Helpful info on ICS, GB, Bricks, Flashing etc... ! Trying to Sum Up !
I am writing this because I know nobody has the time to go through all the threads.
People don't use the SEARCH button (there is no alternative to that..neither my rant here)
So tried to sum up all that I can here. Do let know below in comments if anything else is to be added or removed.
I urge everyone to go through this complete post and I am sure you will find something interesting or something worth for you. If not then I am sorry for your 5 mins wasted !!
For all the members who are about to get their hands dirty or are already in the dirty waters! Welcome!
Just make yourself double sure that you are here and you are comfortable about playing with your device. Be okay with bricking it (yeah had to say this because whining and pointing fingers at others is not acceptable here)
Please avoid asking questions about rooting and stock roms in a particular rom thread. Let there be talk about that rom development and not rooting.
You want to root your device. Here you go – Rooting Guide
by Dr Ketan
You want stock Roms – Here you go – Stock Roms
by Dr Ketan again
You want Stock Prerooted Roms – Here you go – Stock Odex Prerooted Roms
PS - If you are using the Prerooted Stock Roms from the above link then after PC ODIN flash of the stock rom of your choice just download the corresponding CF Root Kernel
(i.e. if you flashed LC1 Rom, download LC1 CF-Root kernel) and flash it through Mobile Odin to inject CWMR. Done.
You want all the Safe kernels - Here you go - [ICS][GB] Kernel Repository
So you are now rooted. Now as per Samsung your warranty is now void. Congrats. Remember you only did it and you only wanted it. So cheers!! Pour yourself and me a beer
Now go flash any GB custom rom you like choosing from here – GT N7000 Development Thread
Okay remember to read the changelog and the Features. Don’t crib for the features that are not included. You don’t like the rom and features move on. Don’t curse the developer for it.
Very Famous Example- asking for touchwiz features like SMemo, SPen gestures in APOKP/AOSP roms. Blasts on your way. Better reading about them here by Chasmodo - Flash ICS and Survive
Who wants GB now. All wants the cool IceCream!
Okay so WAIT
Now remember there are much serious repercussions in getting to ICS than doing all the above stuff with GB.
Here this is to be read very first – Hard Bricking Kernels Public Announcement by Entropy
NEVER perform any sort of WIPE or FACTORY RESET when on Stock ICS Kernel/Rom (rooted or non-rooted)
DO NOT try to go to any CM9 or CM10 based rom from the Samsung ICS rom/kernel. Sure shot BRICK.(those who haven't got bricked by doing this consider your self lucky...huh) Best way is to - Go to GB > root > then flash any CM9 based rom.
Only These roms are termed completely safe till now and are build on safe kernels till the time Samsung doesn’t release the source code and we have plethora of kernels like in GB.(will keep adding to the list)
All other ROMs that are based on the CM9 source.(info about it in the OP of each ROM thread...must read always)
The stock ICS roms which are on custom kernels like Franco / Speedmod etc which have MMC_CAP_ERASE command disabled.
There are many ROMs in the dev section which are based on LPY kernel. They too work perfect but still have the volatility and the warnings applied as the LPY is not that safe. So flash on your own risk and don't pester the Devs of those roms about question of safety and security. Read the above Public Announcement and decide which way you want to go!
Now some more info. Always before doing any of the flashing
Check your current kernel from
Settings > About Phone > Kernel Version .
Do NOT flash from the following kernels:
Some most asked questions.
Q1 –Man m already on one of these kernels. Now waaahhhat?
Don’t panic. If you are on the rom which includes any of these kernels then refrain from flashing anything in the CWM. If the rom you are on presently is good for you just be there and don’t go on experimenting on the unsafe kernels. Wait for the stable safe kernls to come out.
Switch to any of the above safe roms.
Before going to any of the safe roms go back to stock GB. Use PC Odin.
Here we have another complication. Check this thread. LPY to GB via PC Odin = super brick? This might be the fix of these Superbricks
Now best way is always PC odin. And it still is unless your EMMC is not already damaged by using the wipe function . Check Here
Above case happened to some users but most of the users whent back successfully. Now always remember to use PC odin when you have installed all the drivers. If you use Windows 7 PC then always check for the Online Searching for Drivers in the notification bar on your PC. This should be stopped or completed before doing any PC odin activity.
IMP - You can use Mobile Odin. But make sure first that the rom you are on and using the Mobile Odin that is having complete root by pasting any file in the root folder which is /system (use any file explorer with root privileges)
Once on GB, root it. If you going for the Pre Rooted Stock Roms remember you will have to inject the CWM using the CF Root zip from Chainfire’s thread for any subsequent flashing you want to do or use Mobile Odin (remember to check complete root status before using it)
Q2 - I am already on CM9 or Asylum or MIUI can I try the stock ICS German release?
Sure you can try but with no CWM. It sucks so recommendation is don’t try. Be on the safe roms and wait. And I bet they are much better and smoother than the stock. There are some cases of bricks with LPY having root when flashing in CWM or doing intensive I/O tasks.
There is no reported harm to flash ics without cf root(stock kernel + root no cwm) Check the Official ICS Flashing guide
by Dr ketan again (Man this guy helps the Note community a lot
Q3 – Man I am on GB and it sucks. I want ICS.
GB doesn’t suck in this case. At least you have your device working. If you are not comfortable enough with all the cautions and thin lines to tread its better to stay on GB a little longer. If you daring enough go tread on the lines of ICS but don’t cry over the brick you might achieve if you are not careful enough.
