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Old April 18th, 2013, 09:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 Guide to Flash Firmware

Flashing Stock Jelly Bean 4.1.2




I decided to write this topic to help anyone interested in flashing firmware on their phone.



Please read first before you do anything.

Here the instructions to flash jelly bean using Odin on to the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160

This is for STOCK JELLY BEAN only.


Disclaimer:
-Flashing firmware can brick your phone if done incorrectly.
-I strongly advise you to wait for the kies update instead, as it is safe and advised.
-I will decline any responsibility If things go wrong for you.
- And I can only speak from experience.
- If you are not comfortable or you don't understand the instructions. Than please ask about and do a research first before you do anything.
-Remember that is better to be safe than to be sorry.



***Instructions***


First thing you need to do is:

- Visit the Official Samsung.com website. Or your National official Samsung website. And download the latest version of "KIES" on your pc.
Here the UK website link:

Kies | SUPPORT | SAMSUNG UK

- Run KIES and connect your phone to the pc. Let Kies install the Samsung drivers for your phone on your pc first, so you can use Odin.

*Remember to make sure to close Kies completely before you use Odin.

The link below takes you to my topic firmware were you can obtain the tools:
"Samsung firmware" and "Odin":

GT-I8160 Official Firmware - Android Forums


1- Back-up your phone. And turn "on" debugging mode option in phone settings.

2- Turn phone into download mode.
(Home Button + volume down + Power button)
And connect your phone to your pc.

4- Open Odin in your pc and insert the "PDA file".

(Remember to "unzip" the zip folder before you use the file with Odin)

And flash your phone.

5- Boot your phone and test if all is working...

And job done.


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If for some reason after updating your phone you have less ram than the ideal 550 or 624mb ram and you want Jelly Bean with 624mb Ram.

You can flash MB2/MB4 with the "PIT" file to obtain the 624mb ram.

• Download MB2/MB4 firmware.
Samsung Updates - Firmware Download Page
Aparently the link above was discontinued...
Try this one here in here for now:
http://d-h.st/6QB


• Download "PIT" file here:
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

*unzip before you use it.

(The PIT file plays a important role on the process as to create the correct partitions)

1- Back-up your phone. And turn on debugging mode option in phone settings.

2- Boot your phone into download mode.
(Home Button + volume down + Power button)
And connect your phone to your pc.

3- Open Odin and insert the "PIT file, PDA file and CSC file".

(Remember to "unzip" the zip folder before you use the files with Odin)

And flash your phone.

4- Boot your phone and test if all is working...

5- Now you can flash the latest JB firmware you desire.

*To flash the latest JB firmware, is only One package that you insert in "PDA".
(No partition/No pit file) and the dll file in the folder is not needed on Odin.

6- Boot your phone and test if all is working...

And job done.


***


If you are updating your phone from "some early Jelly Bean firmware" to some new "Jelly Bean firmware".
All you need to do is flash the new firmware straight on top of the old firmware.




IMPORTANT NOTE:

AFTER YOU UPDATED YOUR PHONE YOU NEED TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED BELOW:

From:

SAMSUNG Customer Support Centre

Old systems settings can be left on the phone after an update occurs, which is why Samsung usually recommend a full factory reset after updating.
If this isn’t done your device may begin to give false readings from system resources, or experience technical problems.

Samsung would advise on doing the following, which is designed to reset the settings on your device. Please back up your device using Samsung KIES before you do this.

1) Remove the battery for at least 40 minutes, put the battery back in and allow it to fully discharge. Afterwards, perform a full battery charge with the device turned off. Do not interrupt the charging process.

2) After the battery is fully charged, we would like you to perform a full factory reset, which can be done Settings > Backup > Reset.
This process will reset your device, remove old system files that are no longer needed and enable your device to operate normally again.

Need to contact the Samsung Customer Support Centre?
SAMSUNG UK - Home Electronics | Home Appliances | Mobile | Computing
(Ps. But don't tell them you flashing firmware with Odin.)


And after doing that your phone will be running smooth like is supposed to... Well all the JB installation will be completed.


NEED ROOT ?

If you want to Root your phone after the update ?!
Just follow this link:

ROOT & CWM for Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 JB 4.1.2 (Easy Root) - Android Forums



ADDITIONAL INFO:

Remember that too many apps installed on your phone, will use 2much ram.
Logically it will slow your phone and might freeze it at some point...

