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ALL Official Stock Firmware, ROOT66 Firmware and Leaked OTA's!!!
For models T999, T999L, T999V and soon the T999N


See POST #2 for detailed instructions on how to flash OTA'S and Firmware.


Below you will find listed all stock official firmware as well as official and leaked OTA updates! It never hurts to have an extra source! I figured it could prove useful to have all of the official and leaked releases together in one place. Especially for the leaked OTA's, considering that a few of them are no longer available through the original source, and there is no guarantee that we will always have access to them. I will be hosting the OTA's from my androidfilehost.com and dev-host.org accounts. I will also list the original hotfile link as obtained from Sammobile and/or samsung-updates. Considering the size of the official firmware files, I am only hosting the latest version, currently UVALJ4.. For now I am just posting the links to the rest of these files. (I would like to host these in the future, if I can warrant the space used, or if anyone would like to send me a link to a mirror of their own, I will add it as well).
Sammobile and Samsung-Updates Links are the sites links to hotfile slow downloads.
Latest releases listed first.
I hope some of you find this useful!


********************root66********************


 
Below here you will find the pre-rooted Stock firmware as put together by mrRobinson! We decided to put direct links to their downloads here to make it easier for all of you to find! These are the exact links you will find in his thread. If you have any questions or require support for these please follow the link below to his thread where you can search for your answer. Root66 questions should also be posted in his thread as they are provided by him and he should be able to follow any support needed/given for his releases. (I will also try to help answer your questions in his thread)
Don't forget to thank him while you are there!!!!


root66 - PreRooted Firmware
(for use with Odin)


T999L

T999L_UVUBNC1
Original JB Firmware

T999L_UVUBMK4
Original JB Firmware

T999L_UVAMB7
Original JB Firmware
T999

T999_UVUENC2
Official JB Firmware - Latest JB 4.3 Firmware

T999_UVUEMJC
Official JB Firmware - JB 4.3 Firmware

T999_UVDMD5
Official JB Firmware - Latest JB 4.1.2 Firmware

T999_UVDLJC
Official JB Firmware - Latest JB 4.1.1 Firmware

T999_UVDLJA
Official JB Firmware

T999_UVALJ4
Official Updated ICS Firmware - Latest ICS

T999_UVALH2
Official Updated ICS

T999_UVALEM
Original ICS Firmware


T999V

Mobililicity_VLUEMK5
Updated JB Firmware

Mobililicity_VLDMF2
Updated JB Firmware

Mobililicity_VLDLL1
Updated JB Firmware

Mobililicity_VLALH2
Updated ICS Firmware

Wind_VLUEMK5
Updated JB Firmware

Wind_VLDMF2
Updated JB Firmware

Wind_VLDLL1
Updated JB Firmware

Wind_VLALH2
Updated ICS Firmware

Videotron_VLUEMK5
Updated JB Firmware

Videotron_VLDMF2
Updated JB Firmware

Videotron_VLDLL1
Updated JB Firmware

Videotron_VLALH2
Updated ICS Firmware


T999N

Coming Soon! (When firmware becomes available)




********************SGH-T999L LTE********************

Official Firmware
(for use with Odin)

 

UVUBNC1
PDA: T999LUVUBNC1
CSC: T999LTMBBNC1
Version: 4.3 JB
Date: Mar. 19, 2014


UVUBMK4
PDA: T999LUVUBMK4
CSC: T999LTMBBMK4
Version: 4.3 JB
Date: Dec. 9, 2013


UVAMB7
PDA: T999LUVAMB7
CSC: T999LTMBAMB7
Version: 4.1.2 JB
Date: Feb. 28, 2013
Sammobile Link
Samsung-Updates Link


********************T-MOBILE SGH-T999********************

Official Firmware
(for use with Odin)


 

