytes (or 150.6MB). Since you’re getting less, something in your PC is preventing a full completion. Try using IE (can’t believe I said that) or an FTP client that support http.

    • denots
    • Posted 27 January 2008 at 15:22
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    haha IE? i will try and i just found a version of curl for msdos i’ll write a tutorial if it works. If not I’ll trade the piece of bill gates junk for a mac :)

    • tyler molyneaux
    • Posted 27 January 2008 at 22:48
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    THANK YOU, I HAVE TRIED LIKE 9843740982390 WEBSITES, THIS IS THE ONLY ONE THAT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!

    • theoc
    • Posted 28 January 2008 at 00:45
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    how this folder thing works.. root/var and al this… and by the way i cant find my ipod folder naywhere in my computer i looked up in finder .. and HD and i have no idea where to find this folder … Im on a mac thanks

    • alex
    • Posted 28 January 2008 at 03:55
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    Hi Rupert, I know it’s possible to jailbreak the 1.1.3 software now but you have to already have a 1.1.1 or 1.1.2 jailbroken ipod to do so.. Which I don’t have. My touch is 1.1.3 so I’m not sure what to do.

    “the Ipod (ipod) could not be restored. An unknown error occured (1)”

    Same thing every time. :(

    • alex
    • Posted 28 January 2008 at 03:57
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    i’m using itunes 7.6 if that has any affect.

    • XXX
    • Posted 28 January 2008 at 05:35
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    You can use the shift key of windows as option key

    • Marcus
    • Posted 28 January 2008 at 05:50
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    I have downloaded fireware with firefox but it still doesen´t work.. do I need itunes 7.5? i have 7.6

    • denots
    • Posted 28 January 2008 at 09:45
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    Thanks for the help rupert that work great. using the FTP client.

    If anyone else is have error 1403 problem its probably because your firmware isn’t downloading properly. I suggest using a FTP client I used Download Accelerator plus (found here http://www.speedbit.com/) and adding the url for the firmware to download it. Then follow the steps rupert has.

    • brian
    • Posted 28 January 2008 at 10:09
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    I get the iPod could not be restored error (1) everytime. If it helps I have the rev. B iPod that came with the January Software Update and the error happens in both iTunes 7.5 and 7.6

    • Pablo
    • Posted 29 January 2008 at 12:00
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    rupert i have a big problem i click on mi ipod to erase on adjustments and the ipod clear all music an videos, the problem is the i connect it to a itubnes and it dont recognize i try some things firs itunes 7,5 said the the ineed to create a new ipod or restore it and then i put in boss pref on ipod a the ipod wiper and now the itunes say i have 1.1.3 but i have the instaler on mi SB the worst thing is the ituns dont accept it when i try restore meka a bug and donr actualize button is available what can i do? please help!!

    • Serene
    • Posted 31 January 2008 at 03:00
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    Hello
    Can someone helped me i had originally jailbroken my ipod with this method however, while trying to upgrade to 1.1.2 i lost the jailbreak so i tried going back and downgrading to 1.1.1. i got this “the Ipod (ipod) could not be restored. An unknown error occured (1)”
    ive tried to restore it in safe mode like you suggested and i still get this Error, i dont know how to do it!!! Can you please help me!!?

    • blake
    • Posted 31 January 2008 at 05:29
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    the pakage lyk does not have any thing which i can use

    • BobbyW
    • Posted 1 February 2008 at 03:10
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    After a huge struggle I got from 1.1.3 to a jailbroken 1.1.1. But now I can’t get iTunes to see it. I’ve run OKtoPrep.

    I’ve tried removing iTunes 7.6 and installing 7.4 and 7.5. The touch never shows up in either. Any ideas?

    (I had this thing perfect on 1.1.3 JB running everything. Total power drain killed it)

    • BobbyW
    • Posted 1 February 2008 at 04:40
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    Update to comment above:

    Tried using a PC instead of Mac to go to 1.1.2. It looked like it was going to work, but I got error 5 and was back to square 1, having to restore to 1.1.1.

    At least the PC can see the ipod. Two Macs I have don’t see it at all.

    It seems like the ipod knows it was a 1.1.3 at some point – is that crazy?

    • Nico
    • Posted 5 February 2008 at 06:35
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    It worked… Thanks.. It took a few tries but i managed to get it…

    • rags
    • Posted 6 February 2008 at 02:09
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    make sure people that your timing is right with the ipod, also ONLY use ruperts firmware, i did this from some other place and it it didnt work, in my case, all it was, was bad firmware…

    In my 16th attemtp (i counted for real)it worked…

    • rags
    • Posted 6 February 2008 at 02:11
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    Serene, i think there is a touh free process which can be done on iTouch itself…I TIHNK, not too sure though.

    • rags
    • Posted 6 February 2008 at 02:13
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    if i could kiss ya ruperrt, i would.

