[Q] Question new 4.3 update to Note 2

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By mannygod, Junior Member on 16th December 2013, 04:54 PM
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I use to be with Sprint and have the Note 2 (Android 4.1.2) flashed.

I see now that the phone is asking me to apply the new 4.3 update BUT since it's been flashed to work with Cricket well I am having doubts
of doing it and pay for the re-flash again or not at all.

I really would like to upgrade but having to pay each time I get an upgrade is ridiculous so I am wondering if I can do a full flash OR root
myself.

I downloaded the Galaxy Note Toolkit 4.10 I believe a few hour ago and I am wondering if this is the right tool to upgrade and root my Samsung note 2???

If not, where can I find instructions (easy ones, even if I have to pay just a couple of bucks) but that would make the upgrade/root very easy.

I hope someone here can guide me what to do or where to go for such a task of doing my own upgrades and roots and backups and so on

Thanks in advance !!!
16th December 2013, 05:51 PM |#2  
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I am also on cricket with my note 2 but I did the flashing myself.

Couple questions for you.
1. Are you stock?
2. Rooted?
3. Custom recovery?

Now my experience. I got mine off ebay and did everything myself. While flashing custom roms I ran into the problem of losing my flashed info every time I flashed any rom. This turned out to be an issue with the baseband/radio I was using. Once I got the proper one on it was not an issue again. I have flashed everything available for the note 2. Nothing has made me lose my cricket service since the baseband/radio fix.

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I am also on cricket with my note 2 but I did the flashing myself.

Couple questions for you.
1. Are you stock?
2. Rooted?
3. Custom recovery?

Now my experience. I got mine off ebay and did everything myself. While flashing custom roms I ran into the problem of losing my flashed info every time I flashed any rom. This turned out to be an issue with the baseband/radio I was using. Once I got the proper one on it was not an issue again. I have flashed everything available for the note 2. Nothing has made me lose my cricket service since the baseband/radio fix.

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I did a root but it was a long time ago and frankly I don't remember a thing about it, I am trying to refresh my memory by readung more about rooting. To answer your questions 2,3 is no. On number 1, frankly don't know what you are talking about

I just took mine when I was with Sprint and to a store and they did a (partial I think) flash on it.
I get errors on username/password when connecting to cricket but that's about it.

Right now it's working with cricket and has android 4.1.2 but I want to upgrade to 4.3 and would like to learn(again) to do it myself.

I just need directions on how and if it's possible to do a full flash and root on this phone.

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Well I can give you a hand in doing it all. I am at work today but am off tomorrow and will dig up everything you are going to need and put it in a zip on my file host. Then when we are both abke to get together online I will walk you through everything.

Will even help you get data going (although I have not made 3g work only 1x)

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17th December 2013, 02:02 AM |#5  
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Hey what's going on.. I'm wondering if you can help me out on something also. I'm rooted on stock no custom rom. But I want the new OTA but don't no what to do after I downloaded the file. Should I use androzip to unzip the file or can I use Twrp to do everything? Oh yeah, when I did us androzip to unzip the file before when it did it was 4 different folders and I didn't know how to move over to SD

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Hey what's going on.. I'm wondering if you can help me out on something also. I'm rooted on stock no custom rom. But I want the new OTA but don't no what to do after I downloaded the file. Should I use androzip to unzip the file or can I use Twrp to do everything? Oh yeah, when I did us androzip to unzip the file before when it did it was 4 different folders and I didn't know how to move over to SD

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The zip should not be unzipped. You place it on your sdcard boot into a stock recovery with stock ROM and choose flash upgrade zip from external sdcard. Although this is not a preferred method the following paragraphs give better options.

Best thing if you want stock rooted 4.3 is to follow lorjays thread. If you want note 3 features use synergy rc3 from his forum. You will not have the Knox boot loader or files (which is a plus) with either. Just read the op of the one you choose and follow the directions exactly. Now 4.3 has its issues (mostly MMS and WiFi which has an Odin flashable fix) and note 3 features kills a couple of things adding contacts (flashable fix for that) and updating profile/prl does not work.

If you have other questions ask here, use Google search, or read both threads start to finish. Everything is covered by those 3 methods.

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Originally Posted by jlmancuso

The zip should not be unzipped. You place it on your sdcard boot into a stock recovery with stock ROM and choose flash upgrade zip from external sdcard. Although this is not a preferred method the following paragraphs give better options.

Best thing if you want stock rooted 4.3 is to follow lorjays thread. If you want note 3 features use synergy rc3 from his forum. You will not have the Knox boot loader or files (which is a plus) with either. Just read the op of the one you choose and follow the directions exactly. Now 4.3 has its issues (mostly MMS and WiFi which has an Odin flashable fix) and note 3 features kills a couple of things adding contacts (flashable fix for that) and updating profile/prl does not work.

