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  1. CydiaUpdates says:

    asy – disable auto-syncing. Here’s how:

    1. Before you plug the iPhone or iPod into the computer, go to iTunes.

    2. On a Mac, go to the iTunes menu -> Preferences -> Devices.
    On a PC, go to Edit -> Settings -> Devices

    3. In the pop up window, look for the icon or tab that says Devices. Choose it.

    4. Just below the box, you’ll see a checkbox reading disable auto-syncing for iPhone and iPod.

    5. Check it and click OK at the bottom of the window.

    Auto-sync is now turned off and you’re safe to plug your iPod or iPhone into the computer.

    • Mike says:

      blackra1n FIX!!!!!
      1. Run blackra1n
      2. After your iPod is completely shut off, hold Power and Home buttons together for 10 seconds. IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!! After 10 seconds exactly, release only the Power button still holding the Home button. If you see an Apple logo, you held power too long. The trick is to release the Power button right before the Apple logo would appear, still holding the Home button. In about 6-10 seconds you should see a picture of nature boy. Then your all good from there. If you see the USB to iTunes, something went wrong. JUST MAKE SURE YOU RELEASE POWER BEFORE THE APPLE LOGO APPEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • my i pod touch @G went totally balnk. what should i do. is jail break working?

      • HELP ME 101 ! says:

        these directions make no sense could u please elaborate. PLZZZZZ I REALLY NEED TO FIX THIS.

      • Jason says:

        Thank you so much. You don’t know how much you have helped me. My brother asked me to jailbreak his iPod and it failed, it was completely unresponsive. Your key combination worked. I can’t thank you enough. Thank you. I didn’t run Blackra1n though, but thank you so much for saving that. You saved my life. Thank you.

      • kate says:

        My itouch is frozen on the pic of the guy! What to do???

      • Zakir says:

        I do not understand what comes between step 1
        and 2. It says “After your iPod is completely shut off,” but blackra1n doesn’t shut off your ipod.

      • to Mike says:

        Hi uh i try what Nile said and it STILL doesn’t work HELP!
        (IS IT TRUE YOU NEED DISK AID?)

      • Tina Buch Petersen says:

        I’m getting real frustrated now, can’t get it to work. The picture of the guy doesn’t appear, it gets stuck with “done, wait for reboot”, but it doesn’t reboot. It does nothing but opening Itunes and telling I have to restore my device. Then it starts all over again. Please help me with this shit, I don’t know what to do, already used months on this… Thank you (Iphone 3G)

      • Dylan says:

        this does not work for me
        the apple logo keeps on popping up. I let go of the power button in time but it still doesn’t work.

      • your mom says:

        THANKS MAn I LOVE U SO MUCH

      • jaffa says:

        I’ve done what you said and my touch just went blank????????

      • Mikey says:

        this is really making me mad i keep getting stuck on the part that says done wait for reboot what do i do???????? i followed these instructions but its still not working

      • lies says:

        dude u suck this didnt work at fuckin all

      • Kevin says:

        i follwed all of the directions and my ipod screen is completely black and will not turn on i do not know what to do help me please!!!!!!!!

      • samuel says:

        THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! It totally works, rock on dude!

      • ipod support says:

        it will not work for me

      • ipod touch man says:

        you ruined my ipod “Mike”

      • myass says:

        i see the USB to itunes

      • emmanuel says:

        my home button dosent work is there anyother way??

    • Joe says:

      This is what worked for me on Windows Vista. I was stuck on “running” forever. After long hours trying to figure out the problem, I finally got it to rain.

      If you have more than one user accounts on the same computer, chances are that itunes is probably running on the other profiles. This was why i was stuck on “running”. The solution was go to Task Manager and select Processes. At the bottom of the Task Manager there will be a check box that says “Show processes for all users” or something like that. After that you just look for any process that is itunes related and “End process tree”. After I did that, it rained instantly. This was after I tried all the tips/tricks listed on this site.

    • xxOuchable says:

      My ipod touch keeps getting stuck on either the Ipod/usb screen or wait for reboot screen. :\
      i dont get it. help?

    • stephanie says:

      Im going to end up pulling my hair out..
      im doing everything it says to do…i used david program, and it still goes to the stupid usb/itunes screen. HELP PLEASEEEE.

    • jughead641 says:

      So I’m gettin perdy frustrated -.-

      Sometimes, randomly, after trying all sorts of crap, I see frodo. This has happened a few times, but then after he says hello for a few seconds he peaces the scene and my old friend “connect to itunes” shows up with his punk ass. Whats the beef?

      • jughead641 says:

        P.S. This is a brand new iPod Touch 3rd generation 32gb purchased December 26th 2009.

      • Keenan says:

        you have a 3rd gen ipod touch which means you have a tethered jailbreak which means every time you turn it off, to turn it back on you need to run blackra1n. and also that itunes logo means it workes but to do the initial boot for a tehtered jailbreak you need to run blackra1n one more time and your phone will start up

    • jughead641 says:

      So I’m gettin perdy frustrated -.-

      Sometimes, randomly, after trying all sorts of crap, I see frodo. This has happened a few times, but then after he says hello for a few seconds he peaces the scene and my old friend “connect to itunes” shows up with his punk ass. Whats the beef?

      P.S.
      This is a brand new 3rd gen iPod touch purchased December 26th 2009.

      • DietCokehead says:

        That’s because the third gen iPod can only have a tethered jailbreak. Everytime the connect to itunes screen comes up you have to “Make it Ra1n” to boot your device.

    • momox says:

      i need help when ever i click make it rain it just sais waiting for device when it does that nothing happens ive tried reinstalling it that didn’t work nothing i tried worked if any ideas please email me at momoxbvr@hotmail.com

    • PO DAGIS says:

      Help Me i keep trying to install cydia but it resprings and cydia is not there. But the blackra1n is still there

    • yer mom says:

      settings is not under the edit tab. Where else can i find it?

    • jack says:

      it does not worke it keeps comeing up with something about a problem and it needs a debug

    • harobmx21 says:

      mine gets stuck were it says to connect to itunes help plz

  2. CydiaUpdates says:

    Also uncheck the Auto Sync pref in the iPhone’s Summary Screen.

  3. pete says:

    RE-BOOT YR COMPUTER AFTER INSTALLING BLACKRA1N ON YR COMPUTER. put yr device in AIRPLAINE MODE then PRESS MAKE IT RA1N http://twitpic.com/lbfkg JUST INSTALL CYDIA. i did this on my iphone 3g

  4. Annirowe says:

    After reading a hundred different posts the only way I could get it to work was deleting the USB Controllers in Windows and Rebooting. Let it reinstall them on bootup and then try Blackra1n again.

    Dont need to worry about all the other stuff if this is your problem. What made me come to this conclusion? I jailbroke one phone without an issue. Tried another one a day later and it wouldn’t work. Check the Log file. It will mention USB a lot.

  5. Ash Haque says:

    None of those instructions worked for me, still stuck on the itunes recovery screen. Have yet to see Frodo Baggins on my iPhone

  6. CydiaUpdates says:

    Try ending the process AppleMobileService.exe.

    If that doesn’t work then unplugging the phone and plugging it back in. If needed try and run blackra1n again.

  7. 273x says:

    Blackra1n didn’t work for me.. So i tried something else… I looked online and googled a bunch of ideas and found a 3.1.2 ipsw that someone made that was jb and had cydia on it.. I put that file in iTunes, then did a restore with that file.. It got stuck in dfu, so I dl’d ireb to work and brown chicken brown cow… It worked!! My iphn3g 3.1.2 is jb’d.. Very happy!!

  8. Carm says:

    Okay so I was having this problem where BlackRa1n would show as running, however my iPhone screen was stuck at the iTunes/USB Restore screen. I tried shutting down the phone while BlackRa1n was still “running” then entered recovery mode again and Frodo finally appeared. Not the “easiest” jailbreak.

    • cutekillq says:

      i try everythings, shut down computer, shut down iphone, press home+power, shut down itune, shut down blackra1n, and my phone get back to normal old face, and I try JB again, again stuck in “entering recovery…” with itune/USB logo, what can I do??!?!?

  9. David says:

    I made a batch program that automates this whole process fro the iPhone 3G on windows xp, vista or 7, just copy and past the following code into notepad and save it as helper.bat

    @echo off
    color 1a

    :step1
    cls
    set /P c=Is your iPhone upgraded to 3.1.2? [Y/N]
    if /I “%c%” EQU “Y” goto :step2
    if /I “%c%” EQU “N” goto :upgraded-needed
    goto :step1
    cls

    :step2
    cls
    set /P c=Is your iPhone off and connected via USB? [Y/N]
    if /I “%c%” EQU “Y” goto :step3
    if /I “%c%” EQU “N” goto :turnitoff
    goto :step2
    cls

    :step3
    cls
    taskkill /f /im “iTunes.exe”
    taskkill /f /im “iTunesHelper.exe”
    if exist c:\blackra1n.exe goto :step4
    goto :goanddownloadit

    :step4
    start /high c:\blackra1n.exe
    cls
    echo 1) Click “make it rain”
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo 2) Hold down home and power button, as soon as you see the apple
    echo logo release the power button, continue to hold the home button.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo 3) Release home button when you see geohots picture on your iPhone.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo When you’ve done 1 through 4 then your done. :)
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    pause
    goto :end

    :upgraded-needed
    cls
    echo Please upgrade your iPhone to 3.1.2 through iTunes then run this program again.
    pause
    goto :end

    :turnitoff
    cls
    echo Please turnoff your iPhone now and connect it via USB.
    pause
    goto :step2

    :goanddownloadit
    cls
    echo Please Visit http://blackra1n.com save blackra1n.exe to c:\ Drive.
    echo This program looks for c:\blackra1n.exe so please make sure it’s there.
    echo Once that’s done,
    pause
    goto :step3

    :end
    cls
    color
    exit

    • Vinh says:

      Thanks David, the helper.bat worked! The steps weren’t hard but if you don’t know it, it’s nearly impossible to get it just right. Great Job!

    • nate says:

      thanks so much i had tried all the other little nit picky tips and they didnt work, then with that all i had to do was copy and paste that into comand prompt and it work, i had been working on this for so long then this finnaly helped me, this was just as a good of find as the whole blackra1n thing, thanx!!

    • jenius says:

      wow u have got to say your helper.bat is the best solution so far. i have tried all the solutions listed here, but none work. your helper.bat did e trick!
      thanks bro

    • LED says:

      This helper.bat thing works like a charm! Thank you for creating this!

    • JM says:

      Dude, you saved my day. Thanks for that script (Y)

    • Aemyn says:

      JESUS.

      Thank you, holy hell all that time it just needed to have the home button held in!

