Oh world webby, where would we be without you!
It appears my initial woe’s and teeth gnashing were overdone and mightily premature, as a more thorough search indicated that it could just be a corrupt error in the start up causing the wsod (white screen of death) looping, and if lucky wouldn’t need to download a firmware tool from a third-party, nor a hacked tool from some unknown party, but straight from sony ericssons own site which eventually popped out an update tool for download to update the firmware.
Firmware updates, especially during the earlier days of motherboard bios flashing, held similar delights to stuffing your head into the mouth of a lion and daring it to bite your head off - only for the brave.
But it went through the upgrade process with only 3% of battery power without a hiccup. I was now able to get the phone to switch on, quickly realising that my backups never actually existed outside of my imagination, and the phone refused to see the memory card.
At least it was progress.
After pausing to ponder it hit me. After the firmware update, do another reset, a reset using the phones factory default option.
Before doing that however, i transferred the flash card to disk, formatted the flash card, re-copied the information and voila, all of the data was back in, sadly minus contacts. Even the sim was cleared of contacts, which i could have done years ago and not realised. Luckily had contacts scattered in the cloud. Exported those to vcf format and synced address book with phone which worked. So, barring losing data for people who i haven’t been in touch with for decades, regular service has been resumed.
On this occasions i’m more than happy to loft five happy tabs for the webby’s practical and useful information and sony ericssons site which saved a fraught shopping trip and loss of all data.
Now with the camera back in operation, ready to take pictures of whatever noise they’re creating outside… hold on… oh.. painting lovely red double-lines, so everyone and his dog can park there. On third thoughts I’ll resist the temptation to pop a snap, save on its wear ‘n tear.