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Old January 11th, 2012, 07:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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To flash CheckROM v6 for Gingerbread ROM's, (Android 2.3.X)...

Providing your phone is already rooted using the CF-Root method and have the CWM app, that is automatically installed using this method, in your App Drawer. For CF-Root see here:-

Rooting Galaxy S2 - Dummies Guide

1. Download the CheckROM RevoHD v6 .zip file from here:-

[ROM][XWLA4][2.3.6] CheckROM RevoHD? V6 | CheckROM

and install the unopened .zip file in the root, (not in a file), of your internal SD card, (or external SD card if you prefer).

NB. If you choose to download the CheckROM RevoHD v6.zip file to your phone, using the phone's browser, your file will appear in, "sdcard/downloads" and you should make a note of this location when you come to flash the installation of this .zip file.

2. Ensure that you have made a nandroid and Titanium backup (although you may only be using the Titanium restore. The nandroid is your get-out-of-jail card).

AndroidNZ: [At Your Own Risk] How to backup your Rooted 'Droid - NANDROID & Titanium Backup

3. Make sure that you have read the FAQ's in this post:-

xda-developers - View Single Post - [ROM][XWLA4][FEB 18] CheckROM RevoHD™ V6 | Kitchen Pro v2.21 a Masterpiece again!

4. Watch the video here so you know what to expect:-

Flashing a Custom ROM on the Samsung Galaxy S2 Flashing Tutorial & Guide - YouTube


5. As per the video instructions, use CWM to boot into Recovery and select, "install from internal sdcard", (or external SD card if you used that in item 1.). ***

***Although this ROM is now billed as a, "no wipe" ROM, if you are coming from a different ROM then you, may choose to do a, "full wipe", as mentioned in the FAQ's before flashing CheckROM v6 to prevent any problems with the installation or if you encounter any problems after the ROM is installed...

"Follow the steps below
Get into the CWM recovery
Wipe Data/factory reset
Wipe Cache
Wipe Dalvik-Cache
Wipe Battery Stats
Wipe Data/factory reset
Wipe Cache
Wipe Dalvik-Cache
Wipe Battery Stats"



6. When your phone has rebooted you may need to use Titanium restore, (not the nandroid restore), to re-install your app's and settings if you did a full wipe.

7. After installation of CheckROM you will notice, in your App Drawer, an app entitled, "KitchenPro". You can now use this app to download and install a variety of add-on's including, Boot Animations, Modems, Themes, Widgets/Apps, Kernels, Utilities and Mod's.

N.B. In the unlikely event of a situation whereby you cannot boot -up or you completely mess up the flashing, then all you need do is power off the phone... pull the battery if need be. Then press and hold the following keys... Volume up + Home + (lastly) Power and continue hold them until the Recovery menu is displayed. Then use the Restore feature to navigate, using the Up+Down Volume keys, to your nandroid backup and select it with the Home key. Your phone will then bootup in your present configuration... none the worse for wear!

(As always, I take no responsibility for these instructions and you use them at your own risk.)

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Hopefully this thread will answer a lot of questions on how to flash CheckROM to your phone.

I have tried to make this as easy as possible. Please do read the links posted in the guide as these will answer most of your questions.

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Excellent work again ironass.

Also, it's probably worth mentioning that by far the easiest way to put items you want to flash onto your sdcard is to download directly through the browser on your phone. No need to mess about with pc's and transferring files (unless you got no wifi). Files will be saved in sdcard/downloads, or if from xda site in a tapatalk file.

Sorry if this is stating the bleeding obvious, but seems not all aware of this.
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Thanks Sydney99... a good point.

Have amended the instructions accordingly.

The trouble with compiling these, "Dummies Guides", is that you never can guess what information to put in and what information to leave out, to avoid confusion for the reader.

This guide is a re-hash of a similar one that I did for another Android Forum member a few days back and I noticed today that there were a few questions about CheckROM installation and so I thought it might be easier to publish a reference point.

You may not believe it but the post you see is something like version #14 in an attempt to get it right and cover all eventualities.
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Thanks Sydney99... a good point.

Have amended the instructions accordingly.

The trouble with compiling these, "Dummies Guides", is that you never can guess what information to put in and what information to leave out, to avoid confusion for the reader.

This guide is a re-hash of a similar one that I did for another Android Forum member a few days back and I noticed today that there were a few questions about CheckROM installation and so I thought it might be easier to publish a reference point.