      I love you, you are forever my friend :)

      Cheers,
      Aemyn

    • xxOuchable says:

      I still cant get it to work D;<<<
      i followed your steps and everything…

      • David says:

        Can you please describe the exact problem? here is the helper.bat file slightly updated:

        Right click and save file to your desktop:

        blackra1n-helper-win7.bat

        Here are the file contents, you can just copy and paste to notepad and save as blackra1n-helper-win7.bat on your desktop:

        @echo off
        color 1a
        title Blackra1n helper version 1.2

        :step1
        cls
        echo From your iPhone go to Settings, General, About, Version.
        set /P c=It should be 3.1.2(7D11) Is your iPhone running 3.1.2(7D11)? [Y/N]
        if /I “%c%” EQU “Y” goto :step2
        if /I “%c%” EQU “N” goto :upgraded-needed
        goto :step1
        cls

        :step2
        cls
        set /P c=Please turn off your iPhone and connect it via USB now. Good to go?[Y/N]
        if /I “%c%” EQU “Y” goto :step3
        if /I “%c%” EQU “N” goto :turnitoff
        goto :step2
        cls

        :step3
        cls
        taskkill /f /im “iTunes.exe”
        taskkill /f /im “iTunesHelper.exe”
        if exist c:\blackra1n.exe goto :step4
        goto :goanddownloadit

        :step4
        echo.
        echo If you see error messages above, it’s ok. It just means that the processes
        echo that need to be stopped are already stopped.
        echo.
        echo Setting permissions for c:\blackra1n.exe to full control press Y to continue.
        cacls c:/blackra1n.exe /g administrator:f /p local:f
        start /high c:\blackra1n.exe
        cls
        echo 1) Click “make it rain”
        echo.
        echo.
        echo.
        echo.
        echo 2) Hold down home and power button, as soon as you see the apple
        echo logo release the power button, continue to hold the home button.
        echo.
        echo.
        echo.
        echo.
        echo 3) Release home button when you see geohots picture on your iPhone.
        echo.
        echo.
        echo.
        echo.
        echo When you’ve done 1 through 3 then you are done. :)
        echo.
        echo.
        echo.
        echo.
        echo.
        pause
        goto :end

        :upgraded-needed
        cls
        echo Please upgrade your iPhone to 3.1.2 through iTunes then run this program again.
        pause
        goto :end

        :turnitoff
        cls
        echo Please turnoff your iPhone now and connect it via USB.
        pause
        goto :step2

        :goanddownloadit
        cls
        echo Please Visit http://blackra1n.com save blackra1n.exe to c:\ Drive.
        echo This program looks for c:\blackra1n.exe so please make sure it’s there.
        echo Once that’s done,
        pause
        goto :step3

        :end
        cls
        color
        exit

      • David says:

        Oh yea you can reach me way faster here: iphone@wintercs.com

    • Coolyo says:

      man after 2 hours of trying your helper.bat is awesome

    • Allie says:

      After many failed attempts ending up stuck in usb/ iTunes mode your batch file did the trick for me – thanks!

    • M-easy says:

      OMG!!! Thank you so much. I thought I was gonna have to recover my phone and I haven’t synced in ages!!! You’re the awesome-est!!

    • Diego Santiviago says:

      You are the boss. Work for me!

    • cam says:

      make 1 for mac please mine just says waiting for reboot

  10. Cyanide says:

    WOW! AMAZING WORK DAVID!

    Everything worked, but failed to see blackra1n on my iphone after reboot. Any suggestions?

  11. Charles says:

    Tried all these steps, always stuck on the itunes USB screen… waste of 45 minutes to restore the phone every time this fails… guess it’s back to waiting for redsn0w.

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  14. Didn't Work says:

    Tried everything. Didn’t work. Not a very good solution if you ask me.

  15. Jon says:

    How I got it to work on my iPhone 3G:

    I Closed iTunes, iTuneshelper.exe, and Windows Defender , left iPod services running.
    Turned off iPhone and connected to different USB port (front one)
    Ran blackra1n from Desktop as admin, no compatibity mode
    blackra1n says waiting for iPhone..
    Turned on iPhone, as soon as it booted it restarted
    seen geohots pic… It then ra1ned :)
    before this I tried like 10 times… Hope this helps someone.

    • Y says:

      Worked for me too.
      Try to use a different USB-port.

    • Neeraj says:

      i second this. Changing the USB port worked.

    • Karen says:

      Joh,

      I tried many many many and too many times in different ways running blackra1n, it just DOESN’T WORK!!!

      Only your solution helps

      Thanks!

    • cutekillq says:

      it in the “entering recovery…” plus itune/USB page again… not work…

    • Seif says:

      Jon, you are my hero. Thank youuuu.

    • chris says:

      i turned off the xp compatibility thing and run as administrator and it worked!!! also i turned of windows firewall (not sure if it helped i did it before)

    • gage says:

      omgggg u helped me so much thank you jon!!

    • Matix says:

      Thanks alot!

      Only your method worked, not sure how but I tried every other method 5 times, yours worked straight away. iPod Touch 2G (Oct 2008) Jailbroken!

    • Phoebie says:

      Thank you so much. Your solution worked beautifully and flawlessly.

    • BRK says:

      Different USB port seemed to work too …. mine got stuck on restore screen trying to restore from itunes …. here’s what I did
      –Ipod (2g 3.1.2 firmware) connected to usb, but not into computer
      –open blackra1n (had to “save as” in programs(86x)/commonfiles/apple/applesupport or whatever that folder is called, then right click blackra1n in there and make desktop shortcut)
      –click Make It Ra1n (it says waiting for device)
      –plugged in usb to different slot than before
      –the rest is history
      Thanks to everyone!!

  16. electros says:

    I did everything to try to make it work but nothing!!!! BUT I just notice a Unlock content button on ….>>> Right Click on blackra1n icon (installed in C:) Properties … General … It was a legend saying > the content could be locked because was transfered from other computer. next to it was the UNLOCK button i clicked on it and choose the compatibility XP(sp3) and it WORKS FINALLY. [I am Running Windows 7] .. I Hope It helps You !!!

    • cutekillq says:

      OH MY GOD!!! So Stupid I was. I read billion times of reminder about turn off the security of blackra1n icon, but I just don’t know it was in “property” page, now success JB!!! damxx … thanks billion!!

  17. Jay says:

    I tried everything i could find to make this work on vista.
    Then saw a comment above that said they tried it WITHOUT compatability mode turned on.
    I gave this ago and it worked straight away!!!
    All i can say is “cheers Jon” :D

    • daryl says:

      yeah without the compability mode it works great
      finally i jailbroken mine
      thanks Jon!

      • Ben says:

        10 Tries, wouldn’t work

        I tried the above two steps
        First kill all apple related processes except applemobiledeviceservice

        1. Switch USB Port
        2. Go to blackra1n’s properties and unblock the crap
        3. Connect 30pin connector
        4. Turn off normally
        5. open black rain and click makeitrain
        6. power on iphone normally
        7. give it a sec, don’t panic when the USB/iTunes screen comes up again. Creepy pic should pop up in a moment. Let it run
        Done

  18. David says:

    One other thought for the helper.bat program, right click c:\blackra1n.exe and select properties, click on compatibility tab and check “Run this program as an administrator”. Copy the code below and paste it into notepad, then save it to the desktop as helper.bat. right click on helper.bat and select “Run as administrator”. Please follow the instructions in helper.bat before clicking on “Make it rain”. I really hope this helps everyone out :) Please let me know if it helps you out, Props to geohot!

    @echo off
    color 1a

    :step1
    cls
    set /P c=Is your iPhone upgraded to 3.1.2? [Y/N]
    if /I “%c%” EQU “Y” goto :step2
    if /I “%c%” EQU “N” goto :upgraded-needed
    goto :step1
    cls

    :step2
    cls
    set /P c=Is your iPhone off and connected via USB? [Y/N]
    if /I “%c%” EQU “Y” goto :step3
    if /I “%c%” EQU “N” goto :turnitoff
    goto :step2
    cls

    :step3
    cls
    taskkill /f /im “iTunes.exe”
    taskkill /f /im “iTunesHelper.exe”
    if exist c:\blackra1n.exe goto :step4
    goto :goanddownloadit

    :step4
    start /high c:\blackra1n.exe
    cls
    echo 1) Click “make it rain”
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo 2) Hold down home and power button, as soon as you see the apple
    echo logo release the power button, continue to hold the home button.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo 3) Release home button when you see geohots picture on your iPhone.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo When you’ve done 1 through 4 then your done. :)
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    pause
    goto :end

    :upgraded-needed
    cls
    echo Please upgrade your iPhone to 3.1.2 through iTunes then run this program again.
    pause
    goto :end

    :turnitoff
    cls
    echo Please turnoff your iPhone now and connect it via USB.
    pause
    goto :step2

    :goanddownloadit
    cls
    echo Please Visit http://blackra1n.com save blackra1n.exe to c:\ Drive.
    echo This program looks for c:\blackra1n.exe so please make sure it’s there.
    echo Once that’s done,
    pause
    goto :step3

    :end
    cls
    color
    exit

    • Jorge says:

      I make the jailbrake with Blackra1n with out problems but I cant turn off my phone because turn on in itunes/usb screes

      • eduardo says:

        I make the jailbrake with Blackra1n with out problems but I cant turn off my phone because turn on in itunes/usb screes

        were you able to fix this?

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  20. Tyrone says:

    been trying EVERYTHING all day…it worked once but cydia crashed cuz i installed at the same time as icy…now it wont work anymore…i keep getting to the “running” part and the usb & iTunes screen on my 3g

  21. Baris says:

    I tried like 10 times but every time it failed. It froze after ‘entering recovery’.

    I followed Jons advice and it worked!

    Cheers mate.

  22. kilroy says:

    Tried everything – finally tried a different USB port and suddenly it worked. NOT the easiest, though on windows I had little choice. All the custom IPSWs I found failed one way or another.

  23. brax says:

    heres how to make it work , reply if works, worked for me when nothing else would,

    create a guest account or log off windows on to your non main guest account
    sign on the guest account
    run blackra1n
    bam working…

  24. Jim says:

    “create a guest account or log off windows on to your non main guest account
    sign on the guest account
    run blackra1n
    bam working…”

    not working

  25. Jim says:

    NOT WORKING

    “create a guest account or log off windows on to your non main guest account
    sign on the guest account
    run blackra1n
    bam working…”

  26. Joseph says:

    Definitely not the easiest jailbreak I’ve done.
    Ran off root of C:
    Ran as administrator
    Unblocked permissions
    Killed Apple services

    Tried it and failed at running, restarted phone and got lucky. This literally took me two hours to do until I got lucky and it worked.

  27. brax says:

    sux bro, i tried everything for hours also, the only thing that worked for me was what i posted :(

    dont give up!

  28. Jim says:

    i changed my usb wire it worked perfectly

  29. [...] Re: Jailbreak for 3.1 / 3.2.1 out today taken from another site this is for if 1. Update to 3.1.2 fw 2. Backup iPhone 3. Close iTunes and open Windows task manager and close ituneshelper.exe 4. Right click blackra1n.exe and run as administrator 5. Click "Make it Ra1n" 6. As soon as your phone goes black…right before it would normally show the restore picture on the phone, hold down the power and home button until you see the apple logo. As soon as you see the apple logo, let go of the power button but continue to hold home until you see George's face on the iphone. 7. Leave your phone alone until it reboots This has worked for everyone who has tried it. Good luck thats if its staying in recovery phase if not have a look here BlackRa1n not working for you? The BlackRa1n Fix Checklist Cydia Updates That Matter [...]

