[OFFICIAL] Japanese SGS III (SC-03E) Rooting, ROMs, Kernels & Guides

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DISCLAIMER: You will be flashing your phone at your own risk. You are solely responsible for anything you do to your phone, so make sure you are well informed and well prepared before deciding to flash or install anything on your device.

The purpose of this thread is to provide a 'reference site' for anything related to ROMs and kernels, be it original stock, modified stock or custom images for the Samsung Galaxy S III Japanese versions, starting with model SC-03E.

All comments and feedback are welcome and appreciated.

Reminders:
  • After flashing a new ROM image, it is highly recommended to perform a cache wipe and factory reset. Please avoid posting about problems repeatedly which can be easily solved by this procedure.
  • If you find that someone has been helpful in assisting you, then please do not shy away from hitting the THANKS button below their post; this is the preferred action instead of creating a new post just to show your gratitude


BEFORE ASKING HOW TO DO SOMETHING, READ THIS GUIDE
Some questions are being asked over and over again in this thread without bothering to read through it or looking for the answer here in the OP. Especially for the 'lazy' ones among us, we'll attempt to make a new and fresh, additional, reference pointer right here at the top of the very first post. Please consider taking a look at @lparryU's guide BEFORE posting your next question.
"How-to: Root, Unlock, Enable Osaifu Keitai/Felica, CWM, cook & flash custom ROM for SC-03E"



PIT File

Use this PIT file when flashing with Odin, and ONLY if you have scr*wed up your default partitioning scheme due to specifying an incorrect one during a previous flash. Normally there is NO NEED to specify a PIT file when flashing with Odin!

m3.pit (SC-03E)


Factory Firmware (stock)

samsung-updates.com and www.sammobile.com host some of the stock images.

Due to hotfile.com's demise, and my limited storage and bandwidth resources in my mediafire subscription, stock images will be available on demand only. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Pre Rooted stock ROMs

(Flashing the following ROM components will trigger the custom binary counter)

All the rooters contain a sample debloat script as well. it is located in the file /preload/Proxyme/debloat.sample. If your /sdcard already has an older debloat script in /sdcard/Proxyme/debloat.sh, it will not be overwritten by the rooter (in case you made changes to it for an older rom). So to be sure of using the most recent script for the targeted version of the firmware check the version in the /preload/Proxyme location. As a reminder, you can execute the debloat script (or any other one) from within Proxyme WITHOUT enabling SU, because it will always run in an environment with elevated privileges.

Jelly Bean 4.3
SC03EOMUBNH2 (Proxyme) (Build Date 2014-08-19)
  • This zip archive contains an Odin flashable file. It is not the complete stock image, so you MUST have OMUBNH2 already running on your phone or you will need to download it from the above reference sites, which carry complete stock firmware images, and flash it before continuing with this file. Instructions are included.
  • mediafire
  • uploaded.net
  • torrent, mirror2

(Flashing these ROMs will NOT trigger the custom binary counter)

Jelly Bean 4.3
XXUENE4 GT-I9305 Based (Proxyme) (Build Date 2014-05-16)
  • This image will clear data/cache implicitly upon initial boot, so backup your stuff before flashing
    This one includes the Samsung Chinese IME with support for full screen handwriting and the QUERTY layout with extra row of numerical keys at the top
  • torrent, mirror1, mirror2
  • mega.co.nz
  • uploaded.net

SC03EOMUBND2 (Proxyme) (Build Date 2014-04-02)

Jelly Bean 4.1.2
MI4 GT-I9305(TGY) Based (Build Date 2013-09-26)
  • Rooting instructions are displayed in RootInfo app
    Wipe Data/Cache if you are experiencing problems.
    Display Languages: English(UK/US), Chinese(Trad/Simpl) and Korean
    Input: Samsung Chinese IME (English/Chinese-TW/Chinese-HK/Chinese/Korean), Standard Samsung IME (en_GB;en_US;az;ca;cs;da;de;et;es;eu;el;fr;gl;ka;hr;it;is;kk;lv;lt;hu;nb;nl;pl;pt;ru;ro;fi;sr;sk;sl;sv;tr;uk;ko;hy;bg;zh_CN)
  • mediafire (unpack tar.md5 file from this multipart zip archive and flash with Odin)

MR8 GT-I9305(TNL) Based (Build Date 2013-09-26)
  • Rooting instructions are displayed in RootInfo app
    Wipe Data/Cache if you are experiencing problems.
    Display Languages: (en_GB;en_US;en_AU;en_IE;en_NZ;en_ZA;ko_KR;de_AT;de_CH;de_DE;fr_FR;fr_CH;bg_BG;cs_CZ;da_DK;el_GR;es_ES;et_EE;fi_FI;ga_IE;hr_HR;hu_HU;is_IS;it_IT;lt_LT;lv_LV;mk_MK;nb_NO;nl_NL;nl_BE;pl_PL;pt_PT;ro_RO;sr_RS;sv_SE;tr_TR;ca_ES;eu_ES;gl_ES;kk_KZ;ru_RU;sk_SK; sl_SI; uk_UA; uz_UZ; az_AZ; hy_AM; ka_GE; es_US; pt_BR; ar_AE;zh_CN;zh_TW;ja_JP)
    Input: Samsung Chinese IME (English/Chinese-TW/Chinese-HK/Chinese/Korean), Standard Samsung IME (en_GB;en_US;az;ca;cs;da;de;et;es;eu;el;fr;gl;ka;hr;it;is;kk;lv;lt;hu;nb;nl;pl;pt;ru;ro;fi;sr;sk;sl;sv;tr;uk;ko;hy;bg)
  • mediafire (unpack tar.md5 file from this multipart zip archive and flash with Odin)

MG3 GT-I9305(SFR) Based (Build Date 2013-07-31)
  • To toggle root/unroot, boot the phone and then press VolumeUp/VolumeDown/Power simultaneously for a brief moment.
    This toggle only works if you enable Settings->Developer Options->USB Debugging

    Data and cache are wiped, so backup your data prior to flashing with Odin.
    Display Languages: (en_GB;en_US;en_AU;en_IE;en_NZ;en_ZA;ko_KR;de_AT;de_CH;de_DE;fr_FR;fr_CH;bg_BG;cs_CZ;da_DK;el_GR;es_ES;et_EE;fi_FI;ga_IE;hr_HR;hu_HU;is_IS;it_IT;lt_LT;lv_LV;mk_MK;nb_NO;nl_NL;nl_BE;pl_PL;pt_PT;ro_RO;sr_RS;sv_SE;tr_TR;ca_ES;eu_ES;gl_ES;kk_KZ;ru_RU;sk_SK; sl_SI; uk_UA; uz_UZ;az_AZ; hy_AM; ka_GE;es_US; pt_BR; ar_AE)
    Input: Samsung Chinese IME (English/Chinese-TW/Chinese-HK/Chinese/Korean), Standard Samsung IME (en_GB;en_US;az;ca;cs;da;de;et;es;eu;el;fr;gl;ka;hr;it;is;kk;lv;lt;hu;nb;nl;pl;pt;ru;ro;fi;sr;sk;sl;sv;tr;uk;ko;hy;bg)
  • mediafire (unpack tar.md5 file from this multipart zip archive and flash with Odin)

Jelly Bean 4.1.1
SC03EOMAMJ4 ( 2013-10-18 )
Depending on what's running on your phone currently, you may have to consider performing a manual factory reset and wipe the cache and data partitions.
Rooting Instructions:
Default state is - not rooted - Proxyme has been included in this rom,
Proxyme offers live su binary control, and without the need to 'root' the phone, you have...
- SSH server with virtually unlimited user accounts, configurable with specific UID, GID, home directory and shell,
- execution of scripts with elevated privileges (sample debloating script included),
- tag along scripts for root ON and root OFF actions,
- busybox switch


