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Join Date: Oct 2012
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Originally Posted by in50mn14c
And acting like a noob who's getting aggrivated at a sr member who's offering assistance is not the way to go. so let me spell it out for you, you can NOT flash any custom ROM, to include CM, AOSP, AOKP, stock odexed/deodexed, in a manner that is not OTA without having an unlocked bootloader or safestap/bootstrap. Generally speaking, and this is the case with this device, you unlock the bootloader, flash a custom recovery (most recent is CWM 18.104.22.168-22.214.171.124), enter into recovery, make a backup of current ROM (just in case something goes wrong), wipe everything (minus internal storage. remember, internal storage is the space not used up by a ROM), then flash ROM and Gapps (as needed).
So pretty much I referred you to the thread to get your device set up so you can flash custom ROMs, to include the non-4.3-OTA (again, another link that refers you to the thread you want to get what you want) http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2578458
Here's your answer on Odin and dirty flash
Easiest way to say it, is Odin is to Samsung, as RSD Lite is to Motorola. It wipes everything and gives you a "straight from the factory" phone. Of course if you flash the non-OTA files via Odin, you'll keep your bootloader unlocked.
It is always highly encouraged to wipe everything and have a clean flash, that way you don't encounter any issues when you boot up into the new ROM. is there a specific reason you're so interested in dirty flashing?