This solution requires access to a PC running Windows. Linux & Apple install info: post #203.
This process adds 1 to your Download Counter (indicates tablet is customized unless reset to zero).
Like everyone else on xda-developers, I make no guarantees nor bear any responsibility for your Samsung Galaxy Tablet(s).
This procedure works on stock 4.03 ROM but may not work if your new tablet comes with 4.04 installed.
For those who receive a new tablet running 4.0.3 : ROOT your tablet BEFORE you install 4.0.4 update
and if you update to a 4.0.4 ROM by installing a zip file via CWM5 your access to CWM5 should remain.
If you used KIES to update to 4.04 BEFORE rooting OR received a new tablet that came loaded with 4.04,
use workaround at post 325.
What you need:
2.ClockworkMod Recovery Version 126.96.36.199: is no longer available for download so you can try using philz_touch_4.93.6-p5100.zip and his .tar versions which should work as well or better than 188.8.131.52 did. Download BOTH the zip and tar versions.
3. If you never installed Samsung KIES, you MUST install Samsung USB Drivers BEFORE any of the above (so your PC connects to tablet).
IMPORTANT: Copy philz_touch_4.93.6-p5100.zip to the ROOT of your external sdcard ( /mnt/extSdCard ). This is the micro sdcard you insert in tablet slot. Your /mnt/sdcard folder is internal memory (not recognized in CWM recovery).
To avoid confusion about using the Volume rocker switch, I'll refer to side closest to POWER button as LEFT/Volume DOWN and side away from power switch as RIGHT/VolumeUP.
Turn tablet OFF and restart in download mode by pushing and holding Power & Volume UP/RIGHT buttons at same time. When wording with yellow triangle appears, push Volume down to continue into download (ODIN) mode. Don't plug tablet into computer yet.
Make sure KIES (if installed) is closed and not running.
Extract Odin3 v1.85.exe and run it.
Connect tablet to computer.
In Odin, click PDA button. Select philz_touch_4.93.6-p5100.tar file you downloaded and click START button.
Let Odin install files. When it's done installing CWM, box turns GREEN and tablet will reboot.
Disconnect tablet from computer. Turn tablet OFF and restart in recovery (CWM) by pushing and holding Power & Volume DOWN/LEFT buttons at same time. When Samsung Tab 2 10.1 logo appears, you can release power button but continue holding volume button for a few more seconds. Note: If you've done this on other Samsung devices, you will notice that it takes longer before blue CWM text appears ... just be patient.
Once you are in recovery, use volume button (UP/DOWN/LEFT OR RIGHT) to move around and POWER button to select an option.
Select install zip from sdcard. Choose philz_touch_4.93.6-p5100.zip) file you already copied to root of sdcard.
When rooting is finished, choose reboot system now from CWM menu.
You should now be rooted. Depending on your Tab2 model, you may need to manually install SuperUser and disable SuperSU before you can install or use all root goodies.
Now that your Tab 2 10.1 is rooted, I strongly suggest going to Play Store and install a free app called Quick Boot. It lets you reboot into CWM the easiest & fastest way. Then reboot into Recovery (CWM) and make a Backup BEFORE you do ANYTHING else to your tablet.
WARNING: Do not install ROM Manager until developer says app will support Tab2 10.1 < Posting this because someone bricked their Tab2.
In addition, ROM Toolbox may not work properly (1 crash reported).
Thanks to nycbjr, xoomdev, Android Groupee, nitr8, Codeworkx snd trevd for help and pieces of the aforementioned process.
If you do a firmware update, simply re-root using same procedure and tablet will retain root status (until you do another firmware sometime in the future).
I have successfully unrooted my GT-P5113: [How to] UN-ROOT Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 [GT-P5113 / 5100 / 5110]
If you're curious about my complete analysis of this tablet, where to buy accessories at LOW prices
and my feedback after testing a few custom ROMs, read my Galaxy Tab2 10.1 Review on epinions.
| Nexus 7 | Galaxy S II | ASUS TF700 | Jura J9 < Love my digital expresso machine
(Sorry y'all ... sold my Tab2 10.1 many moons ago but I have updated the download links shown above).
Those who click THANKS are appreciated.
P.S. Samsung 4.0.4 was my NEW favorite ROM (until I sold my last T2).
404 was faster & smoother than ANY other current custom ROMs! and found more WiFi signals & faster tether to my Sprint E4GT Hotspot! Now my Asus TF700 is The Bolt.