If you have other questions ask here, use Google search, or read both threads start to finish. Everything is covered by those 3 methods.

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Sounds great, I have another question:

I found the following 4.3 update : MK4 4.3 Full Flashable Zip

Which is the android 4.3 upgrade software, if not let me know. Anyway, I would like to use that one and if there is a better one let me know and if you have a link to it, better.

I understand that I need to place that zip file in the phone memory, then use the Samsung Skipsoft toolkit to root it and install such 4.3 software???

Let me know if I am thinking right on this...

Then that's it. I will have a fullly rooted cricket phone with andoird 4.3

Am I in the right direction?

Thanks
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Originally Posted by mannygod

Sounds great, I have another question:

I found the following 4.3 update : MK4 4.3 Full Flashable Zip

Which is the android 4.3 upgrade software, if not let me know. Anyway, I would like to use that one and if there is a better one let me know and if you have a link to it, better.

I understand that I need to place that zip file in the phone memory, then use the Samsung Skipsoft toolkit to root it and install such 4.3 software???

Let me know if I am thinking right on this...

Then that's it. I will have a fullly rooted cricket phone with andoird 4.3

Am I in the right direction?

Thanks

First off go into setting, about phone and give me your baseband/radio info. Depending on what this shows we might have to do a few other things.



Below are the steps to get custom recovery, backup current rom, and install tw 4.3. Although I want you to do some other things first just in case you lose your cricket flash. So read over the steps below and if you feel comfortable doing those then I will PM you with a couple of links to software and steps to make sure you have the needed info to reflash in case you lose your cricket info.




Okay I got the files and links you need.

1. Hope you have the drivers but if not these work on windows7 64bit (if you are using other windows version let me know and I will see what I can find) http://devhost.xda-developers.com/77G

2. CF-Auto root Which contains the Odin version I use. Just extract the files and then place the wifi patch in the same directory. If you need help using odin just ask. http://devhost.xda-developers.com/Twx

3. Wifi patch. You will flash this using Odin (put phone in download mode to use odin, power off then press vol-, menu key, and power at the same time) http://devhost.xda-developers.com/eo8

4. Custom recovery (philz modified cwm recovery) This will flash, backup, and restore every rom available for the note 2 without any issues
http://devhost.xda-developers.com/users/philz_touch/?fld_id=29060#files This is the download site choose philz_touch_6.01.2-l900.tar.md5
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2552653 this is the xda thread for his recovery

Now that you have the base tools time to go through the steps of upgrading. First you want to have 2-10 gigs free on your sdcard (if not backup your sdcard to your pc and then delete till you have 10 gigs free, this is needed to backup all your internal sdcard data)

1. Pick the Touchwiz rom you want. Plain stock 4.3 which you have the choice of odex pure stock or deodex (only known issue is mms, use any 3rd party mms handcent, gosms, hangouts, etc..) http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2541395 or 4.3 with note 3 features (again has mms issues) http://the-plattypus.com/forum/viewt...f=2&t=1&p=1#p1 r3 is the version you want to download.

2. Place the rom you want on your external sdcard (sdext)

3. Power off phone and then enter download mode (press and hold in this order vol-, menu, then power) it will take you to a warning screen press vol+ and continue

4. On PC extract the cf-auto root zip. Place philz_touch_6.01.2-l900.tar.md5 file inside that folder along with the wifi fix file. Now run the Odin3-v1.85.exe

5. Click on the button that is labled PDA then select the philz_touch_6.01.2-l900.tar.md5

6. Connect your phone to your PC and you should see a com port listed in the odin app

7. Click start and it will flash the recovery and reboot your phone.

8. It should reboot into the recovery app if not power off the phone and the press and hold vol+, home, and power. It will boot into recovery.

9. Now you want to backup your phone. Choose backup and restore, then custom, custom backup job, (you want to select ((put X beside)) backup boot, backup recovery, backup system, backup preload, backup and-sec, backup modem, backup /data data, backup /data/media)

10. Now select start custom backup job, backup to /storage/sdcard (this will take a long time)

11. Now go back to backup and restore, custom, custom backup job, and only select efs (now your phone is completely backed up)

12. Now choose Wipe data/factory reset, clean to install new rom

13. Now choose Mounts and Storage, format /data and data/media

14. Now choose Install zip, choose zip from /storage/sdcard then select the rom you decided (lorjays or synergy)

15. After install reboot to system.

16. Once it boots up hold the power button and power off the phone.

17. Reboot into download/odin (vol-, menu, power)

18. Connect to PC and open the odin program again

19. Click on the PDA button and choose wifi fix, then click start

20. Phone will reboot and then you will setup the rom

Now you have a rooted Touchwiz 4.3 rom

If you have any questions please ask before you start the process!!! If anything goes wrong your phone will be unusable till you can get me or someone else to help you. So please ask questions first!!!
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Originally Posted by jlmancuso

First off go into setting, about phone and give me your baseband/radio info. Depending on what this shows we might have to do a few other things.



