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Topic # 112785 20-Dec-2012 11:46 Send private message

I'm really hoping someone can help me out here. I'm no noob but I'm not that technically savy so bear with me pleas.

 

I have an internattional i9300. Bought unlocked from dick smith. Been running a nightly of CM mod 10 for the last few months. All going fine when right out of the blue it restarts and gets stuck in a boot loop. I boot into recovery (CWM) and clear cache and delvik cache. This time it gets past the boot screen and says 'Android is updating: Optimizing app 1 of 176'
It gets up to 11 and reboots... so still in a loop.

I found stock firmware (I9300XXALE8_I9300NZCALE5_I9300XXLE8_HOME.tar.md5) and flashed with odin. Then after a reboot it hangs on Samsung boot screen. I reboot to recovery and do factory reset.

 

This is where it gets really dark. Now it wont boot at all. Not even into recovery. I can get into Odin mode but where it onces said GT-i9300 next to Product name it now says nothing. Now when I try to flash anything with odin it comes up with an error about the PIT. (whatever that is)

 

I have absolutely no clue what I should try next. Obviously my warranty is gone out the window... and down the river.  Is there any hope? anything I can try that might fix it.

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  Reply # 735396 20-Dec-2012 11:50 Send private message

Idea! In odin (desktop) My options are PIT, Bootloader, PDA, Phone and CSC. From what I understand, and this maybe completely wrong, is it possible for someone to rip these files from their i9300 and send to me. Then I can flash them with Odin.

 

I dunno, random theory from a desperate person!

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  Reply # 735438 20-Dec-2012 12:24 Send private message

So can you get into download mode?



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  Reply # 735449 20-Dec-2012 12:36 Send private message

Yes I can get into download mode. I've done this and tried flashing Clock work and Stock Firmware but it doesn't work. I suspect this has something to do with the fact that where it should have the product name, it instead has nothing. I think I need a PIT file but I don't know where too get that

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  Reply # 735452 20-Dec-2012 12:38 Send private message


I always wonder what happens if theres bad nand memory as what they use now as I
get sd cards going bad all the time after months

so if you keep flashing it does it do a scandisk of sorts to mark a bad block
so it can be flash safely?



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  Reply # 735455 20-Dec-2012 12:42 Send private message

I'm not sure I fully understand what you're saying. I've tried flashing a few times but I wont even begin. Odon on my PC just comes up with an error about the PIT file (cant recall exactly what it said)

 

 

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  Reply # 735462 20-Dec-2012 13:07 Send private message

Have you tried putting the ZIP on your SD card?


Boot into Recovery Mode (Power + Volume Up) Wipe Data - Factory Reset then install zip from SD, and select the Zip.

That should work

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  Reply # 735465 20-Dec-2012 13:09 Send private message

You're just using the default options in Odin? e.g Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time? Where did you download that firmware from? It's the (now out of date) 2 Degrees ICS one. Could be corrupt maybe? Try using an MD5 checker on it. You could also try downloading the latest 2 Degrees JB 4.1.1 from here and giving that a go

http://www.sammobile.com/firmware/?page=3&model=GT-I9300&pcode=NZC&os=1&type=1#firmware





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  Reply # 735466 20-Dec-2012 13:09 Send private message

I can not boot into recovery. When I boot the phone the boot logo shows up (Galaxy s 3 GT i-9300)for a few seconds then it reboots. Holding volume up power and home does nothing. 

 

Holding Volume down power and home gets me to download mode. It's here that I need help with my next step

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  Reply # 735469 20-Dec-2012 13:14 Send private message

FrigginMartin: Yes I can get into download mode. I've done this and tried flashing Clock work and Stock Firmware but it doesn't work. I suspect this has something to do with the fact that where it should have the product name, it instead has nothing. I think I need a PIT file but I don't know where too get that


Have a read of the thread on XDA developers. I suspect that the main board or the flash memory is dead or damaged. If the phone is still under warranty it might be worth having it sent away.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1993044&page=51



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  Reply # 735472 20-Dec-2012 13:18 Send private message

DoggNZ: You're just using the default options in Odin? e.g Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time? Where did you download that firmware from? It's the (now out of date) 2 Degrees ICS one. Could be corrupt maybe? Try using an MD5 checker on it. You could also try downloading the latest 2 Degrees JB 4.1.1 from here and giving that a go

http://www.sammobile.com/firmware/?page=3&model=GT-I9300&pcode=NZC&os=1&type=1#firmware




Yes I'm using the default options. I got that firmware from sammobile. I went for the older one because I figured maybe it would be a bit safer. Thats what the phone had when I bought it. 

 

Im not sure what an MD5 checker is??

 

I am downloading the JB 4.1.1 version now. However I'm not sure this will help as I'm pretty sure I need a PIT file. Where would I get that? I didn't come with the ICS firmware I downloaded before. The first time I flashed it worked (or said it worked). Odin said everything was OK. Now it wont flash at all. Same firmware as first time. I just get that PIT file error message

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  Reply # 735475 20-Dec-2012 13:21 Send private message

FrigginMartin: I can not boot into recovery. When I boot the phone the boot logo shows up (Galaxy s 3 GT i-9300)for a few seconds then it reboots. Holding volume up power and home does nothing. 

 

Holding Volume down power and home gets me to download mode. It's here that I need help with my next step


You could try flashing a new recovery as well. Just use CF root as it includes CWM.

Download from here - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=27049380&postcount=3

-Download and unzip the CF-Root-SGS3-v6.4.zip file. You should end up with a tar file
-Disconnect your phone from your computer
- Start Odin
- Click the PDA button, and select CF-Root-SGS3-v6.4.tar
- Put your phone in download mode
- Connect the phone to your computer
- Make sure Repartition is NOT checked
- Click the Start button
- Wait for Android to boot



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  Reply # 735477 20-Dec-2012 13:24 Send private message

I have tried exactly that already. Still end up with the exact same problem. Odin wont flash it. PIT file error.

 

I do appreciate your help. Any more ideas?

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  Reply # 735482 20-Dec-2012 13:28 Send private message

How to get a PIT File - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=30618458&postcount=57

Sounds like your phone has a hardware fault.

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  Reply # 735483 20-Dec-2012 13:29 Send private message

You could try the full 3 part including pit rescue firmware from the following link.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=30087735&postcount=6

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  Reply # 735486 20-Dec-2012 13:32 Send private message

fallen: You could try the full 3 part including pit rescue firmware from the following link.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=30087735&postcount=6


That looks like the shiz

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