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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by mikeau, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. mikeau

    mikeau Lurker
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    Hi there,

    I've just bought a second hand galaxy and really want to update it to the latest firmware asap but aren't exactly confident. I've read quite a few threads on the different firmwares etc but have a few questions that I was hoping someone could help me with..

    Firstly, I only want to update to 'official' firmwares at the moment so the latest ones would be k4 and l3? My main concern is that it's said they come from Italy and China respectively, so what does that mean in terms of the language used etc? The only thing i've been able to partly figure out is that you can not include the csc file and therefore you wont get any of the extra country/carrier specific stuff?

    Also, are there seperate firmwares for the main phone and the camera?

    Thanks for any help you can give me.

    Cheers,
    Mike.
     

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  2. sparklehedgehog

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    you bought a second one voluntarily?! and had you used the first one?! :eek:

    oh dear.....

    .....some people never learn! :rolleyes:
     
  3. Rastaman-FB

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    give it a rest

    hes new here and probably hasnt seen all the stuff weve been working out
     
  4. Kouske

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    He bought a second hand galaxy not a second galaxy.

    And to your question - I figure it doesn't really matter to what firmware you upgrade as long as you don't include the csc file. I flashed to II5 + galaxhero and it worked fine for me. When I flashed to IK5 my phone booted in Italian but I just changed it back to english through settings and it worked great.
     
  5. sparklehedgehog

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    oh yeah sorry.....

    samsung has left a scar thats all

    :mad:
     
  6. kam187

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    Lol calmn down. A Second hand galaxy is actually VERY good value for money. Its us that bought it at 400+ EUR that should be upset :)

    Anyway to answer the question...

    If you don't know already the letter stands for the month - so A = january, B = febuary etc, and the number is the build number (higher is newer).

    L3 is a leaked firmware and although it looks completly genuine it may not be.
    IK5 is the latest official firmware released from samsung.

    ALL firmware are identical regadless of which country or region they come from.

    The CSC is a set of customisations which run AFTER the first boot. These install extra languages and wallpapers etc. These are what differ between regions.

    All european languages are installed by default (the same you expect to find on another other phone like a nokia), regardless of the CSC.

    Unless there is something specific you want in the CSC, its usually better for you to take the latest firmware available, remove the CSC and flash it.

    The only other consideration is that without a CSC NPS will never offer you an update. But to be honest NPS isnt even worth installing. You will see updates here weeks before you will on NPS for your own region.

    Hope that helps.
     
  7. porga

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    How to remove CSC? Does ik5 has croatian lang support. Is it worth installing?
     
  8. kam187

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    Download jzip, and then open the tar file. Click on 'cache' and delete it
     
  9. sparklehedgehog

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    luckily i bought mine 2nd hand too so wont be losing much when i sell it this week ready for the HTC Desire when it turns up

    :p
     
  10. mikeau

    mikeau Lurker
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    Thank you very much, thats exactly what i needed to know.

    And yeah i got the phone very cheap indeed, around $250 US and its basically brand new, still in the packaging. :D
     
  11. mikeau

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    Ok i managed to get the drivers working and root the phone. I downloaded the IK5 firmware from the stickied firmware thread, deleted the cache file and re .tar'd it. Started the phone in download mode, opened Odin etc and it failed. I had to take the battery out to get it out of the download mode.

    This is what it said in Odin..
    <1> Added!!!
    <1> Detected!!!
    <1> odin mode.. check platform verification.
    <1> START!!!
    <1> odin mode.. do file mapping..
    <1> check download environment.
    <1> e - big partition size!!
    <1> Delete Comm3engine


    Someone please help? :thinking:
     
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  13. mikeau

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    Just tried it on a completely different pc with windows xp 32bit instead of 7 x64 and exactly the same problem. grrrr :mad:
     
  14. Kouske

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    Before you try anything else I suggest you wait for kam to help you. Bricking a new phone doesn't sound like fun to me, and from what I figure taking the battery out during odin isn't a good thing...
     
  15. mikeau

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    If it helps any..

    Baseband Version: I7500DFII3
    Kernel Version: 2.6.27 hyunchul0221.jung@SE-S402 #1
    Build Number: 76XXCSDCBALUM6375

    Also, would it have mattered that i unzipped the .tar file, deleted the cache file and then compressed the remaining files back to a .tar instead of just opening the archive in 7zip and deleting the file from there?

    And Kam, i'll do anything ;) ;)
     
  16. mikeau

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    Ok i re downloaded and redid everything and this time it worked, hooooray.

    One more question though, now that i flashed the ik5 firmware, will the custom recovery stuff i put on earlier have been overwritten?
     
  17. nightcrow

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    Yes it is. Basically after you've flashed any rom using Odin you have to reflash the recovery image. You'll find it to be easier every time you do ;)
     

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