Solutions:
• You can delete or freeze the apps you don't use in order to improve it.

• (Root users) You can also download "Greenify" from the play store, to help you stop apps from working when they shouldn't.



TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR DEVICE:

If by any reason you encounter any problem with your phone at any time, including bootloop.

• Boot your device into Recovery Mode.

You need to press:
(Volume Up + Power Button + Home Button)
* The home button is the middle button on the bottom of the screen.

Than You choose "Clean Partition" and finally "Factory Reset".

And hopefully that will be enough to fix your device.

If not fixed?!
Than the best thing you can do is to flash your firmware again.


 I hope this instructions are clear enough, and easy to understand.


It's easy to point defects than to find solutions!
I'm motivated by working on finding solutions.

Happy Flashing!!!


Here Is a good link for all the Folks that miss Ginger Bread:



*If you found my instructions and links helpful to you?

Than please consider to leave a or a comment (...) for my contribution.

Thanks in advance.


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Hi sm0key are u satisfy wd tmn jb?
Mb4 is a stable one?very temtping n0 discusions here n my country abwt runing the mb4 and cm8
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Just check if the MB4 or the MC8 works in your country. Just to be safe.
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Helo sm0key i just decyded and just take the risk of upgrading im from philipines so i realy dnt knw wat wil hapen so i proced and boom
It work on my country tanks from pilipines n0 problem at al
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I'm happy it worked for you Triger.
Hope all goes well and without problems.
Welcome to JB 4.1.2
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And the batery was improve
There s n0 chans of briking ur ph0ne
F u just folow the steps corectly tanks sm0key i wil buy u a beer come hir and the pilipines hehe tanks . .
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Heres the screnshots sm0key the sim card is a talk n txt power by smart its a carier thats the solid evidence

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Exclamation My phone restarting after upgrading

I upgraded to jelly bean as mentioned. but my phone restarting.
i also tried by installing GB. (Russian) and again upgrading to jellybean. but still it is restarting as before. and there is no problem while using GB.
And phone wont restart while display is ON. And while charging..
if we play music from usb storage it restart at the middle of playing and after restart Speaker wont work till we restart manually. what is the cause..
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Hi @nafeel1990,
(The link I posted for GB is only for last resort. As it is the only successful way I know to go back to GB.)
Jumping from GB to JB and than going back to GB again, only to repeat the process.That is dangerous you will end up hard bricking your phone.

If the instructions I provided above didn't worked?
Than is better if you just return to Ginger Bread, and waiting for some Ota or Kies update to become available for you.

As I honestly never heard of anyone having the problems you are having by using ( this same instructions ).

Hope all works for you eventually.
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Cry ACE 2 Restarting issue

Thank You very much Smokey

But i tried all. I think the problem is in file system, because it wont restart during charging and when the display is on.
And Installing custom ROM by wiping System, delviCach, format, cache partition. The annoying reboot stops but i cant get network, base band shows: unknown, and USB port and terminal also not work. because of file system formatted. i think i have to go throw system files
Is there any way to detect file system error?? and correct it..

Thank you once again....
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Hi @nafeel1990,
I really would like to be able to help you...
But that can only work if you bother to read the instructions and help yourself by following them.

"Installing custom ROM by wiping System, delviCach, format, cache partition." ???

That is a recipe for disaster.
-You can format an external SD card but you shouldn't never format the system.

-What custom Rom?
I didn't wrote anything about custom roms here.
In fact I don't think we are talking about the same thread anymore.
You are unsuccessfully trying to install the "Italian Job Rom" and you asking me why is not working on a thread for Stock JB.
Reality check please. Why don't you take your questions to the developer of the "Italian Job Rom" instead?

Please accept my wishes to a brighter future.
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Any word on update schedule in Europe beyond Germany?
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Any word on update schedule in Europe beyond Germany?
No, not yet...
The German update was for the GT-I8160p nfc enabled. At the moment the GT-I8160 is being updated to JB XXMD4 in Asia at the SSC "Samsung Service Centers" only.
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Anyone noticed streaming video problems with the MC8 firmware. I flashed it onto my phone before and while general stability was great (although Temple Run would lag and there was very occasional UI jitter) I noticed YouTube or any other streaming videos would occasionally stutter and lag causing the whole phone to lock up and this would only be fixed by a hard reset.

Maybe this is why the Jelly Bean update is being delayed everywhere else? Cause they ballsed something up? In the mean time I've gone back to stock Gingerbread and have installed ADW launcher to make the UI feel a little more modern.

