How To Update Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 to Gingerbread XXKPE 2.3.4 Firmware

Galaxy SL LogoWe are aware of the recent issues which most of the Galaxy SL I9003 users are facing after updating their devices with the latest firmware as most of the users reported about the non-functional of the camera just after applying the update successfully. This issue is due to the kernel used in these firmwares which are buggy and cause issues like these, since these firmwares are in the beta mode such issues are expected. So, let’s check out another firmware version which is the latest and has lesser intensity bugs than all previous versions in the due course of this article. This all new firmware is dubbed as XXKPE 2.3.4 Gingerbread version. So, let’s check out the same and see on how you can update with this version of firmware.

This version is very much stable then compared to the previous firmware of XXKP9 2.3.4 Gingerbread version which is the best part of this firmware. Before we proceed to the updation of the firmware there are few rules and regulations which one has to follow to facilitate the smoother firmware update process as most of the times it has been found that due to not following of instructions, users face issues like poor battery backup even after the firmware update, issues related to the backing up of data.

We have mentioned the links clearly in the “Pre Requisites” section on how you can take a backup and also on how you can restore the same to your phone. Additionally for all the list of enhancements which comes with this version of firmware too are mentioned in the dedicated section which you will find in the next page of this article as the article is broken into different pages so as to further add up to the convenience.

Please note that this update is only meant for the phone with the model number Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 and not for any other similar looking models or similar sounding models like Samsung Galaxy S I9000M or Captivate, Mesmerize or even other phones like Vibrant etc. If you still proceed to update the device then you may even end up bricking up your phone or some keys won’t be responding as per the functions which these keys are meant to do. So, let’s proceed for the list of enhancements first which are listed in the next page and then followed by the pre upgrade instructions and then procedure to update the phone.

Do i need to Root my Phone before i update with this firmware?
The answer is “NO” as rooting is different from the firmware update. Rooting basically opens up the device with which you can even access the system level files which cannot be done in a non-rooted phone. This firmware update doesn’t require you to root your phone before you proceed for the firmware update. Another thing is that if you have already rooted your phone before then after applying this firmware the root access will be revoked and then again you will have to root your device to get the root access.

Note: You will have to reconfigure the APN settings after updating the firmware to access the data services and the services as all the Internet APN settings will be reset. You will have to contact your Service provider to get more info on the APN Settings. Not to forget also configure the MMS Settings. Also, we hold no responsibility if anything goes wrong which is an unlikely event if anything goes wrong. Most of the users forget this step and end up experiencing difficulties in accessing the internet after updating the phone.


  1. Please help me I can’t able to download the Gingerbread XXKPE 2.3.4 Zip Package

    When I click the link its showing “the page you’re looking for could not be found”

  2. Hi,

    Please provide the link to download the XXKPE file. The link here is not working.

  3. hey there,

    Can we get ICS update for Samsung Galaxy SL GT i9003…? If so when will we..? As am waiting for official announcement from Samsung, otherewise thinking to buy Sony.. Please reply.

    Thank You

  4. hi neal.
    i just upgraded my phone to 2.3.6 ddkp4.
    does the nexus rom upgrade work with this version

  5. Hi Neel,
    Gingerbread XXKPE 2.3.4 Zip Package download link is not available.
    Please refresh the page.

  6. Hi neal
    my mobile is getting restarted often. i had given my mobile to samsung service centre, they updated firmware and returned it but the same problem continues even now, kindly provide me a solution for this irritating problem :(
    gt i9003
    firmware- 2.3.6
    baseband – i9003ddkp4
    build- gingerbread.ddkp3

  7. Gingerbread XXKPE 2.3.4 Zip Package download link is not available. Can this please be refreshed

  8. my phone(samsung galaxy s GT-I9003) updated successfully …. but there is no Arabic language …. how i can install it… plz help me ….

  9. hi
    i hav samsung galaxy s GT-I9003 iam connected wifi but unable to browse but same time i have samsung galaxy y it is connecting plz help

  10. Hi guyz,

    I have successfully upgraded my Samsung galaxy S gtI9003 from froyo 2.2.1 to gingerbread 2.3.6 via samsung Kies. To be more specific :

    previous firmware version – PDS:KB2/PHONE:KA5/CSC:KA6(INU)
    Latest firmware version – PDA:KP2 /PHONE:KP4/CSC:KPH(INU)

    The phone is working fine so far. Got some issue with wifi disconnect initially for a couple of times but it did not recur. The phone battery life has increased and may be speakers. Few options added in the application settings. Not many visible changes. The steps i followed:
    - Take backup
    - Reset factory settings
    - Go to recovery mode clear cache
    - apply upgrade via kies
    - again clear cache from recovery mode
    - DONE!!

    Found issue with connectivity to kies. Resolved by making windows 7 search for drivers when i connect phone. Luckily it found the drivers and the connection is all OK.



    do i have to enable usb debugging before i update any of these firmwars ?

