Thursday, 13 October 2011

HOW TO FIX - Error 3200 - iOS5 Update/Installation Failed.

Having problems upgrading to iOS 5 on your iPhone or iPad? You’re not alone.
The most prevalent problem when upgrading to iOS 5 is “Error 3200.” Apple’s service
 reps are telling multiple users that this error is something they’re working on, and add that there is nothing users can do to change that error code.
The problem is occurring because there are too many people trying to access Apple’s servers at the same time. The reps say the problems should subside in a few hours.

The problem starts when your device tries to contact Apple servers for authorization. When the servers were slammed the hardest, many of the requests were not being fulfilled. As a result, many users are reporting trying over again, where the Error 3200 mysteriously disappears.
So one way to solve the problem is just to keep trying. Since Apple’s servers are said to only be fulfilling about half the requests, you can easily win the coin-flip and get authorization.
Other problems reported:
  • Having to reorganize all your apps.
  • Backup taking a long time. One user told us it took three hours.
  • Downloading the upgrade taking a long time. It’s more than 700 MB, and because the servers are so overburdened, it’s taking longer than usual.
  • Inability to register for iCloud.
On the positive side, a few users are saying the process has been seamless — even though most find it takes a long time to download iOS 5. Some report downloading the update in 15 minutes. But after that, there is an extra backup process that takes much longer than usual.
UPDATE: HOW TO FIX?
It's as simple as downloading the iOS 5 IPSW (iPhoneSoftware) for your device directly from Apple instead of downloading it from within iTunes.
The IPSW is the file that contains the operating system for iPhones, iPads and the iPod touch. After you've downloaded the appropriate file from the list below, here's how to update your device.
Plug in your device and Option+click on the Check for Update button in iTunes. If you want to wipe your device and do a clean install, you can Option+click on Restore.

A window will pop up, navigate to the IPSW you downloaded and select it. That's it, your device should begin to update.

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