rj’s Custom Kernel for Galaxy Player 5 YP-G70 — Installation Guide


rj’s kernel is a custom kernel for the international Galaxy Player 5.0, that provides improved performance on Gingerbread based ROMs, along with other useful features as listed below:

  • Overclock to 1.2Ghz and undervolt capabilities (use SetCPU or another software for UV).
  • ext4 support
  • ClockWorkMod recovery
  • Custom bootanimation support
  • Swap support

We have prepared an installation guide that you can use to flash rj’s custom kernel on your Galaxy Player 5.0. Keep in mind that this works only on Gingerbread based ROMs, so don’t try it on Ice Cream Sandwich based custom ROMs.


This ROM and the guide below are compatible only and only with the international Galaxy Player 5.0, model number YP-G70. It’s not compatible with any other device. Check your device’s model number in: Settings » About phone.


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

Pre-Installation Requirements

  • Important! Drivers! — You will need to install Samsung’s Kies software on your computer for installing the device drivers.
    Download Kies

How to install rj’s Kernel on Galaxy Player 5

  1. Download the kernel.
    Download Link  |  Filename: YP-G70-Kernel-r14.tar
  2. Download Odin, which will be used to flash the kernel on your device.
    Download Link  |  Filename: Odin3 v1.7.exe
  3. Open Odin — double-click the Odin3 v1.7.exe file that you downloaded in step 2.
  4. Turn off the device. Then, boot into Download mode. To do so, connect the USB cable to the computer, but not to the device. Then, while holding the Volume Down key, insert the USB cable to the device. Remember, you have to hold the volume down key while plugging in the USB cable to the device.
  5. Odin will now say Added!! in the message on the bottom left. If it does not, make sure the drivers for the device are properly installed.
  6. Now, click the PDA tab in Odin, then select the YP-G70-Kernel-r14.tar file that you downloaded in step 1.
  7. Important! Do not touch any other button or make any other changes in Odin except selecting the required file as given in step 6.
  8. Click the Start button in Odin to flash rj’s kernel on your Galaxy Player 5.
  9. After the kernel is installed, the phone will restart automatically. When you see PASS written in top left box, you can disconnect the phone from the computer.
    IMPORTANT Note: If ODIN gets stuck at some stage and doesn’t seem to be doing anything, do this — 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 3. Same if you get a FAIL message in Odin.
  10. If you encounter any problems while flashing the kernel, let us know and we’ll help you out.

That’s it. rj’s custom kernel is now installed on your Galaxy Player 5. Share your thoughts on how the kernel works for you and whether you notice performance improvements after flashing it, in the comments below.

15 Comment

  1. Fred says: Reply

    When i finish all, and everything ok, my tab keep saying SAMSUNG SAMSUNG… it’s something wrong?

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      What device you tries it on?! What’s the model number of your device? It’s for Galaxy Player, not for Galaxy Tab.

      1. failed says: Reply

        i have the same problem. its repeating samsung samsung on black screen. and not opening. not closing. device model yp-g70 samsung galaxy s wifi5

        1. Bolognious says: Reply

          Make sure you are using an USB 2.0 port. USB 3.0 is not compatible with this device and causes the PC not to sync properly. Had the same problem before i realized my mistake

  2. Seager MacDougall says: Reply

    I can’t use my Home, Back and Options button. I’m using the Galaxy in the Picture, not the International version. What’s wrong?

    1. Josh says: Reply

      Same here. My menu, home, and back aren’t working. I don’t know what to do. I got screwed over 🙁

    2. Josh says: Reply

      Install this the same way you installed the custom kernel on this page to get it back to normal http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=856856&d=1326569537 only if you have US version of Galaxy Player 5.0!

      1. pio14343 says: Reply

        i have the one with camera on right side and my one has normal button (like galaxy s2 or s1) on middle of settings touchpad and back touchpad. I dont know if thats U.S version :/

      2. koolkid210 says: Reply

        is there a fix for capacitive buttons to work again for international

  3. pio14343 says: Reply

    my one bricked and io unbricked and the logo appears and turns to black screen all the time :((((((((((((((((((((( HELP :(((

  4. pio14343 says: Reply

    i can only go to recovery, if i dont go to recovery the tablet turns on it says samsung and then goes to black screen and stays like that untill battery goes low help :/ do i need to download an android for it?

  5. Might want to update this article. If it’s for the International version (like mine is) it’s model number is YP-GB70, and NOT YP-G70. I have the 32gb model of the Galaxy Player 5.0 that is sold ONLY in Korea, which is where mine was purchased new and I then bought it. Took it about a month to be shipped and delivered to me here in ND. I love it. I had to upgrade it to Gingerbread and rooted the device. It’s awesome. I sold off anything I owned that Apple Ipod related some time ago, and only use iTunes as a music cataloge and to purchase and organize my collection. But, I absolutely HATE the newest version of it.

  6. Name says: Reply

    Odin3 fail everytime and brick the device, had to use oneclick-unbrick everytime just to see another fail message…
    Any ideas what can I do???

  7. JT says: Reply

    Mine said fail on odin and had the black screen but I disconnected the galaxy and connected back and repeated the steps and then it succeeded bu the hom, back, and menu buttons stopped responding.

  8. Gerra Cates says: Reply

    I have followed your instructions, up to the point of starting the Download mode. At that point, the process fails. The Samsung YP-G70 (US) starts up in Download mode, but Odin3 v1.85 fails to recognize the device.I have uninstalled Kies as I understand that it doesn’t play nice with Odin (another Samsung product, by the way). Where do I go from here?

    CANCEL! I did not see that it is for the International version until after I read the entire page. Sorry for the error!

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