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Samsung’s half-smartphone half-tablet Galaxy Note recently received Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and there is good news for those of you who like to hack their devices: an easy-to-apply method has been unveiled that not only lets you gain root access to your Galaxy Note but also do it so without increasing the flash counter that causes a yellow ! sign to show up at boot time. We’ve prepared a step-by-step guide that you can follow right after the jump!

 

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The news comes straight from the Galaxy Note forum on XDA-Developers – a popular mobile software development community – in the form of a thread posted by developer deathst in which they discuss the method and how to go about applying it.

DISCLAIMER: Redmond Pie will not be held responsible for any loss of data or any damage incurred to your device in the following of this guide. Proceed at your own risk.

Important Note: There are reports of Galaxy Note devices being permanently bricked due to some bug in Samsung’s ICS kernel. To counter this, the developer suggests that you do not take NANDroid backups or restore using one.

Step 1: Download the following files from the official thread [XDA-Developers]:

  • CWM.zip
  • SU-Busybox-Installer.zip

Place all these files directly under /sdcard on your device’s internal memory.

Step 2: Shutdown your device. Once it is completely shut down, press and hold Volume Down + Power + Home buttons until you see a screen asking you to press to press Volume Up. Press said button to complete booting into Recovery Mode.

Step 3: Select apply update from external storage and then navigate to where you placed CWM.zip. Select it.

Step 4: Your device should now boot into ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery.

Step 5: From CWM, choose install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > SU-Busybox-Installer.zip

Step 6: From main menu of CWM, choose reboot system now.

If you followed the steps correctly, your Samsung Galaxy Note International GT-N7000 will now be rooted on Android 4.0.3 ICS.

Galaxy Note ICS

For queries and help with unrooting your now rooted Galaxy Note, please visit the official thread linked to in Step 1.

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