-Table of Contents-
---1---About this post
---5---Guide to flashing the ICS Firmware
---6---Guide to rooting the ICS Firmware
---7---Guide to flashing CWM Recovery (Perm)
---8---Goodies Coming soon
This thread post is an overall tutorial post on how to update your GT-P6210's firmware to the latest version, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). This post is only for the WiFi edition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (GT-P6210), if you have a different Galaxy Tab, I suggest you NOT follow any of the details explained in this OP. If you happen to find another method of rooting and obtaining ICS with a recovery on your device-- congratulations! . While that is cool, this guide still proves to be the most sufficient, stable, and overall safest way to flash the upgrade without any bad effects.
Team Galaxy HD is NOT responsible for any damages caused to your device. You are the one chosing to use our method / follow this guide. By using the methods lsited below YOU are responsible for anything that may or may not happen to your tablet. We DO NOT provide support for users who do not agree to these terms. If you break your device by misreading or following the guide wrong, it is your fault. If you blame us, we will just laugh at you. Make sure all of your equipment is fully charged that you will be using during this tutorial. We are not responsible if your laptop dies pushing over the ODIN update or if your tablet bricks from dying due to low battery as well. DO NOT expect any support from us over this topic after it has been proven to work 100%. You are responsible for finding the answers to your own problems. Post in the Q/A-General Forum and ask others for help.
Once again, you are responsible for ALL damages.
Feel free to make imaginary checkboxes on the following list of requirements below. Please make sure you have everything on this list available before starting. * Downloadable utilities, software, and files are available in the next section*
[ ] A Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (GT-P6210) WiFi Edition that is ROOTED with CWM installed.
[ ] A proprietary Samsung Tablet USB Cable
[ ] A Samsung Tablet USB AC Wall Adapter
[ ] A Windows PC (Or an alternative OS that can run Odin3-v1.85 and Heimdall 1.3.1)
[ ] A 100%, Fully Charged Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus WiFi Tablet
[ ] Flash Utility Odin3-v1.85) or Flash Utility Heimdall 1.3.1
[ ] A MicroSD Card
[ ] The Drivers for your Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus WiFi *All of the drivers*
[ ] The Stock Honeycomb (HC) Firmware for your Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus WiFi
[ ] A Nandroid backup of your current ROM and System on your Computer (Move off of your device and put it on your desktop or somewhere safe)
[ ] The Stock ICS Firmware for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus WiFi
[ ] The temporary CWM Recovery for ICS
[ ] The Root package for ICS
[ ] One of the permanent CWM Recovery packages for ICS (Either the Odin or Heimdall one)
[ ] The basic knowledge and skills to follow a guide
-5-Guide to flashing the ICS Firmware-
Okay guys here we go! This is the best OTA this tablet has gotten so lets get to work on getting it on your device!
*Before we begin, please make sure you have ALL of the requirements needed on topic no. 3.*
1. Turn your tablet off. *Hold down the Sleep/Wake/Power key, then tap "Power Off."
2. Go to the recovery. *Hold down the Sleep/Wake/Power key for about 5 seconds along with the Volume Up key. Once the device powers on, release the Power key, but continue to hold down the Volume Up key until you get in to CWM Recovery.*
3. Wipe your data/facility reset the device.
4. Go under Advanced and delete your davlik cache
5. Go under mounts and storage and format the system
6. Shut down the device.
7. Go into Download Mode / ODIN mode by holding down Power and Volume Down for about 5-10 seconds until you get to a screen with a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark through the middle, then push the Volume Up key.
8. Connect the USB cable to your PC and then to your device.
9. Open the Odin.exe program.
10. Make sure Odin sees your device under ID:COM. It should have numbers inside if it does see it, if not re-install the drivers for your tab.
11. If not already, extract the stock Honeycomb Firmware to your desktop.
12. On Odin, click on "PDA" and then browse to where you extracted the Honeycomb Firmware.
13. Click "Start" and let Odin flash the stock Honeycomb Firmware back on your device. Once it's done your tab should reboot.
14. Once the tablet gets to the setup screen, turn your tablet off once more.
15. Go back into Download Mode / ODIN mode. Connect the USB cable to your PC and your Tablet once again if you unplugged it.
16. Extract the ICS Firmware to your desktop, make sure to not get it confused with the Honeycomb Firmware.
17. On Odin, click on "PDA" again, but this time browse to select the ICS Firmware.
18. Click "Start" and let Odin flash the new ICS Firmware on your device.
-6-Guide to rooting the ICS Firmware-
Okay well now that we have the best Firmware installed, how about we make it even better and root it! Once it's rooted we'll be able to install Elements HD, and many other ROMs and MODs.