  30. ro says:

    i’m using a Mac…
    NONE of these worked for me.

    i tried the home+power button, then releasing at the apple…

    i turned on Airplane mode and removed locks..

    i turned off automatic syncing in iTunes…

    i tried a different USB port…

    nothing.

    any ideas?

  31. brax says:

    try on a different pc , maybe you own a laptop also? just install blackrain and itunes if you have to

  32. deziato says:

    I have tried everything.
    It worked perfectly when I downloaded a fresh copy of blackra1n.
    The previous one was downloaded by a friend and I copied it to my computer.
    It’s worth a try.

  33. J. CAZ says:

    BLACKRA1N GLITCH RESOLVED BY J.CAZ !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Note: It will always fail the first time and stay in the iTunes USB Screen.
    Note: This for for Vista Home Premium 64-bit Users

    1. Print these instructions as your PC will be turned off soon.

    2. Right-click the Internet Explorer and choose Run As Administrator

    3. Download BlackRa1n to your C Drive.

    4. DO NOT Run in Compatability Mode with Windows XP (other people have made this fatal error).

    5. Put your iPhone on Airplane Mode (This is Vital).

    6. Have your iPhone on and plug it into your PC.

    7. Restore your iPhone (Not Restore & Update) to Version 3.1.2 by holding Shift and clicking Restore and choosing the IPSW file for 3.1.2.

    8. Open My Computer, Right-Click the C-Drive, Choose Properties, Click “Disk CleanpuP,” Choose Files from All Users, Wait 2 minutes, Check all Boxes, Delete Files.

    9. When the iPhone finishes restoring and takes you to the iTunes page, Decline the Update, Choose Setup as New Phone, Do not Restore, Uncheck Sync boxes, Click Done.

    10. Wait 60 seconds for the iPhone to activate itself (just be patient damnit).

    11. Restart your Computer.

    12. Upon reboot, open iTunes and make sure iTunes detects the iPhone. Uncheck auto-sync on the iPhone screen and also click Edit>Preference>Devices Tab>Check the Box Saying not to sync

    13. Close iTunes

    14. Right click the bottom task bar and choose “Task Manager,” then on the bottom-left click “Show processes from all users, then close everything except AppleDeviceServices.

    15. Make sure your iPhone is still in Airplane Mode.

    16. Right-click Blackra1n and choose “Run As Administrator,” and when it open click on the “Make it Rain” button.

    17. Some people have said this does it. If it doesn’t, worry. *** Others have had to complete the next few steps to get it.

    18. This will fail evidenced by the iTunes USB Screen that doesn’t change.

    19. Hold both power and home until it reboots. When you see the Apple logo release both buttons and leave it alone.

    20. It should go back to its original state.

    21. Close Blackra1n and all open windows.

    22. Re-open Blackra1n as Administator.

    23. Click “Make it RA1N.

    24. As sooon as the iPhone powers down in response, hold both the power button and home button. When the Apple logo appears, release the power button but continue
    holding the home button until you see Frodo.

  34. Dv017 says:

    Unable to open blackra1n on my mac???

  35. valros says:

    My iPod touch never finished rebooting, it just enters a fully unresponsive state after Frodo disappears.

  36. Joshuajjm1993 says:

    If you have a problem with Itunes connect screen staying on go these steps can help:
    1.) start from springboard not the itunes connect screen.
    2.) If running vista run as administrator with the file on the C:/ drive
    3.) Open task manager and go to services and stop bonjour service and Ipod Service.
    4.) click make it rain on blackra1n program.

  37. Wylde says:

    No shit you cant open blackra1n on a mac. Its windows only.

    Its your faggot asses fault that apple doesnt need to worry about customer support in the first place.

    Go use redsnow.

  38. gabriel says:

    deziato says:
    October 16, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I have tried everything.
    It worked perfectly when I downloaded a fresh copy of blackra1n.
    The previous one was downloaded by a friend and I copied it to my computer.
    It’s worth a try.

    THIS WORKED!

    THANKS SO MUCH!

  39. Mark says:

    I tried like endless times in different computer but no luck at last it worked ..when i was least expecting it

    The funny thing is that i DID’NT have to End any of the above mentioned task like ituneshelper , ipodservice,applemobiledevic etc
    also i run blackra1n.exe from my desktop (windows xp/sp3)

    For some strange reason i believe you need to have the latest firmware 3.1.2 downloaded to your system (you can do this by pressing restore)

    Here is the step that got me working

    1)Install the latest i tunes
    2)Connect iphone3g click restore ( It will download the latest firmware the 3.1.2)
    3)closed itunes , then switched off the phone then switched it back on
    4)start blackra1n.exe and clicked make it rain
    5)luckily this times fraddo baggins(geohot pic) came to the screen at the same times itunes popped saying it detected an iphone in restore mode i closed it promptly, after a while the phone restarted itself and was jailbroken

  40. Yasqi says:

    hours and hours tryng to make blackra1n to work…

    DOWNLOAD IT AGAIN! and BAM worked

  41. Smith says:

    HELP! I used blackra1n and the second error here occured. I closed blackra1n, and unplugged the iPhone, but it is still at the iTunes and USB screen. I tried re-plugging and re-running blackra1n numerous times, but nothing is happening.

    • Smith says:

      More info:

      I am using 3.12

      Sometimes, after re-plugging it, a minute or so later, a notice appears on the task bar saying that there is a malfunctioning USB and that it’s not recognized.

  42. Britt says:

    Built the helper.bat file, followed instructions.

    On Win7, right clicked blackra1n, chose “troubleshoot compatibility”, put me into admin and winxp SP2 mode for compatibility.

    Then ran helper.bat without exiting any of the services (helper.bat does this for you).

    Switched USB ports from the front to the back.

    Finally after my fourth time running the helper.bat file trying a few different things, IT WORKED. Took a couple hours, so I think YOUR solution may be just to try a few different things until everything finally works.

    The geohat picture shows up about 20-30 seconds after reboot, so be patient while holding the home button.

  43. john says:

    follow these steps exactly it worked when nothing else did

    http://wickmanstudios.com/content/view/26/1/

  44. Mike says:

    I’ve tried everything in the list and in the comments on both XP Pro laptop and Vista Ultimate desktop. No luck. looking in the log and it says usb open failed while sending command quite a bit. any suggestions?

    Thanks

  45. Mike says:

    Got it using the following steps:
    1) connect iPhone to USB
    2) open iTunes
    3) backed up iPhone and restored to factory.
    4) after factory restore closed iTunes
    5) turned off iPhone
    6) opened blackra1n clicked “Make it Ra1n”
    7) held power and home button releasing power when apple logo appeared. continued holding home until say frodo.
    8) iPhone rebooted.
    9) opened iTunes and restored my backup.

    Thanks to everyone for information.

    • Damian says:

      Worked like a champ! After trying absolutely everything else.. Went through about 12 restores and have been on this site for the past 5 hours, your steps came through for me thanks!

    • sophia says:

      did not work for me. :( this is getting really fustrating

  46. J CAZ says:

    BLACKRA1N GLITCH RESOLVED BY J.CAZ !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Note: It will always fail the first time and stay in the iTunes USB Screen.
    Note: This for for Vista Home Premium 64-bit Users

    1. Print these instructions as your PC will be turned off soon.

    2. Right-click the Internet Explorer and choose Run As Administrator

    3. Download BlackRa1n to your C Drive.

    4. DO NOT Run in Compatability Mode with Windows XP (other people have made this fatal error).

    5. Put your iPhone on Airplane Mode (This is Vital).

    6. Have your iPhone on and plug it into your PC.

    7. Restore your iPhone (Not Restore & Update) to Version 3.1.2 by holding Shift and clicking Restore and choosing the IPSW file for 3.1.2.

    8. Open My Computer, Right-Click the C-Drive, Choose Properties, Click “Disk CleanpuP,” Choose Files from All Users, Wait 2 minutes, Check all Boxes, Delete Files.

    9. When the iPhone finishes restoring and takes you to the iTunes page, Decline the Update, Choose Setup as New Phone, Do not Restore, Uncheck Sync boxes, Click Done.

    10. Wait 60 seconds for the iPhone to activate itself (just be patient damnit).

    11. Restart your Computer.

    12. Upon reboot, open iTunes and make sure iTunes detects the iPhone. Uncheck auto-sync on the iPhone screen and also click Edit>Preference>Devices Tab>Check the Box Saying not to sync

    13. Close iTunes

    14. Right click the bottom task bar and choose “Task Manager,” then on the bottom-left click “Show processes from all users, then close everything except AppleDeviceServices.

    15. Make sure your iPhone is still in Airplane Mode.

    16. Right-click Blackra1n and choose “Run As Administrator,” and when it open click on the “Make it Rain” button.

    17. Some people have said this does it. If it doesn’t, worry. *** Others have had to complete the next few steps to get it.

    18. This will fail evidenced by the iTunes USB Screen that doesn’t change.

    19. Hold both power and home until it reboots. When you see the Apple logo release both buttons and leave it alone.

    20. It should go back to its original state.

    21. Close Blackra1n and all open windows.

    22. Re-open Blackra1n as Administator.

    23. Click “Make it RA1N.

    24. As sooon as the iPhone powers down in response, hold both the power button and home button. When the Apple logo appears, release the power button but continue
    holding the home button until you see Frodo.

    25. YOU’RE DONE.

    26. To fix the AppSync issue, Google “App_Patch_For_OS_3.0_3.0.1_3.1_3.1.2_by_Rizwan”

  47. J CAZ says:

    NOTE: THIS WORKS WITH BASEBAND 5.11.07 !!!!!!!!!

  48. J CAZ says:

    Look, go ahead and delete my previous post and pay attention to this one. The problem lies in Vista 64-bit systems for the vast majority of people having problems. I know some of you are suggesting “just keep trying,” but I am someone that did ‘keep trying’ but mapped-out each and every action until I got it right. The steps are listed below. If you wanna listen to some Brit on YouTube or empty suggestions of “keep trying” from others, be my guest. I didn’t create this detailed process because I have no life. I’m married and attend law school. I did it because I know how much it sucks to have to figure it out on your own. It took me 26 hours to figure this out, so just take one hour to follow the process and you’ll save yourself 3 redbulls and 2 near-crying incidents.

    Here it is:

    Note: This for for Vista Home Premium 64-bit Users

    Note: This is with firmware 3.1.2 with 5.11.07 baseband preinstalled.

