[1.1.2] 1.1.1,3.9OTB - please help - phone in DFU but iTunes not prompting to restore
Here's the sequence of events:
I was happily using an unlocked phone onTMobile USA with 1.1.2/3.9 (originally 1.1.1) and successfully updated to 1.1.3 using the dev team method. I retained my unlock, fixed the sync problems, etc. and all worked fine for over a week.
Yesterday while on a call a text came in. I heard the chirp while on the call. When I went to hang up the screen froze. The call-ended screen was up, and on top of it was the alert box with the text message, along with the usual ignore/reply buttons. However, like I said the screen was frozen, so neither soft button produced any response.
I waited several minutes and it didn't un-freeze.
Then I tried both hard buttons separately to see if either would shake the phone loose. Nothing.
Then I tried to soft reset. HOWEVER, the screen never went to the "slide to power off" screen. It went dark, into DFU mode.
I used itunes (7.6) to restore the phone to 1.1.1 successfully. I then booted independence to shake it free, install installer, and install anysim.
I tried both 1.2u and 1.1 anysim multiple times and neither worked. Both installed and ran, but at the end said "this phone could not be unlocked" or something to that effect. And independence confirmed that the phone was 1.1.1.
So here's where I got stupid (I fear). I then used itunes to restore to 1.1.2 (don't ask me why and please don't yell at me).
Then I tried to install installer to see if somehow the anysim unlocks would work from 1.1.2, and of course I can't install installer b/c i'm on 1.1.2. I can go to jailbreakme.com fine, but when I click on install the browser comes up empty rather than installing installer.
Here's where the problem is: I want to restore back to 1.1.1, BUT iTunes now thinks it's a new phone needing activation. In other words, it doesn't prompt me to restore the firmware. The phone seems to be in DFU mode. It's telling me to connect to iTunes.
Any way around this?