The iPhone 2.1 update is here. But, psych, you can't install it...

The iPhone 2.1 update is here. But, psych, you can't install it...

Summary: Talk about cruel.I can't remember the last time I was genuinely excited by the thought of an incremental system update, but there I was, checking iTunes first thing this morning to see if the 2.

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Talk about cruel.

I can't remember the last time I was genuinely excited by the thought of an incremental system update, but there I was, checking iTunes first thing this morning to see if the 2.1 software was available for the iPhone 3G I've been using.

And much to my delight, there it was, at just after 9am EST. And it downloaded without a hitch. I was already salivating at the thought of improved battery life -- maybe I could go 10 hours without a low-battery warning.

Sadly, it won't install.

iPhone error message

A Vista problem? An Apple problem? Just plain old bad luck?

I'll report back later - assuming I can get past this dang error message.

Update:10am EST

Still no love. Tried twice more, then gave up and rebooted my system and tried again. At first, it seemed promising, but after backing up my phone, it crashed again (this time with a different error code -- 30).

Then I tried again, and this time it's at least doing something different. Whereas the first two back-ups took about a minute apiece, this time around it's been backing up for about 20 minutes, and it's roughtly 60-percent complete. Stay tuned...

Update: 10:19am

After 50-minute back-up, appears to actually be installing. Thinking happy thoughts. Maybe the fifth time will be a charm...

Update:  10:30am

Success at last. Will report back with first impressions later today.

Update: 2:15pm

First impressions are positive. Read more here.

Topics: Windows, Hardware, iPhone, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software

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  • Worked for me.

    But I'm on XP SP3 with the original iTunes 8.0 with the questionable USB driver. The firmware update seemed to take a long time. The phone is very responsive after taking the 2.1 update and email is exchanging like clockwork.
    Uber Dweeb
    • Still having network issues, however.

      I have poor 3G coverage at home. Enabling 3G put the phone into a "No Service" state even though Edge connectivity is good here. I power cycled the iPhone and it has found the Edge network with 3G enabled. I hope 2.1 has me power cycling the iPhone less often than 2.0.2.
      Uber Dweeb
  • RE: The iPhone 2.1 update is here. But psych, you can??????t install it...

    im downloading now :) will let you know why its finished !!
    Wilsman77
  • RE: The iPhone 2.1 update is here. But psych, you can??????t install it...

    yep, installed fine on XP SP3 :D iphone 3g ;)
    Wilsman77
    • Iphone update

      I am downloading the update for the 3rd time. It downloads fine however when i try to install it it fails and goes away. It offers to download it again and the same thing happens. Any ideas?
      carjic
  • Apple is the Keystone Cops of the technology world

    All Apple has been doing is stumble around looking foolish! The iPhone was released to rave reviews before anyone used it but as problem after problem after problem arose, publications actually started [b]lowering their ratings[/b] on the iPhone. Is it any wonder then that 33% of iPhone owners have to carry around a second phone for basic voice calling and email?

    Unfortunately, Apple has crossed the line from "laugh at funny" to "evil and despicable" when they used iTunes 8 to [b]sabotage[/b] the machines of Vista users since those darn machines simply weren't crashing on their own. Now Apple can say that yes, their Mac vs PC ads that say Vista crashes is true, just look what happens when you install Apple kernel mode drivers on it!

    Good luck with your Apple technology Josh. Rest assured that my HTC Touch Diamond hasn't required 3 service packs in 2 months so I can't truly feel just how frustrated you are now. :)
    NonZealot
  • Hmm...

    ...I bought an N95 back in March 2007. It had the original firmware whic meant that:

    a) The batery life was crap.
    b) It was buggy.
    c) The GPS was agonisingly slow.

    Then Nokia released new firmware through NSU and that fixed some of the bugs. Then they released more firmware that made it faster and gave it better battery life. Finally the released firmware that gave it AGPS and pretty much made it a little slice of awesome. At no point was there major coverage of Nokia's efforts to improve their product despite the small matter of the N95 trouncing the iPhone in terms of sales volume.

    And yet here we are celebrating a pretty normal firmware update like the second coming of Christ.

    Makes you wonder, eh?
    Sleeper Service
  • Your problem

    Hey, let's make an announcement that apple put out a faulty update when you're the only one with the problem!
    07dcolem
    • au contraire mon frere

      I installed the new iTunes 8 update on Thursday, but it came up with an generic "This application has generated an error" while loading. So after following all of Apple's iTunes troubleshooting steps ( the last of which is "contact Microsoft" ;) I wound up reinstalling iTunes 7.7 which worked fine. That effort cost me 2 hours. On Friday I was able to succesfully install iPhone update 2.1, but now it wouldn't sync with iTunes because... wait for it... iTunes 8 is required!! So after another couple of hours with Apple iPhone support to assist with iTunes 8 update, another umpteen reboots iTunes 8 still crashed at load but we both had to run off and do other things. Later that evening I finally got iTunes 8 working. If you spent any time reading iPhone blogs you would realize these problems are quite common.
      itinko
  • RE: The iPhone 2.1 update is here. But psych, you can??????t install it...

    This may help http://ifundera.wordpress.com/2008/09/12/iphone-21-update-tips-to-avoid-error-message-19/
    mindfusionradio
  • What About The PC Edge ???

    What about The PC Edge ???

    It downloads full HTML web pages in 5-7 seconds 4 Times Faster then the iPhone.
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    It only costs $ 199.99
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    www.thepcedge.com
    Dino The Data Dog