Samsung refuses to update - so switch to CyanogenMod

In general I like the Samsung device, in this case a older Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 GSM (p5100) is affected, which just refuses to work with the Google+ app! And Samsung refuses to fix this, which is really annoying. So I had to switch to a custom binary like CyanogenMod, that I used already for years on other devices.

To flash that device, first download the appropiate ingredients:

Than follow these steps:

  1. Power off the tablet.
  2. Connect the USB adapter to the computer but not to the tablet.
  3. Boot the Tablet into download mode by holding Power + Volume-Up.
  4. Then, insert the USB-cable into the device,

and flash the recovery!

$ sudo heimdall flash --RECOVERY recovery.img --no-reboot

A blue transfer bar will appear on the tablet confirming the recovery being transferred.

Unplug the USB cable and manually reboot the tablet into ClockworkMod Recovery Mode by holding Power + Volume-Down. Once the device boots into the ClockworkMod Recovery, use the physical power / volume buttons to

  1. Backup your the current installation,
  2. to install the custom image,
  3. as well as the Google_Apps from your SD-Card.

Afterwards - still in the recovery mode - select wipe data/factory reset and clear the cache/dalivk-cache

And that’s it, you are done - best done one hour before holiday starts.

More Infos: In the CynogenMod Install Guide for the Samsung GalaxyTab 10.2 you find detailed help and troubleshooting.

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