Now last night my friend comes to mine with his phone stuck in a boot loop. Now beyond the fact it already had a custom ROM on it I can tell you nothing except he claims he installed AVG and it happened. So I reboot into Windows, start up Kies, and see what I can do. Which so far has been:
1) Try to perform an Upgrade and Initialisation. Jump through the hoops, end up with the message "This device's version cannot be updated."
2) Ok, that didn't work. Hit sammobile to find a stock rom and fire up Odin. Ohh success...
3) Oh noes, too soon. The Samsung chime cuts off early and it's stuck with a pulsating logo.
3) Ok well maybe a downgrade first? Get a 4.1 stock rom and try again. Odin sees no problems again, the chime plays fully. But nope, it's just a longer boot loop.
4) After much head scratching and just trying random stuff I end up finding CM9.1 will boot fully, but the EFS data is screwed. This is the only rom I've found so far that will boot.
So from where I started I'm closer and if the radio worked this would be fine. Now the only suggestion I've heard to get the radio working is flashing a stock rom through Kies but I have no idea how to get Kies to play along. Any ideas?