How to Update Galaxy ACE S5830 with CM 9 ICS Android 4.0.3 Beta 7 Firmware

Galaxy Ace LogoSamsung Galaxy ACE S5830 gets an all new ICS based custom ROM Firmware which is the Cyanogen mod 9 based firmware. Last time we saw the Beta 6 version but in this article we will be checking out on how one can install the latest Beta 7 version. Over a period of this article we will be also checking out on what are the things which work in this article along with the Change log and also in the due course of this article we will be checking out on what are the things which work in this version. Please be informed that this is not an Official firmware version released by Samsung Electronics.


  • boot
  • GSM (phone/messages/GPRS/EDGE/3G)
  • Wifi
  • Bluetooth
  • HW acceleration (full)
  • Sound
  • Headphones
  • GPS
  • All sensors (proximity, roration etc)
  • CyanogenMod settings (not all, it’s not fully merged by CyanogenMod team, not my fault)
  • Market (now you can download all apps available for Gio with GB)
  • Fixed animations (now it looks so good)
  • Facebook sync
  • Buttons backlight
  • GMail fully works
  • Browser fully works
  • ICS keyboard
  • Games – works as smoothly as on Gingerbread
  • YouTube
  • Deep sleep
  • Wifi signal indicator

Change log for Beta 7:

  • New Adreno200 libraries for ICS
  • Fast and smooth system
  • Live Wallpapers working – won’t slow down your system, like on Gingerbread! (I’m using Phase Beam, it’s beautiful)
  • Gallery and calculator fully working all the time
  • Gmail working without any problem
  • Browser working really good (smooth and fast)
  • All apps with graphic problems, like Power amp, now working without any
  • Updated AOSP/CM9 sources
  • (development info) New gralloc and hwcomposer
  • Updated Macław’s audio libriaries
  • FM seems to be working

Pre Requisites:

  • All the data present in your phone should be backed up as in the process of applying this update, the data might get either lost or corrupted. With the help of below mentioned steps you can easily backup the same. After updating with this release, the KIES won’t recognize the device as it’s a custom ROM firmware.

SMS – 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,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

  • Minimum charge left in the device should be at least 60% so as to ensure that device doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.
  • Enable the USB Debugging in your Galaxy ACE from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The USB Debugging option should be ticked.

USB Debugging

  • Disable all the antivirus suites in your computer and uninstall the same in your device as these tools generally tend to interrupt the process of firmware update.

Special Instructions to Users on Custom ROM Firmware:

  • It’s very important for you to be on the Rooted Firmware, as this firmware will only work on the rooted firmware. Ensure that you disable the Lag fixes if any installed from the recovery mode. You also need to ensure that the Dalvik Cache in your phone too is wiped off so as to ensure that just in case if any data cache is there that too is wiped off completely.
  • The recovery mode in the Galaxy ACE S5830 can be entered by Holding Menu Button and then Power ON the device. If the device turns ON in the normal mode then you need to try again to enter into the recovery mode.

So, assuming that you have followed all the above mentioned instructions you can now proceed to the next page where detailed instructions on how to update with the Cyanogen Mod 9 Beta 7 release is summed up.

  1. Reply dikshant May 6, 2012 at 7:19 am

    playstore has gone after installing cm 7.
    now what to do
    plzzzzz tell meeee

  2. Reply casper April 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    i downloaded but the camera dont work it is amazing but will wait for the camera fix as i love to take pictures while on the move

  3. Reply Shobith April 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    And by the way this is a [DEV] rom as the thread in XDA implies. So, its currently only for developers and experienced users. Please wait till the final release as there are bugs which will make the people who update angry!

  4. Reply Shobith April 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Beta 8 is released. Please note that camera does not work. Do not say that it works and it will not be fixed soon.

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      we only say as per what developer mentions!

      • Reply Shobith April 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm

        Developer said that camera does not work on his bugtracking website and he also said that camera will have to wait as there are no hardware libraries available for Samsung Galaxy Ace in ICS.

  5. Reply Niraj Janee April 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    what about battery life ? Coz previously i was using CM 7 on my phone .. it was consuming too much battery ..

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      battery life has improved a bit but have more room for improvisation!

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      its improved a bit

  6. Reply Marc April 17, 2012 at 10:46 am

    why are you posting updates that the camera is not working which is in fact camera is one of the important components in a smartphone… i’d rather have a stable launcher and a rooted stock OS than update an incomplete custom rom… crap…

  7. Reply afraaa April 17, 2012 at 3:18 am

    dont need to answer several time ,,, that camera will fix,

    dont make your self tired , ppl will see the first answer about camera

    • Reply Ramesh April 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      s ur right everybody waiting for about camera,

  8. Reply andreas April 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Pws kamw update?

  9. Reply shailesh sharma April 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    cam not wrking. when will u fix this bug.

  10. Reply js112 April 14, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    my wifi is not working wit this firmware,just keeps saying obtaining ip address any ideas,other than that this is a much better firmware than gingerbread.

