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FIX – Flashing stock ROM Odin3 FAIL on hidden.img

Odin errror hidden.image

I decided to flash the stock firmware (ROM) back onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 as it was running some version that made it impossible to network unlock it.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Stock ROM from SamMobile.com

I had to pay a few bob to download the ROM from “Rip Off” SamMobile.com, then went about installing it with Odin3.

But Odin3 frustratingly kept showing FAIL! with Hidden.img in the log section. (The FIX below). 

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FIX: Out of the blue my Note 3 randomly reboots.

My Samsung Galaxy Note 3 started to randomly reboot yesterday (20th April 2016). It was puzzling to say the least because I had not installed anything new and had only run some Google updates. The one or two apps that I had installed, I removed, but it made no difference. So I began to troubleshoot.

It rebooted if I did the following:

  1. Uninstalled an app or installed an app.
  2. Switched on / off WI-FI.
  3. Switched on / off data.
  4. Opened more than 3 or 4 Google Apps.

So I checked to see if there was a new version of my ROM. There was, so I did a backup, and then upgraded to the new Temasek’s unoffical Build v6.9 ROM. Sadly this made no difference. The problem persisted.

Then I checked GAPPS and noticed there was a new Open GAPPS as of the 20th April 2016. Coincidence!!!! I think not!

FYI: The one I flashed is called open_gapps-arm-6.0-stock-20160420.zip

It has updated a whole host of files and I am fairly confident I have found the cause of the problem.

CyanogenMod release a CM13 nightly Marshmallow ROM for Samsung Galaxy S2.

The folks at CyanogenMod have released a Marshmallow Android 6.0.1 ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S2. That is pretty damn amazing considering the smartphone was last seen in 2011.

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I couldn’t resist giving it a try to see if it worked, but it does and it runs nicely surprisingly on only 1GB of RAM.

If you are going to give it a try out, chances are your SGS2 has Android Kitkat 4.x installed on it, which means the kernel and recovery will be too old. The partition for marshmallow is different as well so that will have to be formatted.

If you don’t have the patience to read through 1273 pages of forum to find out about the bugs and problems or how to do install it, then keep reading below… I will provide the instructions and links.

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Flashing stock ROM on Samsung Galaxy Tab S (SM-T800).

A few months ago I wrote about ‘Flashing BlissPop ROM Lollipop 5.0.2 on Samsung Galaxy Tab S (SM-T800)‘. I’ve upgraded this ROM a few times since then, but something went wrong recently, which has caused the sound to not work in all video playback across multiple apps. It is quite odd. Anyway I decided the best way to troubleshoot the problem was to flash a stock Samsung SM-T800 ROM and go from there.

I downloaded the firmware from SAMMobile . They have quite a few country versions, but I picked United Kingdom.

SamMobile SMT800 downloads

After I downloaded the firmware, I grabbed the latest Odin3 v3.10.7.exe and bin file, which needs runs in Windows 10 (and previous versions of Windows).  Here are the steps I followed.

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A possible fix for random reboots, keyboard hanging, slow searches on Resurrection Remix Lollipop 5.1.1

Screenshot_2015-08-02-10-08-10 (Mobile2)I have experienced some annoying phone issues over the past 3 to 4 weeks, which have stumped me somewhat until now. I have a custom ROM installed on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 called Resurrection Remix, which I upgrade every week or two whenever there is a new update,  that way I am always up-to-date. It is a brilliant ROM, but clearly one of the updates screwed things.  Here are the symptoms I have experienced.

Symptom 1: Searching something through the Google search bar widget, the search page opened up with the results, but scrolling down the page (thumb up) does nothing or it hangs for a few seconds. If I swapped direction and scrolled up briefly it would hang. After a few attempts the phone would reboot.

Symptom 2: At random times during typing the keyboard would hang, and the phone rebooted. My default keyboard is Swype.

Symptom 3: My phone would get very slow all of a sudden, very laggy and my RAM would run out and the phone would reboot.

Symptom 4: Random reboots.

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Resurrection Remix is the best custom ROM!

I am in no doubt that the quote below is true.

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I have used Resurrection Remix ROM on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for almost a year now, which just goes to show how good this ROM is. I use to download and try the various ROMS every week, but once I tried Resurrection Remix, I knew I had found the best ROM.

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Flashing BlissPop ROM Lollipop 5.0.2 on Samsung Galaxy Tab S (SM-T800).

We just got the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. Our first tablet. It is an awesome 10.5″ Super AMOLED 2560 x 1600 pixels tablet, measuring 6.6mm thick. It is super fast with its Exynos 5 1.9GHz Octa-Core processor. 3GB of RAM on board means this tablet is a beast.

This is Android 5.0.2. Lollipop with the Apex Launcher.
This is Android 5.0.2. Lollipop with the Apex Launcher.

My only gripe was the dreadful Samsung Touchwiz software that is bolted onto the Android 4.4. Kitkat operating system. Not that it is a major problem because I am very familiar with flashing ROMs and in this post I am going to tell you how I flashed a Lollipop 5.0.2 BlissPop ROM onto it.

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