Even when I wasn't rooted all I got was the "Downloading. Do not turn off target." - and yes, you have to do a battery pull to get it back off, its annoying.
Has anyone tried just using QuickBoot's Recovery thing? I would myself...but I don't actually know how it works and I'm scared
Why are you trying to get into recovery, btw? If you're just trying to remove bloatware stuff, you should be able to do it without being in recovery.