Tweaks and Hacks
| Posted by Sean de Jesus
on Monday, January 23rd, 2012
While the process of jailbreaking your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 looks simple enough using the Absinth tool, there have been a number of instances of failed jailbreaks using it where people have reported errors during different stages of the process. Here are a few things to try in case you’re one of the unlucky few who can’t make it work.
When you get the “absinthe.exe has stopped working” message while running the tool on your computer, some people have suggested these solutions:
- After an error, reboot your device (turn it off and on) before running it again. While you’re at it, reboot your computer as well.
- On Windows 7, make sure you right-click on absinthe.exe and choose Run as administrator.
- Also make sure that your device is turned on and unlocked, with the passcode and VPN set to off.
- Try to download the zip file again and extract the files to a different folder (it could be a bad download), and there might be an updated version of the tool available. Check out Greenpois0n for updates for the OS you’re using. Or just download a fresh copy of the files. It wouldn’t hurt. (This worked for at least one person we know).
- Try wiping your stored settings to do this, go to Settings > General > Reset on your A5 device and tap on “Reset all settings.” It helps if everything’s set to factory defaults, although we have confirmed at least one instance where simply resetting the device’s network settings worked without having to reset everything.
- Try a full restore of the device, and set it up as a new. It’s a bit extreme and tedious, but by this point, we’re guessing you’re willing to try anything.
- If you’re running Windows, it could be because of an issue with the OS. Try running the tool on a different PC if everything else fails. Wouldn’t hurt to try. Just save your sanity and blame your computer.
If the Absinthe tool manages to install the Absinthe app on the device, but you get a “Cannot Open Absinthe” error (“the server stopped responding”), try this:
- Open the multitasking bar by double clicking on the home button and close Absinthe.
- Make sure your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 is plugged into your computer. Open the Absinthe jailbreak tool and click Jailbreak again.
- After the tool jailbreaks your device again, press the home button and slide to unlock it.
- Do Not open the Absinthe app this time. Go to settings and turn on VPN.
- You should get an error message. Do Nothing. Do not close the error message, wait about a minute and your device should reboot. After it reboots Cydia should be installed. [via ipadhelp]
If you get the “Error establishing a database connection” after tapping on the Absinth icon on your device, it just means that Greenpois0n’s servers are busy. After the Absinth tool adds Absinth to your device’s Home screen, don’t tap it just yet.
- Go to your device’s Settings > General > Network.
- Tap on VPN to turn it on. This will cause your device will crash and reboot, but that’s what you’re aiming for. Toggle it on and off a few times.
- After the device reboots, try tapping on the Absinth icon to enable the installation of Cydia.
Update: A newer version of Absinth (version 0.2) has been released for Mac that fixes a few bugs, including a fix for white (blank) app icons and the crashing caused by toggling the VPN. The Windows version of Absinth has already been released as version 0.2. [via Cult of Mac]
Finally, if you’re seeing white (blank) icons after a successful jailbreak, running the Absinth tool again won’t help even if you try with a newer version. Just open Cydia and search for “Mobile Substrate,” tap on Modify and Reinstall to fix it.