3GS-Stuck at the Apple, no boot
I'm ready to pitch this phone into the dog kennel - frustrated beyond belief. Back in December it stopped sync'ing with iTunes (WinXP, SP3) and wouldn't let me change any music. I ignored it for a while but in the last few days the phone itself has started hanging - won't respond to screen touches. That got old fast so I attempted to re-jailbreak it with the 3.0 firmware via iClarified and redsn0w 8.0 It hung at the "waiting for reboot" screen and never went beyond that.
I can get it into a recovery mode that iTunes seems to see, and is happy to restore with the latest 3.1.13 or whatever, but moments before I agreed, I ran across the post that stated that the latest firmware is not jail-breakable and may never be. I don't need to be unlocked, but I do love my multiflow and text messaging mods. I dearly want to be able to run my Cydia stuff again.
I've tried redsn0w a few times but it doesn't see the phone even if iTunes does.
Do I have any options besides "leave it and hope for a better day" or "restore to the lastest and kiss cydia goodbye"?
Edit: What's with the iClarified IPSW? iPhone2,1_3.0.1_7A400_Restore.ipsw has never been recognized by any of the JB software I've downloaded.