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What is the baseband and do i need to update mine?

I have a Samsung galaxy note which I've rooted and installed Cyanogenmod. I've always been using Cyanogenmod and always used the inbuilt updater. My radio has been giving me trouble. For example I ...
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Asus Transformer Infinity Pad (TF700KL) how to cold boot (enter Recovery Mode)

I have a TF700KL bought from Vodafone. I am unable to go into Recovery mode. I've found some links telling me how to do this, such as the one on the XDA-Developers site: ...
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What Are The Differences Between Samsung Firmware Version For Countries In The Same Region?

Sorry for the dumb question - I really am a noob at this. I have just bought a brand new SIM-free Galaxy S4 Mini LTE GT-i9195. I am in the UK, but the phone has French CSC installed (code XEF). From ...
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firmware for samsung galaxy s 2

After installing a custom rom my Samsung Galaxy S2 it stopped working and showing only the logo with a yellow warning sign. now I can't get to cwm recovery mode, i can only go into downloading mode. ...
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How to recover stock firmware on the Galaxy Note 3

How do I restore stock firmware. I have firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies and try again. I am using KIES 3 because I have a Samsung Note 3 N900A and it ...
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Are there region specific hardware differences to GT-N8000?

Are there region specific hardware differences to the GT-N8000, or is a GT-N8000 the same device no matter where you live? I thought Samsung's model names (GT-I9300, SM-G900F, GT-N8000) were a safe ...
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Restoring Samsung GT-P1000 to original firmware

I spent the past several hours reading and reading. I tried to upgrade this Tablet to Jellybean, now the Tablet only reaches the Samsung glowing screen. I tried several fixes to no avail, my first ...
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Installing Honeycomb 3.2 on ZT-180 Android Tablets

I have Zenithink ZT-180 Android tablet. I want to install Honeycomb 3.2 There are some firmwares on http://www.zenithink.com/Eproducts_ZT180-102.php?download But I am new to Android. Is it posssible ...
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Completely wiping all contents and storage in SmartQ T10 tablet. No Recovery, no CWM, no ADB

I wanna hard reset my SmartQ T10 so memory and internal storage become fully deleted, but my device does not have such option in Settings, nor there is ClockWorkMod Recovery released for it. I did ...
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USB to Ethernet Device driver does not work in android

On Ubuntu Linux, i cross-compiled USb to Ethernet driver from kernel source tree in drivers/net/usb/smsc75xx.c for android kernel. The cross-compilation worked fine and i was able to insert the ...
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update.zip just for fixing file permissions, possible?

I soft bricked my colorfly g808 by following this guide (Japanese) http://bl.oov.ch/2012/12/android-421-mvno-sim.html I didnt do it using adb shell but using a terminal emulator in the phone itself, ...
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Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 bootloop even after flashing rom

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note GT N7000 India. It rebooted automatically the day before yesterday and then it got stuck at the Logo screen. I have downloaded and flashed it with ...
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Which CP & CSC code choose to install stock rom Galaxy S3 i9300

I am installing stock rom because of get warranty back (now i am running Archidroid). I don't know which firmware I should choose. My actual region code is XEF (stock recovery is saying that it's ...
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Kies dies when trying to update Galaxy Note firmware

I downloaded and installed Kies in my Windows 7 laptop. (Toshiba Satellite.) I plug the phone in the USB, it is recognized and its storage shows in Explorer. Then I run Kies. It says there is a ...
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Prestigio Multipad 8.0 HD Tablet Stuck On Installing Update

I have been attempting to fix this tablet for like 3 hours. I have managed to get into recovery after 1 hour. The volume buttons were messed up. Now I am flashing the official firmware from the SD ...
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Upgrading chinese tablet from ICS to Jelly bean

I recently bought a Chinese tablet. It is cheap. The name of the tablet is Soulycin S8 Elite Edition. I want to upgrade it from ICS to jelly bean. Please help me.
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Firmware upgrade encountered error when going into Recovery Mode

My Galaxy GT-N8000 is showing this message Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies and try again. I cannot enter into recovery mode. It keeps showing the same ...
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Will updating to Android 5.0 cause my phone to lose all its application data ? If so, how can I prevent this?

I own a Nexus 5, and I wish to update the device firmware from Android 4.4.4 to Android 5.0. When I do this, will it wipe all my phone data (i.e. essentially perform a factory reset) ? I know that my ...
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Difference between GINGERBREAD.DDLJ1 and GINGERBREAD.DDMA3 build number on Samsung Galaxy Y Duos?

I am using Samsung Galaxy Y Duos phone. Today, my phone showed the notification for software update. So, I clicked on it and installed the updates. The update was more than 12 MB in size. Before ...
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TCL Idol X (s950) stuck in bootloop, after flashing new firmware

I have flashed new firmware on my phone TCL Idol X (s950) and now the phone won't boot anymore :( It starts but then it ends up with the bootlogo. I can access it with adb shell but it is read only ...
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Does the IR Blaster on an Android phone receive as well as send?

Is the IR Blaster communication two-way or only one-way? I have seen many remote control apps for my Android phone but none that learn from an existing remote.
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Rooting issues Fire 7 HD (screenshots)

Description Using various methods, I've come to some terminal points in my android rooting process and thought up a number of questions as a result. I've used two PC's to attempt this, both PC's ...
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How do I send my own IR signal the with IR blaster?