  12. what shld be my APN settings…???
    i am nt able to understand them?? when i click on access point names…
    it shows vodafone live with portalnmms and green dot and vodafone mms…
    and clicking on any of them gives name APN proxy username apn type…

  13. hey…. i am very concerned…
    the internet on my phne samsung galaxy i9003 used to work properly… version 2.2.1
    but suddenly it stopped working…
    i deactivated and activated it with vodafone…
    it started working but i can only use the internet foe browsing the net… that too only through the phne,s brower…
    the phne now has syncing problems with my gmail accnt n whats app…
    i restored the phne to default bt then again the net only works fr browsing purposes n experiences problems due to sync of gmail n whatsapp… so neither gmail nor whatsapp is worklng…
    what shld i do…

    • check with the apn settings! what apn settings you are entering?

    • yesssssssssssssssss…………… whatsappp worked….. i just set the apn to restore to default… n it started worrking…..
      thanks…… aftr restorin to default voda live chnged to voda gprs…
      bt one thing…
      the net works without the gprs settings sent by vodafone…
      i have currently deleted the gprs setting n it is still working… why
      doesnt it require gprs settings???

  14. hi neal
    please help, my i9003 is bricked

  15. something went wrong with me, now my phone doesnt boot normally also it cannot go to download mode or recovery mode, is there any way to get it fixed?

    please help

  16. Him My Samsung I9003 Firmware version is 2.21 Baseband version I9003JXKA4 Kernel Version:

    Please let me know, if it is possible to upgrade it to Gingerbread. And loso let me know from wher i have to download the new firmware.

    I bought it from Qatar and using in India.



  17. Which one is the most latest & suitable update version for Samsung Galaxy SL GT-I9003…

  18. Thanks again buddy!!! That upload mode popped up and almost suck my life for sometime!!! I tried many ways but didn’t work out. Then finally removed the battery for a minute and then put it back. It worked. In fact i had tried reconfiguring using odn and using the cominational keys!! Man!! Took my life for sometime!! Thanks a ton again Neal!!

  19. Awesome!! Thanks a ton!!

  20. i could not update my phone to xxkpn:( so i updated it to xxkpe and the phone is working fine till now
    and thanx for tutorial was very helpful :)

  21. hy all….

    I recently contacted the customer care center of samsung ..they told me that gingerbread is available for this version and when i went to the store adderess they have given to update my phone from froyo to gingerbread…they told me that this version is not available in india….so what should i do????

    is this version of gingerbread available in india to update my phone(sgs i 9003)???????

    kindly advicve

  22. my firmware version is pda:ka6(froyo 2.2.1) PHONE : I9003DDKA5 is my phone upgradeable to gingerbread
    Samsung service center in mumbai said the phone is not upgradeable
    Will i be able to upgrade or not???

  23. Hey Neal, my i9003 has a camera and video not functioning problem. what should i do now???

  24. hey dud ..i hav this gt i9003 frm 2 months i want upgard it i hav seen ua proceedings but i din get any idea about “odin” so kindly tell me about that….

  25. Hello Neal:

    Finally I have my issues with XXPE version. What I did is repeat the process multiple times.
    Still I am willing to update with the new version XXPH.

    Is the download link already fixed? I have tried to download the files numerous times
    and the file is still broken…

  26. Hi Neal
    I am new to android phones. Bought this one just three days ago. The XXKPH file is broken. Please help. Also, I am from India and the phone is under warranty. Will upgrading to GB break the warranty?

  27. and also a dumb question – what is flash my phone means ? bcoz i see alot of comment saying need to flash few times.
    is it restart the phone by pressing the off button more than 10seconds ?


  28. hi neal ,
    first of all i am new to android n hv never done anything to my phone b4 just apps fr market.
    1. so is it xxkph the best update available now ? (after i download cant extract broken or corrupted . pls fix)
    2. will my apps be gone after upgrade ?


    btw where should i get help fr u ? androidadvices or androidfirmwares ?

  29. Dear Neal,

    Thank you for the regular updates. I have been judiciously following your tutorials on upgraded to XXKPE and rooted the same. And, I now have two problems.
    The camera isn’t working and the system time and date are reset to 1999 and requires a restart to get it right (time and date configured to use network-provided values).
    Restarting at times brings me to a “POWER RESET OR UNKNOWN UPLOAD MODE” screen and requires battery removal.

    An update indicating that there is a newer firmware upgrade would have been helpful earlyon in the post would have been very helpful.

    Will try updating with the XXKPH version.

    Perhaps a FAQ on the different versions of firmwares available would be of help to noobs like us. I can see that you have quite a lot of those :)

  30. Thanks for wonderful guide.
    I upgraded the same to my i9003 without any problem using this.

    Thanks again.

  31. Hello Neal:

    I Got another issue after updating my phone to XXPE, my phone is shutting down when
    it is in standby mode..,

    I am trying to update the firmware to XXPH but I could not get the correct file from the download
    link that you post..,

    Can you please help me neal with my phone issues..??

