[OFFICIAL] Korean SGS III (SHW-M440S/SHV-E210S/K/L) Rooting, ROMs, and Kernel + Guide

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****Use the information at YOUR OWN RISK. We are not responsible for anything you do to your phone.***


READ, READ, READ! Read as much as you can about as much as you can. Everyone started from the same positions, but the more you know, the easier it becomes. Use the search function and don't be lazy!


This thread is updated daily. Thank you to everyone who contributes to this thread. It makes having these phones so much better.
If there are any custom ROMs or Kernels that you know about, just post them and bring to our attention. If you have tested a ROM or Kernel, leave feedback so someone else can use it.

Also, if you had a problem and then fixed that problem, please share the information that you used in order to fix that problem. Others will have the same problems and it is much easier to find help this way.


This thread is for sharing, helping and general information about Rooting, Custom ROMs and Kernels. Please help and add your thoughts and information. The more people, the better! Most of all, ENJOY!


Comment, discuss and help each other out!




ROMS and KERNELS
 
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Resources
These are some pages that have been found to be very useful for ROMs and Kernels:

Matcl.com website
Development by Lloyd (Develoid) website
Bvlgarian website
Spinel Dev website



How To:
***Please note that you should uncheck 'auto reboot' when flashing cwm in odin. If you reboot straight back to your stock rom, it has a fail safe that will restore stock recovery. Once you are done flashing cwm in odin, do the the three finger salute to enter into cwm recovery to flash supersu.***
Dual Booting between ROMs
XDA Thread (thanks to widokeren)

ROOTING
Mobile Odin (best way to flash and keep root)
XDA Thread (free version)
--I would recommend buying it from Play Store You get everything you need and it also helps the developer who has supported our phones!

CF-Auto-Root v1.0 [GT-I930x/T/N][SHV-E210*][SHW-M440S]
XDA Thread (easiest way to root your phone)

ClockworkMod Touch Recovery 6.0.2.7
Download Thread

Triangle Away (now supports E210S)
XDA Thread - Can be your best friend if you like to flash often and need some Samsung repairs.

***Special thanks to Chainfire and the other Developers, who have developed the above apps for us who are using the Korean variants. It has been a long time coming and finally we can enjoy some of the same features that others have been for a while. Thank you so much!***


Root using a Pre-Rooted ROM
Step By Step Instructions


Access SKT Hidden Menu on Korean SGS3
Korean (original) - link
English translation - link

Hidden Menu Codes:
- open dial pad and enter : 319712358. A menu will pop up asking for password.
Passwords:
SKT - 996412
KT - 774632
LG U+ - 0821


Install CWM Recovery + CWM Manager + Busy Box + Root (SHV-E210K only)
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THEMES AND CUSTOMIZING
 
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My Korean's not good enough, wife isn't technical enough and translator doesn't do a good enough job but on the first link I can't figure something out. The top part is his guide to rooting but at the bottom, S3-3G-RootingRom.tar. Is this a custom rom, is it the factory rom, just very vague.
 

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My Korean's not good enough, wife isn't technical enough and translator doesn't do a good enough job but on the first link I can't figure something out. The top part is his guide to rooting but at the bottom, S3-3G-RootingRom.tar. Is this a custom rom, is it the factory rom, just very vague.
By the looks of things, it is a rooted stock ROM with Busy Box installed.
 

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how i did it

Hi guys. thank you for this wonderful post.

I followed the instructions as under and achieved root. I dont know the Korean language but got a Korean model S3 3g. model SHW-M440S.

I first downloaded the files from [email protected] link above :
Rooting Korean SGS III (3G and LTE) - zip files and instructions (in Korean)


files downloaded were:
odin3_v3.04.zip
cfroot_recovery.tar
CWM_SuperUser_0.92.zip


First installed Odin on my PC.
Then shut off the phone and loaded it in download mode by Pressing volume down, Power and home (main key) at the same time.
I was faced with some Korean language text. i Pressed the VOLUME UP button and the phone entered download mode.

I loaded the file Cfroot_recovery.tar in the PDA section of ODIN and hit start.