Maybe by the time they DO release JB here the firmware will actually contain 4.2.
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@j800r, yes.
There are some lag issues with JB in general, all related to memory management and is not just on this device.
But there is also many different ways to fix it.
The video lag you experienced using YouTube/video streaming could had be fixed by one simple but important step is to perform a factory reset + clean the partition in recovery mode after you flash JB. That makes the phone run smoother and with less lags.
Having too many apps installed on the phone can also be a problem.
Also in JB is very important to use the home button and garbage the windos open in there as they consume loads of ram and end up slowing the phone.
You can fix most of the shortfalls in JB by using a good memory management app to compensate.Something like "Android tuner" that allows you to control the (autostart) of the user apps.
Some apps are written or badly written to start when they shouldn't or are not needed and end up clogging up the memory and slowing the phone.
It takes a bit to get used to JB, but after some tweaks, it runs really nice and smooth.
I have less gremlins on JB than I used to in GB.
but looking forward for the ace3 now.
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Ok, let me just preface this response by saying...


JELLY BEAN HAS FINALLY COME TO THE UK!!!!

*happy dances round the room*

Just this second plugged in my phone and connected to Kies not really expecting anything but it's become habit and low and behold! A window pops up saying "A new firmware version is available"

It's still MC8. Same as the TMN branded one but hey, they might have fixed a few kinks.


You say the problem with the streaming video was all about memory management but I always did a factory wipe/reset when upgrading to the TMN branded. In fact I'd do it twice! I also always binned recent apps. Only reason I've been reluctant to use a memory manager etc (although I have used AMC with JB before) is because they're said to actually be worse for your device as Android has always had stellar memory management. It's odd that they'd take a step back with JB. Especially when JB utilyzes more RAM.

Anyway, I'm off to upgrade and enjoy official UK jellybean. (BTU version)

**update**

Important info guys! When officially upgrading to Jelly Bean (using Kies, not Odin) the available RAM doesn't increase from what you had in GB. I've no idea why this is. Whether Samsung don't repartition or something maybe. Or maybe freeing that extra RAM from system reservation is what caused the instability issues in the first place. Just a heads up guys. Your available RAM to play with WON'T increase from 550MB
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@j800r,
Thanks for the news and the heads up.
( I need to update this thread )

I reverted to GB and updated using Kies.

Good side:
less bloatware and no need to change the "boot/shutdown animation.qmg".
( Tried my root zip and worked like a dream as always).

Downside:
Less ram. And didn't notice any improvements in performance.
This is just the same rubbish but with less ram...
Just a waste of time.

Solution:
So I end up flashing MB2/MB4 with Pit file again to recover the 624ram.
And flashed this MC8 BTU on top.
And again I can't notice any improvements apart from the lack of TMN bloatware.
Rooted the phone with my zip folder and job done. lol

Now back to waiting for a different firmware release other than scrappy MC8.

Memory management:

Yes Android is supposed to be self-sufficient in theory...
(Ram app killers) are bad as they end up slowing the phone by forcing the apps to restart and logically using more ram in that way.

But the real problem is the way developers write their own apps.
If you install one app, I think called "autostart" on your phone.
You will see how some apps are designed to run when they are not needed. So they end up using precious ram at the wrong times.

So you can use some apps designed to improve your phone by controlling the autostarts and giving some memory tweaks.

...If you like gaming and videos and still find lags now?
You should try "ram manager pro" as that one is developed with easy settings for multitasking and hard gaming.

Or you can use "andromizer" that is perfect for optimizing the phone.

Or my favorite "system tuner pro".
That lets you fine tune the phone manually to your own taste.

But yes you need to root the phone to use this apps.


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So I bit the bullet and rooted again. Using your own method in fact. I must say System Tuner (that you recommended) is rather bewidering even for a tech geek like me. So many options! Anyhoo, hoping I use some of these tools to improve performance and maybe stop the lags. If it doesn't work I can always unroot and return to how it was.
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Is this for real ???

http://www.samsungupdate.com/news/galaxy-ace-2-very-slow-after-jelly-bean-update

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It's only one article.
A very sad article, from a website that believes to be serious.
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Thanks for posting that Mr McPot. I may wait a while before updating. My phone does everything I want it to at the moment so I'm not that bothered about updating. I'll see how it pans out. I'll post that link in the other thread too in case people don't read this one.
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No, don't bother posting that link elsewhere. Maybe what Smokey should have said is "Is this guy for real??"

