Waiting for Absinthe to Complete: iPhone Jailbreak Failed – Here’s the Fix

by Michael on January 29, 2012 · 0 comments

Today I went out and picked up a shiny new iPhone 4S to replace my still-pretty-shiny iPhone 4. I’ve been waiting to do so until after a jailbreak was available for this device. The release of the Absinthe A5 jailbreak, made that a reality.


Upon returning home, I backed up my iPhone one last time, and then downloaded the latest version of Absinthe (currently 0.3) and went to town.

Unfortunately, as the jailbreak neared completion, I ran into problems. The last step of this jailbreak is to go into your phone and click on the Absinthe icon.

But… Then things went haywire. My phone gave me the “Waiting for Absinthe to complete” screen, and then updated the screen to say:

Didn’t work? Try this: 1. Tap ‘Jailbreak’ to open the Settings Application and turn on the VPN named ‘Jailbreak’.

And so I did… But instead of jailbreak goodness, I got an error:

Cannot Open Absinthe, Absinthe could not be opened. The error was: “The URL can’t be shown”

It offered to let me “Close” or “Retry,” but re-trying resulted in the same error over and over. Ugh. No jailbreak for me. At least not yet.

After a bit of Googling, I decided to restore my iPhone and try again. This time, however, I removed the passcode lock and rebooted both my phone and the computer before proceeding.

And guess what? It worked perfectly the second time around. I suspect that it was the passcode lock that created the problems, but it may have just been a random glitch.

Oh, and one other thing… I made sure I was connected to my wireless network before running the jailbreak (I wasn’t connected the first time around). I doubt this made a difference, but you never know.

For what it’s worth, I’ve also heard that you can run into trouble if you’ve set up a VPN. But I haven’t messed with VPNs, so that couldn’t have been my problem.

I’ve just finished sync’ing everything back onto my phone and restoring my jailbreak apps using PKGBackup, and so…

It’s time to tackle my iPad 2, which is currently jailbroken, but still running iOS 4.3.3. Wish me luck. Hopefully I won’t need a tall cup of coffee to see me through to the end. 😉


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