MF1 (Build Date 2013-06-10)
  • To toggle root/unroot, boot the phone and then press VolumeUp/VolumeDown/Power simultaneously for a brief moment.
    This toggle only works if you enable Settings->Developer Options->USB Debugging

    mediafire (unpack tar.md5 file from this multi-part zip archive and flash with Odin)

MC3 (Build Date 2013-03-18)

MB1 (Build Date 2013-02-08)
  • To toggle root/unroot, boot the phone and then press VolumeUp/VolumeDown/Power simultaneously for a brief moment.
    This toggle only works if you enable Settings->Developer Options->USB Debugging

    Chainfire's SuperSU has been included for your convenience.
  • hotfile - link dead (unpack tar.md5 file from this zip archive and flash with Odin)
    .
  • Courtesy aki0306...
  • http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=38739961&postcount=8

MA6 (Build Date 2013-01-24)

Custom ROMs
(Flashing these ROMs COULD (and usually will) trigger the custom counter)

Probam Rom
Go to this post... and this post... Courtesy @sasbudi

Slimbean 4.3 NTT Docomo SC-03E
Go to this post... Courtesy @majidkhan

Carbon 4.2.2 for NTT Docomo SC-03E
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=45164630&postcount=550 Courtesy @majidkhan

PACman (Paranoid AOKP CyanogenMod) 4.2.2
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=43996579&postcount=489 Courtesy @Edgrr000

CyanogenMod
Instructions for flashing CM10.1 Courtesy @lparryU

Getting CM10 to work on SC-03E with Osaifu-keitai... Courtesy @FlyingFlipFlop and @lparryU
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=42076531&postcount=313
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=42076531&postcount=302
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=42094976&postcount=303

rXTREME.v10.0
Link to post Courtesy @Edgrr000

KBC Developers github wiki
Contains everything everyone in here needs, Samsung custom kernel, with visible hidden partition for using triangle away on stock rooted,
and having all Japanese things working too. And the cm10.1 links. Its in Japanese but easily translated. (courtesy of @Robobob1221)
https://github.com/kbc-developers/release/wiki

Paranoid Android (GT-I9305)
Link to post Courtesy @Edgrr000

Misc
How to Convert ROMs for the SC-03E By @DroidZombie

Japanized Rom Tool By @LeathSeraph

http://lt.imobile.com.cn/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=10282917


Hints & Tips

Follow this trail...
 
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SC-03E Hints & Tips

Hints & Tips

Guides.. with several links and specifically for unlocking your phone with the proper ROM (has the LK5 modem which is the go to for unlocking and working with other carriers), and instructions to do just about everything you need to get done with this phone

Unlocking


Custom Binary Counter

.Reset Guide .By @majin


Tethering

Tethering Guide By @majin
How to change Tethering preset APN By @majin


Change Roaming Status

Reference post By @majin


Proxyme Rooting

Proxyme Guide


Fixing Lost IMEI

How to repair your SC-03E's IMEI number and restore its network connection


Miscellaneous

SC-03E Dial Pad Codes
 
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SC-03E Docomo S3 LTE - Just Another Unlocking Guide

This (sim) unlocking guide has been primarily inspired by the very comprehensive guide initially written and posted by @majin in his post.

WARNING: This unlock procedure will automatically wipe the phone's cache and data partitions, effectively performing a factory reset; you are strongly advised to backup your data prior to executing this guide.

Prerequisites:
  • Windows PC running Odin3 in an administrator account (tested with Odin3 v3.07)
  • USB cable to connect phone to PC (preferably original cable for reliability)
  • Internet access to download firmware image(s)
  • Google account to access Play Store

The following list outlines the required steps in order to successfully unlock your SC-03E:

  • If you have data on the phone, which is of any importance to you, then I highly recommend that you make appropriate backups first
  • If present, remove the sim card and sdcard (there's no need to have a Docomo sim card for this procedure to work)
  • Download this stock firmware image, which is based on MB1 and includes the appropriate modem component to assist in wiping the NV stored network locking data structures. In addition, this firmware image is root-ready; meaning that you can toggle root mode by pressing VolumeUp/VolumeDown/Power button combination briefly to switch modes.
  • Initiate Odin Download mode on the SC-03E (Turn the phone off, then simultaneously press VolumeDown/Home/Power buttons until the Download Mode splash screen appears and requires you to press VolumeUp to continue or VolumeDown to cancel if you find yourself suddenly struck by an overwhelming feeling of stage-fright)
  • Unpack the SC03EOMAMB1_LK5MDM.tar.md5 firmware image from the above-mentioned/downloaded zip archive and flash the file with Odin3 (specify the image file in Odin's PDA section)
  • As soon as Odin completes the flashing process, it will instruct the phone to reset; be patient while the phone starts up, because it will require more time to setup and configure itself after a factory reset.
  • If you have reached this step, then we're assuming the phone has booted successfully and you are presented with the configuration wizard. You need to at least enter your Google account credentials in order to access the Play Store.
  • Install the (free) ServiceMode Shortcut app (author: KABASOFT) from the Play Store.
    Another (paid) option is the ShowServiceMode For Galaxy LTE app (author: Jaken's Laboratory).
  • Start the service mode app and tap the ServiceMode option, which will in turn fire up the ServiceMode main menu
  • Select [1]UMTS->[1]DEBUG SCREEN->[8]PHONE CONTROL->[6]NETWORK LOCK->[3]PERSO SHA256 OFF
  • Now use the phone's android menu soft button to select Back in the popup menu to return to the NETWORK LOCK menu
  • Tap [4]NW LOCK NV DATA INITIALLIZ and wait for about a minute before returning to the NETWORK LOCK menu; when you tap this option again, it should state PERSO_NV_INIT is SUCCESSFUL
  • You may now power off the phone to insert a sim card from your favorite telco operator and restart the phone
  • From this point onward, it is possible to flash any other firmware image without affecting the unlocked state
  • Enjoy!
 
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SC-03E Dial Pad Codes

This list is most probably not complete. Please post or send a PM if you know about codes not listed here, your input will be highly appreciated!

*#0*# ........................... Hardware Testing
*#06# .......................... Show IMEI number
*#0011# ....................... GSM Status Information
*#0228# ....................... Battery Status
*#0782# ....................... RTCTimeRead (Show Time)
*#1111# ....................... ServiceMode - READ FTA SW VERSION
*#1234# ....................... Show Software Version
*#2222# ....................... ServiceMode - READ FTA HW VERSION
*#2663# ....................... Touch Screen/Key Firmware Update
*#7284# ....................... PhoneUtil - UART & USB Configuration
*#7353# ....................... Quick Test
*#7594# ....................... Factory Mode - Shutdown Configuration
*#9090# ....................... ServiceMode - DIAG CONFIG
*#9900# ....................... SysDump
*#34971539# ................ Camera Firmware Check
 
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IMEI Repair Procedure

How to repair your SC-03E's IMEI number and restore its network connection.
Keywords: IMEI: null/null Unknown + Baseband: Unknown + no connection with QPST + no IMEI backup + phone signal lost

Disclaimer
This procedure is intended to be applied in a last resort scenario only. You must check thoroughly what the actual cause is for your phone having lost its imei number. It may very well be merely due to an incompatibility issue between the baseband code and the efs version, and thus easily fixed by flashing a proper modem component. Writing to partitions in your phone's internal storage device, re-partitioning it, flashing with the Odin tool or operating the QPST Qualcomm engineering tool carries many risks, which include hard-bricking the phone. You are solely responsible for anything you do to your phone and by carrying out the steps detailed in this procedure, you are agreeing to accept all responsibility for any and all outcome of the procedure, even if you end up with an expensive door-stop.