    I have followed all instructions and it’s a bit annoying that i need to power on my phone when is shutdown automatically..

  32. Hello Neal:

    I updated my phone to XXPE and got an battery drain issue.
    I reflects that the battery life is less thant 10% but when I plugged it
    into the charger I still have 80% battery life.

    PLS HELP me how to solve this Issue…,

  33. after this update, can i use the front facing camera for taking pics, recording videos and video calling?….and are the power and gps issues fixed?

  34. after the gingerbread update, can we use the front facing camera for taking pics, recording videos and video calling?…..and can i expect the gps and power issues to be solved as well?

  35. Neal

    Can you please direct me to the Download link of XXKPH.
    I cant find it here.

  36. begging for help!!!

    anyone, plez help me.. can samsung glaxy sl be update with any firmware??
    my stock baseband version is I9003DXKB2 and my stock build number is FROYO.DXKF1

    can this be upgrde either with gingerbread jpkp5 2.3.4 or xxkpe 2.3.4 ????
    hope you guys can help me.

  37. is there anyway to install arabic language plus i have a power reset or unknown upload mode what can i do?

  38. is there anyway i can unflash my phone and bring it back to its original state?thanks having a problem on my cam :(

  39. Hey friends, i finally upgraded my galaxy OS from stock froyo to gingerbread 2.3.4 (xxkpe) all thanks to this marvelous tutorial (and a bit of my intellect!). So for all those guys having problems to get started here are a few must knows:

    -to get to download mode start by pressing the volume down key followed by the home button and finally the power button. Keep holding them pressed until you see the “Download mode” appear.
    -Connect to the PC via USB cable (make sure you’d started the Odin application already on your PC before attempting to connect)
    -In Odin you only need to select the necessary files for PIT, Bootloader, etc as mentioned in the tutorial (no hassling with the “re-partition” or any such other options)
    -Choose to START and let the flashing complete successfully. Odin should let you know when its done.
    -Now unplug your device from PC and long press the power button to power it off and restart in recovery mode.
    -Getting my phone to recovery state was a bit challenging but this is how I did it; Start by pressing the Volume Down button and then home button followed by the power button. Keep the combination pressed until you feel a slight (start up) vibration and immediately let go off the home button at that instant (while still holding onto the power and VD button combination). If you did this successfully, you have “recovered”! because the first time I tried erroneously and my screen flashed some weird “unkown mode” and gave me a start.
    -Now choose to wipe out cache as necessary (follow the tutorial instructions).
    -Restart your phone. But the job’s only half done (yeah you heard’t right!)
    -FLASH YOUR PHONE ALL OVER AGAIN using the exact process. A second flashing is quintessential for your device to function like a Galaxy SL. I’ve faced no issues with camera (both primary and secondary), no ringer issues, no battery drainage and the overall transition from Froyo to Gingerbread is breathtaking.

  40. Hi,

    I have updated the FW from xxkpe9 to xxkpe and am unable to enter the recovery mode (volume up+Home). I have tried re-flashing it multiple times selecting both re-partition(yes) and no but still face the same issue. I says unknown mode. Can you please help me out. Only reason i have updated the FW is to root the phone. (SG i9003)


  41. hi neeal
    there is some problem with ur firm ware tht u uploaded
    my phone is not starting at all it does not even boots properly
    request you pls upload a correct file only as the phone are not working even though after reviewing all u r suggestion
    for flashing the phone

    guys its a great risk to download the content as the files might be corrupted

  42. Heyy… I updated my phone as directed by you. I am facing some problems after the update! My camera is not working properly after the update! Any solution for this?

  43. Hi!

    I couldn’t get into download mode. after samsung logo, screen becomes dark, nothing comes for several minutes, then if I leave buttons, phone starts normally. How to fix this download mode error? I couldn’t find any useful article

  44. Hello Neal..,

    Please I need feedback if All know bugs of XXKPH are fixed before i upgrade my phone..
    By the way can please direct mo to the download link of XXKPH?


  45. When I open the Odin3 and plug my Phone i9003 within download mode. no ID appears why ??? and I can’t complete the update without the ID appearing ! please help ?
    My system is 2.2.1

  46. please help me guys… first of all my phone was hanging on the boot screen where samsung is written… that time phone was with the stock rom 2.2.1…. now after updating it to 2.3.4 KPE my phone is restarting again n again… what to do

  47. Hi Neal,
    I’m relatively new to android and dunno much about rooting and all. But i’m just as eager to try out the new gingerbread on my half year old Galaxy SL gt I9003 with the following system info:
    -firmware v: 2.2.1,
    -baseband v: I9003DDKA5,
    -kernel v: root@SE-S605#1
    -build no: FROYO.DDKB2

    Now help me with this, do I update to XXKPE or XXKPH? I do have the zip files for the latter but need help with the flashing (so u see we all want you to come up with a tutorial for that just like u did for XXKPE:)
    And yes, in case I unfortunately manage to brick my phone then do I stand a chance to downgrade it back to froyo (got the zip files for froyo stable version too;) Lastly would my “upgraded” OS be recognized by KIES?