The installation was successful and phone rebooted.

Once phone rebooted, i copied the CWM_Superuser_0.92.zip to the SD card of the phone.

I then shut off the phone

Restarted it by hitting the Volume UP , Power and Home key simultaneously.

Within the menu i selected 'install from SD card' and then pointed to the CWM_Superuser_0.92.zip file.

The file was installed. I rebooted.

Then downloaded superuser and titanium backup from the market.

loaded up titanium backup and it was given superuser access! :)

I have not downloaded or installed the
S3-3G-RootingRom.tar.torrent
OR
S3-LTE-RootingRom.tar.torrent

as i do not know what ROMS they are.

Anyway, i hope people find this useful. I am looking for an ENGLISH language only ROM for my Korean model SG S3. If anyone has any success with finding out, i would highly appreciate a post here :)
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I am looking for an ENGLISH language only ROM for my Korean model SG S3. If anyone has any success with finding out, i would highly appreciate a post here :)
Best regards
I messaged the guy who runs Blue Premium website and asked a few questions. One I asked was are there any custom roms that we can use right now, like CM9? I know you have your Presto ROM but I assume it is all in Korean correct? He answered...

"PRESTO ROM is indeed in Korea, but you always CAN Change the System Language. Crazy kamui figured out that custom ROMs can be flashed onto Galaxy S3 - Korean version if you change the kernel section. However, CM9 and AOKP don't work that way, so don't try. Actually we're Testing Several Things to Korean Galaxy S3 to Port CM9."

So its seems for right now Presto ROM is your only one. Let me know if you try it out and give some feedback.
 
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You guys/girls are awesome!

Sorry, been slacking a bit, but Ill update now!
I don't have my phone yet, so I have been a bit slacking...Im sorry :)


Ill keep up to date! :)
 
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Links have been updated on first post....Thanks to p33k and sambauer for doing some searching.

I'm still curious how they know the rooting and ROMs work with the LTE versions, since it is not released yet. Maybe they have access to one....?

Anywho, if one of you try out the custom ROM, let us know!

For the Factory ROM and Kernel, anyone post the Firmware numbers for it so I can add that? Thanks!
 

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Thanks for posting this! Glad you were successful :)

---------- Post added at 03:25 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:22 PM ----------

Another link to add. He posted the Factory ROM and Kernal for 3g and LTE. http://bluepremium.tistory.com/entry/갤럭시S3-순정-펌웨어

Did you try and download the Factory ROM and Kernel?
Im trying to get the LTE versions now, but they are "img" files.....not .tar


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Hmmm, I just tried doing the 3G ones and they are zipped up files.
It is only the LTE ones that are .img files.......

This is strange!
 

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Is there any other mirror link for download the I9300XXBLFB (4.0.4)? As hotfile regular download limit 30 minutes per download and my area internet is slow so unable to finish download.

Thanks
Galaxy S3, Omega 7.1, franco kernel..^^

Edited : Post on wrong thread. Sorry. :p
 
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Links have been updated on first post....Thanks to p33k and sambauer for doing some searching.

I'm still curious how they know the rooting and ROMs work with the LTE versions, since it is not released yet. Maybe they have access to one....?

Anywho, if one of you try out the custom ROM, let us know!

For the Factory ROM and Kernel, anyone post the Firmware numbers for it so I can add that? Thanks!
I used it on my Korean 3G model SHW-M440S.
It is not the LTE version. Also, i have not installed the rom. I just followed the steps as per my previous post , short of installing the ROM given.

I then downloaded Rom Manager and Titanium backup and both were given access to root and worked flawlessly. The only problem with the root manager is that i cannot install clockworkmod recovery as ROm manager does not give an option for my phone (it gives two options. 1- Samsung Epic4G and 2- Samsung GalaxyS i9000).

Thank you everyone else for the pointers. I shall await a little longer before trying out the PRESTO Rom. i do remember spending almost an entire night trying to fix up my Korean Galaxy model S when i put up a European Galaxy S rom on it and it wouldnt work. Took me a while to figure out the problem was that the Korean Samsung Galaxy was different than the European versions and their ROMs would not work on mine :).