Q4 – I cant paste into /system folder nor can change DPI.
You have lost root. Kindly PC ODIN (only and only PC Odin) back to GB and then get it rooted (or flash pre rooted rom then inject CWM or use mobile odin now after flashing the pre rooted rom) and then flash the ICS rom of your choice (better stick to the safe ones…if not your wish)
Q5 – Am Senior Member I Know my way in and out and daring enough to tinker. All Warnings Applied
So you don’t want the Odin back to GB. Well then you have the Abyss Note 4.2 Kernel with Redpill Touch recovery. You are on any unsafe kernel ICS Rom and you want to go to safe rom then do one last CWM flash of Abyss kernel reboot recovery and then flash the safe roms. This keeps your root intact. You can even acieve root though this if you have lost it. Just flash Abyss 4.2 go to GB. Check root there and then flash the ICS rom. No need of repack. If any of this gets struck or brick then you know your way out already…..you told that in the question. My little guide here.
Link for Abyss 4.2 Kernel in the guide.
Q6 - Most asked in the rom threads – I want the LP5 and LP6 modems. Here please
Q7 - I want to go to LPF or whatever stock kernel ICS. And is it safe?
PLEASE dont go that route. Better stay on GB or root it and flash any of the CM9 kernel based rom. Please humble request!!
Ask why in the comments if you don't get it by reading all the info in this post.
Q8 - The ICS source code is out. Where are the new kernels?
Yeah the SGN ICS sources are out. Check HERE
Wait for the developers to wield their magic and you will have the awesome kernels out for you in no time!
Patience is the key
Q9 - I seriously want the safe CM9 kernel. Where is it?
Search for it in the CM9 thread. But i know many of you wont do that. So just to make this OP a lil more lengthy and one stop kind of shop
m attaching the file below. Thanks Xplodwild. Flash the extracted zImage using mobile odin. Its a safe kernel so you can use its CWM anytime you want.I cant say with what all roms it will work. Might break some features in some roms so flash at your OWN RISK.
Q10 - What about the new ICS kernels??
Well the safest kernel CM9 is attached and the other one by Entropy's DAFUQ kernel
got updated too. Franco and Speedmod kernels are build on the latest ICS Sources and have the formatting of MMC is blocked. So you are safe from damaged MMC bricking bug but not sure about the any other bricking bug on that as two users (AFAIK) reported bricks in the Franco kernel thread.
Also look for as Entropy told here
- "install CPUSpy and make sure you don't see "se.infra" anywhere - that's the buildhost of Samsung's own kernels which are dangerous"
Be safe, Play safe. Check their change-logs...what works and what not and where and what roms you can install them on!
Q11 - I want to jump off from the unsafe kernels. How ???
A quick guide from Chasmodo - Here
Info about Mobile Odin Here
Q12 - Brick! Brick Brick!! What Man everywhere i read this on ICS!! Why is it so happening??
Well, as very well explained by Entropy -
"We now know there are three things that are ALL needed for this to happen:
1) A recovery (can be the recovery itself OR it can be the update-binary in a ZIP you flash!) that performs ERASE commands in addition to formatting. (GB recoveries and update-binaries don't do this, ICS ones do)
2) A kernel that allows those ERASE attempts to actually go through. (Disabling MMC_CAP_ERASE prevents this.)
3) Buggy eMMC firmware
In Gingerbread, condition 1 was not met (However, this isn't guaranteed - if a Gingerbread ROM developer happens to accidentally grab an ICS update-binary in his installation ZIP, this COULD brick!)
In I9100 ICS releases, condition 2 was not met due to MMC_CAP_ERASE being removed
Condition 3 is true for nearly every GT-I9100, SGH-I777, SPH-D710, and GT-N7000 ever sold."
So got it ? Wanna get your minds more widen with the knowledge on this aspect - Visit HERE
Q13 - Got Brickbug ???
- Thanks Chainfire
Q14 - I want to have CM10 on my rom!! How to??
Check on what kernel you are on. Any Stock ICS kernel or any kernel based on stock ICS sources then go PC odin back to GB (just read the above conditions on wiping and factory restoring first). Now get root on your GB. Install a CM9 based rom and after that install CM10 rom. For people being extra adventurous you can use the CM9 safe kernel to switch between roms. And never forget doing full wipe before coming to CM10
Don’t use any repacks now please. LP1 is a NO NO ! And don’t even think about the other one!
– If you find this guide or rant useful then please link in your OP. Thanks for your great work and time you invest you us. You are providing all this awesomeness free of cost. Hats off to you all !!
Respect them people. Or read this - Show your Support, Don't Whine
To All Members
– If you find this useful kindly hit the thanks button. And remember to read OP of each rom thread!!
Happy Flashing and Enjoy your Notes !
I would like to quote+edit from toxicthunder post.
If something goes wrong, cry yourself a river.
A highly recommended and awesome and handy extension for you all (Thanks Toxicthunder)
*Galaxy Note Toxic Toolbar*
But then don't forget to build a bridge and get over it.
- Check it out
Lastly thanks to Chainfire , Entropy512 , Xplodwild , Dr Ketan , Original_Ganjaman , Chasmodo , Antiochasylum , Matius44 , Tremerone , Toxicthunder , Androidindian , Geo.Samuel for all the help and support you guys have provided to me and the community.
And just in case you thought this have helped you save your precious time and device and you have some pennies to spare , Then you are most welcome to