Try This First
Before panicking and diving into this procedure to perform all of its steps, note that your specific problem/case might not require such an extensive procedure. There could very well be a much simpler solution for your case, so I strongly advise you to put some effort into diagnosing your problem properly (best as you can given the resources you have at your disposal) BEFORE continuing.

I will be adding topics to this section based on the feedback we get, which will hopefully help everyone to improve diagnostics and find out if there are quicker/better way to solve any specific case.

BASEBAND UNKNOWN (Courtesy of @majin)
About the devices with "BASEBAND UNKNOWN" not recognized by QSPT, for first users should try with one of these:

1) enter *#9090# and check if "[2] DM/DUN over HSIC (*)" is selected, then to try to use QSPT to fix/restore the IMEI/EFS-folder, (if users have some old working backup too).
3) Try to use EFS Professional Suite to restore the right permissions on the NV files.
4) Use "Qualcomm NV Tools" (included in "EFS Professional Suite") to write directly their IMEI and to do some other test.

If they can't anything of that, then they really need to make all the "Chinese steps".


Introduction
This procedure is based on the following two posts, which are identical content-wise, and may be from the same individual. Credit goes to user xt890612 of forum site bbs.shendu.com and user softbank_1001 of forum site bbs.91dongji.com. Special thanks to xda member @majin for the find/input/feedback and having tested the procedure on his SC-03E.

- bbs.91dongji.com
- bbs.shendu.com

The issues we will attempt to resolve are:
  • IMEI corrupt or 0
  • Baseband Unknown status
  • QPST does not recognize the phone

What to Expect
If the procedure has been followed correctly and applied successfully, then take note of the following points.

  • IMEI restored
  • Network connection restored
  • Device serial number not the same as your original one (we will try to resolve this in the future)
  • No SIM network lock (Do not apply this procedure if you only want to SIM unlock a device with no issues)
  • You should be feeling happy, so please lookup the sources mentioned above and thank them

Preparations & Prerequisites
You will need the following tools and files, so please check each item in the list below and make sure you have them ready before commencing with the first step of the procedure.

  • An SC-03E which can at the very least boot into Odin Download Mode (soft-bricked). If the bootloader is corrupt, you will need some kind of JTAG service to revive the phone, because this procedure will not help your case.
  • Windows PC
  • Odin v3 (preferably Odin3 v3.09 or v3.07) - Google is your best friend
  • Google QPST.2.7.378.zip and download this Qualcomm engineering tool. Install it on the PC.
  • ADB tool/program. ADB, Android Debug Bridge, is included with Google’s Android SDK.
  • Hex editor. Google 'Hex editor' and download your preferred or favourite variant. Try HexEdit.exe.
  • Download SC-03E_IMEI-REPAIR.ZIP (mirror, torrent) and unpack the files in this archive to a work directory
  • Download one of the pre-rooted or root ready rom images, which are still functional/bootable on your phone, from the OP/reference post (this item is only required if your phone does not boot into Android at all, even after resetting it, and is not rooted)

Step 1 - Flash a Bootable Rooted ROM Image
If your phone currently has firmware, which boots properly and can give you root access, then skip this step. If not, then use Odin to flash the rooted image you have downloaded earlier. Consider resetting the phone afterwards by entering recovery mode to clear data and cache.


Step 2 - Enable USB Debugging
Enable USB debugging by setting the checkmark in the following option in settings:

Settings->Developer options->USB Debugging


Step 3 - Connect the Phone
If necessary, wait for all PC drivers to install and initialize.


Step 4 - Prepare Phone Internal Storage
Copy all 15 mmcblk* files, which were unpacked from the SC-03E_IMEI-REPAIR.ZIP zip archive earlier, to the phone's internal sd card after connecting it to the PC. The files must be located in the root of folder /sdcard.

It is important that you consider verifying data integrity of the mmcblk* files you have copied to the phone. Root Browser is recommended and can assist in this process. The following list consists of the MD5 checksums generated for the files in the SC-03E_IMEI-REPAIR.ZIP zip archive.

b5cfa9d6c8febd618f91ac2843d50a1c *mmcblk0p1
30fd6dfc09a70c8bcf345dc8c9e2781a *mmcblk0p10
c71fb4dfba643299159b97c6065fdb54 *mmcblk0p11
95557d70252c9b0af3f95a2244cd93ab *mmcblk0p12
e35b35efb73dd8320bdae08ec463372c *mmcblk0p13
31bc9037b092df1abbcf7550938d553d *mmcblk0p14
96995b58d4cbf6aaa9041b4f00c7f6ae *mmcblk0p15
b5cfa9d6c8febd618f91ac2843d50a1c *mmcblk0p2
dbad1316e91f5dcf0b89ad3e456f3bf8 *mmcblk0p3
713a67b9605c02f6cdd0346dfa1cab1e *mmcblk0p4
130715b90924c2394e1acd758059dd90 *mmcblk0p5
4029a1de061c375547aa3096a14562dc *mmcblk0p6
67bb0d7fbec2e250c5e2bd75dd9816f3 *mmcblk0p7
9e4a4230f51545ffd352cb7988f4bc9f *mmcblk0p8
edc27dbf0cc8b29df3ba31e21b552a98 *mmcblk0p9
4459508535b3c064f6afc6d1c6119b9e *sc03e.qcn


Step 5 - ADB
Now open a cmd window and start the ADB tool by typing the following command at the cmd prompt, followed by the enter key. In many cases, you will first have to cd (change directory) to the directory where the adb.exe program is located (hint, if you've installed the Android SDK, look for the location where it was installed and search its subdirectories for adb.exe):

>adb shell

If the shell in the adb session starts successfully, the following prompt is presented:

[email protected]:/ $

Type su followed by the enter key to get root access. If the $ sign in the prompt does not change in a # sign, then you have no access to root and you should revert back to step 1 to make sure you have a rooted firmware image on the phone.

[email protected]:/ $su <enter>
[email protected]:/ #


Step 6 - Restore Partitions
This step must be taken with great caution. You will be directly writing to partitions in the internal storage device and a mistake can end in disaster. Copy the following lines, each terminated by the enter key to initiate the command. Note that the lines with mmcblk0p10 to p14 can take a long (5 minutes or more) time to complete, so be patient.

dd if=/sdcard/mmcblk0p1 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p1 <enter>
dd if=/sdcard/mmcblk0p2 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p2 <enter>
dd if=/sdcard/mmcblk0p3 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p3 <enter>
dd if=/sdcard/mmcblk0p4 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p4 <enter>
dd if=/sdcard/mmcblk0p5 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p5 <enter>
dd if=/sdcard/mmcblk0p6 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p6 <enter>
dd if=/sdcard/mmcblk0p7 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p7 <enter>
dd if=/sdcard/mmcblk0p8 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p8 <enter>
dd if=/sdcard/mmcblk0p9 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p9 <enter>
dd if=/sdcard/mmcblk0p10 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p10 <enter>
dd if=/sdcard/mmcblk0p11 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p11 <enter>
dd if=/sdcard/mmcblk0p12 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p12 <enter>
dd if=/sdcard/mmcblk0p13 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p13 <enter>
dd if=/sdcard/mmcblk0p14 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p14 <enter>
dd if=/sdcard/mmcblk0p15 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p15 <enter>

Close the cmd window and restart the phone. If the phone does not boot into Android (could be bootlooping due to incompatible data elements), then perform a reset in recovery mode by wiping data and cache.

At this point you should confirm that the baseband has been restored in settings.


Step 7 - Restoring IMEI
Get ready to make changes to the sc03e.qcn file, which was unpacked from the
SC-03E_IMEI-REPAIR.ZIP zip archive earlier, using the hex editor.

Load the sc03e.qcn file in a hex editor and search for the following hexadecimal byte value sequence:

08 0A 21 43 65 87 09 21 43

The file contains two instances of the sequence as is shown above. Both sequences must be changed to your IMEI number and the way it is done is outlined below.

