Samsung Fascinate – Install Gingerbread 2.3.7 with CyanogenMod 7.1 ROM

CyanogenModWe have just seen the CyanogenMod 7.1 ROM update for Galaxy S and Galaxy S2 phone. The same CyanogenMod 7.1 update is also available for Samsung Fascinate. The installation procedure is completely different for all the models even though it’s the CyanogenMod 7.1 ROM.

Its important that you proceed with the Samsung Fascinate phone only but not with any other Samsung similar looking mobile phone. If you proceed, you would end up your phone bricking it. This firmware update for your phone will require to have the root access on your phone and rooting on your phone will void the warranty.

The best part of this firmware update is that, regardless of any version or firmware you are on, you can install this custom firmware.

Note : We at Android Advices are not responsible in part or whole for anything happens to your blog if you proceed with the firmware update mentioned here. Users should must understand the risk and then proceed with the firmware update.

New features in CyanogenMod 7.1.0 version:

  • With this update you get the taste of upcoming Android 2.3.7 version which is still in beta.
  • You will get Bluetooth mouse support in this version.
  • It includes a latest Superuser app.
  • You will see a lot of change in the photo recording feature as this version speed up the photo recording process.
  • Geo location added to photo app.
  • It adds screen shot capture in the power menu
  • Last but not the least, it adds Bluetooth tethering

The list doesn’t end there, those were just the important enhancements, there are lot more to add to the list.

Pre Upgrade Instructions:

Before you update your phone, follow the below mentioned pre upgrade instructions –

  • You need to take the backup of all the important documents present on your Samsung Fascinate as the data in the phone memory would be lost and the data on to your SD card would be safe. This includes SMS, call logs, contacts, songs and videos.

    Use SMS Backup & Restore app
    Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application
    Call Log – Call Log and Restore
    Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card.

  • Remove SIM card phone your phone while you are updating your phone.
  • Make sure that you have charged your phone to the full before updating with this firmware as you may need to go through battery calibration steps.
  • Make sure that PC which you are using is of minimum Windows XP or higher but not any other OS.

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  1. Cyryl

    December 9, 2011 at 11:31 am


    Oddly… I ended up experimenting some more with other things… Shortly after I posted this, I came across the \Fix Permissions\ option in Clockwork ROM Manager… Figured that it wouldn’t hurt to simply reset all file permissions as I rationalized that they would simply be defaulted to whatever they should be in the ROM.

    Oddly enough this seems to have remedied the issue. After it went through all of the files and reset the permissions, it prompted me to reboot. After doing so, I rebooted into recovery mode, wiped the cache (of course) then reinstalled the current Google Apps ZIP (as found on the Wiki) and rebooted for what seems like the millionth time today.

    After that, I was greeted by a most welcome sight: The Google apps setup screen.

    It’s odd… In all of the searching I’ve done for the solution today, I haven’t seen any references to file permissions.

    Stroke of luck for me here. *nods*

    I’ll report any further issues in this particular thread if I have them. But I went to the store and when I came back I found that my phone was already reinstalling ALL of my apps from the market FOR me. I’m simply IMPRESSED.

    More to come later… But I feel that it would really be beneficial if someone were to make a more comprehensive checklist of troubleshooting options for this particular issue as it seems like many people have it…but no one really gives a solid answer on fixing it.

    But so far… I’m VERY pleased with this ROM.


    Hmm… Alright. So I mentioned that it was downloading all of my apps for me…

    Many were installed but most of the others errored out indicating ‘insufficient space on the device’.

    I’d assume that the apps would go to the SD card… I’m guessing that there is a simple explanation to this one?

    I’ll mess with it but I’ll ask for advice on this beforehand to save on time in case I get stuck on this as I go.

    Edit 1: Well… After looking at the properties of several apps…it seems that they did install to the internal phone memory rather than to the external SD. Now begins the grueling process of moving them one by one to the SD card… Bleh…

    What happened here? The fact that the apps didn’t go to the SD card by default seems a little counter-intuitive… Were they supposed to?

  2. Cyryl

    December 9, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I’m in the same situation as Keith.

    I downgraded my US Verizon Fascinate to stock Touchwiz EC09 Froyo ROM from Samsung. Then I flashed to Cyanogenmod 7.1. (Android 2.3.7.) I also upgraded the baseband S:i500.04 v.ED05.

    Barring a few issues getting it flashed, I discovered that the only problem I was having was that I had an old version of Clockwork Recovery Mod from the v3.x.x.x series. I used Odin and flashed to a v4.x.x.x version. (cwm4_fixed_for_cm7-ODIN.tar.) CM7 installed flawlessly after that. (Install took very little time at all, actually.) Seems that the old version of CRM didn’t have the scripting capabilities required to install CM7 is all.

    I did clear the cache partition before AND after each flashing action. (I’ve found this to be a failsafe way to prevent any old data from causing any issues.)

    NOW I’m in the same situation as Keith. I have no Google apps. I used Clockwork Recovery to flash the file located at the link found in the “CyanogenMod 7” section in the table at the bottom of the following site:


    The Clockwork Recovery reports that the file installed. Said it removed old APK’s and installed the new ones, etc.

    I then boot into CM7 and I still have no Market.

    I tried extracting the APK’s from the ZIP and installing them that way…but they won’t install.

    So here I am with this bad-ass ROM on my phone… I DO love it. But it’s 100% useless to me if I can’t get my apps installed.

    I’m sure that there has to be a solution. Anyone have any ideas?

  3. Keith Carrier

    November 29, 2011 at 2:28 am

    I flashed and it worked well. Now I cannot recover my accounts and I do not have a market. This is garbage.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      apply the Google Apps Zip file for all the Google applications!

  4. Veeru

    October 31, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    do it requires rooting… for changing my ROM TO this.. i have Samsung Galaxy POP GT s5570

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 2, 2011 at 10:36 am

      no veeru it doesnt require rooting!

  5. Ajay

    October 12, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    y is the article related to samsung galaxy s2 is removed? can u please come up with that?


    • NeaL Pradeep

      October 12, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      hey ajay, due to some reasons we had to remove it, it will be back very soon!

  6. lenin

    October 12, 2011 at 5:38 am

    I just downloaded the update zip nd everything i tryed the secound page stups bt the last 1 zip image dint wrk thn i figured out my phone is rotted so i went to last page nd did the stups but it says instalation aborded plz help me out as it tok the whole night to download the setup as my net connection give me the speed of 10 kb per secound waiting fo ur reply ty

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