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Install Cyanogen Mod 9 ICS Android 4.0.3 Firmware on Toshiba Folio 100

We know that the Toshiba Folio 100 tablet was released way back in the beginning of 2011 and its performances might be considered by some of you a little bit outdated, but a new OS update has been made available for its users. Starting from now, you can install the CyanogenMod 9 ROM into its system, meaning that the Ice Cream Sandwich will be embraced by the Folio 100.

This is also the perfect opportunity for improving the tablet performances, CyanogenMod being designed to offer features and upgrades for the Android powered devices. The Folio 100 is an affordable tablet with decent specs (a perfect alternative for those interested in saving money), so I’m guessing that the release of this update is well received by all its users.

Anyway, there are some aspects you must consider before starting the tutorial. First, CyanogenMod 9 wasn’t actually launched, meaning that what you see here is the unofficial version, presented by the developers. Furthermore, the upgrade has nothing to do with Toshiba and we don’t know when we will see the official ICS firmware announced by the same company. But don’t worry, as the CyanogenMod 9 ICS Android 4.0.3 firmware was tested on the Folio 100 and it worked perfectly.

CyanogenMod is a custom ROM that comes with numerous features included in its system and it isn’t preinstalled when you first buy your device. It is a free aftermarket distribution of Android platform and you can take advantage of it without having any particular Google apps installed. Furthermore it’s based and developed on the Android Open Source Project, so you can’t use or apply it on other handsets that runs firmware different then Android. Also, in the future, you wont have to wonder when an OS update will come to you as the CM team will take care of that for you.

As a final warning, you can’t apply the steps from this tutorial in order to get the ICS on other devices; this how to guide is explained only for the Toshiba Folio 100 tablet. Make sure you read all the lines from this post and try to do all as detailed. In this way, you can avoid the unpleasant situations. The procedure can be done in just a couple of minutes, so let’s get started.

First of all, you might want to take a look over the features and capabilities which will be added once CyanogenMod 9 is installed. You have them listed in the following image:

Then, here are the things that are not working; read them and see if they are important for you, or not:

Now, in order to complete the process, you must have a computer (Windows running) and the tablet USB cord. Then, you need to make sure that the following things are being checked out:

  • Installing CM9 will make you lose the data stored on your Toshiba tablet. That’s why, in case you have important info, you must first backup the Folio 100 data, contacts, messages, apps and everything else stored on its system. The backup operation can be done by using some free distributed tools from the Android market, or by using the directions from our previous step by step guides.
  • Enable the USB debugging in the tablet. If you don’t know how, follow: go to “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”. Disconnect the tablet from the PC when enabling the USB debugging.
  • Deactivate, uninstall or disable the security tools located on the PC or on the Folio 100. In most of the cases, you can’t make through the operation with these apps enabled.
  • In order to succeed, you must first root your tablet. You can apply the update only on rooted devices.
  • Check if there is more than 60% battery power left; if not charge the table before getting started.

You can now go to the second section of the post and the one that interest you the most: How to Install CyanogenMod 9 ICS Android 4.0.3 Firmware on Toshiba Folio 100.

  1. First, you need to get the CyanogenMod 9 file. Download it from here to the computer.
  2. Connect the tablet with the PC by using its USB cord.
  3. Copy the file downloaded, from the computer, to the Folio 100.
  4. Now, disconnect the device, by removing the USB cable.
  5. Reboot and enter in recovery mode.
  6. In the menu that opens, select “install zip from sd card” -> “choose zip from sd card” and search for the file saved on step 3 (just pick it).
  7. When the process finishes select “Wipe data/factory reset” followed by “Wipe Cache partition”; this will clear the cache from the tablet.
  8. Finally, select “+++go back” and “reboot system now”.

There you have it, now the Android 4.0 along with CyanogenMod 9 is running on your Toshiba Folio 100. If, in the end, there are problems, or if something isn’t working as it should, share the issues with us and we will do all we can in order to help you.