    0. If you already downloaded Blackra1n, uninstall and restrart your computer.

    1. Print these instructions as your PC will be turned off soon.

    2. Right-click the Internet Explorer and choose Run As Administrator

    3. Download BlackRa1n to your C Drive.

    4. DO NOT Run in Compatability Mode with Windows XP (other people have made this fatal error).

    5. Put your iPhone on Airplane Mode (This is Vital to keeeping service and wifi).

    6. Have your iPhone on and plug it into your PC.

    7. Restore your iPhone (Not Restore & Update) to Version 3.1.2 by holding Shift and clicking Restore and choosing the IPSW file for 3.1.2.

    8. Open My Computer, Right-Click the C-Drive, Choose Properties, Click “Disk Cleanpup,” Choose Files from All Users, Wait 2 minutes, Check all Boxes, Delete Files.

    9. When the iPhone finishes restoring and takes you to the iTunes page, Decline the Update, Choose Setup as New Phone, Do not Restore, Uncheck Sync boxes, Click Done.

    10. Wait 60 seconds for the iPhone to activate itself (just be patient damnit).

    11. Restart your Computer.

    12. Upon reboot, open iTunes and make sure iTunes detects the iPhone. Uncheck auto-sync on the iPhone screen and also click Edit>Preference>Devices Tab>Check the Box Saying not to sync

    13. Close iTunes

    14. Right click the bottom task bar and choose “Task Manager,” then on the bottom-left click “Show processes from all users, then close everything except AppleDeviceServices.

    15. Make sure your iPhone is still in Airplane Mode.

    16. Right-click Blackra1n and choose “Run As Administrator,” and when it open click on the “Make it Rain” button.

    17. Some people have said this does it. If it doesn’t, worry. *** Others have had to complete the next few steps to get it.

    18. This will fail evidenced by the iTunes USB Screen that doesn’t change.

    19. Hold both power and home until it reboots. When you see the Apple logo release both buttons and leave it alone.

    20. It should go back to its original state.

    21. Close Blackra1n and all open windows.

    22. Re-open Blackra1n as Administator.

    23. Click “Make it RA1N.

    24. As sooon as the iPhone powers down in response, hold both the power button and home button. When the Apple logo appears, release the power button but continue
    holding the home button until you see Frodo.

    25. YOU’RE DONE.

    26. To fix the AppSync issue, Google “App_Patch_For_OS_3.0_3.0.1_3.1_3.1.2_by_Rizwan”

    • MSF says:

      To all people:
      when describing what you have done to achieve your end goal – great – but pls DO remind everyone else WHAT the problem you tried to solve was.
      Most of us seem to have different problems to start off with and it’s no good trying ALL these suggestions on each of our starting places, if you get my drift.

      So kindly SET THE STAGE – start by describing your situation, i.e. Iphone “freezes” with usb/iTunes picture BECAUSE I installed i.e. VOIPOVER3G which made it reboot. This started my problem. I am unable to make Blackra1n work, i.e. “waiting for device” and nothing else happens.
      THEN YOU HAVE SET THE STAGE FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN RELATE. THE ONES WHO CAN’T CAN MOVE ON TO SOMETHING THEY CAN RELATE THEIR PROBLEM TO.

      MY situation is:
      Iphone “freezes” with usb/iTunes picture BECAUSE I installed i.e. VOIPOVER3G in Cydia which made it reboot. This started my problem. Since then I have had usb/iTunes and cannot turn ON my Iphone (hence a lot of above posts don’t apply to me and it would have been nice if everyone HAD SET THE STAGE). I am unable to make Blackra1n work, i.e. “waiting for device” and nothing else happens. Have tried many steps above, i.e. different usb ports, guest login, turn off-hold button, unblock blackra1n,m run as administrator etc.
      I am running Vista home premium 32-bit. Have 3.1.2 JB and unlocked iphone 3gs 16gb AND nothing I have done can make this work. Been sitting over 8 hours with this issues yesterday and today, read up, trouble shooting, problem solving.
      Close to throwing this crap of a device against the wall.

      WHO WILL BE MY SAVIOR??? – reply to my post pls if you consider yourself the new Geohot wizzkid.

    • HELPPPPP! says:

      my iphone 3gs 3.1.3 5.12.01 is stuck on the screen with the itunes logo and the cable cord! HELP

      • Pearlman says:

        It did the same to me.
        Even iTunes could not re-flash it with firmware …. after 2 tries.
        (you know… hold down the left shift key, and click Recover” and then select your firmware file.

        Well the third try it was able to actually proceed and install new firmware. However, during the final verification phase, it exits with an error (I forgot the error code), but the firmware gets installed anyhow.

  49. mrk says:

    You totally rock! Thanks for the steps. Also, I did what Mike said.

    (Quoting:)
    blackra1n FIX!!!!!
    1. Run blackra1n
    2. After your iPod is completely shut off, hold Power and Home buttons together for 10 seconds. IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!! After 10 seconds exactly, release only the Power button still holding the Home button. If you see an Apple logo, you held power too long. The trick is to release the Power button right before the Apple logo would appear, still holding the Home button. In about 6-10 seconds you should see a picture of nature boy. Then your all good from there. If you see the USB to iTunes, something went wrong. JUST MAKE SURE YOU RELEASE POWER BEFORE THE APPLE LOGO APPEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (/End Quote)

    I did it for 14 seconds instead of 10. (Used my clock)… on 15 seconds the Apple Logo appears. It worked like magic… after 2 hours of pain.

    • J CAZ says:

      Interesting twist, but I think this is only applicable to iPods.

      I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone running all the specifics I was, which includes Windows Home Vista 64-bit with iPhone firmware 3.1.2 and baseband 5.11.07

  50. J CAZ says:

    You still gotta give props to GeoHotz. Although he created more of a custom jailbreak for his specific product running on his specific system subject to variations on different products and systems, he still did one hell of a job.

    GeoHotz: Try creating something more universal next time.

  51. David says:

    New version of helper.bat: It walks you through the entire process in live time. It auto kills all processes that need to be killed and sets permissions for c:/blackra1n.exe for full control. Just copy and paste the code below to notepad and save it as helper.bat. I hope this helps :)

    @echo off
    color 1a
    title Blackra1n helper version 1.2

    :step1
    cls
    echo From your iphone go to Settings, General, About, Version.
    set /P c=It should be 3.1.2(7D11) Is your iPhone running 3.1.2(7D11)? [Y/N]
    if /I ?%c%? EQU ?Y? goto :step2
    if /I ?%c%? EQU ?N? goto :upgraded-needed
    goto :step1
    cls

    :step2
    cls
    set /P c=Please turn off your iPhone and connect it via USB now. Good to go?[Y/N]
    if /I ?%c%? EQU ?Y? goto :step3
    if /I ?%c%? EQU ?N? goto :turnitoff
    goto :step2
    cls

    :step3
    cls
    taskkill /f /im ?iTunes.exe?
    taskkill /f /im ?iTunesHelper.exe?
    if exist c:\blackra1n.exe goto :step4
    goto :goanddownloadit

    :step4
    echo.
    echo If you see error messages above, it?s ok. It just means that the processes
    echo that need to be stopped are already stopped.
    echo.
    echo Setting permissions for c:\blackra1n.exe to full control press Y to continue.
    cacls c:/blackra1n.exe /g administrator:f /p local:f
    start /high c:\blackra1n.exe
    cls
    echo 1) Click ?make it rain?
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo 2) Hold down home and power button, as soon as you see the apple
    echo logo release the power button, continue to hold the home button.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo 3) Release home button when you see geohots picture on your iPhone.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo When you?ve done 1 through 4 then your done. :)
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    pause
    goto :end

    :upgraded-needed
    cls
    echo Please upgrade your iPhone to 3.1.2 through iTunes then run this program again.
    pause
    goto :end

    :turnitoff
    cls
    echo Please turnoff your iPhone now and connect it via USB.
    pause
    goto :step2

    :goanddownloadit
    cls
    echo Please Visit http://blackra1n.com save blackra1n.exe to c:\ Drive.
    echo This program looks for c:\blackra1n.exe so please make sure it?s there.
    echo Once that?s done,
    pause
    goto :step3

    :end
    cls
    color
    exit

    • louiel says:

      i tried everything but still my blackrain doesn’t work it keep showing “Please check your internet connection”… please help me…
      thanks in advance…

    • Chuy says:

      My problem: My ipod had the connect to itunes picture and blackra1n kept running forever. I got a 3G 32gb itouch and it has 3.1.2 firmware, and this worked for me:
      Open notepad and put everything from @echoff all the way to exit in it and save it with the name ‘helper.dat’ without the little quotation marks. Run it, it has instructions.
      P.S. thanks so much David :)

      #
      #
      David says:
      October 20, 2009 at 7:28 pm

      New version of helper.bat: It walks you through the entire process in live time. It auto kills all processes that need to be killed and sets permissions for c:/blackra1n.exe for full control. Just copy and paste the code below to notepad and save it as helper.bat. I hope this helps :)

      @echo off
      color 1a
      title Blackra1n helper version 1.2

      :step1
      cls
      echo From your iphone go to Settings, General, About, Version.
      set /P c=It should be 3.1.2(7D11) Is your iPhone running 3.1.2(7D11)? [Y/N]
      if /I ?%c%? EQU ?Y? goto :step2
      if /I ?%c%? EQU ?N? goto :upgraded-needed
      goto :step1
      cls

      :step2
      cls
      set /P c=Please turn off your iPhone and connect it via USB now. Good to go?[Y/N]
      if /I ?%c%? EQU ?Y? goto :step3
      if /I ?%c%? EQU ?N? goto :turnitoff
      goto :step2
      cls

      :step3
      cls
      taskkill /f /im ?iTunes.exe?
      taskkill /f /im ?iTunesHelper.exe?
      if exist c:\blackra1n.exe goto :step4
      goto :goanddownloadit

      :step4
      echo.
      echo If you see error messages above, it?s ok. It just means that the processes
      echo that need to be stopped are already stopped.
      echo.
      echo Setting permissions for c:\blackra1n.exe to full control press Y to continue.
      cacls c:/blackra1n.exe /g administrator:f /p local:f
      start /high c:\blackra1n.exe
      cls
      echo 1) Click ?make it rain?
      echo.
      echo.
      echo.
      echo.
      echo 2) Hold down home and power button, as soon as you see the apple
      echo logo release the power button, continue to hold the home button.
      echo.
      echo.
      echo.
      echo.
      echo 3) Release home button when you see geohots picture on your iPhone.
      echo.
      echo.
      echo.
      echo.
      echo When you?ve done 1 through 4 then your done. :)
      echo.
      echo.
      echo.
      echo.
      echo.
      pause
      goto :end

      :upgraded-needed
      cls
      echo Please upgrade your iPhone to 3.1.2 through iTunes then run this program again.
      pause
      goto :end

      :turnitoff
      cls
      echo Please turnoff your iPhone now and connect it via USB.
      pause
      goto :step2

      :goanddownloadit
      cls
      echo Please Visit http://blackra1n.com save blackra1n.exe to c:\ Drive.
      echo This program looks for c:\blackra1n.exe so please make sure it?s there.
      echo Once that?s done,
      pause
      goto :step3

      :end
      cls
      color
      exit

  52. pitufofeliz says:

    is it true that it only works on mb models and not on mc models?

