Questions on data recovery from possibly bricked LG Optimus Elite

I've got an old VirginMobile LG Optimus Elite (LGVM696) phone that won't boot, and I'm wondering if any data recovery is possible. The device itself isn't important, but I want to find out if I can recover photos.

When I plug the phone into a Windows PC, it shows up in the device manager as Qualcomm HS-USB QDLoader 9008 (COM3). ADB or fastboot don't recognize the device, on Windows or Ubuntu (not sure if I got everything installed correctly on Ubuntu, though).

If it's recognized as this QDLoader 9008, does that just mean it's toast, or is there some way to load a recovery image or something? Would that erase the internal storage?

I've found a lot of threads on here about this, but I don't know enough about Android to really figure it out. Not sure what everything means, like the difference between recovery and a custom recovery, download mode, fastboot, etc. I don't think I've found much for this particular phone, either.

I'm also seeing a lot of mentions of .dll, .tot, .kdz files. What are all those in regards to Android or LG specifically? I've found a .cab file that is supposedly the stock firmware for this phone.

Show Accepted Answer

Guest Quick Reply (No URL, BBcode or HTML)

Last post by laron.herzog
51 minutes ago
Last post by jwelch
3 hours ago
Last post by elody52
1 hour ago
Last post by helena21
2 hours ago
Last post by grimes.tiana
3 hours ago
Last post by ekutch
1 hour ago
Last post by lonie56
1 hour ago
Last post by leo71
3 hours ago
Last post by fosinski
1 hour ago
Last post by russel.elian
2 hours ago