Note that when searching for the above sequence, in most hex editors you are supposed to also specify the search type, whether it be a text search or byte (binary search. You want the latter type.

Start with looking up your device's IMEI number. It is printed on the label in the battery compartment and on a label or sticker on the original box, if you still have it. The IMEI number consists of 15 digits, so please write it on a sheet of paper in order to help you visually 'construct' a hexadecimal sequence, which in turn can be used to update both instances of the abovementioned sequence in the file. This sequence has three fixed nibble values, which must remain unchanged in the final sequence. The following sample shows x's in the sequence which represent the part to be initialised to your IMEI number. The fixed (constant) parts are the 08 and the A in xA.

08 xA xx xx xx xx xx xx xx

In order to correctly fit your 15 digit IMEI number into the sequence, use the following guide to construct it. Here, we use the dummy IMEI number 012345678901234 for reference only.

...0..12.34.56.78.90.12.34 (IMEI number to convert)
08.0A.21.43.65.87.09.21.43 (byte sequence to be constructed)

As you can see, the first digit of the IMEI number is paired with the A of the second byte in the sequence; it is placed left of the A, thus becoming the most significant nibble of the byte. The remaining digits are paired to form 7 groups in order, where each pair's digits are swapped as is shown above.

When you have finished changing the two instances of the search sequence to reflect your IMEI number, save the sc03e.qcn file, exit from the hex editor and move on to the next step.


Step 8 - Restore Configuration From QCN File
Enter the following string in the stock phone dialpad:

*#7284#

fix-sc-03e-001b.jpg


Immediately after entering the trailing # sign, as is shown in the above image, the service mode screen shown in the next image will appear.

fix-sc-03e-002b.jpg


Tap on the Qualcomm USB Settings button to display the list of USB options you can choose from. This is shown in the next image.

fix-sc-03e-003b.jpg


Select the RNDIS + DM + MODEM option followed by tapping the OK button to return to the previous screen. Now use the back button to return to the dialpad.

Next, enter the following string in the stock phone dialpad to enter the DIAG CONFIG service mode screen:

*#9090#

fix-sc-03e-005b.jpg


Immediately after entering the trailing # sign, as is shown in the above image, the service mode screen shown in the next image will appear.

fix-sc-03e-004b.jpg


Select the [2]DM/DUN over HSIC (*) option. Note that the phone will immediately reboot as soon as you tap on this option in order for it to take effect.

Let's start the QPST Configuration program in Windows and select the Ports tab to add the new port, which has been assigned to the phone's USB communication protocol. Make sure to select the port with label USB/QC Diagnostic before clicking on the OK button.

fix-sc-03e-006.jpg


If the port has been correctly initialised and selected, SURF9615 (0) should be displayed in the Phone column of the Ports tab, as is shown in the image below.

fix-sc-03e-007.jpg


Finally, select the Start Clients menu and navigate to the QPST Software Download item to start its corresponding program.

fix-sc-03e-008.jpg


In the QPST Software Download program, select the Restore tab and then specify the path to the qcn file which you have edited earlier. Hit the Start button to start uploading the new configuration file to the phone. After the upload is done, reboot the phone and check the IMEI number to verify everything went ok.


Finalizing
Enter the following string in the stock phone dialpad:

*#7284#

The service mode screen appears, so again, tap on the Qualcomm USB Settings button to display the list of USB options you can choose from. To restore the default USB settings, select the RNDIS + DM + MODEM option followed by tapping the OK button to return to the previous screen. Now use the back button to return to the dialpad, or hit the home button to continue using the phone normally.

That's it...enjoy your phone!


Notes & Feedback

Serial Number (Courtesy of @majin)
About the wrong Serial Number, [between step 6 and 7] if users have still on board the Chinese Rooted ROM (or if they flashed any other correct Rooted ROM), they can easily edit the file "\efs\FactoryApp\serial_no" by the phone itself (status is 1000:0000 rwxr--r-- 744)
Then they can flash any other favorite ROM [anyway, to make all easier, I suggest some 4.1 ROM, same as the Chinese one.]
 
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aki0306

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hey i cant posting outside url

error message

"To prevent spam on the XDA forums, ALL new users prevented from posting outside links in their messages. After approximately 10 posts, you will be able to post outside links. Thank you for understanding!"
 

dc_power!

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hey i cant posting outside url

error message

"To prevent spam on the XDA forums, ALL new users prevented from posting outside links in their messages. After approximately 10 posts, you will be able to post outside links. Thank you for understanding!"

8 more posts to go and you're in. Why don't you head over to this thread and see if you can contribute or give feedback to any of the queries from other members. Once you get into a dialog or discussion, you'll hit that magic 10 easy.

Your message to davidcsv was also relayed to that thread, and it would help to introduce yourself to the group and gain some 'trust' wrt your firmware images.
 

aki0306

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---------- Post added 5th March 2013 at 12:46 AM ---------- Previous post was 4th March 2013 at 11:58 PM ----------

MB1 Root Rom JB4.1.1
MA6 Root Rom JB4.1.1
MC3 Root Rom Android File Host JB4.1.1
★MC3 Rom no need rename but need flash stock MC3 Rom before flash root Rom

how to flash
flash from odin

1.flash stock rom
ex if u wanna flash MB1 root, u have to flash MB1 stock Rom before flash Root Rom
2.into recovery, wipe/factory reset
3.unzip Root Rom and rename file

★you guys have to rename file when unzip root Rom★
ex SC03E-ROOTED-system_MB1.tar.md5
             ↓
  SC03E-ROOTED-system.tar.md5


4.Flash Root Rom from odin
5.boot
6.installe Supersu or Superuser on play store

cation MB1 & MA6 Root Rom is "same name of file"

thx for kbc-developers

hv fun guys!!!!

---------- Post added at 12:51 AM ---------- Previous post was at 12:46 AM ----------

Custom Rom Link
jump to china forum
this Rom on MA6 Rom
 
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IparryU

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damn.. didn't know this thread existed.

I will link this to the first post in my thread and have it closed.

if you could close my thread so all the talk can go here, it would be much more beneficial/easy to keep track of things.

---------- Post added at 02:01 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:46 PM ----------

I can confirm that the root method worked for MB1...

LETS GET THE PARTY STARTED! Seriously, I am having a drink afterwork!
 
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didoka_702

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lol,trying with my phone.
update result soon.

my phone is rooted now.

but still waiting for custom one that removed needless app.


"Get PIT for mapping" <-------is this dangerous?
 
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lol,trying with my phone.
update result soon.

my phone is rooted now.

but still waiting for custom one that removed needless app.


"Get PIT for mapping" <-------is this dangerous?

Get PIT for mapping is harmless, because the flashing process with Odin is just getting the current partitioning configuration as is stored in the phone. Just stay away from the PIT options in Odin (PC).

Why don't you just remove unwanted system apps with Titanium Backup?
 

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Get PIT for mapping is harmless, because the flashing process with Odin is just getting the current partitioning configuration as is stored in the phone. Just stay away from the PIT options in Odin (PC).

Why don't you just remove unwanted system apps with Titanium Backup?

sorry.already did that with tianium backup but still not edit my post.
 

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i would like CM10.x ! + CWM recovery flavors!

you got a lab rat available for this!

Who wants to try CWM Touch recovery? It is embedded in the latest upload of the MB1 stock root ready firmware image. The links are available in the original post in the pre-rooted stock ROMs section.

The procedure is as usual, flash with Odin (PC). Then, when your phone has booted into Samsung's stock Android, at any moment press VolumeUp/VolumeDown/Power at the same time and only briefly. This should root the phone (install su binary) and install the CWM Touch recovery... I say 'should' because I have only been able to test this procedure on my Korean version of the S3; in this case, CWM's recovery has been adapted for the SC-03E. There's no visual or audio confirmation when you've pressed those three buttons, so check with your favorite root-requiring app or with the included SuperSU app.