From my experience of using Jelly Bean I can easily say whoever posted that article doesn't have a clue what he/she's talking about. The OS itself is not too demanding. Hell, HTC have released a device (Desire C i think?) with lesser specs that run Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean is optimised to be less laggy than ICS. The phone's specs are more than capable of running the OS. The problem is Samsung's poor optimisation, bloatware taking up resources and Samsung not taking full advantage of the hardware with Jelly Bean.

My proof? I had very dodgy performance on Jelly Bean until I rooted and installed system tweak apps. After the tweaks the phone runs 99.9% as well as it did on Gingerbread. If the phone's hardware just wasn't up to snuff no manner of tweaks would fix the issue. It's a bad build, NOT a bad/incapable phone.

Surely I can't be the only person who kinda wants to punch that person now? :/
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It sounds like the article is talking about updating via Kies to the official JB. You said you had "very dodgy performance on Jelly Bean until I rooted and installed system tweak apps", so you're agreeing with the article by saying it was poor performance. How poor was it? Did you update via Kies and then root, or is it a custom ROM you're running?

And I certainly couldn't be bothered punching someone who wrote an article about a mobile phone software update!
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You missed my point entirely. :-P

My annoyance wasn't at his claims the update is slow/laggy cause it is. What he was incorrect about was claiming the phone's hardware wasn't good enough.

Also, I've made an awesome discovery. Most of the lag seems to come from Touchwiz. Install Nova Launcher and the thing flies.

But ya, I did root and run some basic optimisations which also seemed to help originally.
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That article highlights existing complaints and real issues.

But instead of pointing out to solutions, they are just accepting defeat, just like if the problem was terminal.
But is not terminal.
There is nothing wrong with the hardware.
This device is probably one of the best in is class.
The problem is the firmware not being correctly optimized for the memory management.
(I particularly don't like and don't use Custom Roms).
And using some tweaks I made my phone run JB smoother and faster than GB did.
Jelly Bean outweighs Ginger Bread in so many ways.
Even with any possible flaws it is still a better experience.
JB goodies changed the way I use my phone.
*Google Voice
*Google Now
*Google Keep
*Google Chrome
*and camera with zoom.
Are just some things that I would really miss without JB.

So I wouldn't be influenced or discouraged by a lousy article.
From a webpage that refuses to post comments in reply to the article...
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You said it better than I did. That article was very poorly written.

Don't be discouraged guys. One thing I WOULD recommend after upgrading to Jelly Bean however is to install Nova Launcher. Touchwiz Nature UX on this firmware is pretty laggy.

Rooting can help, but it's not a must unless you're a real heavy user.
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Hey Smokey,

Your tutorial was really helpful man!
I followed the same steps moved to MB4 first and then MC8(BTU) and its working awesome. I have got 600+ RAM.

Btw, I am in Singapore but the phone is Polish, exported here and not through the regular telco/samsung channels and its working fine.

Thanks man.

Cheers!
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from:PINAS-triger how to flash cm8?using odin again?
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how to flash cm8?
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Flashing Stock Jelly Bean
MB2/MB4 and MC8

6-Now you can flash the MC8 firmware.

-To flash MC8 is only One package that you insert in "PDA".
(No partition/No pit file) and the dll file in the folder is not needed on Odin.


#: If you are updating your phone from the "TMN MC8 Rom" to the new "MC8 BTU".
All you need to do is flash the new firmware straight on top of the old firmware and remember to do a factory reset in recovery mode after updating your phone.
hi smokey,
how do i know if im updating from "TMN MC8 Rom" ??

and also how to backup my phone on step 1? do i need to use kies??
sorry new to android.
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how do i know if im updating from "TMN MC8 Rom" ??

and also how to backup my phone on step 1? do i need to use kies??
sorry new to android.
Hi @DarnJhud,
Welcome to Android.

*To find out the Android firmware you are using on your phone:
Just go in "Settings / About device" and you find the:
-Android version:
-Baseband version:
-Kernel version:
-Build number:

*To find out if you are updating from the "TMN JB MC8 Rom" all you need to do is look for the TMN bloatware. Or reboot your phone and you will see the TMN logo in the boot animation.

