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Update Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 to LiquidSmooth v2.2 ICS 4.0.4 with CWM

We’ve been testing LiquidSmooth since the first version appeared and it’s been really smooth since. We also have a guide for the older version, though this one is much better and safer to use and the flashing method is totally different and also easier.

LiquidSmooth is extremely fast and smooth, just like its name suggests. And it also comes with tons of features, including Liquid Control, Full screen mode, Navbar, 5 Lockscreens, clock mod, battery mode, signal mode, PropModder, Overclocking and downvolting, gamma and color controls.

You can do basically everything you want with this ROM and we haven’t been able to find any bug during the time we used it. It’s also based on a safe kernel, so you don’t have to worry about the hardbrick bug present in most ICS kernels.

LiquidSmooth is based on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and is updated regularly for improvements and new features. Flashing it is very easy, though you will have to make sure you flash it over a safe kernel, because you might otherwise brick your device. But don’t worry, because our guide includes information about that too.

Before beginning the update, please make sure you meet the following requirements:

How to backup your Galaxy Note N7000

It’s very important to do backups before flashing anything on your device, because there’s a risk of data being lost or corrupted. Also, depending on what ROM you are coming from, you might need to Wipe data / factory reset, so all your data will be lost.

To make sure you don’t lose your files, it’s recommended to copy them to your SD card, being it internal or external.

To backup apps you can download Appback, an application that will do it for you easily.

For contacts, sms messages, call logs and APN settings, use the following links: How to sync contactsSMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore | APN Backup & Restore.

If your device is rooted, you could also perform a Nandroid backup from ClockworkMod recovery. But only do it if you are using a safe kernel.

Flash a safe kernel and root Galaxy Note

Most Galaxy Note N7000 kernels have a bug that can hardbrick your device, so you should only use CWM while running a safe kernel. Until now we only found 3 safe kernels: CF-Root 5.6 and above, franco kernel 4 and above, and all CM9 kernels.

Also if you are using any Gingerbread kernel you are safe and don’t have to flash another one.

In order to flash any custom ROM, your device must be rooted. If your Note isn’t rooted yet, please follow this guide to root it on Gingerbread and this one to root it on ICS.

How to update Galaxy Note N7000 to LiquidSmooth

First you will have to download LiquidSmooth here and copy it to your device.

Then you will have to wipe data. It’s recommended to do it from whichever ROM you are coming, though we tried flashing it over CM9 and AOKP and it works without any issues even without wiping.

To wipe data, reboot in recovery mode by pressing volume up, home and power buttons simultaneously. Then head to Wipe data / factory reset and choose Yes.

Now you can simply flash the ROM. Go to Install zip from sdcard > Choose zip from sd card, choose your downloaded ROM and select Yes.

To make it run even smoother there are some configurations you can make. Head to Settings > Liquid Control > Propmodder and check the following: Optimize TCP Stack, 3G Speed Hack, and GPU Acceleration.

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