UVUENC2
PDA: T999UVUENC2
CSC: T999TMBENC2
Version: 4.3 JB
Date: Mar. 18, 2014


UVUEMJC
PDA: T999UVUEMJC
CSC: T999TMBEMJC
Version: 4.3 JB
Date: Nov. 19, 2013


UVDMD5
PDA: T999UVDMD5
CSC: T999TMBDMD5
Version: 4.1.2 JB
Date: May 13, 2013
Sammobile Link
Samsung-Updates Link

UVDLJC
PDA: T999UVDLJC
CSC: T999TMBDLJC
Version: 4.1.1 JB
Date: Jan. 17, 2013
Sammobile Link
Samsung-Updates Link

UVDLJA
PDA: T999UVDLJA
CSC: T999TMBDLJA
Version: 4.1.1 JB
Date: Nov. 14, 2012
Sammobile Link
Samsung-Updates Link


UVALJ4
PDA: T999UVALJ4
CSC: T999TMBALJ4
Version: 4.0.4 ICS
Date: Oct. 6, 2012
Sammobile Link
Samsung-Updates Link


UVALH2
PDA: T999UVALH2
CSC: T999TMBALH2
Version: 4.0.4 ICS
Date: Aug. 3, 2012
Sammobile Link


UVALEM
PDA: T999UVALEM
CSC: T999TMBALEM
Version: 4.0.4 ICS
Date: May 23, 2012
Sammobile Link


********************SGH-T999V Canadian Variants********************

Official Firmware
(for use with Odin)


 

Videotron VLFNF1
PDA: T999VVLUFNF1
CSC: T999VYVLFNF1
Version: 4.4.2 KK
Date: June 23,2014


Wind VLFNF1
PDA: T999VVLUFNF1
CSC: T999VYVLFNF1
Version: 4.4.2 KK
Date: June 23,2014


Mobilicity VLFNF1
PDA: T999VVLUFNF1
CSC: T999VYVLFNF1
Version: 4.4.2 KK
Date: June 23,2014


Videotron VLEMK5
PDA: T999VVLUEMK5
CSC: T999VYVLEMK5
Version: 4.3 JB
Date: Dec 7, 2013


Wind VLEMK5
PDA: T999VVLUEMK5
CSC: T999VYVLEMK5
Version: 4.3 JB
Date: Dec 7, 2013


Mobilicity VLEMK5
PDA: T999VVLUEMK5
CSC: T999VYVLEMK5
Version: 4.3 JB
Date: Dec 7, 2013


Eastlink VLEMK5
PDA: T999VVLUEMK5
CSC: T999VYVLEMK5
Version: 4.3 JB
Date: Dec 7, 2013



Videotron VLDMF2
PDA: T999VVLDMF2
CSC: T999VYVLDMF2
Version: 4.1.2 JB
Date: July 10, 2013
Sammobile Link
Samsung-Updates Link



Wind VLDMF2
PDA: T999VVLDMF2
CSC: T999VYVLDMF2
Version: 4.1.2 JB
Date: July 10, 2013
Sammobile Link
Samsung-Updates Link



Mobilicity VLDMF2
PDA: T999VVLDMF2
CSC: T999VYVLDMF2
Version: 4.1.2 JB
Date: July 10, 2013
Sammobile Link
Samsung-Updates Link



??Unknown?? CHA (Carrier Code)
Version: 4.0.4 ICS (Most Likely)
Date: Nov. 2012
PDA: T999VWXALJ4
CSC: T999VCHVALJ4
Sammobile Link



Videotron VLDLL1
Version: 4.1.1 JB
Date: Dec, 01, 2012
PDA: T999VVLDLL1
CSC: T999VYVLDLL1
Sammobile Link
Samsung-Updates Link


Videotron VLALH2
Version: 4.0.4 ICS
Date: Aug. 18, 2012
PDA: T999VVLALH2
CSC: T999VYVLALH2
Sammobile Link