*Backup your phone:
-you can backup your phone with Kies.
-You can use Google to backup your contacts, and apps from the play store will come back again as well.
-You can also connect your phone to your pc and "copy" all folders from both internal and external storage to your pc... (pictures,movies,music,etc.).

Or if your phone is already rooted?
You can do the backup with any dedicated app, like: "Titanium backup"...

I hope all goes well for you.
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thank you sir smokey, no im not rooted yet. but im planning to follow ur guide to easy root

last question b4 i start wat version of Odin do i need on Ace 2?

Edit: don't mind my question sir Smokey.
already on JB thank you for your guide!

will now try to root my device on your other post. will give you my feedback when im done.
thanks again God Bless you
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New unbranded firmware released today:

Model: GT-I8160
Country: Germany
Version: Android 4.1.2
Changelist: 1106830
Build date: Mon, 03 Jun 2013
Product Code: DBT
PDA: I8160XXMF1
CSC: I8160OXXMF1
MODEM: I8160XXMF1


To obtain 624mb ram:
- You need to flash (MB2/MB4+PIT) first.
If you already have 624mb ram?
- Than all you need is to flash the (MF1) on top of the firmware you already using.
- You can also flash the (MF1) on top of the (MC8) with 624mb ram.
And the Ram values remain the same.

Unverified:
...Apparently you can flash this on top of a (Clean GB Rom) and obtain 624mb ram.
(But that is something I can't verify).

Beware:
If you reverted from JB to GB before and try to flash this now without the (MB2/MB4+PIT).
(You will only get 482mb ram), and that is even if you use Kies.

Performance:
*The Rom feels stable and with some little differences from the (MC8).
"There is a second boot loader"
*Noticed little less lag to start
*Downside is that there is no shortcut icons on the lock screen.

...So I'm back to the MC8 again.
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I grabbed widget locker myself to replace lock screen. Regret it now as it's very buggy. Shame I can't get refund. :-(

Figures that Germany would get a newer build with better optimisation. :-\
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Do you think this may be rolled out in the uk for every-one via Kies?
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New unbranded firmware released today:

Model: GT-I8160
Country: Turkey
Version: Android 4.1.2
Changelist: 1016990
Build date: Thu, 30 May 2013 15:57:50 +0000
Product Code: TUR
PDA: I8160XXME7
CSC: I8160OJVME2
MODEM: I8160XXME7

* Is older than the German Rom.
* The ME7 "Changelist: 1016990" is identical to the MC8.
* But apparently there are some changes in the slide down task bar. (Audiophile) shortcuts.
And the lock screen have shortcuts like the MC8.
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Hi smoke its beenn a long time
Anyway which of the two unbranded firmware is more stable turkey or the german
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Hi @triger,
The German Rom is the newest but for me is not better.
I didn't try the Turkish Rom yet...
Only compared the "Changelist:" that is the exact same as the MC8.
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Hi ACE 2 users
Recommend you ME7 firmware
unfortunate it is not for every ACE 2 phone as these are different somehow
Some folks like new MF1 and others like ME7
Just a goodwill to u all
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New firmware for O2 Ireland.

Model: GT-I8160
Country: Ireland (O2)
Version: Android 4.1.2
Changelist: 1106830
Build date: Mon, 03 Jun 2013 09:19:26 +0000
Product Code: O2I
PDA: I8160XXMF1
CSC: I8160O2IMF1
MODEM: I8160XXMF1

Looks like is branded firmware.
But is interesting that O2 choose the MF1 instead of the MC8...
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New firmware for O2 Ireland.

Model: GT-I8160
Country: Ireland (O2)
Version: Android 4.1.2
Changelist: 1106830
Build date: Mon, 03 Jun 2013 09:19:26 +0000
Product Code: O2I
PDA: I8160XXMF1
CSC: I8160O2IMF1
MODEM: I8160XXMF1

Looks like is branded firmware.
But is interesting that O2 choose the MF1 instead of the MC8...
Oooo, O2 branded?? I'd be tempted to give that a spin as I'm an O2 customer anyway and it seems like they're using the more stable firmware.

That being said my phone seems to be stable with the setup I have on it so it's probably not really with messing around with Odin some more. Besides, on my next upgrade in just under 2 years time I'll be looking at the Nexus 4 or whatever the equivalent is by then.
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So sm0key those new release jb firware which one is m0st stable
I mean n0 more frezing on stock web browser tanks 4 ur advices
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New firmware...

