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How to OTA to 4.4.2 from LJ2 4.1.1 (w/NE5/MK6 bootloader!) *** POST #3 UPDATES

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20th January 2014, 10:10 PM   |  #1  
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DISCLAIMER: This was performed on a SAMSUNG-SGH-I317 on ATT. I can only attest to it's success on that model, because that's what I have. And that's the multiple hours I have tested in on.

Background:

I was impatient and flashed the ATT 4.3 OTA thereby locking myself into to the 4.3 bootloader.

** So I am using an i317 AT&T Note 2 with the MK6 locked bootloader as the baseline for testing.

After 4.3 came out there were multiple issues, people getting softbricked, etc. I started following the HOW-TO Downgrade from 4.3 OFFICIAL MK6 to LJ2 4.1.1 from @perez6991.

I was honored to test Zen Arcade's AT&T I317-UCUBMK6 *Stock* Rooted De-Odex ROM.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...84&postcount=1

He suggested to me, try some follow on testing of how to go from Stock ODIN KIES_HOME_I317UCALJ2_I317ATTALJ2_215287_REV04_user _low_ship.tar.md5, all the way up to OTA 4.3.

After many heart stopping, panic attacks from a phone that would not boot.....

Here are the steps:



Section 1: Flashing LJ2 4.1.1 via ODIN


Thanks to perez6991 for the HOW-TO Downgrade Guide, Iím just reusing his steps for the first part and thanks to fuzio1963 for finding out the param.bin and tz.img unbricks recovery mode. Saved my butt !

STEP 1: Download the USA AT&T 2012 OCTOBER I317UCALJ2 firmware from Sammobile (You need an account to download/registration is free)

Download Link http://www.sammobile.com/firmwares/1...ode=0#firmware

Or download from here:
http://d-h.st/2L2
Stock UCALJ2 ODIN package for those with MK6 bootloaders
Generously hosted by Zen Arcade


Extract the file (I317UCALJ2_I317ATTALJ2_ATT.zip) to Desktop or somewhere convenient

STEP 2: Download Odin 3.07 or your preferred choice, extract zip file to Desktop or somewhere convenient. Go to directory to where you extracted Odin307.zip

Run Odin3 v3.07.exe

Download Link http://www.mediafire.com/download/77...x2/Odin307.zip

STEP 3: Put your Note 2 in Download Mode

Entering download mode is very simple. First you will need to turn off your device. Once itís off, you need to press this button combination: volume down, power button and home button. Keep them pressed until the download mode shows up. Once youíre there, you will be required to press volume up to enter the download mode or volume down to cancel and reboot the device.

Plug into a RELIABLE usb port and a RELIABLE usb cable (preferably the white Samsung cable) and wait for it to show up in Odin (COM5 or something like that)

STEP 4: Click the PDA slot in Odin and locate the USA AT&T 2012 OCTOBER I317UCALJ2 firmware from Sammobile that you downloaded and extracted in Step 1

The filename that goes into the PDA Slot is KIES_HOME_I317UCALJ2_I317ATTALJ2_215287_REV04_user _low_ship.tar.md5

Wait for it to verify, it may look like the program freezes but itís just verifying the md5 checksum.

BEFORE ANYTHING MAKE SURE IN THE OPTION AREA ONLY AUTO REBOOT AND F.RESET TIME ARE CHECKED!!!

STEP 5: Click START and wait. After a while Odin should say RESET in the BOX above the Option area



*** Upon reboot the phone will hang. This is because of left over 4.3 file(s) not letting the system boot.

Pull the battery and let the phone sit for a few seconds, pop the battery in and boot into stock recovery (HOLD VOL UP+HOME+POWER)
and do a FACTORY RESET then reboot.

When it hangs on the Pulsing Blue Samsung logo, do this step. (expect to do this)


STEP 6: SUCCESS!! If you did everything right your phone should boot into LJ2 4.1.1

If your phone did not boot, you probably did not read the info after ***.