  48. Hello Neal.,

    I Got the Samsung Galaxy SL i9003, and I tried to update my firmware using the samsung KIES.
    But when I Connect the device to the software it appears that the samsung galaxy SL i9003 firmware is
    not upgradable…, And then I read your from this article that it is possible to update my firmware.,.

    If I update my firmware, what would be the consequences i am facing.?
    And have you fixed all the know bugs?

    Thank you very much!

  49. Thanks a ton Neal….
    had to flash it twice to get camera working…great work…
    Just checking to overall OS now…

  50. HI Neal,

    Can you please direct me to XXKPH. I am unable to find link to that.

  51. Guys,

    I updated XXKPE 2.3.4 and all seems to b working fine. But a funny problem happens now, i can hear all sounds but when incoming call it only vibrates. What should i do? Any solutions?

  52. Hi Neal,

    I am ready to Flash my i9003 using the XXKPE 2.3.4.

    I would like to know how can i flash update with XXKPH?


  53. hey neal pradeep,i need d link of latest firmware update of gingerbread 2.3.4 for my samsung galaxy s gt-i9003 ???? cud u pls snd me d link ?? coz i searched evrywhr in d web.

  54. Can anyone tell me how to gain “root access” again for galaxy s I9003 with gingerbread 2.3.4?Superuser was not found at”/system/bin/su” or “system/xbin/su”….THKs.

  55. what diffrent XXKPH 2.3.4 version and XXKPE 2.3.4 Firmware?

    somebody explain it to me.. tahnx..

  56. Hi.. When i upgraded first time my camera was not functioning… I did the flashing again and started working fine… Thanks a lot for your support to make my mobile alive. :)

  57. hey neal im not able to download the Gingerbread XXKPE 2.3.4 Firmware from link!!!! and my camera is not working after updating ma galaxy s gt i9003 to GalaxySL_I9003XXKP7!!!

  58. Hi… I tried the above steps, but my installations fails while downloading file… and now i can’t start my phone… it is giving me an icon which i think says that the copy between PC and Phone failed… :(

  59. NeaL,
    Thank you very much. Everything works fine for my SGSL.Job well done…

  60. Dear Neal
    i have KPH gingerbread on my i9003 and its work almost perfect except front cam owhen i using skype and Hangout Google suche+. Device turned off in 20 second
    Pls help file

  61. Dear Neal, My galaxy I9003 have XKA4 baseband version. Kernel version root@SE-S606#1
    Build number FROYO.JPKB1.

    Is this possible to update with Gingerbread XXKPE 2.3.4 Firmware. I am in Kuwait.

    Please do let me know.

  62. Got below error while d/loading I9003XXKPE.ZIP…

    ” Unexpected end of archive”

    and when i open the folder, it has following files ONLY
    1 – APBOOT_I9003XXKPE_CL409735_REV08_user_low_ship.tar.md5
    2 – CODE_I9003XXKPE_CL409735_REV08_user_low_ship.tar.md5

    pls help…!

  63. Broken links … follow this guid as it’s more complete ..

  64. Dear Neal, I use i9003 and the Android version 2.3.4 I9003XXKPE Now I try to update I9003XXKPH (with single file). My mobile never get Upload mode! Always shows ‘Power Reset or Unknown Upload Mode’. Please help.

  65. Hi Neal,

    So the XXKPE 2.3.4 version is better than the XXKP9 version ??

    And also, has the “Kernel Panic Mode” issue rectified in the XXKPE Version ??


  66. hi there,
    i have samsung galaxy sl i9003 and i want to upgrade my mobile to gingerbread but my mobile is nt going into downloading mode i dnt know whts the prblem,
    plz can u help me with this prblem

    • hey fariha we have taken down your request and will be coming out with an all new stable firmware within the next 24 hours, stay tuned to AndroidAdvices by subscribing the newsletter!

  67. hi neal, whats the latest firmware update available for GT-I9003?

    I’m from Dubai, UAE. is it applicable to this zone?


  68. Hi..NeaL
    I just done update..The problem is,my camera is not functioning..Is there any way how to fix it?

  69. Hello,

    I’m Mauritian and I have this phone (GT-I9003), which currently runs Froyo.

    PDA: I9003XWKB4
    PHONE: I9003XXKB1
    CSC: I9003OXXKB2

    Kies reports that this version of the phone cannot be updated. Can i flash to this firmware?

  70. hi neal, ive got the same problem with mahendra(August 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm, comment date)..

