Root the Galaxy Note Without Increasing the Flash Counter

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Those with newer Samsung devices, notably the Galaxy S lineup, are most likely familiar with the flash counter. For the uninitiated, the flash counter keeps track of how many times you have flashed a kernel over Odin. It’s Samsung’s way of keeping track of who’s flashing things on their devices, and who isn’t. Previously, we covered a method for rooting the Galaxy Note developed by XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer Da_G. However, using this method unfortunately raises your flash counter.

Understandably, many users would prefer to flash without raising their flash count. To that end, XDA Senior Member mashi has posted an Odin-flashable root method for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note that does not increase the flash counter. Da_G explains it best:

This is a pre-rooted /system image, in the form of system.img.ext4 inside of a pda.tar to be flashed via odin.

Both ways result in a permanently rooted system partition, just this way flashes it directly, leaving the stock kernel intact, whereas my method flashes a modified kernel which then roots the /system partition via a script.

While the link in the original post is broken, XDA Forum Member capite mirrored it, and Da_G once again demonstrated his talents byposting a workaround for people who could only get a hold of the stock, unrooted tar.

Once you’ve gotten ahold of the .tar file, simply flash it via Odin, as usual. For those who want to root their Galaxy Notes without increasing their flash counters, you can find the download link in the original thread. Alternatively, Da_G’s method and capite’s download links are both on page 4. Happy Flashing!


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