If you can excuse the rampant advertising (hey, they got to make a living right?) here’s a pretty good instructional video on how to take apart the iPhone 3G without destroying it. Possible uses include instaling another battery, a new color of back panel or solder on some more Flash storage. Good luck with that!
We’ve been sent this fix by reader, Will, we haven’t tested it. If you are in iLimbo, you may want to try this to get things moving again.
"I called Apple and here are the steps to leave recovery mode:
Disconnect phone from computer
Hold down the power button & turn phone off
Wait around an hour
Press the home button, & plug in cable to computer ( don’t let go of home button) When itunes comes up & says it finds a phone in discovery mode, then release the button
I tried this and it did what it was meant to, offering me the option to restore; however, I didn’t go the whole way and restore it as I want to keep the v2 software till the problem is sorted. However, it may be that someone has a bricked phone and wants to at least make it useable again."
And a second potential fix – please, please people – we don’t know if these work for sure:
Do not unplug the phone from the computer or close iTunes.
Keep clicking on the iPhone tab on the panel on the left of the iTunes screen.
Wait for the error message to pop up.
‘OK’ out of it then click on any other tab in the panel – music, iTunes store, whatever.
Then click on the iPhone tab again.
Repeat ad nauseum.
Sooner rather than later, it *will* complete the process, reload everything and get working again.
3. Red Bull. Drink it first. Sugar-free is better in taste and less sticky for the remainder of the project. But if you like regular better that’s fine in either case just rinse the can out well before starting.
4. Double stick tape. I used carpet tape for superior thickness to strength ratio.
Tools you will find helpful. 1. •VERY sharp scissors. Don’t use scissors that you care too much about as you’ll be using them to cut the Red Bull can. 2. •A carpenter knife. (Optional. I find better control. If your not a pro knife user don’t use this method. i am not responsible for injury or death as of this disclaimer) 3. •A metal straight edge of some kind. (optional) 4. •Patience.
Quick Directions. I may or may not post images if build another one. 1. •Cut top and bottom off the Red Bull can. This can be rough. You can clean it up later with a scissors or straight edge. 2. •Un-curl the can by gently forming it in the opposite direction. I did this by placing rolling it the opposite way on the edge of the desk in half-inch sections. Be patient and gentle. 3. •Lay the can across the the back of the dock and mark the cuts for trimming then cut down the can and notch spot for the dock connector and AV Output. 4. •Using a scissors (or optional knife) cut out your can as you marked it. 5. •Gently bend and shape your final shield to hold the radius of the back of the dock. 6. •Place the double stick tape across the bottom and adhere it to your dock. That’s it. Done.
Congratulations of your new iPhone Red Bull anti-interference shield.