    1. Not able to connect to Market.
    2. Getting error of “KERNEL PANIC MODE UPLOAD”
    3. After getting above error if try to Switch off Phone then “POWER RESET OR UNKNOWN UPLOAD MODE” message comes.
    4. One more point… Google.Framework force closed, google.gapps.Force close errors are coming.

    can you help me out, i just updated my phone yesterday but the error above is keeps on coming specially errors number 2 & 3..

    thank you……

    • kindly update with the Next version of Android!

      • can you give me a link for that new android version?

        i tried to downgrade my phone just this morning into its original version using the application from your page because i read good feedback
        from the users, but the same problem occur, although error 2 & 3 does not appear anymore but the android system always terminates, the same problem before…

        your advise is highly appreciated..

        thank you..

  71. hey i tried the process. everything went well but after clearing the cache the phone is stuck in the galaxy welcome screen.
    please help

  72. hi Neal my samsung i9003 always shuts down itself for no apparent reason. everytime i tuck it in my pocket and when i take it out again it would be turned off. its really frustratating. hope you can help

  73. its best
    speed of my cell phone has increased awessom and still i didnt face any prob
    thank you very much

  74. hi i have update my cell phone samsung galaxy sl i9003 it is great but i m not able to use camera my phone hang when using the same plz help me ………..

  75. Did the upgrade just now… It was cool. Thanks for the detailed step.

    Camera did not work on the first step. Reflashed again and it works perfect.

    Thanks again.

  76. I’ve just updated my samsung galaxy i 9003 2.2.1 to 2.3.4 gingerbread. But I am having problem with camera, my camera is not working at all. What should be done to fix this problem?
    Can u please help me out dev?


  77. TRIED RESTARTING .. computer but no luck stuck at Setup connection.. PLEASE help !!!!please

  78. Hey Pradeep thanks for this post. i have successfully upgraded my GT I9003 phone to andriod version 2.3.4.

  79. hi Neal
    I had upgraded to your XXKP9 version yesterday and everything is working fine. i have a major problem in that whenever the phone goes into sleep mode it goes into silent and when i press the power button it again comes back to normal mode. any calls in between remain in silent mode and i have missed at least 10 calls since morning because of this. Also some of the setting like size of font are going back to default inspite of changing it a number of times

    thanks and regards

  80. Hey neal pls help am in great distress …my incoming call volume or you can the ringer volume is too low inspite in settings its ringing high. I noticed one thing when csc is unknown it rings as usual high bt when csc is filled the ringer volume slows down inspite showing high volume in settings. Please help. Everything else fine. Fw xxkph. Previous fw xxkpe. Tried flashing hundred times.

  81. Hi Neal,

    Does Samsung released an official version of Gingerbread for I9003 in India?


  82. im having a hard time going to download mode please help

  83. hi. i m using GT-I9003 .i have update with xxkp7(2.3.4). but now d problem is it goes POWER RESET or UNKNOWN UPLOAD MODE. please help me.

  84. Ive updated with Samsung gt i9003 with ginger bread xxxpe but i cant see any change in is same as that in froyo.though phn is saying it alright or my phn isnt updated cmpltly

  85. every time i press and hold power button i get POWER RESET OR UNKNOWN UPLOAD MODE what do i have to do?

  86. hi, i tried to do everything on the instructions, but my odin is stuck at the ‘send lock information…’ status, and yeah i restarted my com still the same…any ideas on how to solve this?

  87. Hey meal am tlingit about phones loud speaker .. The ringtone seems to be too low inspire changing the settings.kindly help.

  88. Can i update my phone from XXKP9 to XXKPE?

  89. Which one is the latest version nd better one neal xxkpe or xxkph. I upgraded to xxkpe as per tutorial bt my sound seems too low for incoming call. Despite in settings the preview sound is much louder. And pls tell xxkpe or xxkph which is better

  90. hey neal.. i flashed my i9003 2 times as mentioned above each copleting in about4 mins…everything is working fine except the incomin call vol is too low inspite f changing sound settings ts ringing high in settings but not in actual incoming call. pls help also i wanted to know can i udate from kies when official gb for i9003 is out.


  92. Hi Friends,

    After flashing complete i am not able to enter to Wipe Cache partition . One of my friend told you need to flash the device again, i am trying to do the same but my phone is not getting recognised in Odin. Please help me out. I am using Windows7

  93. hello,
    the newest update xxkph zip file is broken can’t extract the files says file corrupted…please verify.
    thank you

      • tried downloading twice via pc same result not able to extract files…now tried with mobile same result…can u please give me another link to download the file..I’ll be helpful.
        thank you

      • I have downloaded it twice via pc and once via phone same story not able to extract zip file…can please give me an alternate download link so that I can try to download those files…it’ll be helpful.
        thank you

  94. Thanks much for giving comprehensive details for installing ginger bread. I have got my I9003 upgraded to Ginger bread.
    While in the process, the only hiccup I faced was …. after installing the OS the next restart just showed me “power reset or unknown upload mode” on the screen and never let me restart / shutdown / boot. It made my phone dumb.

