Ok so heres the thing. My husband traded one of his old phones for an iPhone 2g. The person that he got the phone from had done some trading previously and has no idea whats been done to it in the past. This person reset the phone completely. When we got it it was on the itunes screen with the white cord/emergency call slider. Which is where it has stayed for the most part. We have tried hard restarting and restoring (x3) using 3.1.3. we tried downloading an apple 3.1.2 firmware, as well as a custom firmware (which we later found didnt work bc of an error on our part. Will try this again tonight) both while in dfu mode. We have tried plugging into wall and computer both. We have tried recboot (did nothing). We have tried hard restarting 3 times in a row (x3). When doing this, twice a loading black/white screen came up but nothing more happened. I am out of ideas! I have a 3GS that had some problems when I got it but it wasn't nearly as difficult to figure out!! The goal is to get the home screen loaded so we can jailbreak and unlock for tmo. If you have any ideas at all, please let me know!!