God is in the details…

Upgrading a Samsung 8.9 [GT-P7300] to ICS or Jelly Bean

Re-loading a PC’s OS is nothing when compared to upgrading the OS on a Samsung Tablet. I must’ve read about a thousand posts/guides on how to do this, of which about ten, actually got me about halfway. Then I managed to find the missing steps on YouTube.

And, to make it even more fun, I have an old outdated Tablet, I mean the thing is like REALLY OLD, must be at least 3 years old. Sometimes companies product lines evolve so fast, that as you open the box to retrieve your ‘new’ purchase, an article is being typed up to advise that the product has been end of lifed and is no longer supported.

I’m sure that by the end of Decemebr we’ll be on version 26544165165164.02 of Firefox.

The Upgrade to ICS is relatively simple, you need 2 files, pretty much any version of Odin and the ICS Rom itself. Press the volume button down and then and the same time press and hold the power button. This will take you into the recovery mode, when the little Android robot appears, press the power button up twice.

This will take you into the Odin option. On your PC, open up Odin, check the AP box, point Odin at the Rom file [Should be in the form of a Tar file] – it will initialise and then you should be able to click start. Takes about 5 minutes from start to finish. – in case you get stuck

If you want to upgrade from ICS to Jelly Bean, I’d suggest seeing a therapist as you will need to get your hands on some prozac. This process is so different when compared to what I wrote above, it might as well be a different planet.

Jelly Bean requires installing a thing called a clockword mod, which is done the same way as you install ICS. Then you have to find a stable rom and its google apps brother – both will be in the form of Zip files which you access through the Clockwork mod menu. Something I learnt the hard way. You have to copy the zip files into the root of your SD card first, before you wipe the OS off. If like me you didn’t know this, you can then re-install the ICS rom in Bulgarian, then after 2 hours of trying to find the change language option, reboot and then install Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean then tells you that the keyboard doesn’t work and BOY is that fun trying to fix [it can’t be fixed by the way – you have to find a stable rom and then wipe and install it] – these guys have everything you need, and lots you won’t understand – like when I was able to make phone calls on my state of the ark tablet, but was not able to hang up the call.

If you are not faint of heart and like the term, dirty install, then this is something you might enjoy attempting, if not, then go rake up some leaves or something.


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