    I was horrified by seeing that and started googling around for finding the relevant info but unfortunately I couldn’t manage to find a perfect solution. I went ahead blindly and restarted the whole installation all over again as a result I could now got it working with out any issues.

    Thanks much once again. You rock !!

  95. Hey neaL

    I just flashed my sgsl i9003 using yout tutorial but after the odin upgrade process i could not enter the recovery mode.. so i tried to do it all again but the same story, so i removed the batter and then restarted now there is a problem that the wifi just wont turn off, after going in setting-wifi and network-wifi settings non of the buttons are available and the top wifi tab says turning off.. ( i tried re starting the phone but the problem still exists, n yeah the wifi is turned on and connected to my network as the phone starts )

    please reply ASAP!!

    great tutorial btw !!!


    • and yeah as i mentioned above that i tried 2nd time because i could not go to the recovery mode ( when i tried your instruction about how to go to the recovery mode the phone showed something “unknown mode” ) on my first try and the same happened on the second try too, so, I finally was not able to go to the recovery mode and clear the cache… thought that might help you

      • i hope the issue is now resolved! let us know if there are any issues!

        • Sure.. mean while i noticed one more thing if i do not connect the phone to my network the wifi does turn off.. but if i have it connected to my network either at the setup or afterwards in the setting the wifi just keeps on saying turning off.. anyways will do what you suggested and will let you know the results..

          thanks for your quick response!!


        • Hi..
          the problem is now gone.. thanks for your tutorial and immediate support


    • Kindly pull off the battery and again update with the same! there should not be any issues!

      • I did as you suggested me to do.. but now the wifi would only turn off if i do not have the “power widget” on my home and even without that it would only turn on and off for about 4 times not more than that..

        here is the photo of the screen taken using my built in camera take a look ( its mirror because its taken using the webcam)

  96. tnx neal for this!

    i just finished the updation process.

    flashed it just once(?)

    camera is working. apps are still installed after reboot…etc…all is fine.

    do i still have to “Wipe data/factory reset” and “Wipe Cache partition” (i.e. go to recovery mode)? will i face any problem in the future if i dont do this?

    now ill observe if there will be any random reboots and other problems. ill stay in touch.

  97. Hi,
    I have the version XXKP9 on my galaxy sl. Once in few days(undeterministic), I see the Kernel Panic screen. Any idea why?
    Can I update to XXKPE? Is it stable?


  98. Hi,
    I have the version XXKP9 on my galaxy sl. Once in few days(undeterministic), I see the Kernel Panic screen. Any idea why?
    Can I update to XXKP9? Is it stable?


  99. i followed the instructions but when i plugged in my phone, odin showed 2 partitions. while in your screenshot, it only shows 1 ” 0:[COM9]. what should i do?

  100. Dear Neal,

    im here at qatar, my phone is samsung galaxy sl gt i9003, can i update to gingerbread using this? im confused, is samsung galaxy sl i9003 different from samsung galaxy sl gt i9003?? please reply.. thanks

    • both are the same phones, you can apply the update!

    • Hi Kira,
      i would not advise you to update… especially if you want your phone to recognize arabic…i made the mistake and updated to 2.3.4 and:

      lost arabic….camera doen’t work….random hanging when i try to unlock the phone….youtube doe not work…video playback does not work,,,and so on.

      then i tried to roll back to 2.2.1…and got a heap of other problems, abd still no arabic…eventually i had to send the phone back to the dealer for repair…still waiting if these things will be sorted out :(

  101. Hi Neal, as I promised to tell you…below are my observations :

    1. Not able to connect to KIES.
    2. Not able to connect to Marcket.
    3. After flashing 2 or 3 times, Camera starts working.
    4. Getting error of “KERNEL PANIC MODE UPLOAD”
    5. After getting above error if try to Switch off Phone then “POWER RESET OR UNKNOWN UPLOAD MODE” message comes.
    6. One more point… Google.Framework force closed, google.gapps.Force close errors are coming.
    7. Data is not syncing with Email Accounts already added.

  102. My camera is not working after this update.

  103. hi
    i just finished upgrading my phone and it went perfectly. but the phone codes like *#*#3646#*#* and gps codes *#*#3214789650#*#* are not working anymore. do you have any idea why or we have different codes for this firmware

  104. dear all,

    i did everything as you said and i upgraded my phone.
    what I’m asking about is the Arabic language, is there any fix to make my phone read and write Arabic?

    Kindly advice as i need it badly.


  105. dude i tried to enter recovery mode with no luck all i get is unknown upload mode.. flash it twice with the re partition unchecked.

    my phone is working fine . the camera is. every is good. do i still need to clear the cache?

    • no, if its working fine then don’t do anything!

      • My mobile is suddenly went in this mode……which is showing above message.

        I am not sure whats happening …but just to say …I have purchased new mobile and now I am not able to use it at all.

        Can you please tell me why I am getting this issue ? And how much serious is this for my mobile ?

