Updated: Some Registered Developers Reporting "Pink Screen of Death" When Installing iPhone 3.0 Beta 4?

UPDATE 2: Andrew points out in the comments that this may be the result of devs using Xcode to install Beta 4 rather than iTunes 8.2, which is required. We have no way of testing this, but if you are having trouble, and using Xcode, try switching to iTunes 8.2 and installing that way.

UPDATE: Devs responding to @theiphoneblog via Twitter are reporting that, for them at least, the PSOD is temporary and/or goes away after a reboot. Let us know how it's working for you.

ORIGINAL: Some of the comments in our recent iPhone 3.0 Beta 4 release post, purportedly from registered developers, suggest that at least a few installations are failing with the dreaded "pink screen of death".

The PSOD was seen last year when, during the 2.0 Beta cycle, Apple was tardy with Beta 3 and the previous beta timed out. We're not certain what's going on this time. Developers and their iPhones have to be registered with Apple in order to properly activate. If the procedure Apple is using to verify registration has changed, or is otherwise failing for a percentage of developers, that could be annoying at the least, show-stopper at worst.

If repeated attempts are succeeding for you, or if you've found out anything else that's getting things working, please drop a note in our comments or direct your fellow registered developers to the proper trouble-shooting resources.

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Updated: Some Registered Developers Reporting "Pink Screen of Death" When Installing iPhone 3.0 Beta 4?


I'm using iTunes 8.2 and it's still giving me the same error I tried to restore with beta 3.0 3 and restored just fine! WTF is going on man!?

@patrick did you do it with a itunes 8.2 beta or just on regular? And your saying after a couple of tries it worked

So I've tried doing the upgrade and option click and that doesn't work so far so I'm gonna try restore and option click see if that does the trick

I got this too.
At first I tried to install the beta using iTunes 8.2pre, which didn't work due to an error #6, multiple times.
Then I tried to restore the iPhone using the XCode (Beta4) organizer. The first try didn't work well, it showed me 2 connected iPhones and afterwards I got the pink screen. On the second try however things went smoothly.

ok so i tried the restore and option click but no luck still gets bricked as soon as restore process begins

ok everyone i finally got b4 installed successfully all i did was install itunes then restart and then install sdk4 and restart and when i tried to upgrade and it worked!

how do i get rid of the pink screen of death!? when i plug my ipod in to my computer it gives me the default screen of the itunes symbol and the cord in other words saying please connect to itunes. but instead of a black background its PINK!!!! itunes will not recognize my ipod touch (1st Gen) when i plug it into itunes. it gives me an error message. the computer itself recognies it but not itunes. HELPPPPPP!