After some decent amount of waiting, Samsung has finally released the Android 4.0 ICS update for their beloved half tablet half smartphone device called the Galaxy Note. But, as many owners of this particular device have noted, the update itself is far from bug free. Thanks to some recent work from Samsung, we are pleased to announce that the official ICS update for Galaxy Note N7000 (the international version) just got a minor update of its own in the form of the DXLP9 ICS 4.0.3 Firmware package.

Officially, the DXLP9 ICS 4.0.3 Firmware update for the Galaxy note has been released in its OTA version, but as we know, these updates tend to arrive gradually to the users worldwide. This may result in some of you guys out there not having the update available, while others have been enjoying it for quite some time. This of course will not make the first batch of users happy, so you might want to go with the tethered update.

This tethered update is the heart of this article, and during the following lines you will read all that you need to know in order to successfully apply the DXLP9 ICS 4.0.3 Firmware update on your ICS running Galaxy Note. This update is a rather nice one as it features fixes for the touch pen and camera issues and it also offers an improved overall speed.

Just a notice before we go into other details, the DXLP9 ICS 4.0.3 Firmware update will not root your device, and as it an official update it will remove the root access from your device and return it back to stock form. Be cautious when applying the update, as there might not any way of restoring root access on the new firmware.

Now all that is left between you and our guide is our disclaimer notice: This software is not our creation so we must warn you that you cannot hold us responsible for any damage that might occur to your device by following the procedures in this guide. However, we will try to help you sort out any glitches or problems that might arise by following the steps in this guide to the extent our knowledge limits us. By going further into this guide you have accepted the risks and terms above.

In the first part of our guide we will provide you with some third party applications and procedures that will help you backup your user data on your device. Although this is an official update and it is supported by the Samsung KIES application, we are suing third party solutions because the KIES app may not have been updated to support this latest firmware revision in some parts of the world. It is better just to use the apps and procedures below to both backup and restore your data once the update has been successfully applied:

  • Text messages – We will back them up with the following application : SMS Backup & Restore
  • Phone Contacts –  You can simply synchronize them to your Gmail account or export them to the micro SD card as a .vcf file
  • Call Log – We will use the following application to backup your call log : Call Log Backup and Restore
  • Pictures, Music, Videos, and other files - Simply copy them to your microSD card.
  • Internet & MMS Settings – Write down all the settings from this path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”

As always, these kinds of things are not very easy, and you will also have to make sure that you meet some very device specific requirements before proceeding any further. These requirements are very important as they will minimize the risks of the updating procedure.

  • The first requirement is that you will need an international Galaxy Note, better known as the N7000 in order to apply this update. Do not try and apply it to any other Galaxy Note versions as you will brick the respective devices.
  • The second requirement is that you need to charge your Samsung Galaxy Note to a minimum of 70% or even to full battery capacity in order to prevent it from accidentally powering off during the procedure. The update will not take that much battery life, but it is better to be on the safe side.
  • The third requirement concerns your computer so you will need to disable your antivirus or any other security related software on your computer because these tools tend to interfere with the updating program, and might cause it to misbehave, which could in turn result in a bricked Galaxy Note N7000.
  • The last requirements specifies that you need to enable the USB Debugging setting that you can find by going to Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging. Be sure you have this option enabled or otherwise the Odin application will not recognize your smartphone.

After doing all of the things above you are finally ready to apply the DXLP9 ICS 4.0.3 update, so we will be moving on to this procedure. Before starting it however we would like to point out that you will need some technical expertise in order to successfully apply this update, so if you do not know your way around the Android world, it is better to ask someone for help.

  • Now we will start the updating procedure by downloading two file packages: the first one containing the DXLP9 ICS 4.0.3 Update and the second on containing the Odin Program that is used to apply the update. You will also have to extract these files to an easy to reach location, such as your Desktop.
  • Step number two implies restarting your Galaxy Note into Download mode. You can do this on your Galaxy S II by pressing the Volume Down Key and the OK Key simultaneously and then pressing the Power Key after the device has been shut down. You will be able to check if you are in the right mode by looking at the image on the screen, so if this image is a green working droid you are in the right place.
  • Now, in step number three you will have to connect your Vodafone Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 which is already in Download mode to your PC which is already running the Odin software we downloaded earlier, and give the program a couple of second to recognize your device. You can check whether the Odin application has recognized your Galaxy Note by looking at the color of the ID: COM box. If the box turns yellow all in order but if it does not you will have to check the following two aspects:
  1. The USB drivers for your Samsung Galaxy Note have been properly installed on your PC.
  2. The Samsung KIES option from Settings -> Wireless & Network -> USB Settings has been selected. To check this last option you will have to restart your Galaxy Note in the normal way and then restart the guide from step one.
  • Next, in the fourth step you will have to select which files you want Odin to update your Galaxy Note with, so click the PDA button located on the right side of Odin and select the N7000DXLP9_N7000OLBLP6_N7000DXLP5_HOME.tar.md5 file in the folder where you extracted the DXLP9 ICS 4.0.3 Zip file downloaded earlier. It is crucial that you select the correct file so please double check before moving on to the next step. Please check if your settings match those in the picture below:

[caption id="attachment_5623" align="aligncenter" width="462" caption="DXLP9 Odin Settings"]DXLP9 Odin Settings[/caption]

  • We have finally arrived at the last step in the updating procedure, and this is easiest of them all as all you have to do is to press the Start button in Odin and wait a 5 to 10 minutes for the program to do its job. After it has finished, your Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 should automatically restart in the normal way, but keep in mind that this first boot after applying the DXLP9 ICS 4.0.3 update may take a little bit longer than usual so do not panic if your Galaxy S II fails to start in under 10 minutes.

If, however, your Samsung Galaxy Note stays on the booting screen for more than 30 min there is a high chance that the update has not been applied successfully so you will have to restart the updating steps above from step number two and simply try to reapply the update. If this also fails to result in a working device please write us a line in the comments section below and we will try to help you.

Having gone through the most pessimistic scenarios, it is now time to go to the best one, where you will only have to enjoy the fruits of your work if everything has gone according to plan. You will notice the improvements of the new update in a very short amount of time, so you should start exploring how your Galaxy Note feels with the latest firmware. With this in mind you can also check out that the new firmware has been successfully installed by looking at Settings -> About phone -> Software and searching for the DXLP9 codename.

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