        Will I be able to use my mobile properly again ?

  106. Ha ha ha ….

    Hey Neal, Just after writing this comment I was accessing my mobile and it gave me the Message


    Can you please let me know what is this issue ? and how it can be resolved ?

    Appreciate your quick feedback.

  107. Hi Neal and Team,

    I have updated my mobile with this version.

    Also I have rooted the mobile. I am not sure what is the benefit of Rooting the Mobile but just did it.

    I will update all the issues whichever I will be facing. Hope this version will work fine.

    Thanks a lot.

  108. I had a friend installed this for my SL, it went all find in one flash and got a 1.4k is the Quadrnt bnchmrk.
    before in kp9 its 7-850 only and plenty of bugs. thks neal youre great thing that happen!

  109. Hi NeaL,

    It’s me again, i have the latest froyo version.
    Baseband I9003DDKC1
    Kernel ver.
    Build number: Froyo.DDKF1

    And my questions are:
    1. Is this new firmware applicable in Philippines Country?
    2. My phone is already rooted is this OK to proceed?
    3. Can you tell the comparison of these two firmware?
    4. Can i proceed with these instructions?


  110. hello neil,

    im absolutely clueless on the cache thingy. is it a one time process or do you have to repeat it in order to access some of the features like the camera for instance…id love some GB goodness on my phone provided its not buggy.

    please help me out if you can and forgive me but im a noob.

  111. Hi
    After the update I am having a problem with skype video call.. There is an issue with the camera and the picture appears to be black…

    • hi,

      how you solve your issue the skype was blank when video call? please help

      • its a network issues, check with the data speed / data coverage

        • Its not the network issue, i am having same issue on my Galaxy S GT-i9003, i can view others cam. but they can not see me. blank screen only. i tried this on skype and Paltalk. in Paltalk. when u enable autorotate. cam freeze and only green shows. many people facing this with ur firmware.
          I tried XXKPE, XXKPH, Jkp5 latest also. all having sa me issue. I think. video works fine only with 2.3.3 , my friend using. any link to get original samsung firmware (not edited)



    Just reflash the firmware if you have any problems, it will cover any problems you have with your phone.

    TO: NEAL

    For Gingerbread frimwares, they have to always be flashed twice as ODIN cannot cover the modem and some other rfs files during the first flash. Please add this piece of information into your article.

  113. Hi.. I have cleared the cache for the camera to work but it only works once after clearing the cache.. after that i need to clear the cache again to get it to work.. any workaround for this?

  114. Hi Neal…have updated with the latest firware and also rooted my phone…have observed that XT9 (predective mode) is not working for messaging…hope to see some revert..

  115. hello advicer which one is good xxkpe, xxkp7 or xxkp9.
    i had installed xxkp9 but in this virsion avi videos are not been played as i played all these videos in frayo 2.2.1.
    So what would be the reasion plz explaine me.

  116. Hi Neal
    Wanted your help on this:
    has come up with a new official firmware I9003xxkph,Could you please provide us the procedure to update our handset with the above latest glitch free official firmware??

  117. bro.. i just wanna know.. for this firmware version is for asia or europe? if not from asia.. is it possible to me to upgrade this firmware? by the way im staying in malaysia.. tq bro..

  118. Hi Pradeep,

    After updating, camera is not working. Could you please help me out. Many thanks.

  119. hi jojo..i have the same problems like u.i cant upgrade my o.s. from 2.2.1 to latest system.Now my mobile shut down himself automatically.I called samsung they said upgrade yor system and be happy.I see that u cant be happy also after u upgrade your system.What shall SAMSUNG users do about this problem? Upgrade or not? or getting rid of it?

  120. after 2nd time flash…my phone all work well…previously camera hang….can not enter market…GPS is pretty fast than 2.2…thx a lot…^^

  121. Hi Neal! I have a problem with my Samsung Galaxy SL I9003. Before I upgrade to Gingerbread XXKPE 2.3.4 Firmware, the 1st problem I encountered was the battery drained faster than before. I tried to turn off both wifi and bluetooth but still my unit’s battery still drain fast. 2nd problem that I encountered, when I opened the Google application, this error “”The application Google services Framework(process has stopped unexpectedly.” always appeared. This happened on some of the application that comes with my unit. So I tried to update my firmware to Froyo 2.2.1, following strictly your procedure, but I observe the same problem. One thing also, I tried to install YM software and it was properly installed. When I turn off the unit, the YM software was automatically uninstalled. Then I tried to install the Gingerbread 2.3.4 firmware, but same problem I encountered. Please help me to resolve this problem. Thanks in advance.

  122. Hi, I Have galaxy SL i9003 with the firmware PDA:I9003DDKF1 and its in indian warrenty, if i update the above given firmware will it lose the warrenty? how is it ? Please explain.

    • no you will not lose the warranty!

      • Thanks a lot for the replay.

      • Hi, Now i did the updation of firmware, but every time it gives the below data and stops nothing moves after this. please help me in updating the firmware.