IF rooting works with this image, then the difference with the one presented by aki0306/kbc-developers is that theirs will always root the phone during startup; meaning you have the convenience of always starting up in a rooted environment. This mechanism will only root it when you need it (three button press detailed above); I'm still assuming that when you reboot, each time su (root) is removed by Docomo's security measures in the boot environment... if you want no root then reboot. As soon as someone can confirm whether this new mechanism works, I can turn it into a toggle kind of switch, so you can root and unroot without having to restart the phone.
 
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Who wants to try CWM Touch recovery? It is embedded in the latest upload of the MB1 stock root ready firmware image. The links are available in the original post in the pre-rooted stock ROMs section.

The procedure is as usual, flash with Odin (PC). Then, when your phone has booted into Samsung's stock Android, at any moment press VolumeUp/VolumeDown/Power at the same time and only briefly. This should root the phone (install su binary) and install the CWM Touch recovery... I say 'should' because I have only been able to test this procedure on my Korean version of the S3; in this case, CWM's recovery has been adapted for the SC-03E. There's no visual or audio confirmation when you've pressed those three buttons, so check with your favorite root-requiring app or with the included SuperSU app.

IF rooting works with this image, then the difference with the one presented by aki0306/kbc-developers is that theirs will always root the phone during startup; meaning you have the convenience of always starting up in a rooted environment. This mechanism will only root it when you need it (three button press detailed above); I'm still assuming that when you reboot, each time su (root) is removed by Docomo's security measures in the boot environment... if you want no root then reboot. As soon as someone can confirm whether this new mechanism works, I can turn it into a toggle kind of switch, so you can root and unroot without having to restart the phone.
just finish custom my phone today @@
ill try this one tomorrow
and i have already backed up my phone with
+back all user data and app with titanium back up
+back up efs folder using root explorer
+back up QCN file using EFS pro by this thread
any process i need to do after this?
 
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dc_power!

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just finish custom my phone today @@
ill try this one tomorrow
and i have already backed up my phone with
+back all user data and app with titanium back up
+back up efs folder using root explorer
+back up QCN file using EFS pro by this thread
any process i need to do after this?

That should cover it

I use Whatsapp, so I always make a seperate backup of its database folder as well (folder /mnt/sdcard/WhatsApp)... it contains the message history and all the media that's been sent over.
 
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didoka_702

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so i test this one recently and here is MY result (i usually hold up down volume first and then press power button)
+first time:check with Supersu.it said cannot install SuperSU cause of SU binary is not installed.
+restart and try again,this time i installed Titanium back up.and its said that the phone isnt rooted
+restart and try again,no worked
+and at the 5th 6th time everytime i try to press volume up down power to install Su binary,the phone restart.


//so its my result.anyone esle?


//and couldnt get to recovery mode :| now i back to aki rom till the new one came out. :D
 
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    DISCLAIMER: You will be flashing your phone at your own risk. You are solely responsible for anything you do to your phone, so make sure you are well informed and well prepared before deciding to flash or install anything on your device.

    The purpose of this thread is to provide a 'reference site' for anything related to ROMs and kernels, be it original stock, modified stock or custom images for the Samsung Galaxy S III Japanese versions, starting with model SC-03E.

    All comments and feedback are welcome and appreciated.

    Reminders:
    • After flashing a new ROM image, it is highly recommended to perform a cache wipe and factory reset. Please avoid posting about problems repeatedly which can be easily solved by this procedure.
    • If you find that someone has been helpful in assisting you, then please do not shy away from hitting the THANKS button below their post; this is the preferred action instead of creating a new post just to show your gratitude


    BEFORE ASKING HOW TO DO SOMETHING, READ THIS GUIDE
    Some questions are being asked over and over again in this thread without bothering to read through it or looking for the answer here in the OP. Especially for the 'lazy' ones among us, we'll attempt to make a new and fresh, additional, reference pointer right here at the top of the very first post. Please consider taking a look at @lparryU's guide BEFORE posting your next question.
    "How-to: Root, Unlock, Enable Osaifu Keitai/Felica, CWM, cook & flash custom ROM for SC-03E"



    PIT File

    Use this PIT file when flashing with Odin, and ONLY if you have scr*wed up your default partitioning scheme due to specifying an incorrect one during a previous flash. Normally there is NO NEED to specify a PIT file when flashing with Odin!

    m3.pit (SC-03E)


    Factory Firmware (stock)

    samsung-updates.com and www.sammobile.com host some of the stock images.

    Due to hotfile.com's demise, and my limited storage and bandwidth resources in my mediafire subscription, stock images will be available on demand only. Sorry for the inconvenience.


    Pre Rooted stock ROMs

    (Flashing the following ROM components will trigger the custom binary counter)

    All the rooters contain a sample debloat script as well. it is located in the file /preload/Proxyme/debloat.sample. If your /sdcard already has an older debloat script in /sdcard/Proxyme/debloat.sh, it will not be overwritten by the rooter (in case you made changes to it for an older rom). So to be sure of using the most recent script for the targeted version of the firmware check the version in the /preload/Proxyme location. As a reminder, you can execute the debloat script (or any other one) from within Proxyme WITHOUT enabling SU, because it will always run in an environment with elevated privileges.

    Jelly Bean 4.3
    SC03EOMUBNH2 (Proxyme) (Build Date 2014-08-19)
    • This zip archive contains an Odin flashable file. It is not the complete stock image, so you MUST have OMUBNH2 already running on your phone or you will need to download it from the above reference sites, which carry complete stock firmware images, and flash it before continuing with this file. Instructions are included.
    • mediafire
    • uploaded.net
    • torrent, mirror2

    (Flashing these ROMs will NOT trigger the custom binary counter)

    Jelly Bean 4.3
    XXUENE4 GT-I9305 Based (Proxyme) (Build Date 2014-05-16)
    • This image will clear data/cache implicitly upon initial boot, so backup your stuff before flashing
      This one includes the Samsung Chinese IME with support for full screen handwriting and the QUERTY layout with extra row of numerical keys at the top
    • torrent, mirror1, mirror2
    • mega.co.nz
    • uploaded.net

    SC03EOMUBND2 (Proxyme) (Build Date 2014-04-02)

    Jelly Bean 4.1.2
    MI4 GT-I9305(TGY) Based (Build Date 2013-09-26)
    • Rooting instructions are displayed in RootInfo app
      Wipe Data/Cache if you are experiencing problems.
      Display Languages: English(UK/US), Chinese(Trad/Simpl) and Korean
      Input: Samsung Chinese IME (English/Chinese-TW/Chinese-HK/Chinese/Korean), Standard Samsung IME (en_GB;en_US;az;ca;cs;da;de;et;es;eu;el;fr;gl;ka;hr;it;is;kk;lv;lt;hu;nb;nl;pl;pt;ru;ro;fi;sr;sk;sl;sv;tr;uk;ko;hy;bg;zh_CN)
    • mediafire (unpack tar.md5 file from this multipart zip archive and flash with Odin)