Videotron VLALE6
Version: 4.0.4 ICS
Date: 2012-05-28
PDA: T999VVLALE6
CSC: T999VYVLALE6
Sammobile Link



Mobilicity VLDLL1
Version: 4.1.1 JB
Date: Dec, 01, 2012
PDA: T999VVLDLL1
CSC: T999VYVLDLL1
Sammobile Link
Samsung-Updates Link


Mobilicity VLALH2
Version: 4.0.4 ICS
Date: Aug 18, 2012
PDA: T999VVLALH2
CSC: T999VYVLALH2
Sammobile Link


Mobilicity VLALE6
Version: 4.0.4
Date: 2012-05-28
PDA: T999VVLALE6
CSC: T999VYVLALE6
Sammobile Link
Samsung-Updates Link



Wind VLDLL1
Version: 4.1.1 JB
Date: Dec, 01, 2012
PDA: T999VVLDLL1
CSC: T999VYVLDLL1
Sammobile Link
Samsung-Updates Link


Wind VLALH2
Version: 4.0.4
Date: 2012-08-18
PDA: T999VVLALH2
CSC: T999VYVLALH2
Sammobile Link
Samsung-Updates Link


Wind VLALE6
Version: 4.0.4
Date: 2012-05-28
PDA: T999VVLALE6
CSC: T999VYVLALE6
Sammobile Link



********************SGH-T999N Metro PCS********************

Official Firmware
(for use with Odin)


 

UVUBNC1
PDA: T999NUVUBNC1
CSC: T999NTMBBNC1
Version: 4.3 JB
Date: Mar, 2014

UVUBMK7
PDA: T999NUVUBMK7
CSC: T999NTMBBMK7
Version: 4.3 JB
Date: Dec, 2013

UVAME4
PDA: T999NUVAME4
CSC: T999NTMBAME4
Version: 4.1.2 JB
Date: Aug? , 2013




********************Over-The-Air (OTA) Updates********************

SGH-T999 OTA Updates
(for use in recovery)



 

UVDLJC - UVDMD5
Type: Official
Version: 4.1.2 JB
Date: May 13, 2013
Mirror


UVDLJA - UVDLJC
Type: Official
Version: 4.1.1 JB
Date: Jan. 17, 2013
Mirror


UVALJ4 - UVDLJA
Type: Official
Version: 4.1.1 JB
Date: Nov. 14, 2012
Mirror


UVALH2 - UVALJ4
Type: Official
Version: 4.0.4 ICS
Date: Oct. 6, 2012
Mirror


UVALH2 - UVDLI8
Type: Leak
Version: 4.1.1 JB
Date: Sept 18, 2012
Mirror
Sammobile Link


UVALI5 - UVDLI8
Type: Leak
Version: 4.1.1 JB
Date: Sept 17, 2012
Mirror
Sammobile Link


UVALH2 - UVDLI7
Type: Leak
Version: 4.1.1 JB
Date: Sept 14, 2012
Mirror
Sammobile Link


UVALH2 - UVDLI6
Type: Leak
Version: 4.1.1 JB
Date: Sept 12, 2012
Mirror
Sammobile Link


UVALH2 - UVALI5
Type: Leak
Version: 4.0.4 ICS
Date: Sept 10, 2012
Mirror
Sammobile Link


UVALH2 - UVALI4
Type: Leak
Version: 4.0.4 ICS
Date: Sept 8?, 2012
Mirror

UVALH2 - UVDLI3
Type: Leak
Version: 4.1.1 JB
Date: Sept 6, 2012
Mirror
Sammobile Link


UVALH2 - UVALI2
Type: Leak
Version: 4.0.4 ICS
Date: Sept 4, 2012
Mirror
Sammobile Link


UVALH2 - UVALI1
Type: Leak
Version: 4.0.4
Date: Sept 3, 2012
Mirror
Sammobile Link


UVALG4 - UVALG5
Type: Leak - Unusable
Version: 4.0.4 ICS
Date: Aug. 24, 2012
Mirror
Sammobile Link


