[International] Just Got My Note 3

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  1. deanoman99

    deanoman99 Member

    Coming from note 2 got note 3 this morning from amazon.co.uk
    the csc is N9005OLBBMI3 which is the Singapore version.
    My question is how can I flash the uk version
    Thanks in advance

  2. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby Guides Guide

    Hi deanoman99 that's really a rooting question. Moved here.
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  3. dynomot

    dynomot Well-Known Member

    Not a problem to do, but you will almost certainly (although not definitely) trip your Knox flag and invalidate your warranty. Not only that, but if you want to use your device for work in a BYOD (bring your own device) scenario you won't be able to. If you have never heard of Knox or are wondering what I'm going on about you should read this from the SGS4 forum, it is relevant to any device with Knox as the Note 3 has:


    Now if you still want to install UK firmware, here goes. You'll need a Windows PC, your Note 3 (fully charged), its USB cable, Kies 3 installed (for the drivers) and on the PC the Firmware, and a PC application called Odin.

    The firmware can be gotten from here, you will need to register, but it is worth it, it does take around two hours to download so set it going first, this is the latest UK firmware, unbranded for the Note 3 (SM-9005) :

    Latest firmware info

    SM-N9005 Galaxy Note 3
    PDA: N9005XXUDMJ7
    CSC: N9005OXADMJ4
    Added: 2013-11-05


    Firmwares | SamMobile

    Once downloaded (I always put it on the desktop) it will be a .zip file. You need to unzip it using WinRar or 7Zip and it is the .md5 or .md5.tar file you need to use in Odin later.

    Install Kies3 from here:


    Now once installed Kies3 can be shut down (make sure it is, it doesn't like Odin) you only need it for the drivers. Check in Windows task manager and close down even it's processes.

    Now download Odin (here is a copy of V3.07):


    Once all that is done take your Note 3 and go to Settings>general>about device and tap on the "Build number" info repeatedly until you get the toast notification saying "your a developer". Now go to settings>general>developer options (you've just unlocked this new option) and make sure USB debugging is ticked.

    Now on the PC as an administrator run the Odinv3.07 exe. It will look like this :


    Now turn off your Note 3 and after making sure it has completely shut down you need to turn it on again, but in "Download" mode (sometimes called "Odin mode". To do this press the home key, volume down and lastly power key all at the same time you will get a warning screen about installing a custom ROM, press up to continue and you'll get a picture of a green Android with the words "downloading do not turn off target."

    Then plug in your Note 3 and it will look like this, notice how the small box has turned blue with the text 0:[COM9] in the upper left corner and the dialog box at bottom left has "<ID:0/009> Added!!". The COM number does not matter, it is the blue and dialog box that does. This proves that Odin has successfully connected to your Note 3. Odin will look like this :


    Now the fun part. In Odin, leaving Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time ticked AND NOTHING ELSE - VERY IMPORTANT got to the right hand side and tick PDA and click the button. Now locate the firmware you downloaded from Sammobile. It should be a ".tar" or ".tar.md5" The dialog box to the left will show it is checking the md5 (a checksum) once done THIS IS THE POINT OF NO RETURN. Should you change your mind unplug the phone and long press the power button on your phone until it restarts as normal after this there is no return. Now press Start bottom right in Odin and it will flash the firmware.

    The status bar at the top will turn green, fill and move on to the next section of firmware, the dialog box bottom right will show you what it is doing in real time. When it is all finished your phone will reboot and be as out of the box with the UK firmware on it.

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  4. deanoman99

    deanoman99 Member

    Thanks for the excellent reply
    Done all you said it didn't trip the knox counter and it did ota update

    ap n9005xxudmj7
    cp n9005xxudmj7
    csc n9005oxadmj4

    thanks again
  5. dynomot

    dynomot Well-Known Member

    Your welcome. I'm glad it all went well.
  6. Guys, thank you for posting this. I just want to ask a few question if thats ok. In another post i posted today, i mentioned that i had purchased a note 3 that had been rooted (didnt know this), it was originally locked to vodaphone, but has since been unlocked, I tried to do the OTA update and couldnt, and this is when i trigged about the phone being rooted, i tried to do upgrade the software via kies and couldnt initially , but since unmounting the sd card, i was able to upgrade the firmware via kies, which went successfully. I noticed that when the upgrade was in process the knox warranty had 0x1, and i am right in saying that my warranty is void ?