You may not believe it but the post you see is something like version #14 in an attempt to get it right and cover all eventualities.
Thanks for your guide!
As I can see we both have same ROM and modem. You are using N.E.A.K. as kernel. Would you recommend me to use it? Now I have Siyah 2.6.11 installed and want to optimize battery usage. Is there a guide to install and optimize this kernel?

Thanks again for your valuable help.
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Thanks for your guide!
As I can see we both have same ROM and modem. You are using N.E.A.K. as kernel. Would you recommend me to use it? Now I have Siyah 2.6.11 installed and want to optimize battery usage. Is there a guide to install and optimize this kernel?

Thanks again for your valuable help.
To be honest, I change kernels on a regular basis, as new ones come out, to see how they compare.

The first thing to remember is that not all phones, CPU's and usages are the same. So that a combination and settings that works for one user, may not be suitable for another.

Having said that, I have found both Siyah and N.E.A.K. kernels to be excellent for me.

As for installation and settings, see here:-

http://androidforums.com/galaxy-s2-international-all-things-root/489371-new-siyah-kernel-2-6-7-8-9-10-11-dummies-guide-installation-settings.html

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It is also worth noting that most of what follows can also be applied to the excellent N.E.A.K. kernel which can be downloaded here:-

[KERNEL][20.01.12][VooDoo] N.E.A.K. Kernel for I9100 - Think Different! (v1.3.2x) - xda-developers
So, the best thing to do is to follow those instructions for Siyah and apply them to N.E.A.K.. I am using noop scheduler with conservative governor and sched_mc enabled in the NEAK options, shown in Recovery.

Hope this helps.

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I've just seen that you've had your questions answered in 2 other threads on here.
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To be honest, I change kernels on a regular basis, as new ones come out, to see how they compare.

The first thing to remember is that not all phones, CPU's and usages are the same. So that a combination and settings that works for one user, may not be suitable for another.

Having said that, I have found both Siyah and N.E.A.K. kernels to be excellent for me.

As for installation and settings, see here:-

http://androidforums.com/galaxy-s2-international-all-things-root/489371-new-siyah-kernel-2-6-7-8-9-10-11-dummies-guide-installation-settings.html

As I put in that post...



So, the best thing to do is to follow those instructions for Siyah and apply them to N.E.A.K.. I am using noop scheduler with conservative governor and sched_mc enabled in the NEAK options, shown in Recovery.

Hope this helps.

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I've just seen that you've had your questions answered in 2 other threads on here.
Your help surely will help (a lot) and sorry for the other 2 threads.
Thank you!
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Hopefully this thread will answer a lot of questions on how to flash CheckROM to your phone.

I have tried to make this as easy as possible. Please do read the links posted in the guide as these will answer most of your questions.

Good luck!
Used your guide to flash CheckROM last night (my first flash) and it worked like a charm. Thank you. I'm blown away by the difference. When reading through the forums it's all about the risks or technical data and surprisingly litte information about what these things actually do so I was pleasantly surprised.

I haven't touched the Kernal yet, does it really make a difference what kernal you use?
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I haven't touched the Kernal yet, does it really make a difference what kernal you use?
Most people will tell you there is a big difference, but on general day to day running, you wont see too much difference. Chainfire's kernels are as good as any. Very smooth and good battery.

Other kernels such as NEAK and Siyah will give you BLN, and also extra governors/schedulers, so unless you want to go to the next level of tweaking your GS2, Chainfire's kernels really are as good as anything else.
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Most people will tell you there is a big difference, but on general day to day running, you wont see too much difference. Chainfire's kernels are as good as any. Very smooth and good battery.

Other kernels such as NEAK and Siyah will give you BLN, and also extra governors/schedulers, so unless you want to go to the next level of tweaking your GS2, Chainfire's kernels really are as good as anything else.
Ok thanks. I'll leave it alone for now then.
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Ok thanks. I'll leave it alone for now then.
Of course, if you do change your mind...

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Let me think...

Is this a trick question from our, "GUIDE" who has led us to this point...

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Seems my Dummies Guides are really popular with this website... they've nicked another one!

Looks like the Dummies Guides are popular... They've nicked another one:-

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i got my new samsung galaxy s2 gt-i9100 i have rooted and cwm wht shoud i do now ??
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In addition to thanking hawker in another post for his scripts as i've only just signed up. These guys are fantastic, perfection in every way. Got my S2 a few weeks ago and it was these guides that got me started with rooting/checkrom and now i can't stop trying different things lol. Great work, clear, conscience, perfect for a n00bie to get up-to scratch with android rooting/flashing etc. Thank you.
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For those waiting for an ICS build of CheckROM, I found this quote on their website earlier today.

