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bonestonne

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Need some assistance with iPad 2 issues.

25 May 2013 - 01:36 AM

Hello all, I have a bit of a serious issue with an iPad 2, and I'm at wits end. Since I primarily work with Android devices, I'm catching up on my iOS knowledge....

Here's the situation from start to finish:

I have an iPad 2 Wifi only. Long story short, I had to replace the battery, screen, dock connector and digitizer due to an accident that I'd rather not elaborate on. I'll upload some pictures later maybe.

My sister, being my sister, did a number of things that made this situation difficult. 1) She couldn't, or wouldn't tell me the password to get into it. 2) She never ran a software update on it from her computer. 3) It broke. Things she touches, at least, electronics, tend to break.

So, being my tech savvy self, I threw it into Recovery Mode, downloaded the latest update, and reflashed it to 6.1.3. What a disaster that turned into. I'm not sure quite what caused the issue, because it happens regardless of the sync cable I use or firmware I try to put on it.

Currently, the iPad just enters a reboot loop. On the rare occasion I can keep it on long enough to hit the system preferences, I can get into the logs, and I see a CRC ERR being reported, over and over and over. I do the reset again, no change, just CRC ERR again. The funny thing was that when I first put the thing back together, it worked, no CRC ERR, no reboot loop, just locked out. Now, this iPad is finally home from college, so I'm not sure if she even knows the password, or if her friends were playing some cruel joke on her.

In all of my reading last night, I found that if I want to try and reflash the device to iOS v5.1.1, I need a blob. Well, I don't have one, nor do I think I would be able to get one. I couldn't find any online, and I was looking pretty hard. I can't even seem to find a way to reliably jailbreak it, because the iPad doesn't stay on long enough for any app to recognize it.

I didn't put it all back together yet, so taking it apart isn't a big deal still, but I'm stumped. it's the iPad2,1 if that makes any difference. I'd like to flash it back to 5.1.1 and see if that makes any difference, but currently, I can't do a thing with it. Any thoughts? It's long out of warranty, I'm not going to waste my time with the Genius Bar because I'm not going to pay someone an ungodly amount of money for this (that already happened once when it was bought), I just want to try and get it working again. I'm at wits end, if anyone has any idea of how I could get it working, or any way to troubleshoot the CRC ERR, I'd really appreciate it. I know it's not a loose connection, I cleaned it pretty good, but at this point, I'm not going to replace the logic board in it, I've spent enough money getting this far, I'll be rather annoyed if it's for nothing, between all of the parts, none of them are exactly returnable. I have OS X/Windows/Linux at my disposal, whatever works is what I'm happy with.

Anyway, any thoughts or tips would be great, I'm not in a complete rush, but I'd like to get it working again eventually...I have an Asus TF-101, but my sister is really whiney when her iGadgets break (purely her own doing, she also managed to completely a kill an iPhone 3G).

Thanks,

bonestonne

my new monster machine.

01 February 2013 - 06:08 AM

A full disclaimer, right now the machine does not run OSx86 at all. I only have the CS6 suite for Windows, and I need the machine to be 100% reliable for school work. That aside, here is a gallery of my machine:



The system is used as a Premiere Pro CS6 HD video editor, I also use it for Pro Tools 10 audio editing. This machine runs Windows 8 Pro with Media Center currently.

The specs are:

2x Intel Xeon E5-2620
Asus Z9PA-D8
2x Xigmatek SD1283 Dark Knight
NZXT Source 210 Elite
Antec HCG-750
Kingston 16gb ECC Registered DDR3 (Will be upgrading to 32gb in coming weeks)
LG WH14NS40 BluRay Burner
Startech PEXUSB3S2E2I USB3.0 PCI-e x1
SIIG NN-E38012-S3 Firewire 400/800 PCI-e x1
Western Digital Velociraptor 250GB HHTZ model
2x Western Digital 640gb drives for storage and scratch disk use
Thermalright HR-55
Gigabyte GTX660TI 2GB OC
1200RPM PWM Scythe Slip Stream
2x Noiseblocker NB-eLoop B12-PS
Phantek 140mm fan with 7v adapter
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center

The machine is a complete animal, and will run rings around a 12 core Mac Pro I work with at my university, specifically because of the Hyperthreading support, faster hard drive, and more RAM (which never hurts).

It was very challenging to build this, as it put a lot of components in a small space. There will be changes that I need to make over time, because hardware is not all running as well as I need it to, however in it's current state, it is useable for what I need. You'll notice (if you look up all the hardware) that there is no audio output on the machine. Because it's a Pro Tools 10 workstation, I am using an M-Audio ProFire 2626 interface for all of my audio needs. On the desk I also have a pair of Avid Artist Mix units to assist in audio production. For basic recordings, I have either an MXL V63M or Shure SM7B which I use for voiceover work (depending on what sound I am looking for). The only changes that will be occurring over time will be a replacement Firewire card (the current one works, but I will be moving it to my backup machine, and replacing it with a FW card with a different TI chip for better performance, as well as adding an additional 16GB of RAM, as all video editing that gets done on this machine is in HD 1080p.

Any questions or comments are more than welcome.
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