Ok so there's lots of threads on here where people have something go wrong with an iTunes restore or a Spirit jailbreak, but it always turns out that all they need to do is a restore or use DFU to restore.
My problem is, I can't do either!
The day I got my iPad I used Spirit to jailbreak, I ran into a couple of problems and thought I'd bricked it. I ended up just using the restore mode (holding sleep and home until I got the connect to iTunes image) and using iTunes to do a regular restore. I re-jailbroke it with Spirit successfully and everything was good.
A few days later I was playing with an app called "Categories" which clearly wasn't designed for iPad and ended up getting it stuck on the apple boot logo. Not a problem, I used restore mode and iTunes to get it back to factory defaults and re-jailbroke it again.
Everything was fine and dandy until a couple of days ago when I was playing with an iPad app, can't remember the name of it, but it was for free iDevice texting (it wasn't Ping or TextMe) I pressed the button to change the app's background image and the iPad Froze. It stopped responding totally so I held down the sleep button and it eventually shut off. When I turned it back on I got stuck on the apple boot logo so I figured I'd have to use recovery mode again to restore. No such luck.
No matter what I press, or hold, or so on, I can't get the connect to itunes image to appear. Just a black screen. I connect to my Windows PC and I can hear the USB plugging in sound, iTunes says it has detected an iPad in recovery mode and needs to restore. Problem is, when I do that it always freezes on "Waiting for iPad"
I get the apple logo on the iPad screen with a progress bar, just like the other times I had to restore, but it never moves off 0% no matter how long I leave it.
I've tried different USB ports, cables, re-installed iTunes, different versions of iTunes, re-downloaded the iPad .ipsw file, different PC... But still can't get the damn thing to restore. I've spent 2 days now trying and re-trying.
I'm pretty sure I'm screwed. The only thing I haven't tried is doing the restore on a Mac because I don't have one. I don't want to take the iPad back to the apple store for the genius' to fix because I haven't managed to restore it and they *may* know that it's been jailbroken. I guess I could plead ignorance though and say it just froze in iTunes or something.
Anyone have any ideas or suggestions? Something I've missed?
Thanks in advance!