iphone upgrade with vmware under ubuntu

as you have read on this page before, it is possible to upgrade an iphone under ubuntu with vmware. BUT, as i’ve read on this page, it is easier as you think! here is my actually setup …

  • iPhone 3G 8Gb
  • ubuntu 9.10 (karmic) on lenovo t61p, kernel 2.6.31-19-generic
  • vmware workstation 6.5.3 build-185404
  • guest: winxp professional sp3 with itunes

what has to be done?

1. create a file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-usb.conf

2. add usb modules not to be loaded into that file

blacklist snd_usb_audio
blacklist usbhid

3. reload kernel event manager for the changes to take effect

reload udev

4. restart vmware and make sure you also restart windows in vmware

5. now start iphone software update in itunes

6. after update is complete, you can remove the blacklist file and restart kernel event manager again

note that during firmware update iphone might get disconnected – just connect it again using vmware removable devices menu.

wish you happy upgrading!!!

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