Having iPhone Problems? Is it acting really weird? Try this.

My jailbroken and unlocked iPhone 3GS suddenly started acting weird yesterday. I thought my iOS got corrupted somehow, or it was time for me to upgrade to the latest iOS (currently running 4.0.1; been too busy to upgrade). But I did some research and found that one of the causes was a bad charger. Now a charger can be bad a few ways:

  1. It can be bad out of the box
  2. It can say that it was made for the iPhone, but it is not a quality charger
  3. It can go bad after a couple months of use
  4. It can be a setup that does not work well, even though you think it would (this was the cause of my problem)

The setup that I had was a genuine iPhone home charger plugged into a power inverter. If you’re not sure what a power inverter is, it’s a device that plugs into the cigarette lighter in your car and allows you to plug regular plugs that go into the wall socket in your home into it. I’ve used that setup in the past and had no issues. But for whatever reason, it started to give me issues. It would cause my iPhone to act really crazy. Here are some of the things that it did:

  • It would act really jumpy when it was plugged in (it would not be a smooth scroll)
  • It would act jumpy after it had been plugged in, and was no longer plugged in
  • When I touched the screen and selected something, it would randomly select something else
  • When I started typing, the cursor would jump to another field in the screen or another section of the text and continue typing there

Once I restarted the phone a couple of times and charged it with a genuine charger, it started working normally again.


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