[Q] Bootloop... chicken/egg problem
So today, i went to load up a book in kindle and it crashed a couple times in a row. I figured no biggy, and rebooted the phone (which I can't remember the last time I did, weeks ago).
Upon reboot, for some reason, I'm stuck in a boot loop. I get the white screen with the HTC logo for about 15-30 seconds, it shuts down, repeat. I figured no biggy, everything is stock, I don't care about anything on it, I'll just use the RUU to fix it.
That is where my problem begins. Unforunately, I am updated to 2.95, and the last release RUU is 2.89, so it won't let me install. I can get into hboot, I can use fastboot, so I used fastboot to erase the cache. Anything I select (factory reset, recovery, etc) in hboot just sends me back into the reboot loop. Manually flashing errors out because of the mainver discrepancy. I can't use the low version fix because I'm not rooted, so sure, let's try that... I started the process and unlocked successfully. Now the problem is, any recovery I've installed (4ext from the root thread, CWM5.8 from the boot loop thread) installs fine, but whenever I reboot recovery, again, boot loop. It doesn't matter whether the reboot comes from a fastboot command or selecting recovery reboot from inside hboot.
So, desperate (and somewhat ignorant), I booted up into Linux and tried the unbrick post, and of course, the device never shows up with the battery out, cause it ain't bricked. I was hoping somehow that I could use it to replace hboot, figuring that might be corrupt or something crazy like that (grasping at straws really).
What I really need is a 2.95 RUU, but that hasn't been released, and I figured if that didn't work, something is probably fried hardware wise.
I restored a stock signed recovery, so more or less, right now I'm back exactly where I'm started (other then the fact that my phone is now unlocked) and just not sure where to go from here. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!
EDIT: I'm a moron, and I forgot to specify, but the phone is sprint. I also don't have any service on it (mainly used as an mp3 player) so I don't have any recourse through them.
I'm almost considering bricking the thing to change the hboot (I haven't done my homework on it yet) any thoughts there? Or is it not something I can do because of my problem?