    MR8 GT-I9305(TNL) Based (Build Date 2013-09-26)
    • Rooting instructions are displayed in RootInfo app
      Wipe Data/Cache if you are experiencing problems.
      Display Languages: (en_GB;en_US;en_AU;en_IE;en_NZ;en_ZA;ko_KR;de_AT;de_CH;de_DE;fr_FR;fr_CH;bg_BG;cs_CZ;da_DK;el_GR;es_ES;et_EE;fi_FI;ga_IE;hr_HR;hu_HU;is_IS;it_IT;lt_LT;lv_LV;mk_MK;nb_NO;nl_NL;nl_BE;pl_PL;pt_PT;ro_RO;sr_RS;sv_SE;tr_TR;ca_ES;eu_ES;gl_ES;kk_KZ;ru_RU;sk_SK; sl_SI; uk_UA; uz_UZ; az_AZ; hy_AM; ka_GE; es_US; pt_BR; ar_AE;zh_CN;zh_TW;ja_JP)
      Input: Samsung Chinese IME (English/Chinese-TW/Chinese-HK/Chinese/Korean), Standard Samsung IME (en_GB;en_US;az;ca;cs;da;de;et;es;eu;el;fr;gl;ka;hr;it;is;kk;lv;lt;hu;nb;nl;pl;pt;ru;ro;fi;sr;sk;sl;sv;tr;uk;ko;hy;bg)
    • mediafire (unpack tar.md5 file from this multipart zip archive and flash with Odin)

    MG3 GT-I9305(SFR) Based (Build Date 2013-07-31)
    • To toggle root/unroot, boot the phone and then press VolumeUp/VolumeDown/Power simultaneously for a brief moment.
      This toggle only works if you enable Settings->Developer Options->USB Debugging

      Data and cache are wiped, so backup your data prior to flashing with Odin.
      Display Languages: (en_GB;en_US;en_AU;en_IE;en_NZ;en_ZA;ko_KR;de_AT;de_CH;de_DE;fr_FR;fr_CH;bg_BG;cs_CZ;da_DK;el_GR;es_ES;et_EE;fi_FI;ga_IE;hr_HR;hu_HU;is_IS;it_IT;lt_LT;lv_LV;mk_MK;nb_NO;nl_NL;nl_BE;pl_PL;pt_PT;ro_RO;sr_RS;sv_SE;tr_TR;ca_ES;eu_ES;gl_ES;kk_KZ;ru_RU;sk_SK; sl_SI; uk_UA; uz_UZ;az_AZ; hy_AM; ka_GE;es_US; pt_BR; ar_AE)
      Input: Samsung Chinese IME (English/Chinese-TW/Chinese-HK/Chinese/Korean), Standard Samsung IME (en_GB;en_US;az;ca;cs;da;de;et;es;eu;el;fr;gl;ka;hr;it;is;kk;lv;lt;hu;nb;nl;pl;pt;ru;ro;fi;sr;sk;sl;sv;tr;uk;ko;hy;bg)
    • mediafire (unpack tar.md5 file from this multipart zip archive and flash with Odin)

    Jelly Bean 4.1.1
    SC03EOMAMJ4 ( 2013-10-18 )
    Depending on what's running on your phone currently, you may have to consider performing a manual factory reset and wipe the cache and data partitions.
    Rooting Instructions:
    Default state is - not rooted - Proxyme has been included in this rom,
    Proxyme offers live su binary control, and without the need to 'root' the phone, you have...
    - SSH server with virtually unlimited user accounts, configurable with specific UID, GID, home directory and shell,
    - execution of scripts with elevated privileges (sample debloating script included),
    - tag along scripts for root ON and root OFF actions,
    - busybox switch


    MF1 (Build Date 2013-06-10)
    • To toggle root/unroot, boot the phone and then press VolumeUp/VolumeDown/Power simultaneously for a brief moment.
      This toggle only works if you enable Settings->Developer Options->USB Debugging

      mediafire (unpack tar.md5 file from this multi-part zip archive and flash with Odin)

    MC3 (Build Date 2013-03-18)

    MB1 (Build Date 2013-02-08)
    • To toggle root/unroot, boot the phone and then press VolumeUp/VolumeDown/Power simultaneously for a brief moment.
      This toggle only works if you enable Settings->Developer Options->USB Debugging

      Chainfire's SuperSU has been included for your convenience.
    • hotfile - link dead (unpack tar.md5 file from this zip archive and flash with Odin)
      .
    • Courtesy aki0306...
    • http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=38739961&postcount=8

    MA6 (Build Date 2013-01-24)

    Custom ROMs
    (Flashing these ROMs COULD (and usually will) trigger the custom counter)

    Probam Rom
    Go to this post... and this post... Courtesy @sasbudi

    Slimbean 4.3 NTT Docomo SC-03E
    Go to this post... Courtesy @majidkhan

    Carbon 4.2.2 for NTT Docomo SC-03E
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=45164630&postcount=550 Courtesy @majidkhan

    PACman (Paranoid AOKP CyanogenMod) 4.2.2
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=43996579&postcount=489 Courtesy @Edgrr000

    CyanogenMod
    Instructions for flashing CM10.1 Courtesy @lparryU

    Getting CM10 to work on SC-03E with Osaifu-keitai... Courtesy @FlyingFlipFlop and @lparryU
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=42076531&postcount=313
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=42076531&postcount=302
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=42094976&postcount=303

    rXTREME.v10.0
    Link to post Courtesy @Edgrr000

    KBC Developers github wiki
    Contains everything everyone in here needs, Samsung custom kernel, with visible hidden partition for using triangle away on stock rooted,
    and having all Japanese things working too. And the cm10.1 links. Its in Japanese but easily translated. (courtesy of @Robobob1221)
    https://github.com/kbc-developers/release/wiki

    Paranoid Android (GT-I9305)
    Link to post Courtesy @Edgrr000

    Misc
    How to Convert ROMs for the SC-03E By @DroidZombie

    Japanized Rom Tool By @LeathSeraph

    http://lt.imobile.com.cn/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=10282917


    Hints & Tips

    Follow this trail...
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    How-to: Root, Unlock, Enable Osaifu Keitai/Felica, CWM, cook & flash ROM on SC-03E

    THIS HAS BEEN UPDATED ON 2015 FEBRUARY 04
    I no longer will be testing or using the SC03E. I am also going to unsubscribe from this thread as I have many other threads to look after and I prefer to forget this phone... GGPO

    Below is the link to @zozew's FTP server with all the files you need.
    http://www.anniblue.com/xda/xda_sc-03e/XDA/SC-03E

    Note that you can use i9305 versions of most ROMs, but beware that it may not work perfectly and you need to flash CherryS after you flash your ROM of choice. For newer versions that are not uploaded, Google is your friend!
    (hint: ROMname+i9305+XDA will get good results in Google!)


    1. Download Odin v3.07, launch the program, then restart your phone and go into download mode.

    2. IF YOU NEED TO UNLOCK YOUR PHONE, FOLLOW THIS GUIDE BEFORE FLASHING CWM!
      courtesy @davidcsv. Note that the file hosting service is no longer available, but I have posted the link in the next step. Same exact file... just hosted elsewhere.
      Prerequisites:
      • Windows PC running Odin3 in an administrator account (tested with Odin3 v3.07)
      • USB cable to connect phone to PC (preferably original cable for reliability)
      • Internet access to download firmware image(s)
      • Google account to access Play Store
      • The following list outlines the required steps in order to successfully unlock your SC-03E:
      • If you have data on the phone, which is of any importance to you, then I highly recommend that you make appropriate backups first
      • If present, remove the SIM card and SD card (there's no need to have a Docomo SIM card for this procedure to work)
      • Download this stock firmware image, which is based on MB1 and includes the appropriate modem component to assist in wiping the NV stored network locking data structures. In addition, this firmware image is root-ready; meaning that you can toggle root mode by pressing VolumeUp/VolumeDown/Power button combination briefly to switch modes.
      • Initiate Odin Download mode on the SC-03E (Turn the phone off, then simultaneously press VolumeDown/Home/Power buttons until the Download Mode splash screen appears and requires you to press VolumeUp to continue or VolumeDown to cancel if you find yourself suddenly struck by an overwhelming feeling of stage-fright)
      • Unpack the SC03EOMAMB1_LK5MDM.tar.md5 firmware image from the above-mentioned/downloaded zip archive and flash the file with Odin3 (specify the image file in Odin's PDA section)
      • As soon as Odin completes the flashing process, it will instruct the phone to reset; be patient while the phone starts up, because it will require more time to set-up and configure itself after a factory reset.
      • If you have reached this step, then we're assuming the phone has booted successfully and you are presented with the configuration wizard. You need to at least enter your Google account credentials in order to access the Play Store.
      • Install the (free) ServiceMode Shortcut app (author: KABASOFT) from the Play Store.
      • Another (paid) option is the ShowServiceMode For Galaxy LTE app (author: Jaken's Laboratory).
      • Start the service mode app and tap the ServiceMode option, which will in turn fire up the ServiceMode main menu
      • Select [1]UMTS->[1]DEBUG SCREEN->[8]PHONE CONTROL->[6]NETWORK LOCK->[3]PERSO SHA256 OFF
      • Now use the phone's android menu soft button to select Back in the pop-up menu to return to the NETWORK LOCK menu
      • Tap [4]NW LOCK NV DATA INITIALLIZ and wait for about a minute before returning to the NETWORK LOCK menu; when you tap this option again, it should state PERSO_NV_INIT is SUCCESSFUL
      • You may now power off the phone to insert a SIM card from your favorite telcom operator and restart the phone
      • From this point onward, it is possible to flash any other firmware image without affecting the unlocked state
      Enjoy!

