Yea I didn't want to have to go that route if possible as my goal was to gain experience and knowledge from this little project. If I got the phone working then I would just replace my old Samsung infuse. I made the USB Jig using the 301K ohm's and it still does not work. I know the jig works because I tested it on my wife sgh-i747m and also on my infuse. Both of which boot into download mode immediately. My concern is there is something wrong with the main board because it really doesn't seem like it was rooted at all.
I am just going to see what I can get for it at this point, I paid 70 so would be looking to get at least 60