Having trouble updating your iPad to the new iOS 5 software? You're not alone but the good news is, it will work...eventually. Note most of these tips apply to upgrading to iOS 5.0.1 as well. Lost network connections and timeouts are almost always the issue. Apple's server load is returning to normal so if you're still having problems upgrading, it's possible there's a problem on your end. First of all, don't give up! I and millions of others have updated our iPads and other iDevices to iOS 5 just fine so it can be done. Understand that the data and time required to update an iPad is much greater than an iPhone or an iPod. Backups of apps and restoring backups can take a while depending on the server load as well as your Internet connection and broadband speed. Also keep in mind that this is a full upgrade meaning that all of your data will be backed up and then removed from your iPad, iOS 5 will be downloaded and installed, all of your data will then be restored. This all happens over the Internet so it can be timely and again, how fast is largely dependent on Apple's server load but more so on the speed of your broadband connection. Have some patience but most importantly, do not interrupt the process at any point. Let it run until it is finished. If you interrupt the upgrade you could corrupt or lose data causing your iPad to not perform properly. These troubleshooting tips are posted in a number of areas on the forum, so I thought it would be helpful to have them all in one place. iTunes - Be certain you've updated to iTunes 10.5.1 as it is required prior to upgrading your device to iOS 5. Try quiting and relaunching iTunes. iPad - Be sure your iPad is fully charged. This is a full upgrade, not incremental and can take hours to complete depending on server loads as well as your broadband speeds. Reset the iPad: You can do this by pressing the Home button and the Sleep/wake button on the top the iPad's case and holding them down together for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo. The iPad should then reset itself. Try updating again. More here: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch: Turning off and on (restarting) and resetting USB - Connect your iPad directly to a USB port on your computer, not a hub, etc. using the original iPad USB/30 pin cable. Virus Protection - Turn off any virus protection programs. (They can often interrupt connections, downloads, etc.) Network - If at all possible use an Ethernet connection from your computer to your network, not WiFi. The stability is far better as is the speed. Avoid using your broadband connection for other purposes during the upgrade if at all possible. Reboot your modem/router; disconnect the power, wait a few minutes for the cache to clear and plug it back in. Wait a few more minutes for all network connections to be established. If you have to upgrade using WiFi avoid network interference from wireless phones (both cell and in-home), metal barriers, other wi-fi signals, microwaves, etc. and place your computer as close to the wireless modem/router as possible. If you're comfortable checking your modem's settings, look at your firewall settings (it's okay to turn your firewall off for this as long as you're only connecting to Apple servers) and ensure that the ports iTunes uses, TCP ports 123 and 3689 as well as UDP ports 123 and 5353 are open and accessible. A majority of folks won't need to go this far, but for some users that may have tweaked their settings, this may be the issue. iPad Not Responsive - If your iPad suffers data corruption and will not boot up you can try restoring from your backup or to factory settings: iTunes: Backing up, updating, and restoring your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch software Manual Upgrade: iDevices can be upgraded manually for those comfortable doing that. Follow the instructions on this thread: http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-hacking/24939-official-apple-ios-firmware-download-links-ipad.html Here are some additional tips if your iPad still won't update: iPad: Unable to update or restore Updating Your Device to iOS 5 Remember error codes in the 50 and 3000 range are generally due to a lost/timed out connection. Ensure that there's nothing on your end that would slow down or interrupt your broadband connection. It's nice to have the features iOS 5 offers but it's certainly not key to your iPad (or any iDevice) running normally. POST UPGRADE: Some folks have experienced some odd behavior, slowing of some apps, etc. after upgrading. Many of these issues have been resolved by resetting the iPad. Reset the iPad: You can do this by pressing the Home button and the Sleep/wake button on the top the iPad's case and holding them down together for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo. The iPad should then reset itself. The boot up process takes a few minutes and then the iPad should be responsive again. More here: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch: Turning off and on (restarting) and resetting If you have tips (not just complaints) about how you upgraded successfully, don't hesitate to post! We'll be happy to add them to this list. Hope that helps and hang in there!