  11. Reply AShik April 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    i tried to install it so many times but won’t work help……..!!!!
    It loads up to samsung logo then the logo disappear……….Help

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      root the device again and try!

  12. Reply 1958bru April 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Why bother
    Dodgie payment system stupid adds with facebook google twitter who wants to use it

  13. Reply Ramesh April 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Camera is not working, plz solve this probelm, otherwise its awesome,

  14. Reply congminh April 14, 2012 at 12:59 am

    camera still doesnt work…help me!!

  15. Reply Amal April 12, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Friend, I am using Samsung galaxy Ace with 2.3.6 version and interested to install this ICS version. what means “Dalvik Cache”. will i need wipe any cache memory in recovery mode?

    And in this beta 7 version camera work for my galaxy ace mobile?

    kindly reply me.

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 13, 2012 at 12:27 am

      no, for some users it doesnt work!

  16. Reply chong jie wen April 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    is this version compatible with ace 2.2.1?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Yes its compatible!

  17. Reply Miguel April 11, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I just install the firmware. Some bugs.

    camera: “can’t connect to the camera”
    Wireless: Terrible connection, disconnects all the time. I Have bad signal on my Home WIFI with this firmware (with 2.3.6 i had great signal)

    Fix wireless! Or i have bad configurations?

    Great job with the firmware, sometimes slow, but the visuals are great, and you did had so much work!


    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 12, 2012 at 1:24 am

      yes, all of these will be addressed in the coming builds!

  18. Reply vinay April 11, 2012 at 12:30 am

    i am using rooted android 2.3.9, DDKQ6

    tried to upgrade it to ICS, it said 100% ready to use but the phone does not restart, just shows the samsung logo and then just a bright screen.


  19. Reply Abhijeet April 10, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Camera still does not work……. Please help. Everything’s great. Resolve camera please

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 11, 2012 at 12:21 am

      yes it should be fixed in the next beta release!

      • Reply Ramesh April 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm

        when ll be next version release,, plz fix the camera otherwise this version is awesome

        • Pradeep Neela April 21, 2012 at 11:40 am

          it will be releasing soon

  20. Reply rikilook April 10, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    camera dos not work

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 11, 2012 at 12:23 am

      it will work in the next version!

  21. Reply Mithun April 10, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    heh i have updated my phone wid diz upgrade everything works well bt CAMERA its not working :( U said itz works well … help me plz…!!!

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      please wait till the next update or you can go back to the stock firmware!

  22. Reply ceci April 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Camera don´t work!!

  23. Reply zaqtroy April 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    am still on the original v2.2.2 firmware can i use this rom or what am suppose to do before i update?

  24. Reply Tom Pedersen April 10, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    It went well with the istall part, but when I reboot, I was just a light blue screen: (

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 10, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      is it solved now after hard reset!

      • Reply Art mayo April 14, 2012 at 7:23 am

        i did it but the blue screen appears again

      • Reply Peter April 18, 2012 at 11:25 am

        I am having the same problem. Same goes for the beta 8. Light blue screen =(

  25. Reply dinesh kumar April 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    ur the first source says cam workin… but maclaw say cam will nt work…ur wrong plzz dont do this..delete this thread..its waste of tym for u givin wrong info’s .. f u c off

  26. Reply karuna babu April 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    is this version compatible with ace 2.3.6?

    • Reply Yogesh Patel April 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Yes, it is.

      • Reply SGA_ics April 12, 2012 at 1:29 am

        my camara doesnt work with the beta 7, when will be work!!!

        • Pradeep Neela April 12, 2012 at 1:49 am


    • Reply Art mayo April 14, 2012 at 7:19 am

      my phone is 2.3.6 but CM 9 ICS Beta 7 Beta 6 and Myth ICS 4.0.3 v3.0 Custom doesnt work why?

  27. Reply Peter April 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Hi guys, I tried installing this rom and managed to install it succesfully. However, I ended up with a blue-screen. Any ideas on what could I have done wrong?

  28. Reply dinesh kumar April 10, 2012 at 11:28 am

    does camera works fyn in this?….

    • Reply Yogesh Patel April 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      According to developer it works fine.

      • Reply Shobith May 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm

        Lol…check your eyes!

    • Reply ceci April 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm


  29. Reply anyview April 10, 2012 at 8:29 am

    The source is of CM9, so is this considered Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich?
    What I mean is, when I download apks, will those that worked for Gingerbread work well on CM9?

    • Reply Yogesh Patel April 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Yes, it will work.

  30. Reply S Thiruvengadam April 10, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Dear Sir, I already tried this firmware but the camera issue is still not resolved. What to do? And the automatic clock is not working. I will have to do it manually. Please help me.

  31. Reply nanang April 10, 2012 at 7:03 am

    camera works??

    • Reply Yogesh Patel April 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Yes, it works!

      • Reply koso April 10, 2012 at 6:13 pm

        camera not work

      • Reply zul April 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm

        not for me

    • Reply Ramesh April 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      no,, camera is not workong

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