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[Q] I9300 - No PIT partition / Able to enter download mode / Product name NOT empty

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Default [Q] I9300 - No PIT partition / Able to enter download mode / Product name NOT empty

Hello,

I have a problem with my Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 (International). I recently left my phone charging and when I picked it up it was in a bootloop doing the Samsung Galaxy S3 logo over and over again. When I rebooted it into recovery mode, it said something about not being able to find several folders and files including: /cache, /recovery/log, among others. It is currently NOT under warranty and it has had almost 2 years of use.

At this point I decided to reboot it into download mode and flash a stock I9300 ROM to it, but when I fired up Odin 3.07 and tried to flash the ROM, the process failed (Unfortunately, I have no screenshots or log traces ). Before this my phone showed the following information on the download mode screen (I had flashed CF-AutoRoot and then switched to a stock ROM shortly after):

ODIN MODE
PRODUCT NAME: GT-I9300
CUSTOM BINARY DOWNLOAD: YES (2 COUNTS)
CURRENT BINARY: SAMSUNG OFFICIAL
SYSTEM STATUS: OFFICIAL

When I rebooted my phone again into download mode, the phone showed the following information on the download mode screen:

ODIN MODE
PRODUCT NAME: GT-I9300
CUSTOM BINARY DOWNLOAD: NO
CURRENT BINARY: SAMSUNG OFFICIAL
SYSTEM STATUS: CUSTOM

For some reason, my phone did not do a bootloop after that but was stuck with a screen filled with a slurry of whatever was in it's memory when powered on. It also does not boot into recovery mode but is able to boot into download mode using the "volume down + home + power" key combination. To top things off, when I tried to flash anything on it through Odin, it said the following message on Odin's log:

<ID:0/005> Added!!
<OSM> Enter CS for MD5..
<OSM> Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
<OSM> Please wait..
<OSM> I9300XXUGND3_I9300H3GGND1_I9300NEUGND1_HOME.tar.md 5 is valid.
<OSM> Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
<OSM> Leave CS..
<ID:0/005> Odin v.3 engine (ID:5)..
<ID:0/005> File analysis..
<ID:0/005> SetupConnection..
<ID:0/005> Initialzation..
<ID:0/005> Get PIT for mapping..
<ID:0/005>
<ID:0/005> There is no PIT partition.
<OSM> All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

I have tried to flash bootloaders, pda files, and pit files individually and collectively to no avail.

From what I've researched on the forums, it doesn't seem that my phone is suffering from the dreaded brickbug or eMMC failure, but I'd like you guys to help me diagnose what the issue is.

I'd greatly appreciate your help!
 
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I have recently tried flashing the factory stock multi-part firmware through Kies and Odin to no avail. I've also taken it to a Samsung service center here in Bogota and they did not receive my phone because it wasn't bought here in Colombia and they didn't have the software for my phone bought in Panama (CSC: TPA).

Paying the shipping fees to Panama and the repair fees for my phone at a Samsung service center there is basically like buying a new phone, and I'm not even sure if it's a hardware problem. What should I do?
 
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Anyone know what the issue might be or how to determine if it's a hardware or software issue?
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