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I jailbroke my iPhone 4 (iOS 4.2.1), but, aside from running VLC, there's nothing particularly compelling about keeping it. So I went to restore the system, and got an error message, "This iphone 'Shikarnov's iPhone' could not be restored. This device isn't eligible for the requested build."

Anybody have any suggestions?
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What ipsw are you pointing to? 4.3 released are you trying to point to that?

Secondly look up Quick Reply,, SBSettings, Folder Enhancer, Open-SSH, Veency, Bluetooth Profile Selector, Five Icon Dock, Five Icon Switcher, IntelliScreen, WeatherIcon, and Infinidock before you make up your mind that there isn't anything compelling.
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Oh come on Ivan.. what could possibly be compelling about not having to pay your phone provider an extra $30-$60 a month for the ability to use your phone or iPad as an ad hoc (or full) network connection for unlimited and free tethering ? Pfft... I'd have to agree.. that is not compelling at ALL!

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Oh yeah - pdanet - good point doug. Yeah - I have issue with having an unlimited plan - and paying an extra $20 for the same pipe - but only allowed 2GB when using it a certain way. That just seems like corporate greed to me. I mean if you are going to charge me $20 at least give me the same unlimited data.
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I actually don't have the ipsw files anymore. The Mac on which I originally jailbroke the phone (and then needed to have with me in order to reboot the phone with the tethered break) died, and now I'm on a new system...
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You will need to restore to 4.3. You should be able to just plug into iTunes and hit restore. iTunes will download the 4.3 firmware and then install.
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I tried that first, Jaygray, and got the same error message.
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You should be able to find an ipsw here
iClarified - iPhone - Where To Download iPhone Firmware Files From

Then you can use shift-restore (alt-restore on the mac) to pick the ipsw.
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Sadly, IvanLasston, that also didn't work. I downloaded the firmware file from the site you suggested, and did an ALT+Restore. iTunes asked me to locate the file, which I did, but still iTunes reached out to talk to Apple and declared my phone ineligible - again.
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I even denied iTunes access to the Internet via Little Snitch, and it still have the same error.
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Do you have the Verizon iPhone or the AT&T iPhone? If you have the Verizon iPhone - are you trying to use 4.3? I don't believe that 4.3 is out for Verizon yet - you have to use 4.2.6.
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It's AT&T. And I tried with both 4.2.1 and 4.3
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It's finally restoring... I had to put it into recovery mode first, and then restore to iOS 4.3.

Thanks for the help everybody.

ETA: After working with it for most of today, I have to admit that the phone is noticeably faster than it was before my restore last night. It almost feels new.
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