UVALH2 - UVDLH3
Type: Leak
Version: 4.1.1 JB
Date: Aug. 24, 2012
Mirror
Sammobile Link


UVALG1 - UVALH2
Type: Official
Version: 4.0.4 ICS
Date: Aug. 3, 2012
Mirror


UVALEM - UVALH2
Type: Official
Version: 4.0.4 ICS
Date: Aug. 3, 2012
Mirror



SGH-T999V OTA Updates
(for use in recovery)



 

Videotron VLALE6 - VLALH2
Type: Official
Version: 4.0.4 ICS
Date: Aug. 18, 2012
Mirror


Videotron VLALH2 - VLALI3
Type: Leak
Version: 4.1.1 JB
Date: Sept 14, 2012
Mirror


Mobilicity VLALE6 - VLALH2
Type: Official
Version: 4.0.4 ICS
Date: Aug.18, 2012
Mirror


Wind VLALE6 - VLALH2
Type: Official
Version: 4.0.4 ICS
Date: Aug. 18, 2012
Mirror

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How to Flash the OTA's


Requirements:
Unmodified stock system
No modem or kernel changes

How to choose the correct OTA update:
The updates are named to show Current Build - Updated Build.
So if you are on UVALEM, you would use UVALEM - UVALH2.


Tools
Here are some tools/utilities you will need, along with a few extras!


Odin 3.07
USB Drivers - V. 1.5.9.0

TWRP Recovery 2.3.1.0
Zip | Tar
CWM Touch Recovery 6.0.1.2
Zip | Tar
CWM Non-Touch Recovery 6.0.1.2
Zip | Tar


Ill fix the un-linked ones shortly!

There are a few different ways to flash the OTA updates. I will cover Stock Recovery, Mobile Odin and CWM.

USING STOCK RECOVERY
As Samsung Intended It!

A quick note about this method: If you want to flash in Stock Recovery, you MUST be fully stock on the correct build. For example, if updating from UVALEM to UVALH2, you must be running a fully stock UVALEM system, including recovery, kernel, modem, etc. This also means no mods, no additions/removals to and from the /system partition, no build.prop edits, etc. Otherwise the update will fail! I will explain why a little later.

  • Download the OTA to your phones External sdcard.
  • Backup any important data, just in case!
  • If you want to stay rooted, install Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper from the Play Store (skip this if you are not rooted)
  • Preserve root with Rootkeeper
  • Reboot into Recovery (Power off the phone. Hold Volume Up + Home + Power. When you see the blue text flash at the top, release the buttons)
  • Select Install Zip from External Storage
  • Find your downloaded OTA zip file, select it and confirm to flash.
  • Once complete, reboot your phone.
  • If you used Rootkeeper to preserve root, Open the app and restore root.
  • Open Superuser/SuperSU and then a root requiring app to confirm you are rooted.
  • DONE!!!



USING CLOCKWORKMOD (CWM) RECOVERY Ver. 6.0.1.2 recommended.

Note about Rootkeeping: With the CWM method, I am putting the Rootkeeper steps here simply because if anyone ever wants to try it, they won't have to ask! This method will allow you to keep CWM Recovery, however, which will let you re-root quite easily anyway!

  • Download the correct OTA zip to your phone. (Either internal or external storage should work just fine)
  • Backup any important data, just in case! (I suggest backing up your contacts using the export to vcard file function in Contacts Settings)
  • If you want to stay rooted, install Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper from the Play Store (skip this if you are not rooted)
  • Preserve root with Rootkeeper (Alternatively, you could just download the Superuser/SuperSU flashable zip, and re-root after flash)
  • Reboot into Recovery (Power off the phone. Hold Volume Up + Home + Power. When you see the blue text flash at the top, release the buttons)
  • NANDROID!!! NANDROID!!!
  • Select Install Zip from sdcard
  • Select either "choose zip from sdcard" or "choose zip from external sdcard"
  • Browse to and select the OTA zip file you downloaded.
  • Confirm to start the flash.
  • Once complete, (if you choose not to use the rootkeeper method) browse to your flashable Superuser/SuperSU zip and flash following the same steps above.
  • Select Reboot System Now.
  • CWM should now warn that recovery will be rewritten, choose the option which prevents this in order to preserve your CWM recovery.
  • If you used Rootkeeper to preserve root, Open the app and restore root.
  • Open Superuser/SuperSU and then another root-requiring app to confirm you are rooted.
  • DONE!!!