Quote From Geko:
Q: when will you release the version with the official ICS LPQ

Geko: Never..... LPQ is still far from being perfect as an ICS base

Looks like they are going to wait for updates before building an ICS version.
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Thanks Sword Fish!

That comment is very telling:-

[ROM][XWLA4][2.3.6] CheckROM RevoHD? V6 | Page 42 | CheckROM

If reputable ROM developers, such as the CheckROM team, feel that Samsung's official release, LPQ, is, "less than perfect", to begin with... then that's another good reason to stay on GingerBread and CheckROM v6.

It makes me wonder if Samsung didn't just rush this build out in an effort to fulfil their promise of ICS for the SGSII in Q1... come what may!

Ah well! Back to chilling out and waiting patiently. Anyone care to join me?...

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When you think about how often GB firmwares got released, which is considered a pretty stable base, I would imagine during the initial couple of months of ICS, there will be a new firmware release every week or so. This is exactly why i'm not touching it until checkrom release their offering.
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I also await Check ROM's ICS update , and even then I'll wait and read alot of reviews before hand
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Thanks Sword Fish!

That comment is very telling:-

[ROM][XWLA4][2.3.6] CheckROM RevoHD? V6 | Page 42 | CheckROM

If reputable ROM developers, such as the CheckROM team, feel that Samsung's official release, LPQ, is, "less than perfect", to begin with... then that's another good reason to stay on GingerBread and CheckROM v6.

It makes me wonder if Samsung didn't just rush this build out in an effort to fulfil their promise of ICS for the SGSII in Q1... come what may!

Ah well! Back to chilling out and waiting patiently. Anyone care to join me?...

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Very cool music, sounds a lot like Enya who I listen to often when I need to chill out...
Great minds think alike Sword Fish!

I was torn between Enya and Elmara. So I've edited my original post. Enjoy whilst we wait for CheckROM v7.
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To flash CheckROM v6...

Providing your phone is already rooted using the CF-Root method and have the CWM app, that is automatically installed using this method, in your App Drawer. For CF-Root see here:-

Rooting Galaxy S2 - Dummies Guide

1. Download the CheckROM RevoHD v6 .zip file from here:-

[ROM][XWLA4][2.3.6] CheckROM RevoHD? V6 | CheckROM

and install the unopened .zip file in the root, (not in a file), of your internal SD card, (or external SD card if you prefer).

NB. If you choose to download the CheckROM RevoHD v6.zip file to your phone, using the phone's browser, your file will appear in, "sdcard/downloads" and you should make a note of this location when you come to flash the installation of this .zip file.

2. Ensure that you have made a nandroid and Titanium backup (although you may only be using the Titanium restore. The nandroid is your get-out-of-jail card).

AndroidNZ: [At Your Own Risk] How to backup your Rooted 'Droid - NANDROID & Titanium Backup

3. Make sure that you have read the FAQ's in this post:-

xda-developers - View Single Post - [ROM][XWLA4][FEB 18] CheckROM RevoHD™ V6 | Kitchen Pro v2.21 a Masterpiece again!

4. Watch the video here so you know what to expect:-

Flashing a Custom ROM on the Samsung Galaxy S2 Flashing Tutorial & Guide - YouTube


5. As per the video instructions, use CWM to boot into Recovery and select, "install from internal sdcard", (or external SD card if you used that in item 1.). ***

***Although this ROM is now billed as a, "no wipe" ROM, if you are coming from a different ROM then you, may choose to do a, "full wipe", as mentioned in the FAQ's before flashing CheckROM v6 to prevent any problems with the installation or if you encounter any problems after the ROM is installed...

"Follow the steps below
Get into the CWM recovery
Wipe Data/factory reset
Wipe Cache
Wipe Dalvik-Cache
Wipe Battery Stats
Wipe Data/factory reset
Wipe Cache
Wipe Dalvik-Cache
Wipe Battery Stats"


6. When your phone has rebooted you may need to use Titanium restore, (not the nandroid restore), to re-install your app's and settings if you did a full wipe.

7. After installation of CheckROM you will notice, in your App Drawer, an app entitled, "KitchenPro". You can now use this app to download and install a variety of add-on's including, Boot Animations, Modems, Themes, Widgets/Apps, Kernels, Utilities and Mod's.

