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While Google’s latest mobile operating system Ice Cream Sandwich is the company’s landmark, hybrid tab-and-smartphone release, its rather selective implementation on existing devices has left many Android users somewhat bemused.

Galaxy Tab CM9

Those of you running the original Galaxy Tab will have probably given up any hope of sampling ICS, well, officially at least. Luckily, the savvy developers over at XDA are always looking for unofficial methods to flash/install custom ROMs on all devices.

You may be pleased to learn that your Galaxy Tab is now supported by CyanogenMod 9. There are still a few bugs in need of squishing – none more prominent than the lack of camera function, but as with nearly all alpha-stage releases, this is to be expected.

Below is a step-by-step guide which will help you on your way to installing ICS on your Galaxy Tab.

DISCLAIMER: Redmond Pie will not be culpable for any loss of data or damage to your device as a result of following this tutorial. Whilst such occurrences are rare, proceed at your own risk.

Step 1: Download the zip from here.

Step 2: You will also need the appropriate kernel. The .zip contains P1000L, P1000 and P1000N users will need to obtain theirs from here (P1000) or here (P1000N)

Step 3: Uncompress .tar file, get zImage filename and replace it in "P1000L CM9 ROM" zip package.

Step 3: Flash (stl9/10/11 | mmcblk0p2 – need to be ext4). If you’re on stock gb, flash overcome kernel and allow it to convert.

Step 4: After that, reboot into recovery and flash the .zip (you don’t need to wipe data as usually required, but it’s recommended for the purpose of stability).

Step 5: That’s it, you’ll now be able to run a relatively stable ICS on your original Galaxy Tab!

According to the guys over at the XDA thread, the build works near-perfectly aside from the aforementioned issues, but with so many keen to test, we expect these bugs to be removed pretty swiftly – even though it is quite an ancient device.

Should you encounter any problems, head over to the thread on XDA, linked above, where you’ll find many like-minded souls ready to help you out.

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