kies/nps - updating firmwareSupport

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  1. JohnW

    JohnW Active Member


    Question re: Kies/NPS and firmware from a noob.

    My Galaxy Portal on 3 Mobile is as follows:

    2.6.29 root@SES611 #2

    At some stage when I have more time, I will root the phone (as per Beerkan's guide). (How long does it take btw?)

    Before this however, will the Kies (or NPS) software allow me to upgrade the phone 'officially' to a higher/better/faster (baseband?) version ?

    I've been browsing these forums since I got the phone in June and following most of Beerkan's posts, and I get the impression that there are upgrades I can do to my without having to root. Is this correct?

    Apologies if I've got the wrong of the stick ....



  2. r4ge

    r4ge Member

    I did a re-install last night & in total took me about half an hour.

    I did the following

    Install JH6 Via Odin
    root phone via Odin
    Install Samdroid Kitchen via recovery
    Install Samdroid Turbo FE8 via recovery

    If you want to get the most out of your phone, I think your better off updating & rooting via Beerkans guide.
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  3. JohnW

    JohnW Active Member

    Yes I understand and I do intend to root at some stage, just not right now.

    In the meantime, is there anything else I can do using Kies/NPS to upgrade firmware/baseband ?


  4. r4ge

    r4ge Member

    As far as i'm aware, you've got the most up to date firmware using kies or nps.
  5. Beerkan

    Beerkan Well-Known Member

    I think Kies/NPS only updates to baseband JC1. The current baseband is JD1.

    You will only get this by using the Odin method, and suggested in the first part of my root guide.

    Rooting takes less than 1 hour.
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  6. JohnW

    JohnW Active Member

    Ok, thanks for info Beerkan. All is clear!

    1 hour to root eh? Looking more & more attractive. I've only got 5Mb of disk space left....

  7. Beerkan

    Beerkan Well-Known Member

    S'pleasure Sir.. doffs cap..
    Just be sure to read my Quicke Backup Guide as mentioned in the Root Guide, before you begin.
  8. JohnW

    JohnW Active Member

    OK, so before I take the plunge, I should add that i've written single line of code ever (even BASIC wasnt basic enough for me!).

    I can see that the ODIN step is probably the trickiest. Never used it before. Can you explain what it does and how much I need to know before using it?

  9. Beerkan

    Beerkan Well-Known Member

    Odin the the program that transfers the new firmware to your phone.

    The most important thing to do in Odin, is ensure you check the relevant boxes before upgrading

    Within Odin Left hand side window
    [x] One Package
    [x] Reboot (ticked)
    [x] Protect OPS (ticked)
    [x] Reset Time (ticked) 300
    [ ] Debug (not ticked)

    Refer to both the video and the guide instrutions and you should have po problem.
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  10. JohnW

    JohnW Active Member

    Cheers Beerkan.

    I've taken the plunge this afternoon. Backed everything up to SD, then copied to USB stick and PC, updated baseband to JD1 and then rooted as per your guide.

    But a bit confused as to next steps.

    I cooked up a Samdroid Kitchen rom and applied - no problem.

    But then... the Samdroid Turbo/Frozen Eclair stage .... I seem to have applied Samdroid Turbo V10. But how do I get Frozen Eclair?

    This post/guide isnt so clear:

    -={ SAMDROID TURBO }=-

    Do I install Samdroid Turbo Kernel V10 .... oh hang on.... DOH!

    I see.... Frozen Eclair V9 Beta 1 gives me Samdroid Turbo V10....


    Apart from re-installing everything (to SD card!!! - went for 386Mb partition in end) anything else I need to do?

    I assume RECOVERY and ODIN are simply 2 methods of installing stuff, yes?


  11. Beerkan

    Beerkan Well-Known Member

    Whenever you install a Samdroid Mod, I'd immediatley clear the Cache and Davlik cache via Recovery Screen.

    The phone will take a little longer to boot, but once booted will return to normal, and fast boot.
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  12. JohnW

    JohnW Active Member

    OK, so here's what I did FWIW:

    Starting with:
    - 2.1-update1
    - i570EXXJC1
    - 2.6.29 root@SES611 #2

    - backed up all Contacts, Apps and SMSs (and copied all to PC)
    - rooted as per guide
    - then decided to upgrade baseband to JD1 (from JC1) so re-followed guide but from very beginning, i.e. upgraded firmware then rooted
    - cooked and installed a Samdroid Kitchen Mod (ZIP file) via Recovery
    - installed Frozen Eclair v9 beta 1 (ZIP file) via Recovery
    - was then going to install Samdroid Turbo but accidently discovered that Turbo V10 came with Frozen Eclair v9
    - reinstalled Apps, restored SMSs (perfect!), synced back Contacts

    Q. Your instruction re: SD partitioning was a little confusing:
    "Choose what size you want your Apps Partition (256Mb to 1Gb)
    Make 1024M ext2 on SD"
    The apps partition is ext2, right? If this is the case, then why do you say to "make 1024M on ext2" after giving the option to actually "choose what size you want..."
    or have I got that wrong somehow???

    Q. And does your instruction assume a 1 or 2Gb SD card?

    Mine is a standard Samung 1 Gb card. According to AppBrain I have about 65-70 apps (about 65 Mb worth - not much)

    With that in mind, I went for the 384Mb ext2 partition size, thinking that that would be ample.

    Now, according to Samdroid Tools under Apps2SD:
    SD card = 300107 KB free (sounds about right ... 384Mb-70 Mb ish = 300
    Internal Storage = 71192 Kb free - dont understand this!!!!

    Q. How come I only have 70Mb left on internal storage? Does SD FAT32 partition have to done separately to ext2 when in Recovery??

    Q. Apps2SD.... Using Estrings Explorer, /system/sd is empty, but apps are in /system/app/. Does this mean they are on the phone or on the SD card ? (i know that looks like a daft question...)

    Q. typically, where is gaming and/or general app data held? (high scores etc)

    Q. is it possible to get Adobe Flash v10.1 working?

    Q. you are right about the slow boot times, having not cleared the caches immediately after Samdroid Kitchen Mod installation. Is it OK to clear the caches now? (what is the davlik cache btw?)

    Q. I notice that system still a bit 'laggy' when running Live Wallpapers (whcih are vrye nice of course), so anything else I need to speed things up ?

    Q. where can I get original Android 2.1 wallpapers from ?

    Many thanks again Beerkan,

  13. JohnW

    JohnW Active Member

    bumping... (now that Beerkan is back is town ;) :D )

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