Galaxy S I9000

How To Update Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 with BlockBuster 5.0 Custom ROM Firmware

Samsung Blockbuster LogoIt may take ages to port a ROM which is stable and also the one which consumes lesser battery life, but in Android the Stock (by default) ROMs still have these performance as well as the battery issues. And so does the birth of Custom ROMs took place which combines the perfect blend of Performance as well as higher battery life. So, in similar lines let’s see on how you can update your Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 with an all new ROM which is dubbed as the Blockbuster ROM which is basically makes use of the XXJVR Gingerbread 2.3.4 ROM as a base. Over the period of this article we will also see quite a few number of screen shots where in you can preview the firmware even before you perform the update on your SGS.

Please note that in the due course of this article we will see an array of instructions over different pages which this article has been broken into so as to ensure that you can follow all the instructions carefully. Over a period of article we will also see all the pre requisites, enhancements which are there in this version of firmware and then followed by the actual instructions wherein we will see on how you can update your Galaxy S with the latest version of Blockbuster 5.0 ROM only for Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 handset.

It has been found that several times many users tend to apply the updated for the wrong phone. So, before proceeding to apply this update, ensure that you only apply this update for Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 and not to any other similar phones like Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000M or I9000T or Captivate or even to Mesmerize etc. We take no responsibility in what so ever manner in whole or in parts if you still proceed with the updation of device. So, ensure that you don’t proceed with the instructions if your phone is not Galaxy S GT I9000.

This Custom ROM basically is based on the Gingerbread 2.3.4 XXJVR Edition, so it will require you to update with this version which we will see on how you can do so in the instructions ahead in this article. Please note that this ROM is not the Official ROM released by Samsung Electronics, so there is a possibility that there will be some bugs which will be addressed in the form of an update in future which we will be seeing on This update can only be applied once you root the phone on the firmware of XXJVR.

Note: In the due course of this article you will be required to root the phone which will void the warranty, but the best part in Samsung Phones is that you can revoke the root access at any given point of time and then the warranty can be reclaimed. Though it’s not a matter of concern for all those who are used to it but if you are a newbie then too don’t worry as we will guide you on how you can revoke the root access whenever we want, just put up a comment in the comments section below and we will reply with the unroot methods after which you can reclaim your lost warranty.

So, let’s proceed to the next page for the Pre Upgrade instructions.

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  1. JFK

    September 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Please share the procedure of how to unroot and restore the OS back to gingerbread 2.3

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      just apply any other version of update!

  2. JFK

    September 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    After updating to BlockBuster 5.0 I cannot SIM Toolkit Icon on the application. This Menu is important where we have application inbuilt in the SIM Card like MPESA in Kenya.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      its a sim issue!

      • JFK

        September 8, 2011 at 6:24 pm

        What made you conclude its a SIM Issue? Before I upgraded the SIM Icon was there, it only disappeared after the upgrade and if I use the SIM in another phone its showing

        • NeaL Pradeep

          September 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm

          its a firmware issue, in this the Sim tools section is not shown as its a bug! may be in the next version it will be shown!

  3. nisarg

    September 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    hey neal how we can enable lagfix in galaxian kernel….sorry i m asking too much questions…

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      you can do from the CWM app!

      • nisarg

        September 8, 2011 at 10:45 am

        thnks neal with u r guidance i know what is the power of android and samsung galaxy…

  4. richard

    September 5, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Hi Neal,
    So far this is a good ROM. No major issues encountered till date.
    Please review the new Blockbuster 5.5, sounds very interesting.
    Thank you.

  5. fuss132

    September 4, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    This is a realy nice article about our rom!

    But we said DON´T MIRROR OUR ROM!!!! So please change the link!

    • Amit Bhawani

      November 23, 2011 at 12:26 am

      Hey Thanks for alerting, will be fixed now. Missed this comment when you originally posted it as one of our editor approved it.