I have checked my applications and there are two apps installed one is called 'SUPERSU" and the other is "Superuser" . Only SuperSU is active as it shows titanium backup/etc in its app list.

I continue to ponder this issue till i solve it. Any pointers would be highly appreciated.
 
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Yeah I had same problem with root manager. I just uninstalled it. I had backed up my Rom via cwm recovery after rooting so I hope I'm ok. Then we have the factory roms. Cwm let's u do all the things manager does but less friendly.

But I'm a newb when it comes to this just switching from ip4. Please correct me if wrong.

Sent from my SHW-M440S using xda app-developers app
 
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I have never used CWM, so I am not too sure what it is or does.
Im guessing it is a backup program?

sambauer, have you tried updating your superuser app?
Just go into the app and you should be able to update it no worries....I had a similar problem with my tab when I rooted it and just had to do the update and it worked like a charm. Just check out the menu within the app and update it.....hopefully that works.

A tip for anyone and everyone - only use ROMs that are built for our phones. There are always problems with ROMs that are not specifically made for the Korean Galaxy phones.

That being said, PRESTO ROM is made for the Korean 3G, it should work fine.
 
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I have never used CWM, so I am not too sure what it is or does.
Im guessing it is a backup program?

sambauer, have you tried updating your superuser app?
Just go into the app and you should be able to update it no worries....I had a similar problem with my tab when I rooted it and just had to do the update and it worked like a charm. Just check out the menu within the app and update it.....hopefully that works.

A tip for anyone and everyone - only use ROMs that are built for our phones. There are always problems with ROMs that are not specifically made for the Korean Galaxy phones.

That being said, PRESTO ROM is made for the Korean 3G, it should work fine.
@ [email protected] : Thank you for that. The problem is solved. steps taken as as under:

I uninstalled the superuser app that i had installed from market. (SUPERSU) left untouched.

I then reinstalled CWM_SuperUser_0.92 from sdcard using CWM recovery.

everything workings perfectly now :)
 
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I hate to be all nooby and what not but I seriously thinking about picking up another phone.... the Unlocked Galaxy Nexus is back up for sale on the Play store, so I MIGHT go that route, BUT I have family who has family in south korea so I could get my hands on a quad core s3... (or can you buy them unlocked online somewhere?)

And IF I do get the quad core are there any roms for it yet? I guess I should sit back and let the smart people figure it out and check back lol....

I rom ton's of phone's but I've never had a samsung or a foreign market phone.

Will it even function as a phone in the US? and if so on what carriers?

Sorry for the spoon feeding request but a clear reply to above might stop lots of new threads asking the same thing.
 

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I hate to be all nooby and what not but I seriously thinking about picking up another phone.... the Unlocked Galaxy Nexus is back up for sale on the Play store, so I MIGHT go that route, BUT I have family who has family in south korea so I could get my hands on a quad core s3... (or can you buy them unlocked online somewhere?)

And IF I do get the quad core are there any roms for it yet? I guess I should sit back and let the smart people figure it out and check back lol....

I rom ton's of phone's but I've never had a samsung or a foreign market phone.

Will it even function as a phone in the US? and if so on what carriers?

Sorry for the spoon feeding request but a clear reply to above might stop lots of new threads asking the same thing.
I can tell you what i experienced with my Samsung S2 which was purchased in South Korea. I frequently travel to other countries and used that Korean S2 without any problems with local sims from China, Pakistan, U.K. and The Netherlands.
There are some issues though..

1- any text message more than 80 characters automatically becomes a MMS.
2- You have to program your mobile number into the sim, otherwise before sending any sms, the phone also asks to fill out a 'from' field.
3- the Korean keyboard is ever present and becomes quite an inconvenience for some one like me who does not speak Korean language.
4- you cannot use mainstream ROMs meant for the same model of phone that are not specifically designed for the Korean model.

Other than this , all is well :) Now that i have purchased the S3, i am forever looking for a compatible international custom rom for it.
I hope you can make a better choice now more suited to your needs.
 
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