  • Thanks to perez6991 for the HOW-TO Downgrade Guide
  • Thanks to fuzio1963 for finding out the param.bin and tz.img unbricks recovery mode
  • Thanks to Zen Arcade for the encouragement to write this up
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SECTION 2: OTA to MH3
You are now booted into the original stock 4.1.1 Note II ROM, i317UCALJ2.

You do not need to set anything up except your wireless connection to download the 302 MB OTA update. Cancel all setups and make a Wifi Connection. (connect to a wireless connection to not use Phone Data)
After you have made a Wifi connection:
Go to Settings> About Device> Software Update

It should come up and tell you an update is available.
[If it says update not available, go to Settings Date/Time and take auto sync off. Advance the date one day and try again]

Complete the steps in the Update Windows (Simply by clicking NEXT or CONTINUE)


* You have flashed using ODIN to the original stock 4.1.1 Note II ROM, i317UCALJ2.
* You have now OTA’d to i317UCAMH3, which is the required baseline to OTA to 4.3.


After the reboot of the 302 MB OTA install, your phone will hang on the Samsung GALAXY Note II screen.

The step below needs to be done to get the install to complete successfully for the i317UCAMH3 OTA.



- Download from http://d-h.st/CDK
I317UCUBMK6-TZ-PARAM.zip

- Extract the I317UCUBMK6-TZ-PARAM.zip file to get to I317UCUBMK6-TZ.tar.md5
It has two files in the I317UCUBMK6-TZ-PARAM.zip. You should only need the I317UCUBMK6-TZ.tar.md5.

I kept both files in there, in rare case you will need to flash the param file.
Read information under the If you *are* running the Official 4.3 (MK6) bootloader: section from @Zen Arcade thread http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...84&postcount=1

Thanks @jdnyc for suggesting edit to clarify which file to flash.

- Put your Note 2 in Download Mode.
Entering download mode is very simple. First you will need to turn off your device. Once it’s off, you need to press this button combination: volume down, power button and home button. Keep them pressed until the download mode shows up. Once you’re there, you will be required to press volume up to enter the download mode or volume down to cancel and reboot the device.

Open ODIN and place the I317UCUBMK6-TZ.tar.md5 file that you extracted from the I317UCUBMK6-TZ-PARAM.zip in the PDA section (or AP section if you are using ODIN 3.09). Click the Start button to flash.

Phone will now boot into i317UCAMH3.

  • Thanks to @Zen Arcade for the I317UCUBMK6-TZ.tar.md5
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SECTION 3: OTA to 4.3

Almost there !!

Now it’s time to get to i317UCUBMK6.

There are two options:

1. Continue on to 4.4.2 Over The Air (OTA) update

OTA now goes to Kit Kat 4.4.2

2. Flash a 4.3 stock root ROM
I have not attempted any other 4.3 ROM from the AT&T Galaxy Note II Android Development Forum. That does not mean it will not work. Do so at you own risk.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2589891
[ROM][4.3][Dec-2013] AT&T I317-UCUBMK6/MJ4 *Stock* Rooted Odex/De-Odex/Odin

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OPTION 1:

Again you don’t need to setup anything except a wireless connection. The 4.3 OTA Update is 702 MB.

- Go to Settings > About Device > Software Update

- Do the same thing as the MH3 Update, Click Continue or Next to get Download started.

- Let the download finish,let it reboot and the installation will complete.

---- > You will reboot into the OTA 4.3 i317UCUBMK6.


OPTION 2:

You will need to flash a custom recovery. I'm detailing a TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP) install

Here is an explanation of TWRP and how to use it to flash the [ROM][4.3][Dec-2013] AT&T I317-UCUBMK6/MJ4 *Stock* Rooted
http://www.addictivetips.com/android...devices-guide/
by Haroon Q Raja

Here are other ways to install a custom recovery on your Android phone
http://www.addictivetips.com/mobile/...-phone-device/
Also by Haroon Q Raja


INSTALLING TWRP 2.6.3.1

- Run Odin3 v3.07.exe

Download Link http://www.mediafire.com/download/77...x2/Odin307.zip

- Put your Note 2 in Download Mode

Entering download mode is very simple. First you will need to turn off your device. Once it’s off, you need to press this button combination: volume down, power button and home button. Keep them pressed until the download mode shows up. Once you’re there, you will be required to press volume up to enter the download mode or volume down to cancel and reboot the device.


