ZiPhone Cannot Recognize iPhone

Posted on 2011-05-03
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi All,

I have one of those old 8Gb iPhones which I used to free using ZiPhone throughout all those years. Recently, I got an iPad2 which required installing iTunes 10.2.2. That installation messed up my iPhone to such an extent that now it can only be set to restoration mode. ZiPhone cannot find my iPhone any more and it cannot be reset. I tried uninstalling iTunes 10.2.2 and installing iTunes 7.5 and iTunes 9.1 but no cigar. I also tried ZiPhone 2.5 and Spirit. No luck either. Does anyone know what is to be done in such a circumstance. Thanks in advance.
Question by:judico
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    I've got an iPhone and any updates that iTune does, will sometimes mess with a Jailbroken Phone.

    on many times, I've had to do a full restore before updating as it sometimes may brick your phone and be forced to put into recovery mode to restore it to factory settings.

    iphone i difficult that way and there isn't anything you can do to recover your files, I know, I've been there before anytimes, and I know the feeling of losing everything on the phone like contacts and recent stuff. luckly sometimes I've had a backup and other times been months without a backup.


    Accepted Solution

    I got it.

    I'll explain what I did in case others encounter the same problem.
    The crucial thing is to have iTunes recognize your iPhone. At this point I have iTunes 9.1.

    What I did was to first go to Start->Run->devmgmt.msc. Then, expand Universal Serial Bus Controller before attaching the iPhone. Then I attached it while pressing the Home button until it got into Recovery mode. At this point I saw the appearance of Apple Mobile Device USB Driver with a yellow exclamation mark which meant that I have to reinstall the driver which I did and Voila … A message popped up in iTunes that the iPhone is connected. Having seen that, I started the ZiPhoneGUI v3.0 which I have downloaded in advance. Everything went smoothly from there on and I have my iPhone restored now with all the info in it intact.

    Like I said, the crucial step was to make iTunes recognize the iPhone. Once that’s accomplished all else is like a breeze.

    Thus, the question is solved and it should now be closed. Thanks anyway to those who might have put some effort in trying to solve this problem (@eNarc in particular whose post I saw only a moment before I was about to post this text).
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