    3. Flash Stock Firmware (courtesy @davidcsv)
      -Just open Odin, do not change anything (auto reboot and f. reset time should be the only things checked), and click the button that says PDA... and select the above file (extract it first).
      -This is also the same firmware that is in @davidcsv's unlock guide, just hosted on AnniBlue.

    4. Re-Enable Osaifu Keitai/Felica Part 1 (NOT NECESSARY IF YOU DONT USE OSAIFU KEITAI OR IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF JAPAN)
      Thanks to SlateBlue and their easy to understand instructions!
      https://sites.google.com/site/rootsc03e/felica
      • After you complete the initial set up, Enable installing apps from unknown sources and enable USB debugging in the developer options.
      • Now download and install GNT2/S3α eXtreme Tuner
      • Before launching it, you will need to press VolUp+VolDown+PowerButton to toggle root, now you should see the Samsung logo twist and it will look like the phone restarted.
      • Now launch it, and choose "Felica Control"
      • Now choose Felica Device Keys. When I first did this it asked something and I accidentally clicked something.... BUT
      • Press it again (if the same thing happened to you) and choose the option on the very right.
      • The process is not complete yet... and you will need finish up the process later... just read the guide.

    5. Flash CWM:
      Flash sc03e-KK-KBC-CWM-v6.0.4.7_r1-recovery.tar in Odin then restart your phone and get into CWM (hold home+volume up+power button). Upon exiting CWM you will be asked to fix your root binaries... say yes!

      Thank you Masashi Seino!

    6. Cook your ROM (ONLY For 4.2 and 4.3! For 4.4 ROMs):
      make_japanized_ROM_SC03E_IparryU.7z

      OK, I edited the Japanize ROM cooker so it has four options. Please note that the 4.4 options are obsolete a we can flash CherryS. Read on below for that info.
      1. Convert ROMs for 4.2
      2. Convert ROMs for 4.3
      3. Convert ROMs for 4.4 *this is under development, NOT WORKING
      4. Convert ROMs for 4.4 with Boeffla boot.img *this is under development, NOT WORKING

      Make sure you:
      • Have the cooker file path with NO SPACES
        -i.e. - C:\cook\ (extract here)
      • The ROM name has NO SPACES (e.g. NameOfTheROM.zip)
      • You have JDK 6 installed! NOT JDK 7!
      • Copy the ROM in the same folder as the file named 'make_japanized_ROM_SC03E.bat'
      • Now drag and drop the ROM you want cooked on to 'make_japanized_ROM_SC03E.bat' and wait for it to complete

    7. Reboot into CWM (hold volume up + power button + home) and install the ROM, Make sure you have all the files on your SD card also.
      Wipe data/factory reset & wipe cache partition & wipe dalvik cache (under 'advanced')
      Flash your new ROM
      Flash CherryS if you want Boeffla kernel and/or if it is NOT a SC-03E ROM. Make sure you flash the proper CherryS kernel (Samsung/stock ROM, AOSP, MIUI)
      Flash the proper GAPPs for the ROM you are using. Refer to their designated threads for that info.

    8. Re-Enable Osaifu Keitai/Felica Part 2 (NOT NECESSARY IF YOU DONT USE OSAIFU KEITAI OR IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF JAPAN)
      -Start GNT2/S3a ExtremeTuner and choose "Felica Control"
      -Now choose "Unlock Felica Device"... but the text just stayed up there for me... So i just hit the back button and it worked!
      -In the Japanese guide it said you need to reboot, but I didn't need to.


      Congrats, you are all done! w00t!!!

      Resetting your custom binary counter
      Thanks @majin and his guide
      • Wipe cache partition, data/factory reset and wipe dalvik cache in CWM
      • Install, launch and apply Triangle Away
      • Let the phone reboot, BUT DON'T LET the OS be loaded! PUT IT IN DOWNLOAD MODE (volume down + home + power) BEFORE THE SAMSUNG LOGO APPEARS!
      • Flash stock ROM using Odin
        IMPORTANT Factory reset and wipe cache from stock recovery mode (volume up + home + power)

    ROMs that I use < prefer in the following order
    1. JCOM CM 10.x - Works great and dosnt have that stupid anime chick that Masashi Seino included in it. I didn't even want to show people my boot screen cause of that silly little ****. But this ROM works well and is the most stable and less buggy ROM for this device.
    2. Slimsaber i9305 - This is a well developed ROM and has all the features you can ask for. This ROM has the ****ed up mic so people cant hear you when using Line, Skype, etc. Basic phone works for some reason.
    3. CM11 i9305 nightly - Works great, same sound issues as Slimsaber
    4. Mokee SC03E - Too much chinese apps included and has the sound bug...
    5. AOSB i9305 - Has so many features, but lack of updates and bugs here and there.
    6. PACman/Liquidsmooth/Omni i9305 - Great ROM, but still buggy for the SC03E.

    To sum it up, screw this phone and I cant wait for the Nexus 6 to come out so I can stop stressing over it.


    How to root the stock NK2 ROM
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    How to Convert ROMs for the SC-03E

    By following these directions you do so at your own risk. I am not responsible for anything you do to your phone. These procedures may damage your phone making it unusable, cause thermonuclear war, make your significant other leave you, get you fired from your job for missing your alarm, cause God to kick a puppy, and they WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY!!!!


    Ok to start here is some terminology you might find useful.

    cook - to convert a ROM so that it is usable on your device
    nandroid backup - a complete backup of your current ROM that can be used to fully restore your phone in case of bricking it (see below)
    bricking - Turning your phone into a useless piece of metal and plastic because something went wrong during the flashing procedure. There are two kinds:
    Soft bricks - These can be fixed by performing a full wipe of the phone and flashing a working rom.
    Hard brick - permanent damage to the phone that renders it totally useless
    Note: It is very difficult to hard brick our phones because we have Odin
    Odin - A software tool that pushes software onto the phone similar to Kies

    Initial Preparations

    Download all the software you will need:

    1. Odin (I used v3.07) find it here and read the instructions provided by it's developers (thank them too)

    2. Samsung USB drivers - they can be found on the above post

    3. A stock, rooted Samsung ROM - get it here. It's hotfile in Japanese, simply click the left button when the timer runs out. Note: this will take 2.5 hours to download unless you have a premium account on hotfile.

    4. Clockwork recovery - Get it from KBC developers . If you wish to thank them and I recommend you do they have a twitter page

    5. The conversion tool - From KBC developers (you really should thank them). This may be updated periodically so before you convert a rom check back at their page.