  6. Kartik Iyer

    September 3, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Also can you please tell me why does the think free office suite (read & write) that by default comes with every firmware, gets vanished as soon as we upgrade the ROM?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 4, 2011 at 12:01 am

      have you cleared the cache before applying the update?

      • Kartik Iyer

        September 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm

        yes i did. how do i get it (think free office suite) back? Since in the market the free version only allows you to do read operations. No edit. But with the one that comes with firmware that I had earlier, I used to edit the documents as well.

        • NeaL Pradeep

          September 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm

          free version wont allow you to edit!

  7. Kartik Iyer

    September 2, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Also where is the gallery to view pics of my camera?

    • fuss132

      September 4, 2011 at 7:37 pm

      We removed Gallery in current version. We use QuickPic

  8. Kartik Iyer

    September 2, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Ok, what happens to the live wall papers after this ROM installation, when I click wall paper menu from my home screen, it says no live wall paper and I do not have any options to select image from galary to set it as my wall paper, how do I get all the wall papers?

  9. Kartik Iyer

    September 2, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Neal,
    I upgraded my GT I 9000 to blockbuster 5.0, however after the upgrade, every few minutes the phone gets rebooted automatically. Also when I open the market, after some time it gets rebooted automatically. Any idea, why and how it can be solved?


    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      kindly apply the update once again, issues will be solved!

      • Kartik Iyer

        September 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm

        I tried twice already, it still keeps giving the same issue of getting rebooted automatically, also first time when it reboots after the upgrade is over (this comes only once), there is a force close error of titanium back up application and that app is missing in the app list. Is there some setting or logs that can be checked to see why it is getting rebooted automatically and how it can be resolved?

        • NeaL Pradeep

          September 2, 2011 at 5:17 pm

          reinstall the titanium backup application from market!

    • fuss132

      September 4, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      Do another Wipe and Factory Reset!

  10. sam

    September 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Hey Neal,

    Could we get AVRCP 1.4 with next update ??? so that Bluetooth ID3 works on android ??? 🙂

    Thanks 🙂

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      we have passed the feedback! it should work, have you tried?

      • sam

        September 5, 2011 at 12:53 am

        i tried everything u posted bcoz i trust u 🙂

        MW600 works fine but no Caller Name (only number) and No Track Info, and also when sometime i get Missed Call MW600 stops working (hang).

        im sure u’ll help 0:)

        Thanks Neal ….

  11. sam

    September 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Hey Neal,

    This is Great ROM, Thanks.

    One Help needed, “Im using Sony Ericsson MW600 Bluetooth headset for GalaxyS i9000 with little problem with it but works good on it, Is it possible to use its with its full features like displaying Caller Name and Song Name??? now it displays only Number of Caller …..

    Thanks Neal …..

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      no, not as of now but once it arrives, we will surely update with the same!

      • sam

        September 5, 2011 at 12:47 am

        Thanks 🙂

  12. Ryan

    August 31, 2011 at 8:54 am

    i updated the Amestris to Blockbuster, the amestris was more better than blockbuster,
    the new update of amestris is great.
    im on version 3.3

    the battery life is depending on use, with amestris at every 5 hours i loose 1 percent the battery,

    this is my experience with all of roms.

  13. harry

    August 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    heyyy how can i go back to simple rom from blockbuster5.0???????????????

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 30, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      follow the corresponding instructions!

  14. FrankieJoe

    August 30, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Hi Neal,
    I just did this ROM update.. Now I don’t like it that much and want to go back to the normal ROM and kernel. How do I do that???

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 31, 2011 at 12:17 am

      yes you can go to any version of firmware, clear cache and wipe data after which just apply any other update!

  15. Mags

    August 30, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Love custom rom, but is it possible to please work on email app to choose how much of email you want to download, headers or complete download? Emails are eating away our data. Thank you!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 31, 2011 at 12:44 am

      which email provider you are using?