    I have an mc models and when geohotz appears it turns off and it turns into a non responsive mode and it doesnt worf if i hold the power button and the hold button, it stays like that and i have to restore it.

    ive been trying a million times but it doesnt work
    plzz heeeeellpp!!!!!!!!

  53. Jackson says:

    ok so ive tried absolutely everything! ive got a 3gs 16gb on 3.1.2 which i updated to yesterday. ive factory reset my phone. ive tried everything.

    when i open the blackra1n log it says

    error:usb open failed while sending command
    error:usb open failed while sending payload

    I figure this is the problem.. all that happens is that i click make it ra1n and it goes into recovery, it says running and then it comes up saying done, wait for reboot. the phone just has a black, slighly illuminated screen.. when i reset it, there is no jailbreak.. please help!

  54. Jackson says:

    ive tried for days using my vista computer and i couldnt get it to work.. i tried it once on an xp machine and it did it first go.. if you are having lots of problems please use an XP machine, ull save alot of hassle

  55. Ahmed says:

    when i use BlackRa1n it has entered my iPhone into Recovery mode, and now says “Running…” but nothing is happening and i still see the iTunes/USB Restore screen on my iPhone n i tryed so many times but the problem is same plz help me

  56. Tyler says:

    Well I just used blackra1n from my macbook pro. couldnt get it to work.
    tried pwnagetool, no luck.
    took a break.
    came back to it.
    read all the comments on this page.
    deleted blackra1n.
    restarted my computer.
    downloaded it again, restart again.
    turned the phone off.
    made it rain.
    it said waiting for device.
    I turned the phone on.
    it did its thing.
    i held down home and power button.
    but not for very long.
    it went to the frodo screen while i was holding them.
    i quickly let go and let it do its thing.
    fyi this was on my 3G.

    I also hope it never takes this long to jailbreak my phone ever again. The two times i have done it before (2.2 and 3.0) it was flawless and effortless. This still has room for improvement.

    Thanks for all the useful comments on this page!

  57. DarrelP says:

    blackra1n worked for me after about 25 tries over two days of various work arounds. I’m not sure if any of the above steps for disabling ituneshelper, appleservices, etc made a difference. The way I got it to work was to just keep hitting the makeitrain button while the phone rebooted to the apple logo everytime. Eventually it worked.

    • ydgluver says:

      Wow, you literally saved my day…. I sort of gave up on jailbreaking a few months ago after wasting days on it. I kept getting stuck at the recovery mode… Then I tried what you suggested and BOOM! I finally saw GeoHot on my screen! I was about to go through the complete restore process if your suggestion didn’t work! Thank you so much!!!

  58. [...] Thanks for the reply sargd, that got me going in the right direction. I also found some good info here. Hope this helps someone else stuck as I was. Happier now __________________ iPhone: there is [...]

  59. Arthur says:

    Just dont fu*** work, all steps repeated and the iphone just wont jailbreak, recovery mode,frodo apears,it reboots and after is jailbroken
    useless

  60. Arthur says:

    INFO: welcome to blackra1n for windows
    INFO: loaded dll at C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\iTunesMobileDevice.dll
    INFO: button clicked
    INFO: callbacks registered
    INFO: unused callback called
    INFO: unused callback called
    INFO: unused callback called
    INFO: unused callback called
    INFO: internal recovery callback called
    INFO: unregistered normal mode callback
    INFO: go go gadget ra1n
    INFO: send command started
    INFO: file opened
    ioctl: 1
    INFO: command setenv auto-boot true sent
    INFO: send command started
    INFO: file opened
    ioctl: 0
    INFO: command saveenv sent
    send payload: 0
    INFO: start sending exploit
    ioctl: 0
    INFO: exploit closed 0
    sent exploit
    INFO: send command started
    INFO: file opened
    ioctl: 0
    INFO: command geohot sent
    send picture: 0
    INFO: send command started
    INFO: file opened
    ioctl: 0
    INFO: command setpicture 0 sent
    INFO: send command started
    INFO: file opened
    ioctl: 0
    INFO: command bgcolor 1 1 1 sent
    send ramdisk: 0
    INFO: send command started
    INFO: file opened
    ioctl: 0
    INFO: command geohot sent
    INFO: I JUST DROPPED IT LIKE ITS HOT
    INFO: unused callback called
    WARN: wtf who called this?
    INFO: global callback finished

  61. Jason says:

    I used to run blackra1n on my iTouch 2g 3.1.2 under WinXp. frodo apears,it reboots then never wakes up! iTunes detects my iPod in recovery mode. LibUsb detects it as Apple Mobile Device (DFU Mode). What i did already but failed:

    1. I click Restore, iTunes connects to server and gives me a 2.2.1 update instead of 3.1.2?
    2. I shift+click and browsed different custom firmwares that I downloaded but always give a 1601 error.
    3. Kill all ipod/itunes processes.
    Hold both power & home buttons down for 10 seconds, and release power while still holding home until a beep sound because of a USB connection.
    4. Used iREB V3.1.2, still no display.

    What else could i missed for my ipod to wake up?

  62. Claudio Torres says:

    Finally I did It!
    MANNY THANKS!

  63. Christian says:

    TTTTHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAANNNNNKKKKK UUUUUU!!!!!!!!!

  64. anuj says:

    should wifi be on??

  65. For me, nothing has worked until I decided to disable the network interface from them PC.

    The problem that I was facing: stuck in “waiting for device” screen.

    Then the make it rain worked like a charm, and now my iphone is jailbroken. Try disabling the internet adapter and see if it works.

  66. Simone says:

    Anyone – please help me.
    My iphone don’t show recovery-mode. It only shuts down, turns up again and shows Geohot – and without restarting it just shows the home screen again…. without a blackra1n logo :(:(:(:(
    HEEELP!!!

  67. Leroy says:

    I have tried many things, but one thing really worked, and I saw the Picture from geohot and it rebooted. This is what I had done:
    Open Taks Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Delete) and kill the following processes if open: iTunesHelper.exe iTunes.exe, AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe, msdnresponder Ipodservice.exe.
    I did this and everything went alright, so try this!
    Hope I helped.!

    • thanks leroy says:

      Thanks Leroy

      I have tried all the methods mentioned above for hours with no luck, until I restarted my PC and followed your method and guess what…?

      It worked man thanks a lot

      I don’t know if it’s luck or blackra1n is unstable program, but finally it worked.

      I’m running XP pro and the device is 3G factory unlocked

  68. Luke says:

    I just got my 32bg touch yesterday.
    It is the MC008LL version.
    blackra1n hangs on running…
    Tried every possible fix.
    ANy suggestions ?

  69. Luke says:

    After some more researching, I found out that my current version of iBoot is 359.5

    Any workarounds for this yet ?
    Thx

  70. hellomoto says:

    after a couple days of trying and researching with no success on my computer running xp i tried a different computer running vista home premium 32 bit.

    i ended all the apple and itunes processes.
    i unblocked blackra1n in the properties and did NOT run in compatibility mode for xp.
    i ran as admin made it ra1n and it worked perfectly fine!

    let me know if this helps!!

    • MSF says:

      tried exactly that and much more, none has helped. On my 9th hour. All awes for Geohot but this is not simple and for everyone!
      THIS WILL NOT WORK. Lost my faith.

  71. What the heck, that will be great post ^_^… i learned something new though reading up in here … ehehe thanks anyway for the information

  72. Oro says:

    JUST DO EVERYTHING ON THE CHECKLIST – NOTHING ELSE WORKED FOR ME – THIS DID!!! THANKS!!!

  73. ivoryard says:

    I’ve tried shed lots of times and tried pretty much every single thing on here, it appears to work fine, but when I reboot the device it comes up with the connect to itunes screen and just sits there.

  74. PappaH says:

    Can anybody post or recommend and equivalent guide for Mac?
    (Tried Blackra1n, got JD but not unlock. Tried again: Blackra1n just hung; eventually restored via iTunes. Would like to know if it is safe to run Blackra1n again & how to turn off iTunes while the JB program is running –I think that was the problem)

  75. Gymrat4life says:

    What happens if everything runs ok but no blackra1n icon then when hard rest or turn phone on and off you get phone in dfu mode Very frustrating

  76. sebastian says:

    i had to re-jailbreak for reasons
    and blackra1n said QTCF.dll was not found, then i followed the steps and it worked, thanks!

  77. Mr.Cummings says:

    You dont need that qtcf.dll file. You dont have to push any buttons. You dont have to cancel any processes. Just close itunes after you restore and restart your phone before you jailbreak. Dont use compatibility mode. Placing the phone in airplane mode may have helped. Just plug your phone powered on and run blackra1ne as an administrator. I think the problem is that nobody is telling people to restart their phones after they restore.

    I use vista 32 bit

    • L.Cpl Smith says:

      Mate, I done what you said and it worked straight off, after pissing around for 3 hours, finally found a method that works, and I recommend that everyone follows this guide.

  78. ♣571 says:

    I kept having that annoying cant find the QTCGF what ever file even when i put in it my system 32 file.

    But what did work was when i saved blackrain to c/ i put the dll file in the same place and it worked.

    hope this helps with that problem

  79. Richard says:

    I thought I screwed up by upgrading my iPhone to v 3.1…then endless searches for a solution has finally helped me JB my phone & unlock the carrier for me.Fuzzyband did not work for me due to the baseband issue (5.8) Thanks to GeoHot’s blackra1n RC3 it is working now…After you install & run blackra1n RC3 to JB your phone also install the Sn0w software found here and it should make your OS v 3.1.2 and baseband 5.11 work on any carrier..Cheers GeoHot!!

  80. Cris-Melbourne_OZ says:

    Awesome program!! Could not be easier to use.
    Just put it on a USB or memory card, turn off phone and run!

    GREAT JOB GUYS

  81. DJ says:

    Took it out of XP compatibility mode and ran it in Vista. Worked as advertised

  82. Peter says:

    i feel like a noob but i thought i share. i have been trying everything, that is listed on here but still couldnt get blackra1n to work but then i updated my USB drive and it work right away… so make sure you update your USB drive
    right click on “my computer”
    properties> hardware tab> device manger> (if you see any yellow question mark that say anything about usb)> right click on it> properties> driver tab> update driver> then hit next on everything (it should update itself w/o the disk).

    hope this helps =]

  83. Chris says:

    When I click make it ra1n it says “windows has stopped working windows us checking for a solution to the problem …”
    how do I fix this?
    I have an iPod touch 3g 3.1.2

  84. seb says:

    ive used blackra1n befor and it worked fine but my phone craped out again and ni restored it and used blackra1n but the icon is not on my phone i need help asap please help i need to unlock my phone ive tried everything

  85. james semack says:

    i didnt upgrade my firmwear befor jailbreaking and i have done everthing on the check list i break it fine but all i get is a black iphone and when i push the power button i get apple and thats it please help

  86. KNYK says:

    At me worked with John’s guidelines…nice stuff !
    Thanks man!

