So to be clear...
Can someone confirm the following is correct please?
I have a N7000 on official (german) ICS, with the dodgy mmc chip. I must have been lucky since ive flashed a bunch of roms (including CM9, back to gingerbread, then official ICS) without issue. Ive also done a few CWM backup and restores... phew!
1. Flashing anything from the phone itself (eg using mobile odin or CWM recovery) is a no-go (assuming it issues the erase command)
2. Flashing from the PC is OK ??? (via desktop ODIN)?
If 2 is untrue, how is sammy gonna issue an update (with the erase capability turned off) without bricking a load of phones during the update process? can they maybe provide a custom app which re-flashes the kernel without doing an erase first?