      • Mags

        August 31, 2011 at 12:55 pm

        Apart from gmail I also use 2 other pop email addresses for work etc. In android 2.2.1 I could always choose headers & then only open important or small emails till I could download on computor. Thanks for great rom otherwise!

  16. Manuel

    August 29, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Hi Neal, I have a question. If I have any rom ( s2 rom or extra ordinary rom, ect.) and then i want to change the rom to BB 5.0. . I can change it? and then ,, if i dont like this rom . i can go back?? . please help me.

  17. SGS

    August 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Hey Neal… I am using Extraordinary ROM 3.2…

    How can I enable “TV Off Screen animation” on this ROM?


    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 28, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      its set by default!

      • SGS

        August 29, 2011 at 2:35 am

        Hmm its not on mine… don’t know why :/

      • Stock ROM

        August 29, 2011 at 11:33 am

        Hi NeaL,
        Is there any custom ROM`s witch is not changing stock ROM appearance?

        • NeaL Pradeep

          August 31, 2011 at 12:58 am

          no, if it was like that then it wouldn’t have been called as the custom ROM!

        • NeaL Pradeep

          November 10, 2011 at 10:19 am

          Custom rom will change the appearance!

      • fuss132

        September 4, 2011 at 7:32 pm

        It´s very easy to enable!
        Go to Settings -> display -> animations -> view all

  18. Moin

    August 28, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Hi…. I m not an expert at this thing but ist easy for any user to do this updates or should ask and expert to do it for me ?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      you can follow the article to update your phone!

  19. Ananth1985

    August 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    After updating with this ROM. kies is not recognizing the device.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      as of now its not supporting, may be in the next version the support will be added!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm

      which comment you are talking of buddy?

    • fuss13

      September 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      We wont inclued the App for Kies, sorry. But you can re-install it with this package

  20. jayesh

    August 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Hi Neal

    I updated my sgs to Amestris ROM last week for long life battery. I was not happy abt the battery life.It was not different from any other ROM available in the market.I have used CM7, Galnet miui,now with Amestris.I was in a dilema wether to install this Blockbuster ROM.After thinking for a long time and I installed this ROm. For my surprise My battert is far better than all ROMs which I have tried.I charged my mobile in the night around 12.00 am for 100% and now the time is 1.00pm and still my battery is having 67%.I’m little wondered !!!!.

    Thanks for your update of this BlockBuster ROM.Now i have to wait and see how long my battery going to continue like this……

    Thanks buddy……


  21. nisarg

    August 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    hello neal,

    i want to change kernel from galaxian to voodo is it a good move????bcz galaxian has some issues as i check on net…neal i want u r advice which one is best Galaxian or VOODOO

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      yes you can go ahead with changing the same!

      • adlibitum

        September 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm

        Hi, Neal!
        Do you mean “Voodoo Lagfix on Samsung Galaxy S with XXJVP 2.3.4” about “changing the same”?
        Thank you in advance! Greetings!

        • NeaL Pradeep

          September 1, 2011 at 7:27 pm

          no, the voodoo comes in this version by default!

      • nisarg

        September 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm

        thnks for u r reply…

  22. Charles Hackman

    August 28, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Dear Neal,
    This is a fantastically useful website! Far more practical than any of the other sites devoted to Android ROM issues. However, having now tried 6 different ROM flavours in my Galaxy S I9000, I feel qualified to suggest that ONCE YOU FIND A ROM THAT DOES WHAT YOU WANT, DON’T CHANGE WITHOUT GOOD REASON.
    On my I9000, changing from 2.2.x to 2.3.x (initially official upgrade) lost a lot of 2G/3G signal sensitivity, and XXJVK did not address that. All the 2.3.x ROMs up to XXJVK had drawbacks, with rapid battery drain and/or system hangs (especially with Amestris). However, now I have the wonderful EXTRA ORDINARY ROM 3.2 and everything works beautifully (except the usual signal sensitivity, but it’s not too bad), and I get 3-4 days battery life.
    So I won’t be “upgrading” for a while yet – not even to E O ROM 3.4, although that sure is tempting!
    Thank you again Neal for this wonderful site.