USING MOBILE ODIN PRO
My Personal Favorite! Highly recommend!

Note about paid vs free: The following instructions are based upon Mobile ODIN Pro. The Pro version naturally has more options than the free one, most notably is its ability to inject root during the flashing process. It costs $5 in the Play Store and IMO, is ABSOLUTELY worth the price!!! It is also supporting Chainfire, one of our Elite Devs, and his amazing work! For those of you who, for whatever reason, cannot or will not pay for the Pro version, there is a Free version here on XDA! The Free version does NOT inject root during the flashing process, and is basically what you would expect from a Lite version. It will still work for our purposes here. I will explain how to use the Free version after these instructions for Pro.
MOBILE ODIN IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE APPS!!!!!

  • Download the correct OTA zip to your phone's internal or external storage.
  • Backup any important data, just in case! (I suggest backing up your contacts using the export to vcard file function in Contacts Settings)
  • NANDROID!!!
  • Start Mobile Odin Pro
  • If this is the first time run, allow it to download its additional files
  • Scroll down and select OTA / Update ZIP
  • Choose Internal/External Storage depending on where your OTA zip is located
  • Browse to and select the OTA you wish to flash
  • Verify that under the OTA / Update ZIP line, it shows the path to your file
  • Scroll down to the EVERROOT section
  • Make sure that all 3 are checked, Enable EverRoot, Inject Superuser (SuperSU), and Inject Mobile ODIN
  • Under the WIPE section you have the option to Wipe data and cache, and/or Wipe Dalvik Cache. You may choose to select one or both of these, however, I recommend leaving un-checked for now. (I have run into problems with EverRoot in the past when selecting these options. You can always wipe AFTER updating.)
  • Select Flash Firmware, then Continue to confirm. Also continue at the prompt about replacing Maps. (We have enough memory so it does not actually do this.)
  • Mobile ODIN will now take over and flash the OTA!
  • Once complete, it may reboot into recovery. Reboot system if it does.
  • Open Superuser/SuperSU and then another root-requiring app to confirm you are rooted.
  • DONE!!!



USING MOBILE ODIN FREE
Note about free version: Mobile ODIN Lite does not have the EverRoot ability. Also it will not automatically download its required files, so you will have to manually download and install the Flash Kernel from the thread.

  • Go to Chainfire's thread for Mobile ODIN
  • Read, Read, Read, and Read! Read all of Posts 1-3.
  • Download and install Mobile ODIN Lite attached to Post 1.
  • Go to Post #8 and download and install the correct Flash Kernel. MobileODIN_FlashKernel_T999-v2.0.apk
  • Download the correct OTA zip to your phone's internal or external storage.
  • Backup any important data, just in case! (I suggest backing up your contacts using the export to vcard file function in Contacts Settings)
  • NANDROID!!!
  • If you want to stay rooted, install Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper from the Play Store (skip this if you are not rooted)
  • Preserve root with Rootkeeper
  • Start Mobile Odin
  • Scroll down and select OTA / Update ZIP
  • Choose Internal/External Storage depending on where your OTA zip is located
  • Browse to and select the OTA you wish to flash
  • Verify that under the OTA / Update ZIP line, it shows the path to your file
  • DO NOT CHECK WIPE DATA OR DALVIK!!! This will prevent Rootkeeper from working! (You can always wipe AFTER updating.)
  • Select Flash Firmware, then Continue to confirm. Also continue at the prompt about replacing Maps. (We have enough memory so it does not actually do this.)
  • Mobile ODIN will now take over and flash the OTA!
  • Once complete, it may reboot into recovery. Reboot system if it does.
  • If you used Rootkeeper to preserve root, Open the app and restore root.
  • Open Superuser/SuperSU and then another root-requiring app to confirm you are rooted.
  • DONE!!!




