They sell download jigs that you pop into the usb port and puts it into download mode. Not sure if it would have helped you though. You could always pay for a JTAG too. Claiming insurance is the reason for locked bootloaders
Hey man I had the same thing happen, got a new one, seemed dead in the water, computer wouldn't even recognize it, I know it sounds weird, but next time I used Odin for the new phone, I decided to give it a try in the old on, worked no problem then. Almost like the computer had to recognize a good to recognize a damaged one, I know strange
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