- refers to the build version of the firmware
refers to the baseband/modem version
is the consumer software customisation and is specific to geographical region and carriers.
It contains the software packages specific to that region, carrier branding and also APN settings for data connection, MMS etc for your service provider. It has nothing to do with what languages the firmware supports and it will not add keyboard language support either.
refers to the partition information table you only need it if you screw up your partition table or if the firmware specifically
requires it because of a change in the partition table layout. It's very likely you may never have to use this.
If the package only contains one .tar archive then it will have everything, pda+phone+csc, in the one file.
If it has multiple .tar archive then:
The .tar with modem in the name is the phone/baseband bit of the package
.tar with csc/multi-csc in the name is the csc bit of the package
.tar with code/PDA in the name is the PDA part of the firmware package
If this is the case you will need to put these .tar archives in the specific areas of Odin to flash the update
The stock kernels are to be used to restore the kernel version after rooting and are not needed for updating the firmware.
You do not need to root or unroot the device to update the firmware.
Please ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies doesn't like Odin, it's like the big brother who's
always jealous that his little brother is getting to flash all the phones so he starts to flash block.
Regarding change logs.
Samsung thinks firmware should be like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.
Flashing Firmware with Odin
1. Down the desired firmware version and unzip it
2. Reboot your phone to download mode.
To get download mode shut down the device. After it shuts off completely simultaneously press the Down volume key+ Home button + press the power button .
You should see a warning asking you to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, press volume up. You are now in download mode!
3. Start Odin
4. Click on the PDA button and browse to the .tar or .tar.md5 file that you extracted in step 1
If the package has more than one .tar archive then they will be labelled with PDA, Phone/Modem and CSC. Just put them in the corresponding section of Odin
5. DO NOT PUT .PIT FILE AND DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT TICK REPARTITION.
Should look like this screenshot
Regardless of firmware version it's still the same methodology
6. Connect the USB cable and wait for the ID:COM section to turn yellow
7. Click start to flash
8. Do not disconnect the cable or turn off the device, it will reboot when it finishes.
9. You will lose root so just re-root with the guide below
By Intratech - 18/04/2012
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