ViPhone 4.2.8 Jailbreak w/ Pwnage Tool 4.2 & 4.2.8 Bundle (Mac)
This is a reiteration of my previous walkthrough. I have received several PM's with questions, as well as reports that the links are down. As the info being exchanges can be useful to the community and the other thread is closed due to the lovely people that like to advertise in forum threads, I thought it would be useful to have a place to discuss any issues with the process. For this thread I have checked the links and clarified certain steps in the walkthrough so while it is the same process, the info has changed slightly. Hopefully those that caused the last thread to close will leave this one alone.
Here we go!
This is simply a walk through of how to achieve Jailbreak. Any damage that may occur as a result of following these steps is the responsibility of anyone who chooses to follow them. This method has worked for several people. If you follow the directions closely you should not have an issue.
Things you need:
-- Verizon iPhone running iOS 4.2.8
-- Pwnage tool 4.2 can be found here. (this is not the current version of Pwnage tool)
-- Pwnage tool 4.2.8 bundle Can be found here.
-- Stock iOS 4.2.8 restore firmware Can be found here.
If you have used TinyUmbrella prior to using this method, make sure you point it to apple servers instead of cydia. If you do not you will get an error upon restore. If you don't know what this means or have never used TinyUmbrella, disregard this paragraph.
First, sync with iTunes and make sure you have a current backup of settings, contacts, pictures, etc...
Next create a folder on your desktop and label it "Pwnage".
Once you have everything downloaded, unzip the Pwnage tool to the new folder on your desktop that you labeled “Pwnage”. Once unzipped, right click the Pwnage app icon (should be a grey/black pineapple icon). Select "show package contents" from the drop down menu. Open the "contents" folder. Once you're in the "contents" folder, open the folder labeled "resources".
Now that you have the "resources" folder open, scroll down to the folder labeled "firmware bundles" and open it.
The file path to this point is as follows: Right Click Pinapple icon--> Show Package Contents--> Contents--> Resources.
Now that you have the "firmware bundles" file open, drag and drop the 4.2.8 firmware bundle you downloaded (not the restore firmware) into this file at the bottom of the list. This should update Pwnage Tool 4.2 with the files necessary to build a custom firmware for Verizon’s 4.2.8 software. Video tutorial for this step can be found .
After updating the pwnage software, open Pwnage Tool application and select “iPhone 4” and “Expert Mode”. Point Pwnage Tool to the Stock 4.2.8 restore firmware you downloaded by selecting “browse for ipsw”. Select “general”, make sure none of the boxes are checked. Advance Pwnage Tool passed “cydia packages” and “custom packages” without changing anything. Select “Build” to build the custom ipsw.
Once built, follow the onscreen instructions for putting your phone in DFU mode. Once in DFU mode, iTunes will recognize there is a device connected that is in DFU. When you click “restore” button, make sure you are holding the “alt/option” key of your keyboard so you can choose the file to restore from!. If you are given the option to choose from a folder, you have done this correctly. Choose the custom ipsw file you just created with Pwnage Tool and let iTunes finish the job for you.
If you get an error after the firmware has finished installing, first off, check and double check to make sure you have followed the directions to the letter. If you have done everything correctly and are still throwing an error it could be due to a problem with host files. This shows the method for solving the 1300 error code but it worked for me on several 16xx codes as well.
Hopefully this thread will serve as a place where we can continue to collaborate and help each other out. If you have problems with any of the links or have any questions or corrections to this original post let me know. Good luck, and happy jailbreaking!
Last edited by Rusty Shackelford; 06-02-2011 at 06:29 PM.
- 06-02-2011, 02:46 PM #2
Just checked the link and I had no problem downloading the bundle so I'm not sure what the problem is.
Last edited by Rusty Shackelford; 06-02-2011 at 06:02 PM.
- 06-02-2011, 06:03 PM #4
Last edited by Rusty Shackelford; 06-02-2011 at 06:31 PM.
- 06-02-2011, 06:53 PM #6
- 06-02-2011, 06:59 PM #7
- 06-05-2011, 04:27 PM #9
thank you for the detailed walkthrough. I downloaded all three apps following the instructions. HOwever, i was unable to just right click on pwnage but rather had to hold cntl while right clicking. As i opened the pwnage tool the bundle was not found and i when i tried to find it under expert mode, i would it greyed out. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Last edited by Nelli; 06-05-2011 at 04:56 PM.
- 06-05-2011, 07:56 PM #10
Fail to Apple logo
I have tried the process with the 4.2 Pwnage tools and the 184.108.40.206 Pwnage tools as described here. The Youtube video and links for = How To Jailbreak 4.2.8/4.3.3 & Unlock iPhone 4/3Gs Untethered - Pwnagetool (I can't post links yet).
In either case, after the restore of the custom firmware, I end up at the apple logo. The phone is no longer recognized by iTunes. The only way out each time (I have been through this about a half dozen times today) is to hold down the pwr/home keys for about 18 seconds. Then go through a complete reset / restore / resync.
VzW iPhone 4 running 4.2.8 using the Pwnage 220.127.116.11 and 4.2 tools on an iMac. No idea what the issue is. Look forward to get on the Jailbreak train at a future point.
Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
Don't forget to read, re-read and then read again. If you do a single step incorrectly, the process will fail. Good luck.
I also noticed you are using pwnage tool 18.104.22.168. The IOS 4.2.8 bundle that you need to inject into pwnage tool will only work with pwnage tool 4.2. The first post in this thread has all the links you need to get the right software and if you follow each step to the letter you should not have a problem. Good luck with JB.
- 06-06-2011, 09:45 AM #13
- 06-07-2011, 05:54 PM #14
I tried it again (with the files mentioned in the post) and received a 1601 error. Watched the video regarding 1301 and 16xx errors and went in and looked at the /private/etc/hosts file. It does not have the entries that he directs me to comment out.
- 06-07-2011, 06:13 PM #15
Just tried the restore again. It went completely through the restore process this time, but at the end when it is supposed to reboot, it just sits at the apple logo. This is the failure that I have 95% of the time. Regardless of the method (2 of them, 1 with Pwnage 22.214.171.124 and one with 4.2) I have tried to use to jailbreak. This makes about 8 tries so far.
Sorry to hear you are having so much trouble. I really do know how frustrating it is to spend that many hours to get nothing from it.
That being said, I'm not sure what more help I can be as my knowledge is severely limited as to what your problem might be caused by. I was trying to use a different method a while back using a custom firmware made on a windows computer and restoring on a Mac and no matter what I did, it just would not jive.
Hopefully someone with a better knowledge base can lend some wisdom. Good luck.
- 06-09-2011, 02:28 PM #17
Great work man!
I've followed every single step (using the Pwnage 4.2 and correct bundle), and once I select the custom ipsw in iTunes (MAC), I get "the iphone could not be restored. the device isn't eligible for the requested build." Any idea of what I could be doing wrong?
- 06-09-2011, 04:14 PM #18
- 06-10-2011, 01:59 AM #21
- 06-11-2011, 02:35 PM #22
i was having the same problem as vic_mackey - getting "the iphone could not be restored. the device isn't eligible for the requested build." when attempting to restore to the custom ispw i had created. i followed your instructions for bypassing 16xx errors (using a terminal window to remove gs.apple.com) and it appears to have worked! i am now waiting for itunes to restore from my backup after restoring to the custom ispw, so i suppose i can't be sure it all worked until this process is completed, but wanted to share that little tidbit.
thank you again.
- 06-20-2011, 11:51 PM #24