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How to Update the Galaxy Note N7000 with Official Gingerbread XXLA3 Firmware

January 23, 2012

Roll up your sleeves and get ready for some tweaking on your Galaxy Note.  If your Galaxy Note N700 has not received some update loving for some time, you might want to load it up with the latest Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread firmware version XXLA3.

This firmware version may not be as exciting as Ice Cream Sandwich, but it’s not such a horrible idea to update to this version if your Galaxy Note N700’s firmware has not been updated for a while.  You might want to try this Gingerbread update first before you head for Ice Cream Sandwich for your Galaxy Note.

This firmware update is “official” from Samsung, which should assure you that everything is perfectly working.  However, the instructions in this guide will require you to manually install the update to your Galaxy Note.

Since this is an official update, it will not require you to root your device, which means that you will not lose the warranty of your phone. But, if you have already rooted your device, you can claim back warranty if you apply this firmware update because the rooting access will be revoked.

This firmware update will reportedly improve the touch response on your Galaxy Note, as well as provide other performance enhancements that make the user experience smoother and more fluid.


  • Download the Gingerbread 2.3.6 XXLA3 firmware from here and save it to your computer.
  • Make a backup of your phone data.


NOTE: Use this guide at your own risk.  We shall not be held liable for any damage that arises from your use of the information in this guide.

  1. Extract the firmware package to a folder on your PC. Check that you get the following files after extraction:
    1. CODE_N7000XXLA3_CL880036_REV02_user_low_ship.tar.md5
    2. EFS_N7000XXLA3_CL880036_REV02_user_low_ship.tar.md5
    3. GT-N7000-MULTI-CSC-OXALA3.tar.md5
    4. KERNEL_N7000XXLA3_CL880036_REV02_eng_mid_noship.tar.md5
    5. MODEM_N7000XXLA3_REV_05_CL1095424.tar.md5
    6. Odin3 v1.83.exe
    7. Q1_20110914_16GB.pit
    8. UMS_N7000XXLA3_CL880036_REV02_user_low_ship_16GB.tar.md5
  2. The Odin3 program will be among the extracted files.  Run the Odin3 executable (“Odin3 v1.83.exe”) file.
  3. Turn off your Galaxy Note.
  4. Reboot the device into Download mode by pressing the Volume Key + OK buttons simultaneously, then press the Power button.
  5. When the device is already in download mode, connect it to the PC while Odin3 is still running on your computer.
  6. If drivers are installed successfully, the ID:COM section in Odin will turn yellow.
  7. In the Options section in the Odin3 window, make sure that only “Auto Reboot” and “F. Reset Time” are checked.
  8. In Odin, load the following files into their respective tabs (which are highlighted in bold below):
    • PIT – Q1_20110914_16GB.pit
    • PDA – CODE_N7000XXLA3_CL880036_REV02_user_low_ship.tar.md5
    • Phone –  MODEM_N7000XXLA3_REV_05_CL1095424.tar.md5
    • CSC – GT-N7000-MULTI-CSC-OXALA3.tar.md5
  9. Click “Start” in Odin to start updating. Wait for a few minutes.  Your device will reboot after.
  10. Disconnect the phone from the computer once the phone has fully booted and you can see the homescreen.
  11. Turn off your phone again.
  12. Reboot the phone into recovery mode.
  13. In recovery mode, perform a full wipe of your phone data by first selecting “Wipe data/factory reset,” then “Wipe cache partition,” and finally “Clear Dalvik cache.”
  14. Reboot your device.
  15. Check that your device has been successfully updated to firmware XXLA3 by checking for the firmware version from Settings > About phone > Firmware version.

Congratulations! You have successfully updated your Galaxy Note N700 to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread build XXLA3.