    6. A rom to convert - If you read the help file included with the conversion tool it will tell you that ONLY i9305 AOSP roms can be converted. They have similar hardware to the S3alpha. DO NOT try to flash them without converting them. You may soft brick your phone.

    7. Gapps (Google apps) - standard JB4.2.x or inverted theme by Task650 scroll down to find them (thank him if you use them)

    8. JDK6 - THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DOWNLOAD. If you do not have this the conversion will not work. Don't use JDK7, Android does not like. If you want to know why Google it. Get JDK6 here (win x86) (win 64-bit). If you aren't sure which to use check your windows version.

    Rooting and making a backup

    1. Install Odin the Samsung USB drivers and JDK6. (I believe Odin just needs to be unpacked. Put it somewhere you won't forget it. I think the JDK6 install is automatic). Restart your computer.

    2. Run Odin - If you have problems run it as an administrator (right click the .exe and select administrator)

    3. Turn off your phone and put it into download mode (pwr + volDown then push volUp when the Japanese text appears)

    4. Plug your phone into your pc - Odin should detect it. One of the top boxes should read ID:COM# where # is between 1 and 5 usually.If you don't see anything reboot your computer and try again or run as administrator.

    5. Click PDA and select your stock/rooted Samsung rom. Click start. When the ID:COM bar says reset unplug your phone and reboot. Do your initial setup then put your phone back into download mode.

    6. Reset Odin and plug your phone back in.

    7. Click recovery and select your Clockwork recovery file. Click start. When Odin is finished unplug your phone and reboot into recovery (pwr + volUp) Don't worry about the ! in the top left corner of your screen. That means it worked.

    8. Use the volUp and volDown buttons to navigate through the menus. Go to backup and restore. Make a backup (nandroid).

    (This is the perfect time to unlock your phone if you need to. I won't get into it as I haven't done it and others have already explained it.)

    Cooking (Converting) a rom

    1. Unpack the conversion tool (make_japanized_rom_xxxxx) and put the rom file you wish to convert in the root directory of the tool.

    2. Drag the rom file over the make_japanized_ROM_SC-03E.bat and drop it. This will start the tool. If you simply click on the .bat file the tool will not work.

    3. If you live in Japan and want to watch TV over 1seg answer yes to the first question. If you don't live in Japan just answer no.

    4. Wait until the tool finishes then check the "out" folder for your rom. That's it. You now have a custom AOSP rom that will work on your phone (most likely). The rom will start with Japanese as the default language, but don't worry you can change it at the start of the setup just like with any other AOSP rom.

    Flashing your new rom

    1. Copy your new rom and gapps file to the internal SD card of your phone. I use either my download folder or the root of my SD card. Do not use the root directory of your phone, Clockwork recovery won't let you at it.

    2. Reboot into recovery

    3. Factory reset your phone (wipe data/factory reset). If you don't you will soft brick your phone on restart.

    4. go to advanced and wipe the dalvik cache. If you don't you will soft brick your phone on restart.

    5. go back to the main menu and select install zip from sdcard. Select choose zip from internal sdcard

    6. navigate to your rom file and select it. If the conversion worked you will see the Android upgrade animation. If it didn't you will see the fail animation (reread the above steps to make sure you did everything)

    7. navigate to your gapps file and select it. As long as you picked one of the two files I suggested this will work. I don't know about other gapps files so use them at your own risk.

    8. reboot and enjoy your new rom

    Confirmed convertible roms

    Carbonrom <---- GET THIS ONE IT IS AMAZING!!! THANK THE DEVs Use the latest nightly
    CM10.1 - download here You can choose which type you want to use
    LiquidSmooth - downloadhere

    Potential reasons for failure
    1. You used the wrong type of rom - i9300 is not the same as i9305 OR you used a Touchwiz based rom
    2. You don't have JDK6 installed
    3. You didn't wipe your phone before flashing
    4. You flashed in the wrong order- ROM then gapps only
    5. The rom simply isn't compatible (this should not happen unless the rom is unstable on the i9305)

    If you find any errors in these instructions let me know. I'm terrible at proofing my own writing.

    And don't forget the thanks button so I know you are actually reading and making use of these instructions that took time to write.
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    SC-03E Hints & Tips

    Hints & Tips

    Guides.. with several links and specifically for unlocking your phone with the proper ROM (has the LK5 modem which is the go to for unlocking and working with other carriers), and instructions to do just about everything you need to get done with this phone

    Unlocking


    Custom Binary Counter

    .Reset Guide .By @majin


    Tethering

    Tethering Guide By @majin
    How to change Tethering preset APN By @majin


    Change Roaming Status

    Reference post By @majin


    Proxyme Rooting

    Proxyme Guide


    Fixing Lost IMEI

    How to repair your SC-03E's IMEI number and restore its network connection


    Miscellaneous

    SC-03E Dial Pad Codes
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    SC-03E Docomo S3 LTE - Just Another Unlocking Guide

    This (sim) unlocking guide has been primarily inspired by the very comprehensive guide initially written and posted by @majin in his post.

    WARNING: This unlock procedure will automatically wipe the phone's cache and data partitions, effectively performing a factory reset; you are strongly advised to backup your data prior to executing this guide.

    Prerequisites:
    • Windows PC running Odin3 in an administrator account (tested with Odin3 v3.07)
    • USB cable to connect phone to PC (preferably original cable for reliability)
    • Internet access to download firmware image(s)
    • Google account to access Play Store

    The following list outlines the required steps in order to successfully unlock your SC-03E:

    • If you have data on the phone, which is of any importance to you, then I highly recommend that you make appropriate backups first
    • If present, remove the sim card and sdcard (there's no need to have a Docomo sim card for this procedure to work)
    • Download this stock firmware image, which is based on MB1 and includes the appropriate modem component to assist in wiping the NV stored network locking data structures. In addition, this firmware image is root-ready; meaning that you can toggle root mode by pressing VolumeUp/VolumeDown/Power button combination briefly to switch modes.
    • Initiate Odin Download mode on the SC-03E (Turn the phone off, then simultaneously press VolumeDown/Home/Power buttons until the Download Mode splash screen appears and requires you to press VolumeUp to continue or VolumeDown to cancel if you find yourself suddenly struck by an overwhelming feeling of stage-fright)
    • Unpack the SC03EOMAMB1_LK5MDM.tar.md5 firmware image from the above-mentioned/downloaded zip archive and flash the file with Odin3 (specify the image file in Odin's PDA section)
    • As soon as Odin completes the flashing process, it will instruct the phone to reset; be patient while the phone starts up, because it will require more time to setup and configure itself after a factory reset.
    • If you have reached this step, then we're assuming the phone has booted successfully and you are presented with the configuration wizard. You need to at least enter your Google account credentials in order to access the Play Store.
    • Install the (free) ServiceMode Shortcut app (author: KABASOFT) from the Play Store.
      Another (paid) option is the ShowServiceMode For Galaxy LTE app (author: Jaken's Laboratory).
    • Start the service mode app and tap the ServiceMode option, which will in turn fire up the ServiceMode main menu
    • Select [1]UMTS->[1]DEBUG SCREEN->[8]PHONE CONTROL->[6]NETWORK LOCK->[3]PERSO SHA256 OFF
    • Now use the phone's android menu soft button to select Back in the popup menu to return to the NETWORK LOCK menu
    • Tap [4]NW LOCK NV DATA INITIALLIZ and wait for about a minute before returning to the NETWORK LOCK menu; when you tap this option again, it should state PERSO_NV_INIT is SUCCESSFUL
    • You may now power off the phone to insert a sim card from your favorite telco operator and restart the phone
    • From this point onward, it is possible to flash any other firmware image without affecting the unlocked state
    • Enjoy!