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CM9 With Linaro Kernel for Galaxy Note — AniDroid Custom ROM

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There’s a new CM9 ROM for the Galaxy Note in town – AniDroid ROM. What makes this ROM special is that it includes a kernel with Linaro optimization, which are a number of improvements made to the Android code by the Linaro organisation, which can result in up to 100% performance increase over stock Android. Of course, that is just in theory, but Linaro optimization results in noticeably much smoother animations.

Important: Since the ROM is based on CM9, it will have the same issues as the official CM9 ROM does, the list of which you can check here. Do not expect the ROM to be completely stable as it is still a work in progress and may have some bugs and small issues, though it can still be used as your daily ROM.

NOTE, Please Read: Since this is an AOSP based ROM, some features like 3G video calling will be unavailable as those are only possible on stock Samsung ROMs (video calls using 3rd party apps like Skype will work fine though). Also, if you use Swype as your preferred keyboard, you will need to download the beta version from beta.swype.com as Swype is also not included in the ROM.

Read on to find out how you can install AniDroid ROM on your Galaxy Note.

Compatibility

This ROM and the guide below are compatible only and only with Galaxy Note, model number N7000. It’s not compatible with any other device. Check your device’s model number in: Settings » About phone.

Warning!

The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.

How to Install AniDroid ROM on Galaxy Note

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Part I: Download ROM

  1. This procedure will wipe all your apps, data and settings (but it will NOT touch your SD cards, so don’t worry about those). Backup your Apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. This Android backup guide would help you.
    Important! Don’t forget to at least make a backup of your APN settings, which you can restore later if your data connection does not work after installing the ROM. Use the backup guide to find out how.
  2. Download the latest version of AniDroid ROM from the official development page.
  3. Download the Google Apps package. This will install apps like Market, Gmail, etc. which are not present in the ROM by default.
    Download Link  |  Filename: gapps-ics-20120429-signed.zip 
  4. Copy the two zip files downloaded in step 3 and 4 to the internal SD card on the phone (do not extract the files).

PART II: Flashing Safe CF-Root Kernel

This step is important as flashing the safe kernel will ensure that you do not encounter the device bricking bug that exists on some firmware.

  1. It’s important you’ve the proper drivers for the phone installed. If you have installed Samsung’s Kies software, you already have the drivers, so download them only if you haven’t installed Kies.
    Download links: 32 bit (x86) Windows  |   64-bit (x64) Windows
  2. Download CF-Root kernel from its official download page → here.
    Filename: CF-Root-SGN_XX_OXA_LC1-v5.3-CWM5.zip
  3. Unzip the downloaded file once. You will get a .tar file – CF-Root-SGN_XX_OXA_LC1-v5.3-CWM5.tar.
    DO NOT extract the .tar file (this might show up as a zip file as well, but do not extract it). You need to flash the .tar file using Odin to gain root access and install ClockWorkMod Recovery (CWM) alongside. (If you’re getting a zImage file, it means you’ve extracted the .tar file too! — and that’s not a right thing to do. Use 7-zip to extract.)
  4. Download Odin 1.85 from → here.
    Filename: Odin 1.85.zip | Size: 199 KB
  5. Extract the contents of the Odin 1.85.zip file to a folder.
  6. Disconnect your phone if it’s connected to PC, then switch it off.
  7. Now, put the Galaxy Note in Download Mode — press and hold these keys together: Volume Down + Home + Power. A Warning! screen will come up; press Volume Up key here to continue to enter Download Mode.
  8. Open Odin — double-click the Odin3 v1.85.exe that you got after extracting the file Odin 1.85.zip.
  9. In ODIN, click on the PDA button, then select the CF-Root-SGN_XX_OXA_LC1-v5.3-CWM5.tar file obtained in step 3.
  10. Important! Do not make any other changes in Odin except selecting the required file as given in step 9. Leave all other options as they are. Make sure Re-Partition option is not selected.
  11. Connect your phone to PC now. You should get the message “Added!” under Odin’s message box in the bottom left.
    If you don’t get this message, then probably there is a problem with drivers. Make sure you’ve proper drivers installed (check step 1). Also, uninstall Kies from the Control Panel as well (this will leave the drivers on the computer but remove Kies which can interfere with the procedure).
  12. Now, hit the START button to start flashing the safe CF-Root kernel on your Galaxy Note. When the flashing is complete, your phone will automatically reboot — and when you see the Samsung logo, you can safely unplug the cable. Plus, you’ll get a PASS (with green background) message in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin. What to do if Odin gets stuck: If ODIN gets stuck and doesn’t seem to be doing anything, or you get a FAIL message (with red background) in ODIN, disconnect the phone from the PC, close ODIN, remove battery, re-insert it, turn phone on in Download mode again, and do the procedure again from Step 8.
  13. When the phone is rebooting after the kernel flashing is complete, remove the battery on the Note, re-insert it, but DO NOT turn it on yet. Go to the next part of the guide.

Part III: Installing the ROM

  1. Boot into ClockworkMod recovery. To do so, make sure the phone is off, then press and hold the Volume Up + Home + Power keys together until the screen turns on, then let them go. The phone will boot into ClockworkMod recovery in a few seconds.
    In recovery, use the Volume buttons to scroll up/down and the power button to select items.
  2. Select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm. Wait a while till the data wipe is complete.
  3. Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Scroll to the ROM file on the sdcard and select it. Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install ______.zip on the next screen.
  4. After installation is complete, go back to the main recovery menu.
  5. Now, repeat step 8, but this time, select the gapps-ics-20120429-signed.zip file. Select Yes on next screen to confirm installation of the Google apps package.
  6. After the installation is complete, go back to the main recovery menu and select reboot system now to reboot the phone and boot up into CM9. The first boot will take some time, up to 5 minutes, so be patient.

Congratulations, AniDroid ROM based on Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 along with a Linaro optimized kernel is now installed on your Galaxy Note. Visit the official development page for more info and to get the latest updates on the ROM. Share your thoughts on the ROM in the comments.

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  • Can

    Hey I installed this but I keep getting random reboots during use every now and then. What do you recommend?

  • Dr HRH

    Installed this ROM earlier and it’s lightning fast. I really love it BUT my external 32GB sd card is not recognised. It won’t mount. Any advice??
    Dr. HRH.

    • Joakim

      look in root directory (/emmc)under emmc, not in sdcard (/sdcard)

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