    • HELP
    • Posted 8 February 2008 at 02:26
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    gow do i downgrade from 1.1.3 to 1.1.2?
    or can i go staright from 1.1.3 to 1.1.1?
    if not, do you have the 1.1.2 firmware download??

    thanks

    • miles
    • Posted 8 February 2008 at 13:22
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    when i push the option button nothing happens
    plz help me

    • Ellul
    • Posted 12 February 2008 at 11:25
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    Ok I have the 1.1.3 version of the iPod touch and I can’t downgrade it…after following alllllll of the instructions above, I still encounter the same error : “the Ipod (ipod) could not be restored. An unknown error occured (1)”

    What should I do ?

    I downloaded from Firefox, I restored my iPod, I downloaded on the desktop, EVERYTHING TOLD IN THIS TOPIC

    I’m gonna cry :P

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 12 February 2008 at 11:27
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    @Ellul

    Don’t cry.

    Just forget everything and jailbreak using this guide.

    http://rupertgee.wordpress.com/2008/02/08/jailbreak-113-official-gui/

  8. I’m currently on an imac and i am having trouble locating the file after holding the option key, and going into the downloads folder. help? i dont know what the file is called.

    • rob
    • Posted 14 February 2008 at 13:16
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    when i try to restore my ipod to 1.1.1 it downloads and extracts the file but then i get “unknown error(1) and itunes won’t recognize my ipod and i have to unplug it and re plug it

    • Ian
    • Posted 17 February 2008 at 16:08
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    i keep trying to downgrade, but it never works, it always automatically upgrades it. ddont know whats going on. help me!

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 17 February 2008 at 21:09
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    @Ian

    Please use this guide to downgrade and jailbreak:

    http://rupertgee.wordpress.com/2008/02/08/jailbreak-113-official-gui/

    • Mike
    • Posted 22 February 2008 at 01:39
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    Hey man, I was wondering will the iphone apps I bought be deleted for good if i downgrade?

    • Emma
    • Posted 23 February 2008 at 07:39
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    ok so, i tried to downgrade from 1.1.3 to 1.1.1, and it keeps saying error (1), so i tried to do the safe mode, and did it. but it STILL said error (1) could not restore ipod ‘ipod’. help :(

    • Teal
    • Posted 25 February 2008 at 11:54
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    when holding the power/sleep button with the home button on ur ipod, the error message ipod(ipod) could not be restored error (1), is just a timing thing. Hold both buttons for 10 seconds,counting like 1 mississippi 2 mississippi, do that for 10 seconds, and let go of the power button while still holding the home button. and when you restore your ipod to version 1.1.1 from the link he gives you, it will work. GURINTEED

    • Court Lake
    • Posted 2 March 2008 at 22:14
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    The Ipod “IPod” could not be restored. An unkhown error occured (1)….?

    • sean
    • Posted 3 March 2008 at 10:29
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    i get through the first steps then i shift right click it shows the firmware being extracted then i get the message “the ipod could not be restored an unknown error occurred (1)

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 3 March 2008 at 14:47
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    @Court Lake & sean

    This in an obsolete guide. You guys have 1.1.3 firmware. Follow the following guide instead:

    http://rupertgee.wordpress.com/2008/02/08/jailbreak-113-official-gui-2/

    • inigo sanudo
    • Posted 4 March 2008 at 07:25
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    i really dont understand step 3 in downloading the version 1.1.1 for mi itouch

    • inigo sanudo
    • Posted 4 March 2008 at 07:53
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    i’m holdin the otion key the one that says option and on the top alt but nothing happens

    what do i do?

    • inigo sanudo
    • Posted 4 March 2008 at 08:29
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    ok
    then when i choose the document Ipod1_,1 1 i cant choose anything becous its all like documents

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 4 March 2008 at 09:32
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    @inigo sanudo

    Are you trying to jailbreak? If you own an (older) 8GB iPod touch, you can jailbreak using the ZiPhone method below:

    http://rupertgee.wordpress.com/2008/02/27/114-jailbreak-ziphone/

    If not, you’ll use the Offi. Dev Team GUI method. It’s long and tedius but it works on all iPod touches:

    http://rupertgee.wordpress.com/2008/02/08/jailbreak-113-official-gui-2/

    • inigo sanudo
    • Posted 4 March 2008 at 10:26
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    no my ipod is 16 gb so can i use Ziphone whith the 16gb itouch?

    • inigo sanudo
    • Posted 4 March 2008 at 10:28
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    thank allot!

    • Falcon
    • Posted 5 March 2008 at 14:06
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    I used your script in Terminal to download the firmware. The downloads appear as folders on my Mac OSX desktop. What file inside the folder should I use to restore my iPod to the respective firmware version?

    • Falcon
    • Posted 5 March 2008 at 14:11
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    Also, I am getting the “Cannot recover the iPod (iPod) message.” How can I fix this? What am I doing wrong?

