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.