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TUTORIAL - Jailbreak the iPad2 on 5.0.1 with Absinthe

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Welcome to the iPadForums.net tutorial on jailbreaking the iPad2 with firmware 5.0.1 using Absinthe from the jailbreak Dream Team!

Note: iPad1 owners should use redsn0w to jailbreak their devices on 5.0.1. We have a tutorial on that too! Check here - http://www.ipadforums.net/jailbreak...orial-jailbreak-ipad1-ios5-using-redsn0w.html

Preparation
First of all your iPad2 MUST already be on 5.0.1 to start, and like all jailbreak activities you should ensure you have backed up recently!
Be aware, as things stand you cannot install 5.0.1 on your iPad2 IF Apple have closed the signing window on 5.0.1, even if you have saved SHSH Blobs. Make sure you get 5.0.1 installed before the window closes. For more details on SHSH Blobs, see this post - http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-hacking/59291-shsh-blobs-faq-new-improved-2012-a.html

Next, you need to download the Absinthe tool from its official home Greenpois0n.com

Finally, before you start, consider how much data you currently have on your iPad and the resources available on your PC. This jailbreak utilises a vulnerability in the Backup and Restore process. Therefore in order to complete the jailbreak Absinthe will perform a backup and restore of your iPad's data. This raises a couple of important issues...

i) the more data you have on your iPad the longer the jailbreak will take - My 64GB iPad which was almost full took approximately 40 minutes to complete the jailbreak. A freshly restored and empty iPad took about 3 minutes to complete. Big difference!

ii) You need plenty of space on your PC for the backup. If free space is tight on your hard disk then you will need to proceed carefully. If Absinthe runs out of space for the backup it typically just crashes, potentially leaving your disk full!

If you are feeling up to it, the best way to proceed is to backup your iPad (on iCloud or iTunes), use iTunes to restore a fresh install of 5.0.1 (make sure you read the fist part of this preparation to know whether you can do this or not!) and then jailbreak. Once the JB is done in a few minutes you can then restore your device backup and all your apps and settings will be put back as they should be!

If you have any problems running Absinthe, see the troubleshooting section at the end. Now, on to the jailbreak...

1. Unzip the download and launch the Absinthe file on your PC:
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2. Ensure your iPad2 is connected and detected, then press the "Jailbreak" button…
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Absinthe will start to work it's magic! Be advised, the jailbreak takes longer the more data you have on your iPad. Be Patient!
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The jailbreaking wizards in the Dream Team pwned the iTunes sync, backup, and restore process to jailbreak the A5 devices...
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You need to keep the faith and let it do it's thang!
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Hang on it there baby...

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The last stage takes roughly as long as the first, so bear with it. It will appear as though nothing much is happening...

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Finally, it will finish and tell you to unlock your device and press the jailbreak icon. DONT disconnect the iPad yet!
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What you actually do is scroll to the last page of your icons and touch the "Absinthe" webclip!
After a few seconds (wait at least 20) your device should reboot, and the jailbreak will be complete! You should now see the Cydia icon on your springboard.

That's it! You are jailbroken untethered on 5.0.1 with an iPad2! Wasn't that easy?

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Congratulations!
Now launch Cydia and start exploring the brave new world. Make sure you review our stickies, in particular this thread - http://www.ipadforums.net/jailbreak-applications-tweaks/25824-ultimate-list-jailbreak-tweaks.html

Troubleshooting!
First of all be patient and trust that it is working, particularly on the last stage! If you have lots of data on your device it WILL take a long time at each stage. DO NOT disconnect the iPad from your PC until you see Cydia on your springboard (unless things have gone wrong of course).

If you get to the end and launching "Absinthe" does nothing, open Settings and turn ON the VPN setting which has been added to your device. Make sure you don't disconnect the iPad2 yet! It should reboot and Cydia will then be visible.

If this does not work, disconnect and start again. Absinthe will let you know it needs to recover the process. Let it do this. Then disconnect again and run the jailbreak again! But if your iPad has lots of data on it, consider doing a clean restore as laid out in the preparation section this time!

If Absinthe crashes on OSX, first make sure you are running the jailbreak as an Administrator of the system. It seems as though folks have also had success by enabling the root user on OSX. To enable root, try the following:

  1. Open "System Preferences" and choose "Users & Groups"
  2. Click the padlock and authenticate to unlock the settings
  3. Choose "Login Options"
  4. Click "Join" (or "Edit")
  5. Click "Open Directory Utility"
  6. Click the padlock and authenticate to unlock the settings (if required)
  7. From the "Edit" menu, choose "Enable Root User"
  8. Provide a password for the root user.


If Absinthe crashes on Windows, again, make sure you are running as an Administrator account.
Windows7 and Vista users should set the compatibility properties for the Absinthe executable by right clicking on the EXE file, choosing "properties", switching to the Compatibility tab, and selecting "Windows XP (Service Pack 2)" and "Run this program as an administrator".

