1. dezl's Avatar
    Simple question I hope, when I hit "make it ra1n" it says waiting on phone and doesnt do anything beyond that. Anyone have any ideas?
    10-15-2009 12:00 PM
  2. jglowe74's Avatar
    there are a ton of threads already discussing this. i'm guessing you can find your answer here:

    http://forum.theiphoneblog.com/iphon...blackra1n.html

    http://forum.theiphoneblog.com/iphon...s-3-1-2-a.html
    10-15-2009 12:06 PM
  3. dezl's Avatar
    [QUOTE=jglowe74;1525034]there are a ton of threads already discussing this. i'm guessing you can find your answer here:





    Thanks man but the answer isnt in either of these posts, Im using a PC by the way.

    When I plug my phone it my computer recognizes that its plugged in, whe I hit the "make it ra1n" button it says waiting on phone and nothing happens past that. My phone doesnt go into recovery mode or anything....i dont get it.
    10-15-2009 12:19 PM
  4. jglowe74's Avatar
    ok:

    1. what OS are u running?
    2. what model iPhone do u have?
    3. what color is my shirt? (kidding)
    4. is this first time you have linked iPhone to iTunes?

    already know you're on a PC so that's covered.
    10-15-2009 12:27 PM
  5. dezl's Avatar
    ok:

    1. what OS are u running?
    2. what model iPhone do u have?
    3. what color is my shirt? (kidding)
    4. is this first time you have linked iPhone to iTunes?

    already know you're on a PC so that's covered.
    1) XP
    2) 3g
    3) Pink?
    4) nope Ive had the phone for about a year or so now.

    I just updated my phone to 3.1.2.

    Thanks
    10-15-2009 12:40 PM
  6. jglowe74's Avatar
    well then. i'd just make sure you have iTunes 9.1 installed, then do a backup. after that, completely close out iTunes. then click on the BlackRa1n icon on your desktop (or wherever you saved the file) while your iPhone is connected to PC.

    this should put your iphone into DFU mode for a very short bit, then GeoHot's image should appear for a minute or 2. then iphone will reboot.

    next, find the blackra1n app on your springboard. launch it (prefers you have wifi connection)...then install Cydia/Rock/Icy...whichever you prefer.

    done. whole thing seriously took me 5 minutes start to finish. good luck
    10-15-2009 12:46 PM
  7. dezl's Avatar
    well then. i'd just make sure you have iTunes 9.1 installed, then do a backup. after that, completely close out iTunes. then click on the BlackRa1n icon on your desktop (or wherever you saved the file) while your iPhone is connected to PC.

    this should put your iphone into DFU mode for a very short bit, then GeoHot's image should appear for a minute or 2. then iphone will reboot.

    next, find the blackra1n app on your springboard. launch it (prefers you have wifi connection)...then install Cydia/Rock/Icy...whichever you prefer.

    done. whole thing seriously took me 5 minutes start to finish. good luck
    Well I have Itunes 9.0.1, I assume that is the same that you are referring to?

    This is what I have been doing:

    I plug in my phone, back up, close itunes. Then I open Black rain, the box comes up that says "make ir ra1n" I click that...the box changes and says "waiting on phone" as if blackra1n doesnt detect that my phone is plugged in. Also it doesnt go into DFU more or reboot or anything, my phone doesnt change at all when I click the "make it ra1n" button. To make sure I was still linked to my pc I opened "my computer" and my iphone shows up.

    stumped....
    10-15-2009 12:52 PM
  8. jglowe74's Avatar
    Well I have Itunes 9.0.1, I assume that is the same that you are referring to?

    This is what I have been doing:

    I plug in my phone, back up, close itunes. Then I open Black rain, the box comes up that says "make ir ra1n" I click that...the box changes and says "waiting on phone" as if blackra1n doesnt detect that my phone is plugged in. Also it doesnt go into DFU more or reboot or anything, my phone doesnt change at all when I click the "make it ra1n" button. To make sure I was still linked to my pc I opened "my computer" and my iphone shows up.

    stumped....
    9.0.1...that's correct. i was a version ahead of myself :/

    hmmm, seems like you and a lot of others are having issues with this JB. i had issues with redsn0w, but not blackra1n. try downloading a new blackra1n application and deleting the old one. then launch the new one. aside from that, i'm really stumped too
    10-15-2009 01:06 PM
  9. dezl's Avatar
    9.0.1...that's correct. i was a version ahead of myself :/

    hmmm, seems like you and a lot of others are having issues with this JB. i had issues with redsn0w, but not blackra1n. try downloading a new blackra1n application and deleting the old one. then launch the new one. aside from that, i'm really stumped too
    lol, Thats exaclty what I just did. I deleted the old blackra1n, hooked up phone, did the back up, closed itunes, installed new blackra1n and....."waiting for phone".

