Been 7 days since my last post. Oh well, nothing for it! Onward through the fog!
It took a few times (and a reboot of my Mac for some reason) I finally got it to restore to iOS 9.3.5. iTunes sees it as a blank slate. But the screen is black. Doesn't seem to respond to the power button or the Home button.
Dunno what's going on in there. And I'd like to.
Can I somehow make it work? And the general consensus in my FB groups is that the thing is TOAST. One of the guy's told me it was likely old enough to be a security risk for monetary use and I needed to upgrade to a lightning compatible machine. "Dude. This particular retail startup ain't even paying the owners yet, much less got any money for tech investments, get off my case, and besides the Android I gave isn't THAT old so she's likely compliant for now. He was quite persistent. Damn kids!
If I wanted to pry it apart, there might be a way to get it working again, I'm inclined to just let the thing go.
Shame. Really. I'll ponder it for a while.