Stock rom FAQ!
The complete FAQ for stock roms!
Before I start, I'd like to give a massive
thank you to @Gil81
, who let me create and maintain this section of his thread - give all your thanks to him as he was the one who started this idea in the first place to provide everyone with a One Stop thread.
Also to @eushaun99
, who's helped a hell of a lot in this thread and provided some knowledge I didn't even know before, as well as providing help to users when both GIl and I couldn't.
Sorry guys, but I'm going away again until the 11th!
Any queries I could answer, please leave a comment and I'll update this portion of the thread
This is meant to serve as a complete guide to the stock roms on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. @Gil81
has all the comprehensive guides to rooting and flashing custom roms you'll need.
So who is this section of the One Stop FAQ for?
Let me know if there are any other questions to do with stock roms and I'll try answer them as best as I can and add them to this post.
- Those new to the tablet
- Those who want to stick to stock
Before anything, the first thing to do is clarify which model device you have.
- The Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wifi and 3G enabled variant has the device model P7500 and has the device code p4
- The Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wifi only variant has the device model P7510 and the device code p4wifi
- The Galaxy Tab 10.1v Stock android variant for Vodafone has the device model P7100 and the device code p3
- The Galaxy Tab 10.1 for Verizon has the device model SCH-I905 and the device code p4vzw
This section of the FAQ will mostly cater for the P75x0 variants, as I have absolutely no experience with the 10.1v, nor the American variants (though if someone is willing to supply information about them, I'll add it to this thread)
So, once you've got your device model, read on
All about stock firmwares
1.) Is there an official Jelly Bean upgrade for this tablet? Or will there be one?
Samsung dropped Jelly Bean support for its first gen tablets (except the 7.7 and the Tab plus) some time back. However, earlier this year, Sammobile picked up on a rumour
about the Tab 10.1 and a Jelly Bean build under testing. However, we've heard nothing since. Here's to hoping.
2.) Where can I get a stock rom from?
In the search box, type in either P7500 or P7510 depending on your model. You need to have an account in order to be able to access the download links.
3.) How can I update my tablet to ICS?
There are three ways.
One way is to use the Software Update option found in Settings -> About device. If you are able to upgrade and you aren't rooted
, then this is one way. Better do it over wifi though because its a pretty hefty update.
Another way is to use Samsung Kies, the official PC program meant to be used in conjunction to Samsung devices. If you have Kies installed, just plug your Tab into your computer and if you have an update waiting, Kies will automatically tell you. Again, you can't be rooted for Kies to work properly.
The third way is doing it manually.
Please read the corresponding instructions VERY carefully!
Messing up something with Odin can go horribly wrong. If you don't want to use those articles/feel unsafe about doing so, send me a PM and I'll walk you through it.
And any firmware, as long as its for your device
, can be used- any stock rom can be used in these guides given above.
A nice video to demonstrate how Odin's used to flash the tablet (for both models) can be seen here.
Common issues on stock 4.0.4
4.) I notice quite a lot of battery drain using my tablet on ICS. What's going on?
What's been discovered is that there are certain wakelocks in the kernel keeping the tablet awake, and stopping it from going into Deep Idle mode. These wakelocks also seem to be draining battery in the background by keeping the CPU awake (and apparently at max clock speed- 1Ghz- as well)...
There are a few fixes.
can look here
for the best fix and an explanation as to what's going on.
sadly don't have the same fix, however, do read that link to see what's going on and try this
as well and see if that improves anything.
5.) The Youtube app's really laggy. What's causing this?
Yes, its the Tegra 2 processor inside our tablet. While good for games, sadly, its horrible at video playback. Its has trouble decoding HD videos from the web.
6.) How come my tablet can't play HD .avis or .mkvs easily?
Again, its a case of the Tegra 2 not being able to play high quality videos well enough for standard use. There is seemingly no fix for this, but the workaround is to install a third-market video player and run with it.
7.) I don't use some of the apps preinstalled on the stock rom. How can I get rid of them?
Some pre-loaded applications are uninstallable by default. These include:
- Polaris Office
- Zinio (magazine client, in Reader's Hub)
- Kobo (ebook reader, Reader's Hub)
- Press Reader (newspaper reader, Reader's Hub)
- Reader's Hub
- Aurora2 (live wallpaper)
- Blue Sea (live wallpaper)
- Holo Spiral (live wallpaper)
If you want to uninstall any other apps that you don't use then you have to root first then use an app like Titanium or Root Explorer to delete them.
8.) I've accidentally deleted an apk that I desperately need back. What should I do?
This applies to the apps that are readily uninstallable listed above, although this may also apply to system apks.
Unfortunately, flashing a stock rom over your current one does not
restore the apk. In fact, when you boot up you tablet, chances are nothing will have changed.
To fix this, you need to do a factory reset. Which means you'll need to do a backup of all your data and files and then wipe the tablet.
I'm not entirely sure why this happens so if someone could fill me in on this I'll add this into this section.
9.) The stock rom lags too much! What can I do?
Sadly, yeah, the stock rom does lag a lot.
For the best answer to this question, well, take a look at Gil's guide above and there you'll find all manner of roms for Jelly Bean that will/should make things a whole lot smoother.
Having root on stock will allow you to:
- Delete unneccesary system apps that are running in the background
- Overclock the CPU by flashing a new kernel
- Add other compatible tweaks and scripts to optimise the system.
10.) I've plugged in my tablet to my PC and I can see a red X on the battery icon. What does this mean?
Don't panic - this is meant to happen. USB charging on the tablet's been disabled due to the slow speed. It doesn't mean you have a connection problem or anything.
11.) After upgrading to official ICS, my USB connections don't work! What next?
Take a look at this thread
for one solution to this problem, as discovered by @KrimsonFL
(and give thanks to him) - if any other fixes arise I'll post them here.
This post will constantly be updated with any questions I see in the Q&A forum that I think will be useful to all users. So stay tuned as this list grows