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Solution : Problem When Upgrading Samsung Galaxy Mini to Gingerbread 2.3.4

That was quite scary – I almost bricked (read: killed!) my phone this morning, when I tried to upgrade it to Gingerbread (Android version 2.3.x).

To cut long story short – tried to install / “flash” Gingerbread ROM into my Samsung Galaxy Mini. There are many excellent tutorials that shows how easy to do this, for example :

# Upgrade Samsung Galaxy Mini and Root to Android Gingerbread 2.3.3
#
Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570XXKPI Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
# And many others.

However, in my case, the process got stuck at the following text :

<1> START!!!
<1> set download environment.
<1> big partition size!!
<1> big partition size!!
<1> big partition size!!
<1> big partition size!!
<1> big partition size!!
<1> big partition size!!
<1> mibib download..

I was quite rightly scared at this point, thinking “dang, that’s it – my phone is bricked”.

Thankfully, that was not the case 😀 after MUCH googling around, I was able to finally upgrade my Galaxy Mini by doing the following :

DISCLAIMER: I shared this info with the intention to help others. However, I offer NO guarantee whatsoever that it will work for you as well.
Be aware that there is always a chance that your phone will end up bricked. Flashing ROM is not yet a 100% safe operation.

Now let’s continue, shall we ?

(1) Find another computer which has NOT Kies installed in it. (Kies is the software provided along with Samsung phones).
Looks like somehow that Kies is interfering with Odin / flashing operation on our Galaxy Mini. NOT good. Bad, bad Kies !

(2) Install Samsung USB driver there. If you haven’t got it, you can download it from here : [ Samsung USB driver ] (18 MB)

(3) Now, start following one of the tutorials listed above.

Now my Galaxy Mini is running Gingerbread 2.3.4 😀 yeah !

A bit more info – this is what you’ll get in Odin’s Message Box when everything’s going okay :

Download Start…
<0> Create File…
<1> StartThread Detected : 1
<2> StartThread Detected : 0
<3> StartThread Detected : 0
<4> StartThread Detected : 0
<5> StartThread Detected : 0
<6> StartThread Detected : 0
<7> StartThread Detected : 0
<8> StartThread Detected : 0
<1> setup connection…
<1> odin mode.. check plcatform verification.
<1> VerifyPlatform:V0, P0,R0
<1> START!!!
<1> set download environment.
<1> big partition size!!
<1> big partition size!!
<1> big partition size!!
<1> big partition size!!
<1> big partition size!!
<1> big partition size!!
<1> mibib download..
<1> 1/10 Finished.
<1> qcsbl download..
<1> 2/10 Finished.
<1> oemsbl download..
<1> 3/10 Finished.
<1> amss download..
<1> 4/10 Finished.
<1> arm11boot download..
<1> 5/10 Finished.
<1> boot.img download..
<1> 6/10 Finished.
<1> recovery.img download..
<1> 7/10 Finished.
<1> system.rfs download..
<1> 8/10 Finished.
<1> data.rfs download..
<1> 9/10 Finished.
<1> csc.rfs download..
<1> 10/10 Finished.
<1> reset pda..
<0> Started Timer
<1> Close serial port and wait until rebooting.
<1> PASS!!!
<0> Destroy instant..
<0> Killed timer

So that’s how I did it. Hopefully it’ll help someone else out there 🙂
Enjoy !

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