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[REF] Samsung firmware naming convention and explanation

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By The_Steph, Senior Member on 21st November 2011, 11:45 AM
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Eveyone seems to always struggle with the question "is this firwmare KXY newer or older than KYZ". After a long search, I found some parts of explanations from places to places and as I owe a lot to this community for helping me taking the better of my past phones, I thought it was finally the appropriate place to send back my gratitude and summarise them in one post. If moderators feel this thread does not belong to this part of the forum, feel free to move it in the appropriate one (but I really do think it belongs to this part as it is ROM related).

To know what is your phone *ware versions, type on the phone keypad (if you want them to work on GoDialer or any software that sits on top of phone keypad, you need to add "*#" without the quotes before the code and "*#*" without the quotes again after):
Firmware ver: *#1234#
S/W ver: *#1111#
H/W ver: *#2222#
My bonus: a code to test all your phone capabilities (screen, sound, sensors, ...):*#0*#

Now that you have typed the firmware version code and that you are on the screen, you get 3 different pieces of information. As an example, my phone shows:

PDA is the operating system with its programs and settings included.
PHONE is the modem firmware file, parts of which are required to access the hardware.
CSC (for consumer software customisation) are the regional settings applied which may install additional programs as well as provider-specific settings (APN).

What does N7000XXKKA means?

As you know your model, here are Samsung's complementary information:
BD Cyprus, Greece
CP Finland
DC Thailand
DD India
DT Australia
DX Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam
DZ Malaysia, Singapore
JA South Africa
JC Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia
JP Arabic
JR Arabic
JV Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey
MT Switzerland
XA Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom
XB Denmark, Norway, Sweden
XC Portugal, Spain
XD Croatia, Czech, Hungary, Slovakia
XE Bulgaria, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine
XF Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania
XW France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom
XX Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
ZC China, Hong Kong
ZH Hong Kong
ZT Taiwan

A 2001
B 2002
C 2003
D 2004
E 2005
F 2006
G 2007
H 2008
I 2009
J 2010
K 2011
L 2012

A January
B February
C March
D April
E May
F June
G July
H August
I September
J October
K November
L December

1 = 1
2 = 2
3 = 3
A = 10
B = 11
C = 12

For CSC, you can notice a different scheme: between the phone model and the release code, there is no 2 letters but 3, in my case OXA, it is simply a code explaining from which country and which operator this phone is. OXA is supposed to be O2 UK and I'm using it for SFR France (coude should be then SFR).

Conclusion, this is not harmful to your phone having a different CSC code than the one you are supposed to use. But if you want to properly change it anyway, you can do it using the code *#272*<your phone IMEI># (if you don't have it, your phone IMEI can be obtained using the code *#06#), the CSC menu is displayed and shows your current CSC and a list to change your phone CSC.

Once in front of that list find yours there (, in the Samsung official letter code section and pray to have in in you CSC list
If it isn't, then choose the X?? version (for France it is XEF), it is for retail code (i.e. not operator branded). But be careful, if you apply a new CSC, it is phone factory reset (all your data and settings are lost).

VoilĂ , I hope this post will explain almost everything about phone firmware versions and CSC. And more than everything, it will help a lot of people here to better enjoy their SGN

ADDITIONAL COMMENT (if someone can validate or undermine it, that would be nice)
Often, SGN users are wondering if using KK1 kernel on a KJ4 ROM or a KKA on a KJ1 will brick their phone. I think people are mislead by Samsung revision numbers more than the real technology behind the letters and numbers. As far as i have seen ALL ROM kernels are based on or (which includes very very insignificant changes to the Kernel structure, i.e. mainly bugfixes) which would mean that applying kernel on ROM has something like 99% to work perfectly fine and 1% to end in bootloop which can be avoided flushing cache and dalvik cache. The main point on kernels is the fact to loose CWM Recovery. But hopefully, some great minds like ChainFire release as soon as sources are made available, kernels with CWM Recovery in it.
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21st November 2011, 12:06 PM |#2  
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isnt pda is the operating system phone is the modem
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It does work in Go Dialer but you have to enclose the code in a additional *#....#*.

Firmware ver: *#*#1234#*#*
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21st November 2011, 02:55 PM |#4  
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@kromosto, thanks for noticing it. At least you read it thoroughly - I corrected it.

@mdalacu, thanks for the codes. Added the trick in my post.
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21st November 2011, 03:38 PM |#5  
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Bonjour Steph
Fine... mais sais tu s il y a un moyen de mettre CWM justement sur un note en KK9 et KK5 ? pour l instant j ai l impression que non .....
21st November 2011, 03:55 PM |#6  
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This forum is English only.

To summarise to non French members: you wanted to know if it was possible to add a CWM Recovery in any ROM and make it persistent.

As far as I have understood, recovery partition is not working the same way as in in HTC phones. In HTC phones, recovery has a partition that is not overwritten when a ROM is flashed. In Samsung phones it seems that recovery is in the Kernel partition.

It simply means that you need to compile kernel sources (hence being able to have them) to include recovery in it!! And today, I have only seen two people being able to do that: the venerable ChainFire (that has provided so many utilities, hacks and so on) and RiverSource. But if you are a kernel compiler master, get in touch with them to have CWM sources, look in Samsung's open-source repository for new kernel sources (KK9, KKA or whatever more recent) and bless us with a new CWM kernel that rocks... or wait for a kernel master to show us his magic
21st November 2011, 04:32 PM |#7  
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Wink Of course
It 's an english forum, and it was just a blink as we are on the same country...

Yes I am aware about the way to install and compile Cwm but Chainfire will do it, I think, as usual...

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22nd November 2011, 09:58 AM |#8  
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Please check the attachment. It is the screenshot of my version on my galaxy note.

I bought my phone yesterday. I connected and and updated firmware using samsung kiew software. Now the screen is lagging while scrolling. Please check and suggest something.

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22nd November 2011, 10:17 AM |#9  
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hey steph can you add [REF] before your thread title. Cheers, please read the stickies before posting.

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22nd November 2011, 11:14 AM |#10  
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@ gv.chaitanya8: this thread intents to explain Samsung's firmware naming convention not solving issues. Sorry. Anyway, try to move to Sheep ROM, it solved all my ROMs troubles (battery drains, lags and so on).

@tids2k: I added a REF tag and changed a bit the title.
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my pda = n7000ubkk2 what country UB stands for?
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