How to Flash the Stock Firmware


The stock firmware comes in a .tar or .tar.md5 file format intended to be used in ODIN. The root66 version of the firmware is the full official stock firmware with ONLY ONE CHANGE! It is pre-rooted! Don't forget to follow the link to the original thread so you can Thank mrRobinson for all of his work on these! Flashing EITHER the original or the root66 versions will NOT trip the flash counter! They are identical except for root.

Tip: I keep a copy of the root66 firmware on my computer for use in ODIN. This way I am always ready to go if I have to Odin back to stock for any reason. I also keep an unmodified copy of the firmware on my phone for use with Mobile Odin PRO. (No need for root66 version since Mobile Odin injects root during flash)

I will cover flashing the full stock firmware .tar files using both regular (or PC) ODIN, and Mobile ODIN Pro.


USING ODIN

  • Download and install the latest Samsung USB Drivers
  • Download and extract Odin
  • Download the firmware of your choosing (use the root66 version if you want root)
  • Run Odin by double clicking the Odin.exe within the folder you extracted
  • Turn off your phone and boot into DOWNLOAD MODE (Volume Down + Home + Power Hold until phone powers up, then release and press Volume Up to enter Download Mode)
  • Once in Download Mode, connect the USB/Charger cable to the phone and plug into the USB port on your computer.
  • You should now see a COM** port listed toward the top-left of Odin (under ID:COM)
  • Click on the PDA button in the middle-right area of Odin.
  • Browse to and select the FW you downloaded
  • Make sure Auto-Reboot and F. Reset Time are the only options checked and that PDA is the only other thing checked.
  • TRIPLE CHECK your settings and that you have selected the correct firmware for your model phone and are using the correct options.
  • If you are using a laptop, make absolutely sure you are plugged in, or if on battery, that it is charged enough and will not go into sleep mode during flash.
  • Click Start to begin the flash. This will take a while, so be patient!
  • Once complete, in the top-left box in Odin, it will say PASS and the phone should have automatically rebooted.
  • You may unplug the phone and close Odin if you wish.
  • Wait at least 5-10 minutes for the system to boot the first time and then build its cache! (It may seem to hang during boot, this is normal and you must be patient!!!)
  • DONE!!!




USING MOBILE ODIN PRO
Note about EverRoot: With Mobile Odin Pro, you can flash the unmodified stock firmware and using the EverRoot option, root will be injected during the flash. This has NEVER failed for me!

  • Download the firmware of your choice to your phone's internal or external storage.
  • Backup any important data, just in case! (I suggest backing up your contacts using the export to vcard file function in Contacts Settings)
  • NANDROID!!!
  • Start Mobile Odin Pro
  • If this is the first time run, allow it to download its additional files
  • Scroll down and select Open file...
  • Choose Internal/External Storage depending on where your firmware .tar or .tar.md5 is located
  • Browse to and select the firmware you wish to flash. Mobile Odin will tell you which partitions will be flashed.
  • Depending on the contents of the file, each of the partitions listed will show the path to the selected firmware.
  • You have the option of selecting which partitions you want to flash. For example, if you do not want to flash recovery, just press the recovery option and select Clear. Mobile Odin will now flash the firmware minus the recovery partition! (Alternatively, if you want to only flash recovery, you can either deselect everything else, or extract the recovery.img, press Recovery in Mobile Odiin and browse to the .img file. Yet another great function of this app!)
  • Scroll down to the EVERROOT section
  • Make sure that all 3 are checked, Enable EverRoot, Inject Superuser (SuperSU), and Inject Mobile ODIN
  • Under the WIPE section you have the option to Wipe data and cache, and/or Wipe Dalvik Cache. You may choose to select one or both of these, however, I recommend leaving un-checked for now. (I have run into problems with EverRoot in the past when selecting these options. You can always wipe AFTER flashing.)
  • Select Flash Firmware, then Continue to confirm. Also continue at the prompt about replacing Maps. (We have enough memory so it does not actually do this.)
  • Mobile ODIN will now take over and flash the firmware!
  • Once complete, it may reboot into recovery. Reboot system if it does.
  • Open Superuser/SuperSU and then another root-requiring app to confirm you are rooted.
  • DONE!!!
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[Q] After updating via OTA, I can no longer boot into CWM or TWRP recovery! Stock recovery always boots up! What do I do??