Below are the steps to get custom recovery, backup current rom, and install tw 4.3. Although I want you to do some other things first just in case you lose your cricket flash. So read over the steps below and if you feel comfortable doing those then I will PM you with a couple of links to software and steps to make sure you have the needed info to reflash in case you lose your cricket info.




Okay I got the files and links you need.

1. Hope you have the drivers but if not these work on windows7 64bit (if you are using other windows version let me know and I will see what I can find) http://devhost.xda-developers.com/77G

2. CF-Auto root Which contains the Odin version I use. Just extract the files and then place the wifi patch in the same directory. If you need help using odin just ask. http://devhost.xda-developers.com/Twx

3. Wifi patch. You will flash this using Odin (put phone in download mode to use odin, power off then press vol-, menu key, and power at the same time) http://devhost.xda-developers.com/eo8

4. Custom recovery (philz modified cwm recovery) This will flash, backup, and restore every rom available for the note 2 without any issues
http://devhost.xda-developers.com/users/philz_touch/?fld_id=29060#files This is the download site choose philz_touch_6.01.2-l900.tar.md5
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2552653 this is the xda thread for his recovery

Now that you have the base tools time to go through the steps of upgrading. First you want to have 2-10 gigs free on your sdcard (if not backup your sdcard to your pc and then delete till you have 10 gigs free, this is needed to backup all your internal sdcard data)

1. Pick the Touchwiz rom you want. Plain stock 4.3 which you have the choice of odex pure stock or deodex (only known issue is mms, use any 3rd party mms handcent, gosms, hangouts, etc..) http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2541395 or 4.3 with note 3 features (again has mms issues) http://the-plattypus.com/forum/viewt...f=2&t=1&p=1#p1 r3 is the version you want to download.

2. Place the rom you want on your external sdcard (sdext)

3. Power off phone and then enter download mode (press and hold in this order vol-, menu, then power) it will take you to a warning screen press vol+ and continue

4. On PC extract the cf-auto root zip. Place philz_touch_6.01.2-l900.tar.md5 file inside that folder along with the wifi fix file. Now run the Odin3-v1.85.exe

5. Click on the button that is labled PDA then select the philz_touch_6.01.2-l900.tar.md5

6. Connect your phone to your PC and you should see a com port listed in the odin app

7. Click start and it will flash the recovery and reboot your phone.

8. It should reboot into the recovery app if not power off the phone and the press and hold vol+, home, and power. It will boot into recovery.

9. Now you want to backup your phone. Choose backup and restore, then custom, custom backup job, (you want to select ((put X beside)) backup boot, backup recovery, backup system, backup preload, backup and-sec, backup modem, backup /data data, backup /data/media)

10. Now select start custom backup job, backup to /storage/sdcard (this will take a long time)

11. Now go back to backup and restore, custom, custom backup job, and only select efs (now your phone is completely backed up)

12. Now choose Wipe data/factory reset, clean to install new rom

13. Now choose Mounts and Storage, format /data and data/media

14. Now choose Install zip, choose zip from /storage/sdcard then select the rom you decided (lorjays or synergy)

15. After install reboot to system.

16. Once it boots up hold the power button and power off the phone.

17. Reboot into download/odin (vol-, menu, power)

18. Connect to PC and open the odin program again

19. Click on the PDA button and choose wifi fix, then click start

20. Phone will reboot and then you will setup the rom

Now you have a rooted Touchwiz 4.3 rom

If you have any questions please ask before you start the process!!! If anything goes wrong your phone will be unusable till you can get me or someone else to help you. So please ask questions first!!!

WOOOOOWWW

Thanks for the steps, really appreciate it.

Ok. I might do it tomorrow since it's late here already but here is what I have done on my own so far. I hope I didn't mess anything

I have used the Samsung Note 2 Toolkit as mentioned in some of my previous messages and did the option 2 which is a
Root/Unroot option and selected the ALL IN ONE[ Flash insecure boot, Recovery, Root, BusyBox, Rename Restore Files ]

After following the instructions it rebooted and it is now rooted but still using android 4.1.2

I am thinking of using synergy-n2-4dot3_r3.zip since it's looks better and as you mentioned, has Note 3 features

I am going to upload it via Kies Air to the phone the synergy-n2-4dot3_r3.zip file.

Tomorrow will continue...

Here is the info from the about:

Model: SPH-L900
Android version : 4.1.2
Baseband version: L900VPAMC2

Kernel: 3.0.31 -1090526
[email protected]#1
SMP PREEMPT Wed Mar 27 16:11:17 KST 2013

Build JZO54K.L900VPAMC2

Hardware version: L900.09

Thanks for your help !!!!
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Do you think I need to do any modificationas before proceeding to the flash rom process?

Since I gave you all the ABOUT info.....

Let me know.

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