Recovering from recovery mode...
After failing to get anywhere with the “geniuses” from the “genius bar” at my not so local apple retail store, I'm coming to the one place where people know what their talking about, generally...
Unfortunately, I have a 100% genuine (i.e. not jail broken) iPhone, on the standard O2 contract/uk network, which was until recently running 2.2.1 of apple's standard firmware.
I'll confess now that am not a Mac user (Debian SID on black MacBook 2,1) and as a result I've not sync'ed my iPhone with iTunes since the last 2.2.1 update... whenever that was.
Anyway, after installing a perfectly innocent looking racing game (Volkswagen Golf?) from the iTunes store, the phone froze on the game's loading screen. Therefore, I set about a soft reset (i.e. hold the sleep and home buttons for a few seconds) the phone then came up in recovery mode (with the USB to iTunes image).
I don't have the iTunes instance that I original registered the phone through nor do I have the installation or even the laptop (a white MacBook 1,1) that I used during my last sync. So when I plugged my phone into a fresh install of iTunes (on Windoze XP/Vista, OSX and OSX86) it get the following error message;
“iTunes has detected a iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes.”
and the two options, “Restore and Update” or “Cancel” !
So my question is can anything be done (on GNU/Linux, BSD, OSX, Windoze, etc.) that can help me recover my data before proceeding with the restore?
Thank you in advance,