1. Place the Root.zip and CWM.zip on your EXTERNAL MicroSD Card.
2. Reboot to the recovery Hold down the Sleep/Wake/Power key for about 5 seconds along with the Volume Up key. Once the device powers on, release the Power key, but continue to hold down the Volume Up key until you get in to CWM Recovery.*
3. Choose apply update from external storage.
4. Choose CWM.zip and wait until CWM recovery appear.
5. Once the cwm recovery appear: Touch the screen to choose and navigate the options. You'll need to slide your finger up and down to scroll in some menus.
6. Choose install zip from sdcard.
7. Choose root.zip and "Yes - Install root.zip."
Now you're rooted! Next we just need to get you a Recovery!
-7-Guide to flashing CWM Recovery (Perm. w/ ODIN)-
This recovery was not at all created or ported by Team Galaxy HD. All credit goes to Vivified for the port and post in this thread here.
***Make sure that you ONLY use the Odin .tar.md5 package found above in the downloads section (hosted on mediafire).***
1. Turn your tablet off. *Hold down the Sleep/Wake/Power key, then tap "Power Off."
2. Go into Download Mode / ODIN mode by holding down Power and Volume Down for about 5-10 seconds until you get to a screen with a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark through the middle, then push the Volume Up key.
3. Connect the USB cable to your PC and then to your device.
4. Open the Odin.exe program.
5. Make sure Odin sees your device under ID:COM. It should have numbers inside if it does see it, if not re-install the drivers for your tab.
6. On Odin, click on "PDA" and then browse to where you downloaded the recovery.tar.md5
7. Click "Start" and let Odin flash the stock recovery back on to your device.
-7-Guide to flashing CWM Recovery (Perm. w/ Heimdall)-
This recovery was not at all created or ported by Team Galaxy HD. All credit goes to aorth for the port and post over here. (If you don't want this referenced here, let me know aorth ^_^; I'll take it out immediately if so.)
garyd9 originally ported ClockworkMod Recovery 5.0.0.x to the Tab 7 Plus (all variants) in late 2011. Gary's since moved on to bigger and better things, and so has ClockworkMod Recovery. As of ClockworkMod Recovery version 6.0.0.x backups and restores should be faster, take up less space (due to file-level deduplication), and there's a swanky new look (though a bit iOS-y).
wtf is "recovery" anyways?
Recovery mode is a minimal, alternative mode of booting which allows you to install software from zip files, backup/restore your device, and perform low-level operations like factory reset and formatting partitions. All Android devices have a recovery mode (it's part of the stock AOSP environment), but the default recovery mode is very limited. For example, it only allows you to flash zips which have been signed by the vendor's private key.
ClockworkMod Recovery was developed by Koushik Dutta (@koush), and is much more flexible... If you want to flash CyanogenMod, you MUST have a non-stock recovery. Right now that means ClockworkMod Recovery.
-To avoid confusion I removed this excerpt from the quote.-
Heimdall-flashable image (126.96.36.199): Mediafire (md5: e71feb63ee44a7e809b6c2e7ae6d6e7d)
Flashing with Heimdall
I recommend flashing with Heimdall; it's open source and cross platform, whereas Odin is a leaked internal tool from Samsung, and only works on Windows. I absolutely cannot give guidance on using Odin. As of this time I recommend using Heimdall 1.3.1 (1.3.2 has a known bug which prevents flashing some files from completing successfully).
You can use the GUI (heimdall-frontend), or flash from the command line. In Linux it's easy:
- Unplug your tablet from USB
- Turn your tablet off
- Hold Volume Down and press the power button, keep holding Volume Down for 5 seconds
- Plug your tablet back into the computer
sudo heimdall flash --recovery p6200-clockworkmod-188.8.131.52.img
After that you should now have ClockworkMod Recovery installed.
Booting into CWM
There are a few ways to get into ClockworkMod Recovery:
- Using adb, type: adb reboot recovery
- From CyanogenMod's power menu: hold down the Power button for a few seconds, then navigate to Reboot -> Recovery.
- With the tablet off, hold Volume Up and press power, keep holding Volume Up for 5 seconds
I've tested backing up and restoring to CM9 and stock a few times, and it seems to work well. But please back up your stuff with other applications, like Go Backup or Titanium Backup just in case something goes wrong with restoring.
-8-Goodies Coming soon-
We're also workin' on some nice goodies / addons for this rooted firmware!
Here's what's expected to come up some time soon:
+ Flashable Stock Rooted ICS ROM
+ Full Working ICS Touch Screen CWM (Perm)
+ Guide support for other devices
- Written by Team Galaxy HD -