The phone was a gift that I just received the day before yesterday, and I didn't think to check whether it came pre-loaded with the latest update that supposedly makes this type of soft brick happen.
After using Odin to try and load Root de la Vega, it gets stuck right away.
Here's the feed from Odin:
<OSM> Enter CS for MD5..
<OSM> Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
<OSM> Please wait..
<OSM> Root_de_la_Vega.tar.md5 is valid.
<OSM> Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
<OSM> Leave CS..
<ID:0/004> Odin v.3 engine (ID:4)..
<ID:0/004> File analysis..
<ID:0/004> Get PIT for mapping..
<ID:0/004> Firmware update start..
<ID:0/004> NAND Write Start!!
<ID:0/004> FAIL! (Auth)
<ID:0/004> Complete(Write) operation failed.
<OSM> All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
Regardless of what I'm trying to load to the device, whether it's the root file, or the "fix" files with the correct PIT and everything, it still stops at the same point. Anyone know how to fix this particular problem?