[A]
This is actually a very simple fix!
Using your root capable file explorer, browse to and delete or rename the following two files:
  • /system/recovery-from-boot.p
  • /system/etc/install-recovery.sh

Now, reinstall TWRP or CWM (I suggest using Goo or Rom Manager to do this)
Reboot recovery to verify the correct one is installed and working!


[Q] Why does flashing the OTA install these files that prevent me from using a custom recovery?

[A]
Simply put, this is how recovery is updated as part of the OTA. Because recovery is in use during the OTA update, it cannot be updated at the same time as everything else. So the OTA copies these two files to be run at boot time. During boot, the install-recovery.sh script is run which will reinstall the stock recovery, it then will use the second file, recovery-from-boot.p to patch the recovery, updating it to the OTA's target version.


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Question.... I did the cw update of LJ4 is there a difference betwren that and the one thay says "firmware" for odon?
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Question.... I did the cw update of LJ4 is there a difference betwren that and the one thay says "firmware" for odon?
They are different in how they are used, but they both will end with the same result.
The firmware which is meant to be flashed with Odin is basically the complete, full GS3 system. Odin will take the firmware and overwrite your current partitions, leaving you with a freshly installed stock system. The stock fw does not overwrite user data.
The OTA is a much smaller package meant to be flashed in stock recovery. Unlike the fw mentioned above, the OTA does not overwrite your system files. Instead it patches the currently installed files to update them to the intended build. The stock OTAs do not overwrite system data.
So in a nutshell, they use very different methods to update your system to the intended build. But the end result is the same regardless of which you choose. There are benefits to each, which I will go into later.
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Will flashing a stock FW in recovery affect root? I know the full Odin install will and I am assuming the recovery flash will too.
 
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Yes you will lose root flashing either one using the intended methods. However, there are a few ways to maintain root and you can still reroot using any of the original methods.
Quick rundown:
My oreferred method of updating is Mobile Odin Pro version. It will inject root during flash.
Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper can preserve root when updating via the OTA method. (Do not wipe data until you reboot and reactivate root or it won't work)
CWM recovery I think can also keep you rooted during an OTA update. I need to verify this though. I do know it will allow you to keep your recovery which would allow you to easily reroot if need be.
TWRP will flash the OTA but I don't think it will preserve root or recovery. Still need to verify with latest version.
The only other method of keeping root using Odin and the full fw is to use MrRobinsons root66 versions. I will add links to his thread later for ease of use.

I am planning to add much more detail about these soon.

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Woke up to an OTA Ray to be installed. Bought SuperSU Pro so I could keep root after OTA. Ran the update. Everything looked like it went smoothly until reboot and I got this message...

So I checked what load it was now because it said it failed but it was the correct load UVLJ4. Should everything be good to go? What are your thoughts? Thank you in advance.

EDIT: fixed the problem with Root66. Had trouble with flashing CWM but I'm good to go now. Thanks everyone for being such an awesome source of information! Top notch guys in here.

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