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I can't boot my Galaxy Tab 8.9 / P7300 anymore, but Odin still detects a USB connection. So I'm trying to flash a new ROM onto it using Odin. However all I can find on the web are ZIP archives containing boot.img, META-INF etc, while Odin apparently needs .tar or .tar.md5 files.

Can I convert one into the other, or is my idea completely wrong?

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.zip files are generally flashable from recovery, Odin's .tars are indeed a completely different format. If flashing a kernel you can convert them relatively easily (thought I won't get into it here) but it won't work for a whole ROM. You'll need to find an Odin package. XDA is your best bet, but see also: Where can I find stock or custom ROMs for my Android device?

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(to OP) If you want to have a custom Rom running Jelly bean you can look over here: CWM recovery, Cyanogenmod 10 Jelly Bean nightly builds are here –  ce4 Nov 18 '12 at 0:43
    
Got it working again, thanks guys. –  Wolfgang Stengel Nov 18 '12 at 10:59

Anyone reading this that is also late to the discussion: If you found the Zipped Rom in question on XDA, it was probably originally a tar file that someone renamed zip in order to use a file hosting website with a restriction against tar files. (As this simple rename just worked for me.)

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You can tar all the content. Then, you can use it with Odin.

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How does he do this? Instructions would be useful. –  Peanut Jan 19 at 15:10

Use 7-Zip to unzip and repackage as .tar file (the same way as you'd zip files)

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This is just plain wrong advice. The OP obviously found a ROM that is designed to be flashed with a custom Recovery (CWM, TWRP, etc.) Re-packaging a *.zip into a *.tar will not produce an Odin/Heimdall flash-able image. –  Chahk Jul 15 at 14:04

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