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?

  • (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
    Commented Nov 18, 2012 at 0:43
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    If you don't want to get into it here, maybe a short link would be of help for many people. See what ranking this page has in search engines. I guess a tool like 7zip is well capable of unzipping and making a tar of it. Unfortunately, i have no clue of how the md5 sum can be calculated and packaged with 7zip. Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 2:24

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.)

  • You should definitely verify the file type and structure if you think it's misnamed. Assuming otherwise is a good way to brick your phone. Commented Nov 15, 2014 at 19:51

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