Friday, October 19, 2018

iPhone 6 Error 9

Countless people asking me how much is the motherboard..

"Apple center told me my motherboard is spoiled, it's beyond repair. Need pay them Rm12xx to replace whole device. Ridiculous!"

Before you buy the motherboard.. Please send the device to my shop and i check for you is it can be repairable.

90% of motherboard problem are can be repaired. 

Example: A motherboard is RM 650. Motherboard repair price between RM 200 to RM 400. A second hand of  whole iPhone is RM 750.

We always quote you a fair price that lower than a board replacement... and much hell cheaper than Apple Center offer you device replacement at ridiculous price!!

"By the way, technically it's called Logic Board. Not motherboard. Motherboard is in the PC which you can plug in third party hardware. Logic Board on other hand, you cannot. Plug in their designed hardware only."

So today topic is iPhone 6 that is stuck in Recovery Mode. It failed to restore and show Error 9 in iTunes. Customer been to some shops telling them same story that it can't be repair.

Let me show you how is the professional repair it.... in my shop, of course.

iPhone 6 Stuck at Recovery Mode. Most end user like to say Cable Mode or iTunes Logo Mode

Restore failed. A code appear. it's Error 9. 

No matter how many PC or Mac you use to restore it.. it ended up with same error.

Error 9 is indicated NAND or NAND circuit failure.  NAND is the memory chip. Some people like to say HDD or Hard Disk. But in Apple schematic, they called it NAND.

We notice first bad news is "all the memory data inside" probably gone. Especially customer attempted to restore it and it failed. 

Put in our board onto his device to TEST every parts such as  LCD, camera, buttons, battery, ports....
You don't want after we repaired the board and turn on found another problem then paying more.. Right?

Then call customer and quote him a price after we inspect the board damaged under the MICROSCOPE.

That's how professional checking procedure. Not Genius Bar that just telling you the Logicboard is spoiled and you pay whole device price. They don't even know what's wrong is the logicboard and which chipset or what circuit failed. They sure didn't check every parts of the device.
Wasted your time.

Apple trained them nothing in repairing except follow procedure of reading script to tell you what to pay.
Want more similar story? here is the Youtube link - Genius Bar caught ripping customer



Back to topic..

I found the NAND is the only issue instead of CPU. So by replace it can solve the problem.

Obviously this iPhone housing and LCD changed at other place before..
iPhone NAND tool
We use special tool that can read/write NAND. This tool is not cheap. Cost one thousand above and it just only works for specific models. Not every iPhone.  
Tried to read the old NAND and it failed. So we put in new NAND to reprogram Serial Number, Address...
The iPhone won't be able to activate if we don't do this. Activate process is needed go through Apple Server and they will verify the device Serial Number, Wifi and Bluetooth address.

We also need to purchase the INFO of this device to reprogram it. It might take days to wait from server provide us the report of this iPhone.



I must need to blackmarked all the infomation.. Who knows Apple might saw this and blacklist this iphone from server.. So the user might ended up unable to activate or network blocked. 
Once re-program done. Soldered the NAND back on the logicboard.

Voila~ Done!

 Bonjour ~

All this kind of works require real professional repairer and tools. Special training already cost more than 20k. Tools cost above 20k and still need purchase tools for coming iPhone..

That is why it's not available at Face 2 Face or whatever Food Truck and Van on-site service. Those are DIY repairer. Plug and play stuff only..


Visit real professional to do the board repair directly. Not pass over to some guy and wait for weeks.