CyanogenMod 9 is one of the most popular Android ROMs and it’s finally available on Galaxy Note. From what we tested it, there aren’t any bugs worth talking about and pretty much everything works, except FM Radio.
At the moment there are a lot of custom ROMs and kernels available for the Galaxy Note N7000, though you must be very careful when flashing anything, because most of them are dangerous and can brick your device. It’s a very big risk when using CWM from an unsafe ICS kernel, so we recommend you to always use CWM from a CM9 or Gingerbread kernel, because these are the only safe ones at the moment.
This CyanogenMod 9 ROM is safe and doesn’t come with Samsung’s ICS bug, so you don’t have to worry about it. Just follow our guidelines carefully and you will be safe.
Note: We cannot be held responsible for any damage done to your Samsung Galaxy Note N7000. We have tested the ROM and kernel and it works without any problem. You just have to be very careful when flashing anything on your device.
How to backup Galaxy Note N7000
You should always backup your device before flashing anything through Odin, Mobile Odin, CWM or any other tool. There are multiple ways of doing it.
If you want to backup your applications, contacts, call logs, sms messages and files, use the following apps and guides to do it: AppBak application | SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore. But please note that you should not restore your apps after upgrading to CM9 because you will encounter a lot of bugs. App backup should only be done if you decide to return to your current ROM.
If your device is rooted and you are using a safe kernel ( GB or CM9 ), you can do a nandroid backup from ClockworkMod Recovery to be able to return to your current phone’s state easier. Please note you will need about 1GB of free space or even more, depending on the number and size of your apps.
How to flash a safe kernel
Like I told you at the beginning, most ICS ROMs are dangerous, so you must flash a safe one before starting the upgrade. If you use CWM from an unsafe kernel your device might be hard bricked. There have been hundreds of reported cases until now, so please take care.
To flash a safe kernel you will have to download Odin 1.85 here and the safe CM9 kernel here. Now make sure that your device is disconnected from the PC, turn it off and boot in download mode ( hold volume down, home and power buttons simultaneously ). Now you can open Odin, select the CM9_safe_kernel.tar as PDA and connect the device to your PC. Please make sure that you don’t change anything else in Odin. Once the IE:COM section turns yellow in Odin, you can press Start and wait for your device’s kernel to be flashed. Once it finishes you will have a rooted CM9 kernel with the latest CWM version and you are safe to flash anything from recovery.
How to root Galaxy Note N7000
If your Galaxy Note is not rooted, you will have to do it, because CM9 must be flashed from ClockworkMod Recovery.
If you are running an ICS kernel other than CM9, then please follow the above guide to flash CM9 instead. It doesn’t matter if you have a rooted or unrooted kernel.
If you are currently running Gingerbread, then you will have to follow the root guide here.
How to Update Galaxy Note to Android 4.0.4 CM9 custom ROM
Once you performed the backups, rooted your device and made sure that you are running a safe kernel, you can proceed to the updating part.
You will have to download the latest CyanogenMod 9 build here and Gapps here. Then copy the files to your device and turn it off and boot in recovery mode by pressing volume up, home and power buttons simultaneously. Once in recovery mode, go to “Wipe data / factory reset” and select Yes. Then go to Install zip from sd card > Choose zip from sd card and choose the CM9 zip file. Once it finishes flashing, do the same with the Gapps.
Once Gapps finishes flashing, you have to reboot your phone and wait until it boots up. If it takes more than 5 minutes, then you can pull the battery and try to boot again. Now it should work in less than 2 minutes. If it doesn’t, then try to flash CM9 again.
If you are not satisfied with it, then you can also try AOKP, which is based on CM9 and doesn’t require you to wipe data if updating from CM9.
Here’s a video of the Galaxy Note N7000 running CyanogenMod 9.