Galaxy S3 Randomly Died

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By SirFunk, Member on 17th June 2014, 05:15 AM
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Hi all I have an old S3 that seems to have kicked the bucket. I am hoping there is some way to save it though. I have been running the last CM 11 milestone for a long while now. I just use the phone with an archlinux chroot to do some linuxy-things. I tried ssh'ing into the phone while I was at work the other day and the ssh session hung. Upon getting home the screen was black and wouldn't turn on. I tried pulling the power and restarting and it just hung at the CM boot logo.

It would boot into TWRP recovery or download mode but never boot. I eventually noticed in TWRP that it said my internal storage was 0MB large and found that the userdata partition was corrupt (e2fsck wouldn't work)

I've tried every combination of flashing a stock .tar and/or .pit file but nothing seems to change.

Here is the output I get when trying to repartition with odin:

<ID:0/003> Added!!
<ID:0/003> Removed!!
<ID:0/003> Added!!
<OSM> Enter CS for MD5..
<OSM> Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
<OSM> Please wait..
<OSM> I747UCDLK3_I747ATTDLK3_I747UCDLK3_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
<OSM> Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
<OSM> Leave CS..
<ID:0/003> Odin v.3 engine (ID:3)..
<ID:0/003> File analysis..
<ID:0/003> SetupConnection..
<ID:0/003> Initialzation..
<ID:0/003> Set PIT file..
<ID:0/003> Get PIT for mapping..
<ID:0/003> Firmware update start..
<ID:0/003> aboot.mbn
<ID:0/003> NAND Write Start!! 
<ID:0/003> FAIL!
<OSM> All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
and heimdall:

heimdall flash --repartition --verbose --RECOVERY openrecovery-twrp- --pit ../sgh-i747-16gb.pit --no-reboot
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Initialising connection...
Detecting device...
      Manufacturer: "Sasmsung"
           Product: "MSM8960"

            length: 18
      device class: 2
               S/N: 0
           VID:PID: 04E8:685D
         bcdDevice: 0100
   iMan:iProd:iSer: 1:2:0
          nb confs: 1

interface[0].altsetting[0]: num endpoints = 1
   Class.SubClass.Protocol: 02.02.01
       endpoint[0].address: 82
           max packet size: 0010
          polling interval: 09

interface[1].altsetting[0]: num endpoints = 2
   Class.SubClass.Protocol: 0A.00.00
       endpoint[0].address: 81
           max packet size: 0200
          polling interval: 00
       endpoint[1].address: 01
           max packet size: 0200
          polling interval: 00
Claiming interface...
Attempt failed. Detaching driver...
Claiming interface again...
Setting up interface...

Initialising protocol...
WARNING: Control transfer #1 failed. Result: -9
WARNING: Control transfer #2 failed. Result: -9
WARNING: Control transfer #3 failed. Result: -9
WARNING: Control transfer #4 failed. Result: -9
WARNING: Control transfer #5 failed. Result: -9
WARNING: Control transfer #6 failed. Result: -9
Protocol initialisation successful.

Beginning session...

Some devices may take up to 2 minutes to respond.
Please be patient!

Session begun.

Uploading PIT
ERROR: Failed to unpack received packet.
ERROR: Failed to confirm end of PIT file transfer!
ERROR: PIT upload failed!

Ending session...
Releasing device interface...
Re-attaching kernel driver...
I'm out of ideas, any suggestions?

17th June 2014, 04:42 PM |#2  
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I could be wrong here, but it sounds like your eMMC Chip may have died. I don't have specific experience of this ever happening to any of my phones, but it just popped into my head as an idea.

17th June 2014, 05:04 PM |#3  
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Yeah, this is what it sounds like to me. Anyone know if there is a way to verify this?

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