    Im gonna give it a shot on anther computer. Maybe my antivirus thing is causing issues or something.

    thanks for your help any way...if you come up with any good ideas let me know!
    10-15-2009 01:12 PM
  10. big9erfan's Avatar
    I've heard of a lot of problems trying to jailbreak a 3g with blackra1n, not found too many people that found fixes that were general and not specific just for them.

    Try following this video: ( and make sure iTunes is OPEN when you're running blackra1n )
    10-15-2009 01:23 PM
  11. bayourock's Avatar
    I was having problems with this jail break at first too....

    i was able to get it going once i restored my phone as a new phone w/ 3.1.2

    I was having the same problems when i just updated to the new firmware. After a restore choose "setup as a new phone".... it worked fine afterwards..... give it a try....
    10-15-2009 01:31 PM
  12. dezl's Avatar
    I've heard of a lot of problems trying to jailbreak a 3g with blackra1n, not found too many people that found fixes that were general and not specific just for them.

    Try following this video: ( and make sure iTunes is OPEN when you're running blackra1n )
    Yea I have read about a bunc of people having problems but its mostly during the reboot stage, I havent seen anyone else have the same issue I am. Kinda confused here.

    By the way I tried it again with Itunes open and nothing. same issue
    10-15-2009 01:32 PM
  13. lowridinguy's Avatar
    I have heard many "solutions" over in the comments section of blackra1n.com.

    Try opening the processes list and end any itunes task, ie. ituneshelper, (something)responder(?). Basically any apple or itunes processes, kill them.

    I have also heard it helps to disable any anti-virus and/or firewall that may be preventing the program from doing its thing. I recommend going to the site and reading a few of the pages of comments. You are not the only one experiencing some issues. I am sure that doing this will help you.
    10-15-2009 01:32 PM
  14. dezl's Avatar
    I think I have it figured out....my stupid antivirus/firewall is running a muck!
    10-15-2009 01:43 PM
  15. BLiNK's Avatar
    i have a 3G with 3.1.2 and it took me about 6 tries.
    at first i would never see geohot on the device and was gettin' really frustrated.
    then on my 6th attempt everything worked like a charm!
    when i saw geohot on my screen it was like Christmas time when you're a little kid, not joking.
    so far no issues. it is indeed a whole new world, i love it!
    thanks to anyone that gave me tips getting this done
    10-15-2009 02:20 PM
  16. Hack-My-i's Avatar
    there are a few issues with this JB as i had a few, but i havent had issues with the JB itself, i just had issues after the JB with certain apps
    10-15-2009 02:22 PM
  17. BLiNK's Avatar
    there are a few issues with this JB as i had a few, but i havent had issues with the JB itself, i just had issues after the JB with certain apps
    would you mind telling me which ones so i can keep an eye out?
    10-15-2009 02:28 PM
  18. dezl's Avatar
    well I got it to recognize my phone but nothing more....it just stays in the running stage/ it shows the snyc cord needing to be plugged in on the screen.
    10-15-2009 06:54 PM
  19. Hack-My-i's Avatar
    would you mind telling me which ones so i can keep an eye out?
    i had an issue when i installed 'winterboard' but i restored and reJB'ed and its working now, same with '5-icon dock', and Cydia & Icy(when installed together). If its going to happen, its going to happen...it seems like every iPhone reacts differently when issues with JB arise. Note that while every issue i stated didnt happen at once, for example, my 1st JB attempt-i had issues with winterboard>>restored & reJB, 2nd attempt-issues with cydia and Icy, and so forth...Now everything seems to be fine...sometimes u just have to restore reJB and do it all over again with some trial and error...Good Luck!