Plug into a RELIABLE usb port and a RELIABLE usb cable (preferably the white Samsung cable) and wait for it to show up in Odin (COM5 or something like that)

- Click the PDA slot in Odin and locate the openrecovery-twrp-2.6.3.1-t0lteatt.img.tar that you downloaded.
The filename that goes into the PDA Slot is openrecovery-twrp-2.6.3.1-t0lteatt.img.tar

MAKE SURE IN THE OPTION AREA ONLY AUTO REBOOT AND F.RESET TIME ARE CHECKED!!!

- Click START and wait. It will complete and reboot.


Download AT&T UCUBMK6 i317 *Odexed* Stock CWM Note 2
Download link http://d-h.st/Pnd

Save the file to a location that you can easily find. After the download is complete you will need to copy it to your phones SDCARD or External SDCARD.


After copying i317-cwm-ucubmk6-rooted-deodex.zip to your phone. Power off phone.

Wait a minute and turn it back on. To boot into TWRP recovery (HOLD VOL UP+HOME+POWER) while it is powering on. Do this quickly after turning phone on.



You will boot into the TWRP Interface

The interface of TWRP comprises of large buttons that make it easy to spot the feature you require at a quick glance and select it with a quick tap. You’ll also find soft buttons for Home and Back here, along with one for the log view that shows progress of all the operations you’ve performed in recovery.


Install Button

As the name suggests, the Install option lets you install any recovery-flashable zip file to your device. This can be a ROM, a kernel, a mod, a theme, a system app – pretty much anything that’s available in the recovery-flashable zip file format.



Upon hitting Install, you’re presented with the files and folders on your phone’s storage, from which you can select the file you want to flash. Find the file i317-cwm-ucubmk6-rooted-deodex.zip With the file selected, you can swipe the slider to confirm and start flashing the selected file.



After install completes, press the Back Button. (Looks like a U-turn arrow)

You should be back to main screen. Press Reboot.



Press System button on Reboot Menu.


---- > You will reboot into the AT&T UCUBMK6 i317 *Deodexed* Stock Note 2 ROM created by Zen Arcade,

And there you have it.

NOTE: I have done this multiple times, so many I've lost count. My Knox is tripped. The last test (today) I did not use Triangle Away. So my flash count was at 5.
This method works. You may want to start from scratch.


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Thanks to Zen Arcade for all the help, the idea and procedures in which to test.


Want to know about flashing 4.3 ROMS?
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2618460

Thanks to Bajanman
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A fantastic resource !!
Many thanks for this !!

And it absolutely should be added to the super thread...g

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Thank you so much for this!! I was wondering just today if this was possible yet. It is nice to see it all in one place!

So does triangle away work to clear the binary? I know knox is undoable as of now, but wondering about the other counters.

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Thank you so much for this!! I was wondering just today if this was possible yet. It is nice to see it all in one place!

So does triangle away work to clear the binary? I know knox is undoable as of now, but wondering about the other counters.

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My pleasure. Yes triangle angle clears the binary count and sets status back to unmolested.

But to do this, using TA is not a requirement.
Just the stock LJ2 and param/tz tar to Odin, TWRP, and the MH3 stock recovery.

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Binary status pic during the testing



Binary Status pic after Triangle Away

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Whew !!!!

Good stuff! This will be great for anyone who reverts and wants to go forward to MH3 or MK6 - no more getting stuck during the LJ2 to MH3 OTA. Thanks for putting this together.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Zen Arcade

Good stuff! This will be great for anyone who reverts and wants to go forward to MH3 or MK6 - no more getting stuck during the LJ2 to MH3 OTA. Thanks for putting this together.

. :thumbup::thumbup:

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Thank you for your support. It was fun.

I don't remember if we had this as a test, but from MH3 stock flashing your MK6 CWM zips worked great.

Really no need to OTA to 4.3 with your awesome contribution.

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