How do I send my own IR signal with the IR blaster? I have a projector that came with an IR remote that doesn't have an app already. I want to program my galaxyS4 to control it. I have IR receivers ...
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display problem after reset in s duos

When I had reset my s duos , Then after turning on it asked me to connect wifi,after I skipped it ..it asked for time,language.and then asked to start .when I clicked on start ,then a black screen ...
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Samsung GT-I5510 custom recovery [duplicate]

I was looking around for installing a custom recovery and then a custom firmware on my old phone, but I couldn't any links that were still available and not adware ridden, can anyone give me some ...
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Modifying Samsung ROM and flashing it on a device

I downloaded a Samsung firmware for my Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (SM-T230) device and would like to remove certain applications and files from the firmware and then load it into the mobile device using ...
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Boot hangs after firmware update

I flashed my Samsung Galaxy Ace (GT-S5830) with the Cyanogenmod 7.2 release, the install went fine without any errors. Powering the phone on shows a black screen with the word "ANDROID" in white, ...
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Samsung Galaxy S stuck upgrading firmware. Should I unplug my phone? Should I keep on waiting?

I tried to upgrade my firmware on my Samsung Galaxy S using Kies The Firmware upgrade appears to have gotten stuck. Kies says Upgradeing firmware... Do not disconnect a mobile device from the PC ...
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Rooted Nexus 4 wants to update

I got the problem that my Nexus sometimes wants to update to 4.2.1 although the system update menu says the newest version is installed (4.2). When I let the update do what it wants and it reboots, ...
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Validate a OTA.zip

Can i validate a ota.zip for my phone? I want to check, if a downloaded OTA from somewhere origins to the manufacurer. I thought about signatures.
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Firmware upgrade gone wrong

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 (SPH-D710) and was trying to do a firmware upgrade through Kies and the upgrade encountered an error (I think the usb cable came loose and lost connection). After that, when ...
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Why are there different versions of each firmware for different country?

For example why is there different version of the same fimware but for different countries? e.g. version 2.1 for Canada, version 2.1 for US, version 2.1 for international/generic. What does ...
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Unpack initramfs.cpio.gz (boot.img) from MTK6589 phone?

I can't find a proper tool to unpack boot.img from GravityMod2. both unmkbootimg and split_bootimg.pl are able to extract same fileset (kernel, 4280320 bytes and ramdisk, 633284 bytes). I think the ...
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Samsung galaxy s3 update installs strange applications

today i updated software to latest, it took around 148 mb to update and when finished, i started getting 4 new apps apps are as below, mytaxi app kaufDA app pizza.de app Bild app wondering why ...
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How to factory reset android (4.1) tablet without boot menu?

My 8-year old son have a Denver TAC-76001, he loves testing settings etc. After setting a pin-code password he cannot recall the code. Since we cannot start the tablet I have tried make a factory ...
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“install zip from sd card” missing on Samsung Ace

When I go into the recovery mode I am missing the option "install zip from sd card". I have installed the Android 2.3.6 DDKQ8 Fimware (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L_w-MNxAzE). How can I get this ...
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Is it possible to modify the firmware used when the device is turned off?

On (at least) some Samsung devices there is some piece of software that runs when the device is turned off. It is the one that displays the battery state when charging, along with the red/green ...
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How to perform update on S6102B, since updating from settings or from Kies software is bugged?

Last month I was noticed that a firmware update is available for my GT-S6102B, a mobile phone named Samsung Galaxy Y Duos, but: When I try to update from settings (settings > about > update > update ...
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looking for a kernel hack

I have am Samsung g4 with borked code and for forensics and repair reasons, I need to extract/pull a copy of the running kernel from the /boot sector which is only accessible via Odin. I have the ...
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S4 NFC tag connection lost problem after firmware update

I wrote an app to read some RFID-Cards an everything works fine. In last few month samsung/mobile carrier updated the firmware on S4 devices. The consequence is that on some phones the app still works ...
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Extract data from encrypted Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Android device

I have the US Samsung Galaxy Note 8 GT-N5110 and last night I downloaded and installed the latest kitkat firmware. After I unlock the phone (I have full encryption on), it just goes to a black screen. ...
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How to unpack boot.img so that I can edit it?

I have extracted boot.img from android box firmware. I want to edit boot.img, I used android Kitchen start.bat command and followed the instructions. After executing the command, it gives error Please ...
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Has my android tablet died?

For the Past two weeks my Chinese android tablet had been causing a lot of problems. The apps kept crashing and device had to be restarted over and over again. So I did a factory reset, and it worked ...
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Any New (not low end) phones using Froyo (or Froyo-style software system)?

Considering the bugs I've heard about the newer Androids (battery life, GPS and distance etc), and the fact that Froyo/gingerbread have better menu systems (larger, with text, not a toolbar), as well ...
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Always get android updates instantly

A Nexus 5, for example, receives the latest android updates instantly. Is it possible to get this pure version of android on any custom android phone (like Galaxy S3)? Do note I DO NOT mean: ...
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Problems Connecting Asus Transformer TF101 to Mac OS X 10.92

Please bear with me if this is an insipid question, but I am not able to connect my Asus tablet to my Mac. It has been recommended that I go and download the USB drivers for the tablet here. Seemed ...
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Heimdall Failed to confirm end of file transfer sequence!

I have problem flashing my galaxy core SYSTEM with Heimdall using system.img.ext4 ~/Desktop/lll$ sudo heimdall flash --SYSTEM system.img.ext4 Heimdall v1.4.0 Copyright (c) 2010-2013, ...
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Why is an android ROM device specific? [duplicate]

Why does an android ROM designed for one android device doesn't work in another android device.Which part of the ROM is responsible for this and what would happen if I install it this way?
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Remove KNOX from a pre-installed Samsung Galaxy Note II

How should one remove KNOX from a pre-installed Samsung Galaxy Note II or similar? As I understand it, Samsung's official instructions for removing KNOX do not even remove the KNOX installer, but ...
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Huawei Y210d Firmware Flashing Failed

I have an Huawei Ascend y210d on which I installed CWM recovery. After that I installed a custom ROM, but now I want to flash its official firmware. But its official firmware is not installing. It ...