  87. Neil says:

    I got stuck on that usb/itunes screen on my 1st attempt. Ended up doing a clean install of OS via restore on itunes. Then followed the guide at the top with the addition of selecting all users in task manager to make sure I had all those processes shut down. Then 1st go, bang all done in a couple of minutes. That usb/itunes screen appeared for no more than 30 seconds and then yer man appeared. Thanks for the help. Now have to go and sort out all the other issue like wifi.

  88. Neil says:

    Hi- spoke too soon. I stuck in another non O2 sim (vodafone), i get bars for service but there seems to be loads of menus missing. The shortcuts I had along the bottom (green phone etc) are missing. So I have no way to enter a number to call! Can anyone tell me how to get this stuff back?

  89. Eric says:

    Hi, when i try to download something from cydia or rock, it always says control killed by signal, then i can’t install anything. is this because i downloaded cydia and ROck? im going to retry restoring and upgrading to 3.1.2 ipod touch 2g. please help!!!!!!!

  90. Soothsayer says:

    I just confirmed – blackra1n does NOT work on mac 10.4.11. I sat for days trying to get it to work, and kept getting the “Connect to iTunes” logo. Never saw GeoHot face. Hooked it up to a friend’s computer with 10.6.2, immediately jailbroke with blackra1n no issues.

    So check your OSX – it’s gotta be a current edition.

  91. Schmelzy says:

    I’ve jailbroken my iPod Touch with blackra1n and it works fine until I get on my actual iPod itself. I go to the black ra1n icon on my iPod and it says “Please check you Internet Connection. (Error…)” even though I have my wifi enabled. Please help with this.

  92. Markknox3 says:

    I have installed BlackRa1n on my 16Gb 3GS Iphone I go in to Cydia and install Winterboard. I get to the phone reboot screen and reboot the Iphone then displays the itune’s Logo and USB wire. I have to plug my phone into Itunes and restore the phone to get it working and loose everything. HELP!!! what do I need to do to get Cydia and Blackra1n to work ???

  93. Yaron says:

    i tried every method here for few times, i have a 3gs iphone 16gb tried to jb’ with blackra1n ,after it says its done when it supose to reboot i’m getting a black screen on my iphone and thats it.
    need to restore again and the thing happend .
    Help!!!Please!!!

  94. Will says:

    what u have to do if your stuck on the screen where it has the itunes icon and the usb stick:

    run black ra1n then straight after it says its done rune it again and you should see the face!
    hope it worked

  95. raza says:

    done the unlocked from blackra1n but when i turn off my phone and turn it back on it comes up with
    connect to itunes logo
    what am i doing wrong please help.

  96. raza says:

    done the unlocked from blackra1n but when i turn off my phone and turn it back on it comes up with
    connect to itunes logo
    what am i doing wrong please help.

  97. Justin says:

    My black ra1n dont work. The face won’t come up and it will not jailbrake my iPod

  98. cody says:

    when i run blackra1n the guy with shaggy hair comes up but it does not say its loading. And once its done blackra1n does not get installed on my ipod. it worked for me the first time but not the second.

  99. cody says:

    btw, if you get a error that says QTCF.dll not found.go to computer > main(c:) drive > program files > quicktime > QTsystem > find file QTCF.dll and copy paste onto your desktop > now drag QTCF.dll over blackrain and it should work.

    hope it helps :)

  100. Manhawy says:

    I upgraded to 3.1.2 and used Blackra1n successfully and unlocked my 3GS phone but everytime i restart my iphone, it entered the recovery mode (iwth USB/Itune logo) i tried several time and i got the same result

    all done successfully but when i restart the device it enter the recovery mode again and agian and agian

    please help

    • Nathan says:

      See what “Gonzo” Says about my post below…

    • Sabrina says:

      FYI…Blackra1n RC3 is a teathered jailbreak. You will ALWAYS have to run blackra1n again once you restart your phone. If you don’t want to keep jailbreaking it, don’t turn it off or let your phone battery die. Also, you DO NOT lose all your info when you run blackra1n again.

  101. Nathan says:

    I have jailbroken about 4 phones successfully now using Blackra1n (all 8G), so firstly a BIG thanks!!

    The last 2 Phones (Both 32G’s) I have tried, have both been unsuccessful in a sense.
    I have downloaded David’s app, and ran that, and still no joy. Used Blackra1n in airplane mode, cancelled appsyn etc in device manager…

    The problem is this: The actual Jail Break works fine. I syn my apps fine, they work fine.
    AS SOON AS THE PHONE IS SWITCHED OFF, the Apple USB screen appears and the phone won’t boot, UNLESS I either restore or run Blackra1n. I redo the Blackra1n, then it loads. So basically its great until the phone dies, then I have to re-jailbreak to get it to load. Once I have done that, the phone works great, all apps are still there, etc, but its a pain to have to reuse Blackra1n everytime the phone is shut off…

    • Nathan says:

      No I haven’t fixed it yet…

      ANYONE HELP PLEASE!!!

    • Gonzo says:

      man it’s normal for the new iphones 3GS, new generation. if your 6th and 7th number of IMEI (serial) code of iphone it’s more thant 41 I think, it’s half jailbreakable. Apple changed their boot system so you cant bot without plug it to the computer. Blackra1n RC3 (actual version) as to be launch everytime you want to turn on your iphone. Maybe it will change with the RC4 version to come…..someday….I hope. Had the same problem….

      • 1Lt says:

        that’s a ‘tethered’ jailbreak. yeah, it kinda sux ’cause i had the same problem until my ipod started to act up. geohot said that if he won this competition of finding these red ballons (i think) he would make a fix for this, but i’m not sure if he did..

  102. 1Lt says:

    well, i did the helper thing, but i have a big problem. when it’s about to restart (geohot’s face is the background, and in the foreground, there is the loading icon) the screen goes black, and i can’t do ANYHTING. I tried the power/home button combo. i tried it a bunch, and it doesn’t seem to work, and the only way to get it to function again would be to restore it from itunes… any comments? thanks for any assistance!

  103. momox says:

    i need help when ever i click make it rain it just sais waiting for device when it does that nothing happens ive tried reinstalling it that didn’t work nothing i tried worked if any ideas please email me at momoxbvr@hotmail.com

  104. darshan says:

    when i run blackra1n the GeoHot face came up.but i can’t see the blackra1n application loga
    and whenever i restart my ipod it display’s the itunes and the connection stick.
    what do i do .i have tried the helper.bat trick but it does have same effect of restart itunes loga
    guys help me out thanks in advance

  105. darshan says:

    i cannot even restore my pod it says network connection timed out

  106. darshan says:

    GeoHot face blinks but doesn’t reboots the pod guys help me out

  107. sean says:

    i need help. i’ve tried jon’s switching of usb, and every damn suggestion!!! the thing is, i had blackra1n on my ipod touch 3.1.2(the app). i clicked it and i noticed i need a wi-fi connection to download Cydia and the other stuff. but i accidentally uninstalled it and when i try to put it back on, it won’t do it. i see geohot’s pic, but then it just goes back to normal. i really wanna jailbreak it. please someone help! i’m desperate, please help me!

  108. Daniel losada says:

    Hey people i need some help here :)
    i have iPhone 3g n i downloaded blackra1n n restored the iphone and when i go on the blackra1n icon in my iPhone it says please check your internet connection i rest the network m connect to wi fi n still th same what should i do abt this problum :( help me please n thnx for helping :)

  109. Jess says:

    Hi
    i need your advice
    i recently jailbroke my phone with blackra1n then cydia and through cydia installed blacksnow to unlock my iphone
    then the screen went blank and the apple logo appeared and it has been like that for 48 hours! when i plug it into the computer it doesnt come up on itunes or blackra1n
    plz help

  110. gabe says:

    i have windows 7 and when ever i try to run blackra1n it only goes for 2 seconds then it says blackra1n.exe has stopped working….
    whatv is the problem??? can some one PLLLLZZZZZ help

  111. Alex says:

    Hi, I have an Iphone and I did this thing with blackra1n one time and than I uninstalled it. Now i want blackra1n again to get Cyndia and when i start it it restarts and i see that picture in the bigin and then it starts normaly and the program is not installed

  112. aadas says:

    Hi, i have a 3rd gen ipod touch 3.1.2 firmware
    I installed an app from cydia, but as it was installing, i think it got stuck so i decided to turn it off. When i tried to turn it on again, it got stuck to recovery mode.

    When i try to run Blackra1n to start it up again, every time i press “make it rain” it goes to “waiting for device..” it just crashes.

    Pls help, thank you

  113. oh yeah says:

    wat the crap this is soooo stupid

  114. Tony says:

    ok so i’ve tried everything including:
    run as admin
    unblock the content
    with and w/o compatibility mode
    holding the power and home button

    but none of them work. anyone have anymore suggestions?

  115. Leslie says:

    ok, so i have this ipod 3erd gen ,,32gb,, i save blackra1n,,open it,,,run it,, push “make it rain” wait for awhile, it says done and ask if it was the easyest jailbrake ever,,,, but nothing happens after that,,,, my ipod recovers, i have everything the same,,, no icon of blackra1n, just my old ones,, im confused,, whats it soposed to do? i need help… :(

  116. louiel says:

    i tried everything but still my blackrain doesn’t work it keep showing “Please check your internet connection”…

    please help me…

    thanks in advance…

  117. Annoyed User says:

    Hi All, clearly there is an issue with the 3.1.2 firmware. People stating “You are an idiot because you cant get it working” do not help the situation. I have the same issue as some have stated. The phone reboots with the picture on screen comes into the OS but no application icon is installed. I have tried on a mac book and also on windows xp. Same thing. I am running 3,1,2 (7D11) and modem fw 05.11.07. The screen on blackra1n states “done, wait for reboot” and nothing else. iTunes is not running (I have tried it while it is running also).

  118. Sergio says:

    I updated my ipod to 3.1.3 if you did that jailbreak wi.ll not work at all. if anyone finds out about a new update for jailbrerak please notify me. if your a nice person you will

  119. hithere says:

    plz help me stuck stuck on the pic of the guy

  120. jesse says:

    thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you tht helper bat worked after 4 hours of unplugging and holding buttons i finially turnned it back on

  121. Tony says:

    everyone heres a guaranteed work for anyone with an IPod Touch 3g.

    THIS IS ONLY TESTED ON IPOD TOUCH 3G ON WINDOWS XP OR VISTA. NOT GUARANTED WORK FOR MAC OR ANY OTHER IPOD DEVICES.

    firstly, the reason why blackra1n is not working for most people is because of the 3.1.3 update. however there is a way to downgrade to 3.1.2 to use blackra1n and jailbreak your device again.

    go on google and search iPod2,1_3.1.2_7D11_Restore.ipsw

    after you’ve downloaded it, set your plug in your device and open Itunes. then set your ipod touch in DEF mode by holding the home and power button until you hear a sound your computer makes. when you hear the sound release the power button while still holding the home button until you recieve an restore notice from Itunes.

