Apple IPAD won’t start up! Was it OIS 8.1?

Have you got to the stage where your IPAD wont start? All you get is the Apple LOGO and no further. I imagine like many you have tried the normal remedies:

  • Turned the IPAD off at this point by holding the POWER OFF button down?  This will remove the LOGO screen
  • Pressing it again will bring it back to the LOGO screen
  • Now tried holding the HOME and POWER OFF buttons for at least 10 seconds.  Now it goes to black screen again
  • Pressing POWER ON again just brings up the LOGO screen
By now panic has set in, you want to throw the tablet out the window and concerned that you haven’t synchronised or backed up the IPAD to your computer or iCloud.
This happened to me last night having just upgraded my iPhone and IPAD to IOS 8.1 and activated the ‘Handsoff’ and message sharing tools.  I read the support pages 1 and 2 and it seemed the only option was to enter a recovery mode and reset to factory and lose all my data.
So I started that process realising my last back up was 2 days ago!  Now there are some things you need to know extra to the guidance on Apple pages shown in links 1 and 2 above.
  1. Open your iTunes program without the IPAD connected
  2. Now hold the HOME key on the IPAD and insert the USB cable.
  3. Keep holding the HOME key until the message about ‘Restoration mode‘ comes up on your IPAD screen then let go.
  4. You will get a message on your iTunes programme on your PC recognising an IPAD has been connected but no name, serial no etc. If you don’t repeat 2 and 3 above
  5. The message gives you an option to UPDATE or RESTORE.
  6. Choose UPDATE.  Even if you have the latest OIS on your IPAD.
  7. You will now see a sign that the software update is downloading and the Apple LOGO will appear on the IPAD.
  8. The download will take a while, most likely an hour.
  9. During this time the IPAD will change from LOGO screen to black screen and back a few times.  DO NOT disconnect the cables or interfere with the download process.
  10. About half way through the download process my IPAD suddenly kicked into play and the iTunes programme showed the name, serial no and sync details.
  11. I left the download to finish and as soon as the download was ended the iTunes account  showed my IPAD was up to date!!!
  12. Now do an immediate SYNC!!
I hope this works for anyone who reads this and please share it widely.