    Also, I noticed that when i Restored and JB in a certain order, it worked FLAWLESSLY!!...and i did that procedure with 5 iPhone Gs's
    10-15-2009 07:28 PM
  20. dezl's Avatar
    i had an issue when i installed 'winterboard' but i restored and reJB'ed and its working now, same with '5-icon dock', and Cydia & Icy(when installed together). If its going to happen, its going to happen...it seems like every iPhone reacts differently when issues with JB arise. Note that while every issue i stated didnt happen at once, for example, my 1st JB attempt-i had issues with winterboard>>restored & reJB, 2nd attempt-issues with cydia and Icy, and so forth...Now everything seems to be fine...sometimes u just have to restore reJB and do it all over again with some trial and error...Good Luck!

    Also, I noticed that when i Restored and JB in a certain order, it worked FLAWLESSLY!!...and i did that procedure with 5 iPhone Gs's

    It seems that people are really having trouble with this one though....Ive tried probably 20 or so time and it get suck in the same spot every time. Damn that sync cord itunes picture! Im sick of seeing it!
    10-15-2009 07:35 PM
  21. Edwina#IM's Avatar
    Well, I don't know if this'll help much, but I was able to jailbreak my first-gen ipod touch easily once I restored my ipod, updated itunes, and rebooted my pc after downloading blackra1n. Then when I proceeded with the jailbreak the second time around, it worked fine.
    Good luck!
    10-15-2009 09:33 PM
  22. Hack-My-i's Avatar
    WARNING: I am not responsible for any issues or anything related to the matter of corrupting/messing up/destroying, or as i say, ****ing up your device!! Try this at your own risk!!

    This is the step-by-step of EXACTLY how i did my JB on my 3Gs and 2G:
    (It worked flawlessly on 5 other iphones to be exact)

    1-Create a folder on your desktop and name it blackra1n.

    2-DL 'blackra1n' from GeoHot and save it in the folder you created on your desktop.

    3-Restore your phone to factory settings, update your firmware to 3.1.2 via iTunes 9, and if you are asked to update settings, do so(mines did).

    4-Keep your phone connected to your computer at all times and keep itunes open (sounds like a dumb reminder, but i wouldnt remind if it hasnt happened).

    5-Click on the blackra1n file you saved in your blackra1n folder on your desktop(after opening, you may see a 'text' doc appear, dont delete, its just a log:o).

    6-Click 'Make it Ra1n'(Get ready to enjoy the show, your almost done).

    7-You will see a picture of GeoHot in a few moments meaning you are in JB recovery mode.

    8-blackra1n will install itself then your phone will reboot itself.

    9-Once your phone reboots, you will be JBed and you will see a blackra1n app on your phone.

    NOTE: It is recommended that you have a wi-fi connection for this next step but as long as you have a STRONG signal, you should be fine(I had a good signal and had no issues).

    10-Click on the blackra1n app on your iphone

    11-Then, DL Cydia and Rock and let them install themselves(When i DL'ed Icy, it messed up my phone everytime)

    12-If you reached this far...CONGRATULATIONS, you are JBen!! Just open Cydia and Rock, one at a time, and let them organize themselves and u will be ready to roll!!
    Last edited by Hack-My-I; 10-16-2009 at 10:32 AM.
    10-16-2009 02:29 AM
  23. ElmhurstTom's Avatar
    I had the same issues most everyone has been having in that after I clicked, "Make It Rain", I would not see GeoHot, instead I would see the Apple Logo with a USB cable indicating me to plug it into the computer.

    Anyways, per a previous post, I disabled most every Apple program running when I opened up the running processes. The exact quote from Faker was "killed all itunes related tasks except for applemobiledevicehelper.exe (kill itunes, ituneshelper, ipodservice, mdnsresponder)"

    After I did this, I was able to jailbreak using BlackRa1n with no issues on the first try. I hope this helps.
    10-16-2009 08:49 AM
  24. jglowe74's Avatar
    10-Click on the blackra1n app on your computer.
    do you mean the app on your iPhone? i think this was written wrong on the website instructions too.
    10-16-2009 09:05 AM
  25. Hack-My-i's Avatar
    do you mean the app on your iPhone? i think this was written wrong on the website instructions too.
    yea good catch, thanks...i was up all nite until this morning tired as hell lol. i must have edited like a million times by now
    10-16-2009 10:33 AM
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