Galaxy Note German ICS Warning! It Could Brick Galaxy Note ICS
Today, senior XDA developer has made an announcement that the leaked stock ICS of Samsung Galaxy Note can hard brick the device. XDA developer Entropy512 has warned everyone who has upgraded their Galaxy Note on German ICS to downgrade their devices to Gingerbread 2.3.6 while they still can. Entropy512 has also reported this hard brick bug to google and they are working on fixing it.
Here is what Entropy512 said:
DANGER: Many Samsung ICS leak kernels may damage your device!
Those who pay attention to goings-on with various Samsung devices may have noticed that some devices are experiencing a large quantity of hardbricks when ICS leaked kernels are used. These hardbricks are particularly nasty, in that vendors of JTAG services have been unable to resurrect these devices, unlike simple bootloader-corruption hardbricks. This is due to the fact that these kernels are actually managing to cause what appears to be permanent damage to the eMMC storage device.According to Entropy512 the following are the operations that could cause hard brick:
Work Around To Fix This Issue
- Wiping in CWM (and likely any other custom recovery) (confirmed)
- Restoring a Nandroid backup in CWM (wipes first)
- Flashing another firmware in CWM (most flashes wipe first)
- Wiping in stock 3e recovery (suspected, also wipes a partition)
- Deleting large files when running an affected kernel (suspected but not confirmed)
Flash a known good kernel using Odin/Heimdall immediately. Do NOT use Mobile Odin, CWM, or any on-device method to flash. Known good kernels include:
Nearly any Gingerbread kernel
So if you have already installed ICS following the guide posted before, it is highly recommended to downgrade your firmware to 2.3.6. You can follow the instructions posted here to downgrade ICS to Gingerbread 2.3.6.
Gingerbread Firmware Download Links For All Countries
ICS Downgrade Tutorial