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[Q] Returned Note II User--> Bootloader/Rom Questions

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8th March 2014, 05:58 AM   |  #1  
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Hey guys,

I'm back on the note II with AT&T.

I am currently on the MH3 build with Android 4.1.2 and was wondering if it is smart to take an OTA update for 4.3. I did a few searches regarding the boot loader (I heard its locked now? what?!?)

Additionally, I would like to root my phone and install a custom rom. I see that CleanRom is no longer supported and was wondering if anyone has stepped up to the plate to provide something of a similar caliber? (I want to install ad block and greenify)

The features I am looking for in a rom:

1. Stability <--- need it to be safe for work.
2. Removed AT&T apps/debloated
3. Battery Life
4. Speed

Some recommendations and advice would be greatly appreciate!
8th March 2014, 05:24 PM   |  #2  
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Originally Posted by mc704

Hey guys,

I'm back on the note II with AT&T.

I am currently on the MH3 build with Android 4.1.2 and was wondering if it is smart to take an OTA update for 4.3. I did a few searches regarding the boot loader (I heard its locked now? what?!?)

Additionally, I would like to root my phone and install a custom rom. I see that CleanRom is no longer supported and was wondering if anyone has stepped up to the plate to provide something of a similar caliber? (I want to install ad block and greenify)

The features I am looking for in a rom:

1. Stability <--- need it to be safe for work.
2. Removed AT&T apps/debloated
3. Battery Life
4. Speed

Some recommendations and advice would be greatly appreciate!

Recommendations, are mostly just personal opinions. And of course every one has one. It always comes down to what makes you happy.
You're going to have to find the one that trips your trigger. So I'll just make suggestions .......

First off no need to go to OTA.

Just flash this 4.3 bin and img file below to use 4.3 ROMs

Keep your knox free 4.1.2 bootloader. Allowing you to freely flash between 4.1.2 roms and the latest 4.3 stuff
Keeping Wifi Throughout and removing Knox

4.3 Param.bin and Tz.img (ODIN flash not custom recovery)
http://d-h.st/OYC
Graciously provided by seanzscreams.




On that note, try his SkyNote ROM.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2584533
(ROM) Sky Note Air - 4.3[I317MK6-MJ4-MK4 Hybrid] 2-26-14

Suggest you use the SKY NOTE AIR--- Vanilla Edition F1 version. It's stockish....

For a more stock, slightly debloated.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2659569
[ROM][4.3] JMP Series Extreme Edition - AT&T SGH-i317 Only - 2/23/2014
Courtesy of xxxSuperserieSxxx

Last but not least for sure
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2589891
The 4.3 OTA rooted by Zen Arcade.
Totally stock, you can debloat on your own with Titianium Backup or Root Uninstaller Pro (just found this, I'm testing to see if it worth keeping as a suggestion)
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8th March 2014, 06:18 PM   |  #3  
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This HERE ^^^^^^^^^ excellent!!


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9th March 2014, 08:58 PM   |  #4  
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Recommendations, are mostly just personal opinions. And of course every one has one. It always comes down to what makes you happy.
You're going to have to find the one that trips your trigger. So I'll just make suggestions .......

First off no need to go to OTA.

Just flash this 4.3 bin and img file below to use 4.3 ROMs

Keep your knox free 4.1.2 bootloader. Allowing you to freely flash between 4.1.2 roms and the latest 4.3 stuff
Keeping Wifi Throughout and removing Knox

4.3 Param.bin and Tz.img (ODIN flash not custom recovery)
http://d-h.st/OYC
Graciously provided by seanzscreams.




On that note, try his SkyNote ROM.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2584533
(ROM) Sky Note Air - 4.3[I317MK6-MJ4-MK4 Hybrid] 2-26-14

Suggest you use the SKY NOTE AIR--- Vanilla Edition F1 version. It's stockish....

For a more stock, slightly debloated.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2659569
[ROM][4.3] JMP Series Extreme Edition - AT&T SGH-i317 Only - 2/23/2014
Courtesy of xxxSuperserieSxxx

Last but not least for sure
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2589891
The 4.3 OTA rooted by Zen Arcade.
Totally stock, you can debloat on your own with Titianium Backup or Root Uninstaller Pro (just found this, I'm testing to see if it worth keeping as a suggestion)

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@dicksteele:thumbup::thumbup:
This HERE ^^^^^^^^^ excellent!!