    DO NOT HIT THE RESTORE BUTTON YET. when itunes gives you that pop up saying “Itunes has detected an ipod that needs to be restored before used with Itunes”, click ok but do not restore yet.

    locate where you saved your iPod2,1_3.1.2_7D11_Restore.ipsw . then hold shift and press the restore button in itunes at the same time, this should allow you to browse ipod updates. locate the ipod2 file and open it, this will trick apple into thinking you’re updating to 3.1.2 from 3.1.1, however what you’re really doing is down grading it from 3.1.3 to 3.1.2. after the restore is done and your device says the version number is 3.1.2., jailbreak with blackra1n.

    good luk
    e-mail: sadcrap258@gmail.com

  122. cheweychumba says:

    ok so im having problems jailbreaking ive done it before..i have a 3g ipod touch. i had 3.1.3 but i DID downgrade to 3.1.2 but now whenever i run blackra1n to rejailbreak it this is what happens:
    1. As normal a picture of geohotz comes up
    2. it says running then, done wait for reboot or run again to reboot(tethered).
    3. I run it again(due to the fact im tethered)
    4. It syncs to itunes, i check my ipod for blackra1n
    5. It’s not there, in other words for some strange reason it didnt work, HELP ANYBODY PLZ!!!

    • Tony says:

      well first try disabling auto-syncing your device with Itunes in the settings.

      -directions in posts above^^^^^-

      if that doesn’t work try just running blackra1n once and don’t run it twice, it usually boots itself twice.

      also u could try to restore it again to 3.1.2. even if u already did it.

      im no developer or anything, im just suggesting things i’ve tried and it works now for me.

  123. did the jailbreak on 3.1.2 and downloaded the winterboard from cydia says:

    Hi guys did the jailbreak on 3.1.2 3gs 16gb and downloaded the Winterboard from Cydia and asked to make a system restart then the Iphone just gone to recovery mode and won`t came back again tried all the possibilities and nothing is working please need help urgent and if connected to Itunes it says found an Iphone in recovery mode and ask to mate the restore but also asks to make the update and if i choose no it just don`t recognize the Iphone.
    what else can i do please please help meeeeeeeeeeee…………

    • Tony says:

      read my post above.

      go on google, search up 3.1.2 ipod restore and press shift while clicking restore and select 3.1.2.

      its only been tested on windows vista though

    • Sabrina says:

      Did you run Blackra1n again? You have to run Blackra1n EVERY time your turn off/reboot your phone. It’s a teathered jailbreak and you’ll have to do this everytime until they come up with a fix for it. Just make sure you’re near a computer if you are going to reboot it so you can run blackra1n again. You WON’t lose all your info/apps etc.

  124. Mike says:

    I am trying to re-jailbreak the phone and it used to work before but now I get –
    “BlackRa1n.exe has encountered an error….” message keeps coming up!

    What is causing it and how to fix it?
    3GS 3.1.2 phone.

  125. BSMITH says:

    I used blackra1n to unlock my phone, it works with other carriers cuz i have tried with a family cell phone, but when i went to bell they had to turn my phone off as a procedure before giving me my own sim card? when it rebooted it showed the usb and itunes logo, i then was pissed cuz i had to go home and reopen blackra1n and install it again for my phone to be unlocked again how can i turn my phone off and on with out having to do this everytime? like peoples phone die, or they want to save batter and turn it off sometimes…is there a fix for startup that it will work without installing blackra1n everytime?

    btw i have a iphone 3gs fw. 3.1.2

    thx.

  126. jhacker says:

    everytime i run blackra1n it says going into recovery mode and itunes comes up and it also says wait for reboot and nothing happens some times it wont even connect to i tunes help plz my ipods like pretty much broken

    • jhacker says:

      ps i have jail broken friends ipods for them and now with mine im running into problems and im worried thier will to i am currently still jail breaking for ppl i have fully count and i have done 150 jail breaks with black ra1n i dont want to do all of those again

  127. Maestro says:

    Help meeee!
    i try to jail break but it won’t work!
    I press make it ra1n. my ipod goes into dfu and then the stupid itunes USB thing comes up! please help
    p.s my computer is a shity overloaded XP does that matter? and my ipod is 32GB
    thanks

  128. MDK says:

    I downloaded black rain on my iPod 2g 3.1.2
    and it’s fine and i download Cydia and Rock and left black rain on it and every time I turn it off I have to restore my iPod pls help

  129. Vuko says:

    Well, tried verything i saw here – no luck so far.

    I’ve got a 3GS 32 GB Iphone. After resetting my network settings yesterday, the phone restarted and I can’t get it out of recovery mode now.

    Yes, I know blackra1n is a tehtered JB, I’ve manually restarted my device before and It worked like a charm after hitting ‘make it rain’. Not today tho.

    Any help greatly appreciated.

  130. Greg says:

    I tried all the solutions written here and on other websites. My iphone kept rebooting and blackra1n would not set up anymore.
    I have a latest iphone 3GS.

    I eventually realised that my firmware had been upgraded to 3.1.3 from 3.1.2 though I had set up itunes not to perfom any upgrade.

    So after spending 2 days trying the all reboot stuff, I just performed a downgrade back to 3.1.2 using the following steps: http://www.saurik.com/id/12#howto
    Then I got back all the itunes apps from the itunes backup and rehacked it using blackra1n, which worked perfectly (no need to close itunes or whatsoever in my case).
    All the applications’ signatures from Cydia and Rock are still on the iphone, and Rock actually had a backup of my applications (winterboard, etc..) so I could reinstall all in less than one hour.

    I was afraid to lose all data and applications (it took me quite a while to configure it all) and therefore was avoiding the restore, but eventually this was much faster than trying to reboot for 50 or more times with the different methods.

  131. Jeremy says:

    Ran Blackra1n, got a black iPod screen, I closed Blackra1n, ran it a second time while the iPod was on the black screen and it worked.

    Goodluck.

  132. Dan says:

    OMFG HELP!!! I jailbroke my itouch with blackra1n and it was working just fine. i turned my itouch off and now it wont turn back on. the apple screen shows up but then it atomaticly turns off help!!

  133. DoubleX says:

    hey guys, i have 3gs white 16gb and my phone was bricked for around 3 times, and 3 times i fix it but i dont know how, this is what i been doing

    step1 run blackrain
    step2 stuck on running mode
    step3 unplug usb
    step4 turn off phone
    step5 turn on phone
    step6 plug usb
    and blackrain will auto try to run again

    if this fails, during step4 try to hold both power and home button til the phone comes on then skip step5 and go on with step6

    i hope this helps, i have also tried for over 100times and it seems i get randomly, first time i unbrick was really quick it look around 4 hours then 2nd and 3rd time took me 2 days

  134. DoubleX says:

    ok guys i just bricked my phone again for the 4th time (lol) and this time i got it unlocked in under 1hour

    i did all of the above and after blackrain will auto try to run again:

    pull out usb
    restart phone again
    close blackrain
    run blackrain and make it rain
    plug usb back with the phone on

    i did this under window 92 mode using run admin

    hope this helps, i really feel bad about those unlucky ones.

  135. Dannii says:

    Hi, I’ve recently rebooted my computer. When my Ipod Touch ran out of battery I clicked onto blackra1n thinking I could easily get it back on again using the make it rain button. Now everytime I try to do so, a dialog box comes up saying blackra1n encountered a problem and needs to close, bla bla bla. Does anybody know how to fix this? Ive been trying for days! Thanks!

    • Tyler says:

      I am having the same problem!! It says I need to reinstall the file ASD.LLL WTF?

      • arshad says:

        Tyler – do this – go to C:/Program files/Common files/Apple/Apple applicaton support. Look for the ASL.DLL file – right click on it and select “open with” – then browse to where Blackrain is and click open/okay. Blackrain should now work fine.

  136. jpm says:

    I’ve used blackra1n multiple times, atleast more than 10, and everytime i run it , my screen always gets stuck at a blank black screen and the geohot dude doesn’t show up. ive used the power and home button method but it just keeps going back to my lockscreen. after that i just keep trying it over and over and the same thing just keeps happening. My ipod (3G) has been jailbroken TWICE butby a different person but it just keeps getting restored when i go onto itunes.

    SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ASAP.

  137. arshad says:

    I have an ipod Touch 2nd gen running 3.1.2 – my PC is on Vista.

    I had a problem with it hanging when entering recovery – my fix was to NOT run in XP mode – and then it was jailbroken in like 10 seconds!!

    Great program, thanks Geohot.

    Hope that helps.. remember DO NOT RUN BLACRAIN IN XP MODE if your OS is Vista.

  138. alex says:

    DUDE ARSHAD U ROCK MAN LOVE U!!!

  139. arshad says:

    Thanks Alex – glad it fixed your problem. I take no credit for the advice, I just saw these fixes on other websites and wanted to spread it around as much as I can on order to help others.

    Enjoy.

  140. Michael says:

    When i went to install blackra1n and use it said “This Application has failed to start because ASL.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem” i treis to re-install it quite a few times but the same thing happend. Is there a way around this?

  141. Eric says:

    copy blackra1n.exe in this folder and run it from there….

    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Apple Application Support

  142. Sherlock says:

    I already have the blackra1n in my iphone3g but when I opened it…

    “Loading available installers…” then changed to “Please check your Internet Connection.(Err…)”

    My Weather and Safari are working fine.

    Any idea what is causing this issue?

  143. gui says:

    I’m using blackra1n for a long time… Today I reseted network settings and it just stopped working… Iphone keeps rebooting but does not turn on… 3.1.2 FW, old baseband… Any ideas?

  144. Willard says:

    for some reason my 3rd gen 3.1.2 ipod rebooted his self, it was already jailbroken. If i wanted to put it on previously, i had to do it the same way by jailbreaking. But now when I try to open Blackra1n it got an popup by Windows

    Blackra1n.exe doesnt work anymore
    Their was an problem.. etc I think u know wich error i mean.

    Im running windows 7 business
    log file says this :

    INFO: welcome to blackra1n for windows
    ERROR: dll error
    INFO: button clicked

    if anybody know how to fix this I would be pleased, cuz I cant turn my iPod back on, unless i recover it to 3.1.3 .. but I dont want that

    mail me on ;

    willard_vg@live.nl

    I would be pleased !

  145. Leo says:

    How do you unjailbreak it, i also need 2 know how to Jailbreak it, my thing wont work, when i turn it back on, it just stays black, it doesnt work

    Please help

    Thanks

  146. Ryan says:

    Hey, I have used BlackRa1n before, and have never seemed to have a problem. All of a sudden i try to put it on my phone again and it does not work. I have 3.1.3 (7E18) software. Whenever I run Blackra1n, it goes to the connect to iTunes thing with the usb. I dont know what to do. This thing is really annoying me.

