I tried wiping and don't know if it worked or not (how do you tell?) but followed the second set of instructions as well. It takes me to the apploader, I hit next, select usb-pin: unknown, hit enter....and the message reads "The Blackberry Desktop Software does not have Blackberry Device Software for the device that you have connected to the computer. Please contact your system administrator." I've reinstalled everything but the Device Manager. What should I do????
Also, I tried installing various versions of SP 1 and 2. Each time, the downloaded application doesn't look like anything my computer recognizes, like if you download a file that doesn't have an application associated with it. I double-click, a dos box opens up for a split second, and that's it. No installer, etc. I've been wrestling with this Pearl for several hours a day, a whole week, and I'm about to chuck it out the window. Tell me it gets better.