    I have followed the instructions and have downloaded the correct firmware from samMobile ( i have selected the unbranded firmware (BTU) hope this is correct. The phone has been unlocked from vodaphone so this is why i didnt select their firmware.

    If i was to flash the unbranded uk stock rom and everything went ok, is there any chance that the knox counter would reset to 0x0 , and i would have warranty cover, and be able to do OTA updates.

    Or, if this isnt the case, should i be returning this phone to the seller as i purchased this in good faith

    Thanks for your time

  7. dynomot

    dynomot Well-Known Member

    First things first, the seller tripped the knox flag by rooting it in the first place.

    You have installed the stock firmware for the UK which is exactly what I did from Vodafone branded software on my SGS4 this did not trip the the the Knox flag, this is why I am sure it is the seller that has not you.

    A tripped Knox flag may indeed have voided your warranty. It is a very "grey area". At the very least your Knox flag is permanently tripped and if you ever wanted to use your phone for secure email and the like at work in a BYOD scenario (Bring Your Own Device) you can't now do that. Some posters over at XDA forums have reported that a phone developing a fault with their Knox flags tripped (0x1 as apposed to untripped 0x0) have had their devices repaired under warranty, others have said Samsung have refused a warranty repair. I don't think even Samsung themselves have a policy on it. I would err on the side of caution and say your warranty is void if I had to.

    Take from this information what you will. Personally If I had paid for something that wasn't as advertised, as you have appeared to have done, I'd want my money back.

    *Added to post*

    Strictly speaking you should have downloaded Vodafone branded software, while I am still 100% certain it is not you that has tripped your Knox flag, with non Vodafone firmware I'm fairly certain you won't get OTA or Kies updates, although I could be wrong on this point.

    As a point of interest Vodafone have not sold a locked to their network phone since 2007, branded with their apps yes, but locked no. So if the initial rooting of the phone was an attempt to unlock it there was no need, it was never locked.
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  8. Thanks you for your terrific advice.

    `Just to clear things up, although i did download the (BTU) standard firmware, i havent yet attempted to install it yet, as i was waiting for some advice, which you have provided in you reply, which was to D/L The Vodaphone Rom (which i will do). I thought when people wanted unbranded firmware on ther phones, they D/L the Samsung Stock-rom for there advice, but this doesn't bother me too much as there is not much bloatware at all on the phone. .

    I noticed that the knox flag was tripped as after i managed to get kies to update the firmware to the current vodaphone stock, as the phone was booting up to revealing some info, i noticed the KNox warrant void had 0x1.


    The fact that the current firmware has now been installed Via Kies, would you suggest that i Re-Flash again to get rid of any lasting software that may still be on the phone from it being "Rooted", or is this just a waste of time.

    very best regards

  9. Gomjaba

    Gomjaba Well-Known Member

    Getting my N3 Monday but as long as you flash unchanged Stock firmware I doubt it will trip the Knox flag. My S4 came carrier locked and branded with a '3' CSC. I flashed stock BTU unbranded and after a factory rims set the devices CSC is now BTU as well and have received at least one OTA update since. No 0x1. In fact, my first BTU stock ROM was the leaked 4.3 and it didn't trip the flag.
  10. Gomjaba

    Gomjaba Well-Known Member

    BTW, one tip. Factory reset and wipe before flashing another firmware. I have a few apps now which somehow became stock - can't remove them now as the OS thinks they are part of the system.
  11. dynomot

    dynomot Well-Known Member

    Yes Gomjaba, you are quite correct. Flashing an equivalent (ie 4.3 to 4.3)stock will not trip the Knox flag.

    You cannot go back to an earlier firmware (4.2) as you'll end up with a (retrievable) boot looped device and Odin PC will throw up an error.

    The bottom line is flashing a stock, unrooted firmware using Odin PC will not trip the Knox flag, rooting probably will and installing a custom recovery definitely will. Tripping Knox voids the security warranty NOT the device warranty officially, getting it warranty repaired with a tripped Knox flag however may prove troublesome.

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