  147. Fraser says:

    What if u have 3.1.3 firmware on your iphone 3G? I’ve tried EVERYTHING mentioned above and cannot for the life of me get it jailbreaked, can anyone help please?

  148. Fraser says:

    ok so moved the file to where eric aboved said. C:/Profram files/common files/apple/apple product support and it worked to an extent. It now says “done waiting for reboot” however ive tried turning it off and on again a few times and nothing changes it still says the same and theres no blackra1n app on my phone, wtf?? Help PLEASE!

  149. Anders Ofvre says:

    My Iphone 3.1.2 got crazy so I had to turn it off and then of course jailbreak it again with blackrain. Problem, it does not work. I have the extra dll.s, I have tried several PCs, I have tried putting the file in C:, compability mode, killing itunes processes..I get the face of geohot in a few seconds but then it takes 10 minutes before it reboots, and when it does I see the same recovery screen over and over again.

    I also tried the recovery loop fix with no sucess.

    I could “restore” but then 3.1.3 automatically would be installed and I would be pwnd by that because I do not just need a jailbreak but a carrier unlock also. Help please!

    • Jon says:

      I”m having this problem as well, tried the helper.bat but I’m stuck on “done, wait for reboot” then geohots picture goes back to white apple screen… Is it a new problem? I have a couple friends having this same issue

    • DoubleX says:

      i have this problem also, geohot screen came on iphone rebooted and connect to itune screen, why did you need to shutdown your phone?

  150. james says:

    frazer follow this information.

    ive solved me problem.

    for anyone stuck at the running screen or cant get geo on your iphone its very important to ensure you have firmware 3.1.2 on your iphone. i realised i had restored my iphone to 3.1.3 through itunes. BLACKRAIN DOES NOT WORK WITH 3.1.3. after downgrading my phone to 3.1.2 and then retrying blackrain worked instantly.hope this helps

    • Kamran says:

      hi, i have a iphone 3gs with 3.1.3 not unlocked or jailbroken. how did u get urs to downgrade to 3.1.2? is that even possible with the 3gs? any solutions for me please, to unlock and jailbreak 3.1.3

  151. Dani says:

    Hey I got jailbreak but i cant download cydia

  152. Your Cool says:

    i just got a used iphone 3gs (black) and it stuck on the itunes/emergency call screen and im trying to jailbreak it so i can use it on t-mobile
    Can someone help?

  153. Roger says:

    Great, you told me something i could have asked apple to do….anyway, for those of you who are using blackra1n, i have a great tutorial site for you. Trythe link and let me know if you have any problems :)

    http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=5527

  154. that guy says:

    blackrain keeps saying that its encountered problems help

  155. DoubleX says:

    hi please help me, my blackra1n used to work before i already jailbroken my phone 4-6 times, but just recently i need to jailbreak again, i went through the geohot and reboot screen (no freeze) but then it takes me back to connect to itune screen, basically blackra1n did not work,

    my phone is only half jailbroken before, means its the type where i shut it down and it will lock it self again, so i used blackra1n in the past before, then i tried using spirit, which people said it will fully jailbreak your phone, and ran it with my phone already jailbroken on 3.1.2 and when it reboot nothing happen, got the itune screen and spirit isnt working anymore, so it takes me to my problem on top, used blackra1n and did not work like it is suppose to.

  156. Sunny says:

    yo doubleX i had the same problem i have tryed everything i dont no wat to do pls someone help every time i use blackra1n on my touch but every time it gets to the geohots pic it stays at the pic and its just the pic it doesnt have the loading spinner at the bottom so could some one help

  157. woody says:

    my ipod went black and it wont come back on please help

  158. Hussam says:

    Dear All
    No need for all this!!!!!!!!!!
    JailbreakMe.com works on the device itself! Visit this website on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad

  159. Richard Huang says:

    OKAY THIS IS IMPORTANT. Make sure “Apple mobile devices” service is enabled. I only know this for windows but press the start icon and in search program and fils go to “msconfig”. Then on services make sure Apple mobile devices is checked, and make sure it starts with boot. I found this out because I turned off a bunch of services to make my startup faster, then i couldnt jailbreak anymore so viola.

  160. Jesus Christ says:

    I can’t believe everyone is ignoring the BIGGEST issue that keeps happening to people here: BLACKRA1N has encountered a problem and needs to shut down!

    People – I cannot even get past the MAKE IT RAIN screen. I press the button and the BLACKRA1N HAS ENCOUNTERED A PROBLEM AND NEEDS TO SHUT DOWN takes over and that’s it, end of program. Doesn’t see the phone, doesn’t do anything, nada.

    Then a bunch of people post, “WELL YOU GOT 2 MAKE SUR UR PHONE IS IN OFF MODE AND STUFF”

    NO – WE CANNOT RUN BLACKRA!N! It starts, and then SHUTS DOWN! NOT GOOD!

    PLEASE if someone can address the ENCOUNTERED AN ISSUE AND NEEDS TO SHUT DOWN problem PLEASE RESPOND!

    TANKY!

  161. Morgan says:

    Ive tried over and over again with blackra1n but everytime it says something about a problem has caused it to stop working. Trying it over and over again still wont work. Help?

  162. Joshua33 says:

    what you need to do if it is closing is go to local disk program files common files apple apple application support and drag blackra1n into ther

  163. cdub37 says:

    I’ve run Blackra1n about 50 times on my G1 ipod touch with 1.1.5.
    I make it rain, my device enters recovery and then blackra1n says running but the device shows Itunes/usb logo.

    I’ve tried just about every single gimmick on here already and I’m stuck

    Anyone got a working solution?

  164. Its Ra1nin says:

    For those stuck at waiting for reboot I would reccomend trying on another computer. Dont sync just run blackra1n worked like a charm for me tried everything else.

  165. Ell says:

    I’ve been running an iphone 3GS with firmware 3.1.2. jailbroken with blackrain and unlocked for quite a while now and its been working great.

    My phone suddenly jammed today, and i turned it off and went to reboot (by plugging into the usb port and clicking make it rain). The guys face comes up but then it seems to jam, and doesnt get past this point. IT then slips back into recovery mode with the apple symbol and the connect to itunes symbol and blackrain automatically tries to jailbreak it again. This cycle repeats itself indefinately.

    When i try to restore it via itunes (version 9 i get an error message which is something along the lines of “The iPhone could not be restored because the device isnt eligible for the requested build”.
    I tried following this advice
    “In windows go to start –>run–>%appdata%
    Open “apple computer” open “itunes” check for folder named “device support”
    If folder exists, delete any contents inside, if folder does not exist, create it. Make sure you empty recycle bin.
    Connect iphone to computer and put iphone in DFU mode. Once you see it pop up in itunes, hold shift and click restore. Locate your custom firmware.

    However when i go to locate custom firmware its looking for an *ipsw file. I tried changing the blackrain.exe file to blackrain.ipsw however it said it didnt recognise this as a firmware file.

    Any help on how to resolve this, or any other way of fixing it would be greatly appreciated

  166. teyayee says:

    “I’ve been running an iphone 3GS with firmware 3.1.2. jailbroken with blackrain and unlocked for quite a while now and its been working great.

    My phone suddenly jammed today, and i turned it off and went to reboot (by plugging into the usb port and clicking make it rain). The guys face comes up but then it seems to jam, and doesnt get past this point. IT then slips back into recovery mode with the apple symbol and the connect to itunes symbol and blackrain automatically tries to jailbreak it again. This cycle repeats itself indefinately. ”

    we have the same condition.. any advices that could help solve this problem?? thanks

    • Tori says:

      My phone is doing the same exact thing!! Have you found a solution to fix yours or are you still left with a paperweight!??! Please Help Me!! :(

  167. HELP!!!!!!! says:

    HELP I DID YOUR INSTRUCTIONS BUT THE NATURE MAN DIDN’T POP UP WHAT HAS HAPPENED

  168. DANA says:

    I NEED HELP REINSTALLING ASL.DLL

  169. sttevyee3D says:

    dude go to youtube and wright how to fix asl.dll error and u will know ;) ….I don’t fuckin know how to fix the reebot thing on blackra1n:(( help

  170. Neelam says:

    After disabling automotic syn in itunes also it is detecting my iphone. and in other pc it got disabled but then usb detected iphone. wat should i do. plz help:(

  171. neelam says:

    I followed the procedure and there was the kid’s photo on my iphone1g 8gb but after that it is still locked. pls help me

  172. kishan733 says:

    I have a ipod touch 2g mc model with 4.2.1 firmware using blackra1n. The ipod is stuck on recovery mode while blackra1n says that it is still running. I have tried the airplane mode, and moving the file to apple application support, and changing the compatibility mode. Can someone offer me a solution that will work. And i am using Windows 7.

  173. paksyiet says:

    iPhone 3GS 4.2.1 Locked

    How to jailbreak that? O_O

  174. MrToastBoy says:

    iPhone 3G 4.2.1 locked :L help guy !

  175. BRK says:

    Different USB port seemed to work too …. mine got stuck on restore screen trying to restore from itunes …. here’s what I did
    –Ipod (2g 3.1.2 firmware) connected to usb, but not into computer
    –open blackra1n (had to “save as” in programs(86x)/commonfiles/apple/applesupport or whatever that folder is called, then right click blackra1n in there and make desktop shortcut)
    –click Make It Ra1n (it says waiting for device)
    –plugged in usb to different slot than before
    –the rest is history
    Thanks to everyone!!

  176. Grant connoyer says:

    I get on my computer Says that it can’t download then it says make it rain then I press run it says checking for problems then it won’t let me do any thing

  177. terminatorakhil says:

    To all the people that still have a problem….
    I faced the same problem, i tried all these weird methods and none of them worked….

    I had connected my ipod to the USB 3.0 port on my computer…. i guess ipod/blackrain doesn’t recognize that…. If your as lucky as me, connect the ipod to regular USB 2.0 and hope for the best…

    If even this doesn’t work….. god bless you….

  178. Marcus says:

    What the **** when it’s done running it says done wait for the reboot and its been 2HOURS 2 mother****** hours please fix this plz

    • terminatorakhil says:

      Dude, like i said…. you’re probably connecting the device through USB 3.0 port…. use any other USB port on your computer….
      Hopefully this would work for you….

      I had a similar problem, but except for 2 hours, i checked overnight and still dint reboot…. but it worked just fine when i used a different port….

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  184. natalia says:

    hi, ive tried redsn0w, jailbreakme and black rain. redsn0w wouldnt get pass the reboot. ive tried several things, moving its location to the apple support file in program files and program filesx86, i ran it under admin, ive set it to windows, ive tried downloading direct links, i tried running it under boot. nothng worked. my ipod wasnt compatible with jailbreak. Black rain will run, and complete, but the app wont show up on my ipod and it wont show up searching for it. i reinstalled blackra1n on it and then tried a hard reboot and the picture of the ipod connected to itunes still shows up. i have a ipod touch 4th gen with 6.1.3.

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