Earlier I wrote about my distressing problem of my iPhone 3G dying while trying to update it to the new operating system iOS4. I had taken the all but bricked phone into Apple’s Genius Bar for a look and was told that my only option was to replace it. As luck would have it they have a new iPhone coming up for sale this Thursday. This left me not only sad that my treasured iPhone was died, but also because I felt that I was being manipulated, which I only enjoy when I am the manipulator.
So I posted a little description here and the Internets talked back and this time with useful information sans pornographic images or penis enhancing pills. The oddly named Sringspam suggested that I try DFU mode and see if that helped. I googled DFU iPhone and found this helpful article on Device Firmware Update (DFU) and now I have installed iOS4 and have a working iPhone 3G.
Open iTunes and connect the iPhone to your Mac.
Press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time.
After exactly 10 seconds release the Sleep/Wake button. Continue holding the home button until you iTunes pops up a message telling you that it has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.
The iPhone screen will remain black while it restores.
NOTE***: It may take a few attempts to get your iPhone into DFU mode. Generally, I hold down both buttons then release the Home button just before I think the Apple logo would appear. If you are still holding both buttons down and you see the Apple logo you are holding them down for too long!
I am still pretty annoyed that the Apple Genius I talked with did not suggest this at all and instead only pointed me towards getting a new phone. Reminds me of working at Godaddy having to sell 3 Traffic Blazers and 2 Stealth Rays everyday to hit quota. I had thought higher of Apple but it turns out they have shitty support training just like everywhere else.