Model: GT-I8160
Country: Luxembourg
Version: Android 4.1.2
Changelist: 1106830
Build date: Mon, 03 Jun 2013 09:19:26 +0000
Product Code: LUX
PDA: I8160XXMF1
CSC: I8160LUXMF1
MODEM: I8160XXMF1
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2 releases in the same day:

Model: GT-I8160
Country: Germany (E-Plus)
Version: Android 4.1.2
Changelist: 1106830
Build date: Mon, 03 Jun 2013 09:19:26 +0000
Product Code: EPL
PDA: I8160XXMF1
CSC: I8160EPLMF1
MODEM: I8160XXMF1

Looks like the (MF1) is the winner for choice...
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followed the guide, is this correct?

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4-open Odin and insert the "PIT file, PDA file and CSC file".
because on those packages there is no PDA just CODE and CSC, and my phone now has this:

Phone: unknown
IMEI: unknown
Baseband: unknown

I tryied flashing back to GB but still, problem persist, Please I need answers asap
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followed the guide, is this correct?



because on those packages there is no PDA just CODE and CSC, and my phone now has this:

Phone: unknown
IMEI: unknown
Baseband: unknown

I tryied flashing back to GB but still, problem persist, Please I need answers asap
??? Can you explain what you did???
The question or explanation you posted is too vague to understand...

...I assume you are talking about (MB2/MB4+PIT) ???
If so...
- Place the PIT file (I provided) in PIT.
- CSC file in CSC.
- And the remaining file in PDA.

If you are flashing any other firmware ?
It will be only one package (md5) and you place it in PDA on Odin...

*Please read the instructions and the guides provided before you try to flash firmware.
*Follow the instructions carefully and if you have questions or doubts???
(Ask first before you do anything).

Beware, if your phone is from (Hong Kong)? Than you have a problem.
Phones from Hong Kong are different and the radios operate differently from the rest of the world phones...
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I need to stress this point again guys..

Even with guides present if you're not 100% confident you know EXACTLY what you're doing then DON'T DO IT! Jelly Bean update is just not worth it. If you approach flashing via Odin half-baked not sure of what you're doing then there's every chance you WILL brick your phone and/or cause way more harm than good.

Just because guides are on here to help you manually flash firmware via Odin it's still not the recommended method. Advanced users only, you could say.

If you still insist on manually flashing then read up. When you think you've read up enough read some more. Then read up a little extra. Then when you've read till your eyes are bleeding look up videos on YouTube. Read your phone's manual. Get a complete understanding of it. Watch YouTube reviews and demos of it. Study Odin. Learn exactly what it is and how it works. Learn the different firmware components. What they are and what they do. Once you think you've learned all you can double-check, research some more and try to learn that little bit extra.

That sound like a lot of work to you? Then just don't bother at all because it's quite honestly not worth the hassle. Helps if you're quite the techie and pick up on these things fast. Many people may report success stories but that's because they're careful and know what they're doing. Manually flashing firmware is still incredibly risky and potentially dangerous to your phone.

Also don't root if you don't know why your rooting or exactly what the benefits are. Rooting, if done incorrectly can also risk bricking your device and even if successful voids your warranty so be prepared for those consequences. Of your phone goes funny, you'll get no replacements or support if you're rooted. Unrooting can solve this but if you're unsure better not to root in the first place.

Apologies with the long lecture but with a few people mentioning things going wrong it felt worth repeating.
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Thanks for the guide Smokey, managed to upgrade fine to JB with 624MB.

I think the only bit that caught me out was your point 4)

4-open Odin and insert the "PIT file, PDA file and CSC file".
(Remember to extract the files from the zip folders before you use them in Odin)


when using Odin 3.07 and picking the PDA and CSC files. As I'd extracted them I was getting errors over picking the individual .md5 files - when I picked the actual unzipped .tar files I had it worked a treat.
Then upgraded with the one file at part 6 for MC8 fine.
Rooted fine, then added Nova Launcher to use instead of Samsung one which I had on my old custom rom'd Huawei Ascend.
Phones running great - thanks for this guide as its been so useful.
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Thank you for your feedback @groucho78.

I should have chosen better words to describe the unzipping the folders instead of extracting...

Will correct the thread.
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anyone tried those new update? will u give us ur feedback please..
is it better than cm8?

and also how do we screenshot in cm8?
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JB Philippines has arive i seen it on sam mobile but n0 ota or kies update why o why huhu. .
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