I followed the guide in this forum to the letter, however the firmware flash fails after a few seconds. Now when it powers up, I no longer see the Samsung boot screen, I have this message "Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies". And I can no longer access the recovery menu by pressing up volume, power & home.
I contacted the previous owner to get some more info, and found out that the phone was originally from another country (UK) and I had attempted to flash it with Australian firmware. Not sure whether this is the cause of the current issue...?
So now I've got the UK firmware, however each time I attempt to flash it, after a few seconds it fails.
In the "Downloading" dialogue on the phone, I can see information against every field: Product name (GT-I9300), Custom Binary (1), Current Binary (Samsung official), and System Status (Official).
Based on this and what I've read here, this is a good sign (ie: software recoverable, and not hardware failure). However I'm stumped on the flashing situation. I've tried Odin 3.07 and 3.04.
Appreciate any advice.