N.B. In the unlikely event of a situation whereby you cannot boot -up or you completely mess up the flashing, then all you need do is power off the phone... pull the battery if need be. Then press and hold the following keys... Volume up + Home + (lastly) Power and continue hold them until the Recovery menu is displayed. Then use the Restore feature to navigate, using the Up+Down Volume keys, to your nandroid backup and select it with the Home key. Your phone will then bootup in your present configuration... none the worse for wear!

(As always, I take no responsibility for these instructions and you use them at your own risk.)
Many thanks for guidance,my phone is working brilliantly,never done a kernel before went as smooth as silk,cheers
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Many thanks for guidance,my phone is working brilliantly,never done a kernel before went as smooth as silk,cheers
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so am I to understand we wont get Checkrom v7 until 4.0.5 or newer is available?
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There is no ETA for ICS CheckROM v7.
You just need to keep popping into the XDA thread from time to time. Any mention of this on the XDA thread and you will get your back passage filled with angry wasps and shot at dawn.
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There is no ETA for ICS CheckROM v7.
You just need to keep popping into the XDA thread from time to time. Any mention of this on the XDA thread and you will get your back passage filled with angry wasps and shot at dawn.

lol. thanks for the heads up.
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Hi,

Maybe a stupid question to ask

I'm currently running my I9100 on android 4.0.3 XXLPQ
Can i go ahead and follow these steps to get rev 6.0 ?

Or do i have to follow a lill more ?
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Welcome to the forum SpunkyMehta and thanks for joining.

Personally I haven't tried going from ics back to GB so I can't say for definite but it should just be a case of following the guide. I have however seen a few posts where people have had problems when others haven't so it does seem to be a bit hit and miss. So I would recommend having a nandroid backup of the lpq ROM just in case.
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Thankyou Shotgun84..

Must say, Quicker reply i have had for my query till date

Thanks for the help
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Its working just fine Thanks for your guidance
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This dummy seems to be stuck :S

I was upgrading from checkrom 3 & done the whole "wipe date/ wipe cache etc" thing. Problem is now I cant download Titanium to restore my apps, or even any app, just get an error message.

So far, everything else is working fine though. Any ideas what to do?
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Give us a clue then.
What's the error message?
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Sorry...

Just says...
Error while downloading "Facebook for Android" "Facebook for Android" could not be downloaded due to an error.

This happens for whatever app I try to download.

I reinstalled the latest Siyah kernel after the rom. While I was doing this I noticed it now says

E:Can't open /cache/recovery/log
E:Can't open /cache/recovery/log
" " " /last_log
" " " /last_log

Could that be something to do with it?
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I'm wondering if it's anything to do with the avast app. It was previously installed and i've got some other messages when I tried to reflash the ROM...

When wiping data i get...
Error mounting /sdcard/.android_secure!
Skipping format
Data wipe complete

The cache wipes ok.

When I try to wipe the dalvik I get...
E:unknown volume for path [/sd-ext]
Dalvik Cache wiped

Any ideas from this?
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Is it ok if I start a new thread for this, specific to my problem?
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Try booting into recovery mode and fix permissions.
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I've solved it. Was an issue with me not flashing the kernel straight after the ROM. I noticed that the CWM recovery was the old style. So I done some wiping, reflashed the ROM, then the siyah .14 kernel straight after. That done the trick.
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Will CheckRom v6 work on a i9100 running 2.3.5? Also, what are the major benefits of this rom over the stock firmware?

Currently I am rooted and using a Siyah 2.6.14 kernel. I am kinda looking at going a bit more into modding my S2, but would like some input as to what benefits/improvements flashing a custom rom would give me.

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Also, what are the major benefits of this rom over the stock firmware?
Kitchen Pro has to be the big attraction for this ROM. Loads of mod's, themes, kernels, etc; etc:

Very easy to install and use. Fairly idiot proof... up until now!

Very fast and stable. Works well with NEAK & Siyah kernels.
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Great guide ironass, your guide worked like a charm!!

I changed to the Revolution dialer theme in Kitchen Pro, but I was wondering if there is a way to change the "in call" portion of how the screen appears? As of right now, it still appears as it did out of the box.
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One more thing......

Is there a way to change the icons for the "Answer/Reject" when receiving a phone call? Is this part of the dialer theme or maybe CheckRom itself?

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