This problem is similar to many other problems, but I haven't seen anything quite like it. I've done a lot of searching, and I haven't found anything that actually works. Last week, the phone started crashing a lot. First it was apps, then the OS. It started taking longer and longer to boot up — it would hang on the eye. Now, it won't boot past the red eye at all. I can get it to the fastboot menu by holding down the power button and the volume down button, then pushing both up & down when the screen goes black, but no matter what I select from the menu, it just goes back to the red eye and stays there. Every now and then, I can get to the triage screen, but it says "no command" underneath the dead android and no combination of button pushes has any effect. Eventually, it will go back to the red eye again. There are a lot of broken links out there. For example, the sticky thread on how to flash the rom on this forum has a bunch of "here" links that lead to search pages.
RSD Lite does not see the phone. I do not have access to a "factory" cable.
Is there a way to flash the rom with just a regular cable and without being able to get past the red eye?