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Samsung Fascinate: Full Update Guide

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NOTE: This guide is only applicable for the Verizon Samsung Fascinate and not the Samsung Showcase or Samsung Mesmerize.

This guide will walk you through the process of taking the Samsung Fascinate from stock to having the ability to flash the latest version of CyanogenMod.

For other related guides please view the following:

Contents

Before you do anything — Make a backup

Don't forget to back up your data. If you have synced the device with a Google account, then the contacts, calendar, Gmail, & select other Google-related data will not be lost and will come back after the next sync. However, you should backup anything you want to keep that is not stored on the SD card:

It would also be a good idea to backup everything stored on the SD card in the rare case the SD card must be formatted to resolve any major problems.

MyBackup Root, SMS Backup & Restore, and Call Backup & Restore are all free applications that can assist with backing up your data.

Installing the ClockworkMod Recovery

This guide applies to a Samsung Fascinate on either 2.1 or 2.2. If the Samsung Fascinate already has the ClockworkMod Recovery installed, skip this section.

Warning: Installing a custom recovery image on the Samsung Fascinate will void the warranty.
  1. Download jt1134's ClockworkMod Recovery, and the Heimdall Suite:
    • jt1134's ClockworkMod Recovery: download
      md5: 88c6b7c33a99a2176d7dbf1a68d6c0da
    • Windows:
      • Heimdall Suite 1.1.1: download
        NOTE: The Heimdall Suite requires the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package installed on the computer, which can be downloaded here.
    • Ubuntu 32bit:
    • Ubuntu 64bit:
    • Mac OS X:
    NOTE: The source code for the Heimdall Suite is available on Github.
  2. Windows ONLY:
    1. Power off the Samsung Fascinate and connect the microUSB to the computer but not the Samsung Fascinate.
    2. Boot the Samsung Fascinate into download mode by holding down Volume Down while connecting the microUSB cable to the Samsung Fascinate.
    3. Run the included zadig.exe in the drivers folder of the Heimdall Suite.
    4. From the menu, choose Options ยป List All Devices.
    5. From the drop down, select Samsung USB Composite Device or Gadget Serial.
    6. Click Install Driver.
      NOTE: A prompt may appear warning that the installer is unable to verify the publisher of the driver. Ignore it and select "Install this driver anyway."
    7. Heimdall can now be used safely on the Windows computer.
      NOTE: For more information about the Heimdall Suite, please read the included README.txt.
  3. Untar jt1134's ClockworkMod Recovery.
  4. Launch the Heimdall Frontend.
  5. Select the downloaded recovery.bin in the Recovery section.
  6. Power off the Samsung Fascinate and connect the microUSB to the computer but not the Samsung Fascinate.
  7. Boot the Samsung Fascinate into download mode by holding down Volume Down while connecting the microUSB cable to the Samsung Fascinate.
  8. Click Start on the Heimdall Frontend. A blue transfer bar will appear on the phone showing the kernel being transferred. The device will reboot automatically.
  9. The Samsung Fascinate now has ClockworkMod Recovery installed. Continue to the next section.

Flashing CyanogenMod

NOTE: As of right now only nightly builds of CyanogenMod are available for the Samsung Fascinate. Please check the wiki or the forum for updates.
NOTE: In order to flash CyanogenMod via ROM Manager, root access is required. This guide doesn't cover gaining root access, due to it being unnecessary.

First Method (via Recovery)

  1. Download the latest version of CyanogenMod.
    Optional: Download the Google Apps for the device.
  2. Place the CyanogenMod update.zip file on the root of the SD card.
    Optional: Place the Google Apps .zip on the root of the SD card also.
  3. Boot into the ClockworkMod Recovery.
  4. Once the device boots into the ClockworkMod Recovery, use the side volume buttons to move around, and either the power button or the trackball to select.
  5. Select the option to Wipe data/factory reset.
  6. Then select the option to Wipe cache partition.
  7. Select Install zip from sdcard.
  8. Select Choose zip from sdcard.
  9. Select the CyanogenMod update.zip.
    Optional: Install the Google Apps by performing steps 7 - 9 again and choosing the Google Apps update.zip.
  10. Once the installation has finished, select +++++Go Back+++++ to get back to the main menu, and select the Reboot system now option. The Samsung Fascinate should now boot into CyanogenMod.

Second Method (via ROM Manager)

  1. Launch ROM Manager.
  2. Choose the first option in the app, Flash ClockworkMod Recovery to update to the latest version.
    1. Select Fascinate (MTD).
    2. Select Yes.
    3. Select ClockworkMod 2.x
    4. Select OK.
  3. Select the Download ROM option from the main menu in the ROM Manager.
  4. Select the CyanogenMod option, and then choose the latest version of CyanogenMod from the menu.
    Optional: When you select the latest version of CyanogenMod, check the Google Apps option.
  5. Once the ROM is finished downloading, it asks if you would like to Backup Existing ROM and Wipe Data and Cache.
  6. If Superuser prompts for root permissions check to Remember and then Allow.
  7. The Samsung Fascinate will now reboot into the recovery, wipe data and cache, and then install CyanogenMod. When it's finished installing it will reboot into CyanogenMod.
  8. Launch ROM Manager.
  9. Choose the first option in the app, Flash ClockworkMod Recovery to update to the latest version.
    1. Select Fascinate (MTD).
    2. Select Yes.
    3. Select ClockworkMod 3.x
    4. Select OK.
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