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after ending some processes in the laptops task manager, a new driver installed itself. that seemed to do the trick! itunes recognized the ipad and i was able to complete the recovery process. unfortunately i lost some things----all my own fault since i had not preformed a backup recently.
thanks tons Tom!!! Peace Out!!