The following screen shows what the properties look like for Windows7 users:

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Absinthe keeps crashing on my Mac(Lion), i even tried disk utility and repaired disks......download the newer release of Absinthe, still crashing.

Seen a few other dudes having the same issue, might see a newer update to Absinthe soon again.

i got that windows PC just in case...but it is puzzling me on this.
 
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Absinthe keeps crashing on my Mac(Lion), i even tried disk utility and repaired disks......download the newer release of Absinthe, still crashing.

Seen a few other dudes having the same issue, might see a newer update to Absinthe soon again.

i got that windows PC just in case...but it is puzzling me on this.

Hmmm. I haven't had it crash at all. Latest updates and latest iTunes? (I have)
 

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Mac Users: Make sure you are running Absinthe 1.2.2 or newer....

Problems?
If you get to the end and does nothing, open Settings and turn ON the VPN setting which has been added to your device. Make sure you don't disconnect the iPad2 yet! It should reboot and Cydia will then be visible.

If this does not work, disconnect the iPad2 and start again. Absinthe will let you know it needs to recover the process. Let it do this. Then disconnect and run again. I suggest putting Airplane mode ON and turn turning ON wifi. This seems to help keep pesky notifications from interrupting the process.

Very well done, f4780y! Bravo.

I too, was an early adopter and one thing I experienced (three times) when running original absinthe-mac-0.1.2-1.zip to jailbreak my iPad2 was when I selected Absinthe icon on my iPad after it finished, the screen would go white and display "Error establishing a database connection". Originally, when I went to "Settings=>General=>Network=>VPN" there was no Jailbreak(vpn) option. It seems that this was fixed in absinthe-0.1.2.2.zip release that came out about an hour later.

So if you're still seeing the white display and "Error establishing a database connection", please download the latest (1.2.2 or higher) release for your Mac. It works perfectly!

Lastly, the "Jailbreak(vpn)" option will remove itself after Absinthe finishes and there's no worry if you already have existing VPN connections in place, just select the "Jailbreak(vpn)" to complete the final transfer.

All the best! Thanks again to the "Dream Team"
 
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Hmmm. I haven't had it crash at all. Latest updates and latest iTunes? (I have)

Fresh restore to 5.0.1(using correct .IPSW....3G), still crashing.....has to be an issue with my Macbook Air....used different USB cable and port.....iTunes is latest, Mac is updated, all apps closed, Rebooted(twice), not sure about this one.

Someone said to boot in safe mode(Mac), but i didn't try that yet.

And i ain't no newbie too....just having an issue.

I am in no rush to do this, just being challenged right now.
 

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The CLI tool for windows has been released its meant for debugging but can jailbreak , think ill hang fire and wait for the Absinthe program as i noticed Absinthe already got update last night because of issues etc , It's here thats fab but im in no rush id rather wait and see how it goes. Great tut well done :)
 
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I am trying to JB for the gazillionth time. I am using Leigh's thread. Wish I saw it earlier. The JB worked fine on my iPhone. But not w the iPad. I removed many of my unused apps and some of my pics - thought it might help. Anyhow I am using his advice and hope that I don't have to wait for an hour or more! I also ended up loosing good reader and my docs after I upgraded to os5 !!!! I contacted the dev. We shall see... sigh!!! props to the dream team- I am grateful (in case it doesn't seem like it)!!!

PS I am using an iPad 2.
 

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Well i had to use the Windows Command line to jailbreak the iPad 2....Done.
Word on the tweet, the windows version will be released soon, to help a lot of people.
 

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I'm using the absinthe win 0.2. Goes all the way, tap the jailbreak icon and I get the greenpois0n skull "ABSINTHE is now setting things up, please stand by... but is just seems to stay on that screen. Is this how it is supposed to be?

Dan
 

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hrmm... mine went to the first stage, "beginning jailbreak, this may take awhile" ...
i come back to check to see how it went, and looks like the program crashed under windows7, said program wasn't responding. i restarted the app, now it says "Looks like you attempted to apply this jailbreak and it failed. Will try to fix now..." next screen -> "Recovery completed. if you want to retry jailbreaking, unplug your device and plug it back in."
this msg repeats over and over. i've restarted the ipad/windows with no change.

i guess i have to restore the ipad from a backup and try again? just had a clean install last night when installing 5.0.1 from 4.3.3
 

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update: i just did another restore to the ipad2(cdma) but didn't restore my backup after it reloaded ios 5.0.1. I reran the JB and it took about 60 seconds to go through all the windows. Then another 60 seconds for Cydia to perpare the filesystem. After all that was done, i restored my ipad with my settings and all is running smoothly! - i did notice after the restore Cydia did say "22" updates" which is what i had when i did my backup from going from 4.3.3. to 5.0.1. So maybe backup with cydia from 4.3.3 did something screwy when trying to do the JB the first time. Anyways after clicking in Cydia the "22" went away since i didn't have those mods added anymore.
 
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