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Thanks guys!!
20th March 2014, 02:07 AM   |  #5  
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What about flashing a 4.4 ROM?
I have also just returned to a Note 2 today! I am on the 4.1.2 and MH3 Build as well; It is brand new I just took it out of the box and I am ready to root/twrp/flash the crap out of it. Is there any way to flash any 4.4.x ROM? Should I take the 4.3 update (I could care less about voiding warranties)? Thanks in advance.
20th March 2014, 10:06 PM   |  #6  
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I have also just returned to a Note 2 today! I am on the 4.1.2 and MH3 Build as well; It is brand new I just took it out of the box and I am ready to root/twrp/flash the crap out of it. Is there any way to flash any 4.4.x ROM? Should I take the 4.3 update (I could care less about voiding warranties)? Thanks in advance.

Use this as a stepping stone
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2589891

That way you can still downgrade running the leaked MJ4 bootloader...

Hold off doing the 4.3 OTA until we see if it's mandatory to be on it whenever they get off their a$$es and push 4.4 out.
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21st March 2014, 02:13 AM   |  #7  
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Originally Posted by dicksteele

Use this as a stepping stone
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2589891

That way you can still downgrade running the leaked MJ4 bootloader...

Hold off doing the 4.3 OTA until we see if it's mandatory to be on it whenever they get off their a$$es and push 4.4 out.

I was working off the link you provided and this one as well. http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2502464

So after some debating/ton-a-reading I decided to root/twrp/flash the 4.3 Param.bin and Tz with Odin and went with the crew providing the IOKP ROM (4.3.1). I love the ROM but the nerd/little kid in me wants to know what happens if I flash a 4.4.x ROM; I will update if I try it.

Am I right in assuming that any 4.4.x ROM's out there for our Note 2 right now is working off a 4.3.x bootloader and that 4.4 is a dream for the Note 2 that will never happen (officially)? On top of that there will be that whole KNOX garbage...

Anyway thanks for the response, I love the XDA community!
21st March 2014, 02:55 AM   |  #8  
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I was working off the link you provided and this one as well. http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2502464

So after some debating/ton-a-reading I decided to root/twrp/flash the 4.3 Param.bin and Tz with Odin and went with the crew providing the IOKP ROM (4.3.1). I love the ROM but the nerd/little kid in me wants to know what happens if I flash a 4.4.x ROM; I will update if I try it.

Am I right in assuming that any 4.4.x ROM's out there for our Note 2 right now is working off a 4.3.x bootloader and that 4.4 is a dream for the Note 2 that will never happen (officially)? On top of that there will be that whole KNOX garbage...

Anyway thanks for the response, I love the XDA community!

You are correct. 4.3 bootloader whether it's the leaked 4.3 MJ4 or the OTA 4.3 MK6. MK6 is the locked bootloader that you cannot overwrite.

4.4 is allegedly in the works.... Been plastered all over the tech news sites. Supposedly March or April.. We're on the a$$ end of March .... So what are the odds.


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Originally Posted by dicksteele

You are correct. 4.3 bootloader whether it's the leaked 4.3 MJ4 or the OTA 4.3 MK6. MK6 is the locked bootloader that you cannot overwrite.

4.4 is allegedly in the works.... Been plastered all over the tech news sites. Supposedly March or April.. We're on the a$$ end of March .... So what are the odds.


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There are many 4.4 roms for Note II. Kitkat works fine on 4.3 bootloader.
6th April 2014, 07:58 PM   |  #10  
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Originally Posted by dicksteele

Recommendations, are mostly just personal opinions. And of course every one has one. It always comes down to what makes you happy.
You're going to have to find the one that trips your trigger. So I'll just make suggestions .......

First off no need to go to OTA.

Just flash this 4.3 bin and img file below to use 4.3 ROMs

Keep your knox free 4.1.2 bootloader. Allowing you to freely flash between 4.1.2 roms and the latest 4.3 stuff
Keeping Wifi Throughout and removing Knox

4.3 Param.bin and Tz.img (ODIN flash not custom recovery)
http://d-h.st/OYC
Graciously provided by seanzscreams.




On that note, try his SkyNote ROM.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2584533
(ROM) Sky Note Air - 4.3[I317MK6-MJ4-MK4 Hybrid] 2-26-14

Suggest you use the SKY NOTE AIR--- Vanilla Edition F1 version. It's stockish....

For a more stock, slightly debloated.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2659569
[ROM][4.3] JMP Series Extreme Edition - AT&T SGH-i317 Only - 2/23/2014
Courtesy of xxxSuperserieSxxx

Last but not least for sure
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2589891
The 4.3 OTA rooted by Zen Arcade.
Totally stock, you can debloat on your own with Titianium Backup or Root Uninstaller Pro (just found this, I'm testing to see if it worth keeping as a suggestion)

I'm also in the same boat as the OP. I've flashed roms before, but never through Odin. How does one do that.?

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