My Samsung SCH-i760
gave up the ghost last week. Currently, when I turn it on it will show a "Samsung" splash screen, then a "Verizon" splash screen, and then hang, rather than booting into Windows Mobile 6.1 (I know, I know) like it should. I guess the OS is b0rked somehow. I'd love to get my contacts and notes off of the phone, partly for convenience and partly because I enjoy mucking around with tech stuff.
I have the latest version of ActiveSync (the Windows Mobile Sync utility) installed. I have updated USB drivers from the Samsung website. I tried installing a trial version of Outlook in case ActiveSync will only behave if it can sync my stuff to Outlook. I have a microUSB card that fits in the phone, but I removed it when I started trying to recover data.
When I plug the phone into my (Windows XP) computer with a USB cable, I get a pop-up message about my new hardware possibly not installing correctly. ActiveSync doesn't recognize it and the ActiveSync troubleshooting utility doesn't seem to even see that the phone is connected. Under "my computer," I can see a mobile device, but clicking on it to open it yield a blank folder. I have "see hidden files and folders" enabled. I've tried doing all this with my firewalls and AV software disabled.
I installed BitPim, but a) it doesn't have my phone (or anything Windows Mobile, as far as I can tell) listed as something it works with, and "other CDMA phone" doesn't seem to be getting it to recognize my phone either.
I also have Linux (Ubuntu) on my computer, if that opens up any other possibilities. I can't remember exactly what happened when I connected the phone in Linux, but there wasn't anything I could see or copy.
Is there a way to recover my data, or does the phone's b0rked OS make that impossible?