        Enter CS for MD5..
        Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
        Please wait..
        APBOOT_I9003XXKPE_CL409735_REV08_user_low_ship.tar.md5 is valid.
        CODE_I9003XXKPE_CL409735_REV08_user_low_ship.tar.md5 is valid.
        MODEM_I9003XXKPE_REV_00_CL1041909.tar.md5 is valid.
        GT-I9003-CSC-MULTI-OXAKPE.tar.md5 is valid.
        Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
        Leave CS..
        Odin v.3 engine (ID:16)..
        File analysis..

      • dear Neal,

        I had tried to update the given firmware, but it stopping at a point saying setup connection. Please help.

  123. Sorry to bother you Neal but im still facing camera issues even with the XXKPE firmware…..could you help me out?

  124. Hi Neal,

    From the last time I had tried to update XXKP7 then XXKP9 and then last Stable version you had given of XXKD2.

    After that i got updates via Kies also….

    But till now my mobile has not came in to the normal state.

    Currently I am not able to access any application…. also It gives me error like Google Frame work app force closed.

    All teh application which has came already installed or downloaded from Marcket are being forceclosed….

    Now can you suggest what should I do ? Just to ensure…I have cleared the cache and follow complete process word to word as you had mentioned every time in the article.

    Should I try this version to upgrade ?

    Appreciate your quick feedback.

  125. Venkatesh Subramanian

    after the update the camera is not working. can anyone help ?

  126. Venkatesh Subramanian

    After updating the firmware, i could not go the recovery mode. when i press the top volume button+menu button and power on, it says unknown mode. so i took out the battery and restarted the phone. it works normally.

    how can i clear the cache and recovery partition etc.

    Note : One thing i noticed is that while doing the update, i had the repartition check box, checked. is it because of that.

  127. i am having galaxy sl gt i9003 can i update my phone with this firmware and do it will enhance my mobile with this firmware any cons is there against this upgrade please

    reply for this


  128. Hey thnx alot………Neal..!!!!! Vry kind f u….!!!..thnx again….!!!!!

  129. Mohannad Ibrahim

    Thanks for the tutorial, but what languages does this firmware support? Does it support arabic language?

  130. …..above proceedure means……do I hv2 flash my device n so…o…….also my phne model num z difrnf 4rm dat f above….so which procedure shud I follow….???…

  131. …..above proceedure means……do I hv2 flash my device n so…o…….

  132. Hey first f all thnx alot 4 turning up….Actualy im nt talkin abt da abov phne model….my problm z …….i hv a samsung galaxy s (GT -19000)….nd I hv 2.1 so I wntd2 upgrade it2 froyos or ginger bread….using kies…..
    Initialy as usual I tried2 update my original kies (software which cm wit da phne) bt dat jzt doesnt hapen as it keeps on n on downloadin endlessly (it says update z only 79mb but dat download doesnt stop even aftr 150mb)…so wht I did wz I downloaded manualy da latest version f kies which wz abt 83mb…..nd once I connectd da phne it cmz dat a firmware upgrade is available…nd when I click start upgrade…i get a msg sayn “firmware update has stoped working” nd da phne z also disconected….plsss plsss help me out wit dis error…..also if I hv 2 folow ny procedure ….pls tel ma da steps…eg : (lik if2 clear da cache what buton o key I shud pres first) cz I rely duno much abt dese stuf…..thnx in advance….pls help me out……

    • with kies you cant update due to some issues as of now but you can make use of above procedure to update your device!

    • hi dilshan
      even i had same problem with my galaxy pop
      just do 1 thing take ur fone to the samsung customer care
      they will do it for u for free
      and that wud b 100 % safe and official
      and also the above firmware is not for ur galaxy s i9000 its for galaxy sl i9003
      good luck

  133. i thing so the file is wrong firmware. can you pls upload the right file

  134. I get an error sayin “firmware update has stopped working”….when I try2 upgrade my sgs via kies….pls cn smbody help me out wit dis…

    • kindly clear the cache from the recovery mode and then try updating the device!

      • HEY NEEL………..I ALREADY UPGRAD MY OLD FROYO TO GINGERBREAD XXKP9….PLZ TELL ME I FOUND ALMOST EVERY 3rd day a new firmware for galexy 9003 in ur website………i m confused…?????help me out

      • hey neal im not able to download the zip file as its continuosly says cannot The download cannot be saved because an unknown error occurred.

        Please try again.

      • Shahrez waheed

        Hey! i really need ur help i was running jpkp5 and then i decided to xxkpe odin always gets stuck on initialization… and i cant even boot the phone but i can still enter recovery mode…. pleaseeee help me what should i do???

      • Shahrez waheed

        Hey! i really need ur help i was running jpkp5 and then i decided to flash xxkpe, odin always gets stuck on initialization… and i cant even boot the phone but i can still enter download mode…. pleaseeee help me what should i do???