    • mapel
    • Posted 9 March 2008 at 00:10
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    I try everything in this site; safe mode, holding power and home button same time but I never change this error (“your ipod could not be restored an unknown error has occured (1)”?). I use to method pc/mac same time. Never change. I tried iTunes 7.5 install both machine but it says newer version available. Please help where Im doing wrong? RupertGee you waht you say I’m doing but no change this error. I using 1.1.4 fireware and iTunes 7.6.
    Please S.O.S.

    • Sam
    • Posted 13 April 2008 at 18:46
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    What does error code (5) mean? please help

    • Vanya
    • Posted 14 April 2008 at 17:45
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    @Sam,
    I don’t know off the top of my head, but I’m sure that the apple site may have something on the error codes

    • Clay
    • Posted 29 April 2008 at 05:07
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    if i download it will my computer get viruses

    • thegpc
    • Posted 29 April 2008 at 07:20
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    @Clay:

    If it did, would so many people have commented positively on this thread?

  9. i get the unknown error message after it extracts the software

    • Vanya
    • Posted 30 April 2008 at 15:17
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    @thegpc
    lol. How is your problem going? Found a fix?

    @kevin
    what number does it give?

    • thegpc
    • Posted 1 May 2008 at 10:53
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    @Vanya:

    Well, it stopped doing bad things, so I haven’t really looked. I think I’m gonna un-jailbreak and try Pwnage anyway. Thanks for asking though.

  10. mapel i have the same problem as you. if you got it fixed can you help me out, and if anyone else can help me out please do.

  11. @chris and mapel
    It’s because you’re probably entering recovery mode, instead of DFU. You can only use this method if you’re on 1.1.2.
    Download ZiPhone, click the advanced settings, and then click on enter DFU mode. DFU stands for Device Firmware Upgrade

    • Lucas
    • Posted 24 May 2008 at 11:01
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    Guys,
    i have just gotten the 1.1.1 firmware on my itouch. I always got the error in itunes that said “unkonwn error 1″. what i did was download ziphone. when in the menu clik on advance settings and then click on DFU mode (ipod connected to itunes in recover mode)Then i clicked shift and restore, selected the firmware and it actually worked. This is for pc users. I dunno about mac. Hve a go at this. It works!

    • Vanya
    • Posted 24 May 2008 at 12:09
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    YOu got error 1 because you were probably entering ‘Restore Mode’ and not ‘DFU Mode’

    • Jason
    • Posted 19 June 2008 at 19:36
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    How long is it supposed to be on the ‘waiting for ipod’ screen?

    • Jason
    • Posted 19 June 2008 at 19:57
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    omg guys. seriously how long does it take to restore. this is taking forever

    • 54seb
    • Posted 22 June 2008 at 07:42
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    hey how long does it take for the ipod to restore the firmware? because its taken a day.

    • yoyo
    • Posted 21 July 2008 at 17:27
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    how come i asks all_flash or dfu and what do i do frome there ?? helpp

    • JanineQ.
    • Posted 4 August 2008 at 17:39
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    Hello! I found this site while having a lot of trouble with ipod touch.
    I’ve downloaded the recovery file, gone to recovery screen, but then;

    “The iTunes.app will launch, and the summary screen tells you your iPod touch is now in Recovery Mode.”

    …and my problem is: i dont see any summary screen or anything…
    My ipod just stays in recovery mode & itunes freezes. Do you have any news on this?

    Thanks in advance. ^^

    • JanineQ.
    • Posted 5 August 2008 at 06:59
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    o_oU nevermind my last comment~ I think I fixed it~ D:

  12. when i press option and chose the 1.1.1 file it says extracting file but then it says unknown error 20 someone plz help me

    • sercuvan
    • Posted 18 September 2008 at 16:17
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    türkçe knuşun amq ya. ben bişi anlamadım bunun kullanımından

    • gkatz
    • Posted 23 September 2008 at 05:12
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    im getting an error when trying t restore to 1.1.1. it says unknown error blah blah (20) its different from everyones error (1) message. im using a pc and downloading the firmware from firefox. anyone know what the issue is?

  13. weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    • chaz
    • Posted 30 September 2008 at 10:42
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    iTunes 8 was not working and downloads were takeing 48 hours to my iTouch…
    I reinstalled iTunes 7.7.1 BUT my iTouch had firmware 2.1 and 7.7.1 will not open it… How do I revert to firmware2.0 so I can use iTunes 7.7.1 to download my stuff to my iTouch?… Thanks for your help…
    chaz

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 2 October 2008 at 12:27
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    >chaz

    I suggest you go somewhere (office/friend’s place/business centre/cybercafe) with a good internet connection and download a copy of iTunes 8. You need it for future firmware updates.

  14. my ipod keeps telling me error 20

    • RupertGee
    • Posted 9 October 2008 at 10:33
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    Is there any reason you are sticking sticking to OS 1.x?


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