Currently Being ModeratedSep 30, 2012 5:06 PM (in response to sberman)
Thank you for your reply.
When I did that, I got the Apple logo but then after I let go of the buttons, the next display was the iTunes symbol with the USB cable indicating to connect the iPhone to the PC with iTunes. When I did that, a message popped up on my PC saying "iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes".
I click OK and then click on RESTORE.
Then, I get a warning "Are you sure you want to restore the iPhone "iPhone" to its factory settings? All of your media and other data will be erased, and the newest version of the iPhone software will be installed. iTunes will verify the restore with Apple. After this process is complete, you will have the option to restore your contacts, calendars, text messages and other settings".
There's only a "RESTORE AND UPDATE" and "CANCEL" so I click on RESTORE AND UPDATE.
Then, on top of iTunes I then see "Extracting software".
After about a minute, I got "The iPhone "iPhone" could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (3194)".
I thought I was back in the same loop but after a while I noticed my password screen on the iPhone. I don't know what changed but it's back to where it was before I attempted the upgrade.
I'll just wait until I upgrade to an Iphone 5.
Thank you very much for your help.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 30, 2012 6:18 PM (in response to mwe79)
Interesting. I wonder why your iPhone 3GS wouldn't restore. Anyway, I'm glad it's working!
To help motivate you to get an iPhone 5, this article tells the differences in features iOS 6 will provide you on the iPhone 5 vs. the 3GS.
Enjoy it when you get it!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 1, 2012 5:53 AM (in response to mwe79)
I found a solution that worked! Connect the phone to itunes, then when the error pops up about software, just click ok. Then, whilst your phone is still connected to iTunes, hold down the home button, then hold down the lock button at the same time for 10 seconds, after the ten seconds, let go of the lock button, BUT KEEP YOUR FINGER ON THE HOME BUTTON for a further ten seconds. The phone will then go into restore mode and a prompt box will pop up in itunes along the lines of do you want to resotre and update - I clicked yes and now my phone is fully working again with ios 6.0
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 27, 2013 1:05 AM (in response to mwe79)
mwe79 - I am having the exact same issue with my 3GS. Unfortunately though I am unable to get mine working again having tried playing about with my firewall, spare USB cable, redownload itune etc. The phone is store bought (O2) so i've not unlocked it or anything like that.
Maybe I can just hope it sorts itself out like yours!