[Q] Upgrading to ICS...
I have a Bell Samsung Galaxy Note which had Gingerbread but could not find the OTA upgrade to ICS for some reason. It originally had ICS but flashed it back to Gingerbread since I wanted to start from scratch (using Odin). I've had numerous issues flashing it using Odin (many nand flash errors, soft brick, etc) but now I flashed it to AT&T stock, just to test if everything was working. All is good for now.
I want to upgrade it to ICS to perform the T-mo unlock trick but everytime I try to flash an Odin ICS tar, I get hit with an error at some point and the phone puts itself in Kies recovery mode (Firmware upgrade encountered an issue). Here are my questions:
1. Upon flashing an ICS tar in Odin, should I select the re-partition option in Odin (e.g. does it have a PIT file in there)? Or can I just go ahead and flash the tar file under PDA?
2. Should I do a factory wipe on top of the cache wipe in recovery before flashing an Odin tar?
3. Are there any OEM stock images/ROMs (AT&T, Bell or other) that can be flashed with a cwm/twrp recovery? All I can find are tar files, I know I can probably modify them and remove the recovery.img but would rather not as this might break things.
4. Any issues flashing through VMware Fusion on a MacBook Pro? Could this be the cause of my issues?