  23. Zed

    August 28, 2011 at 8:19 am

    just to check again.can i install the blockbuster ROM just by installing the zip file without re-installing the xxjvr again since i’m already on EO 2.3.4? advice please.thanks.

  24. yed46

    August 28, 2011 at 2:16 am

    one more thing..
    is that galaxy s plus i9001 same with i9000?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 28, 2011 at 10:54 am

      no, its strictly for I9000

      • yed46

        August 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm

        So no upgrade for i9001?

  25. yed46

    August 28, 2011 at 2:13 am

    still with e.o 3.3..haha

  26. ajbless

    August 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    hi neal,

    im already at xxjvr 2.3.4 (rooted also), im planning to back up my current rom, if i will update to this blockbuster 5,
    can i return back my current rom by restoring the saved back up in the CWM manager?? i already tested this when i update to to samsung S2 rom but it didnt return back to the rom i restore. it is still galaxian when i reboot.

    please help me.. thank you very much


    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 28, 2011 at 12:07 am

      yes you can return to any rom even after applying this update!

  27. lord

    August 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    sorry for question.can this rom be installed on xxjvk base?
    thanks in advance

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 28, 2011 at 12:10 am

      no lord its not advised to apply update on xxjvk!

  28. callisto

    August 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Hello neal,ove noticed since the last couple of roms my battery wint full charge.when the phone says its full charged I unplug it and it immediatly drops to 96%?

  29. sat

    August 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    can we update to this ROM from EO 3.4 with out flashing again with xxjvr and then rooting it?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 5, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      no, you cannot update without the same!

  30. Mike Benington

    August 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Hello Neil,

    Thanks for haring to us this new ROM,

    I just want to ask , before i upgrade my Phone …. how about the Market applications such as games , programs that Installed on my Samsung S
    can I buck up this on my external SD card ?

    please answer me before i proceed

    thank you

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      yes mike you can backup!

    • Sameer Khojla

      September 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Mike use App Backup & Restore Application for backup your all applications etc… u can easily find from Android Market or APK file from goggle by searching 🙂

  31. Umer

    August 27, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Hey Man, just wonder where all this custom ROMs will finish 🙂 just kidding.
    For now i am sticking with EO 3.4, its the best so far. The UI is simply so fast and smooth

  32. Anima

    August 27, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Hello Neal,

    I hope we no need to root the phone again if we r already in EO 3.4 ROM Am i right???

    And Whats the diff between EO 3.4 and BB 5.0ROM ???

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 27, 2011 at 11:17 am

      BOTH ARE DIFFERent roms with different enhancements, kindly check outt he screenshots and enhancements section!

  33. k.baskaran

    August 27, 2011 at 8:30 am

    hello neal, thks for the above. after updating to blockbuster 5.0, i checked in “about phone”. everything ok, except the firmware is 2.3.5. but in your screenshot blockbuster 5.0 the firmware is 2.3.4. is it correct?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 27, 2011 at 10:22 am

      yes it is correct!

      • Paddy

        August 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm

        After the update when I checked in “about phone” the firmware is 2.3.5. I thought it should be 2.3.4.
        Also I notice my samsung is restarting every 20 minutes. If it happens continuously I will go back to EO

    • Janno

      August 27, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      Hi, i just want to know if battery is prolonged compare to EO 3.4. and is it smoother with al the tweaks rooted with setcpu set to 1.2ghz.


  34. Janno

    August 27, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Is this rom better than Extra Ordinary Rom 3.4?

    I wont update unless it is!

    EO 3.4 rocks for me bigtime.

    I dont want to regret updating to this version.

    thanks for reply neal!

  35. Android 22

    August 27, 2011 at 7:14 am


    Sorry I wrote GT-i900 instead of GT-i9000.

  36. Android 22

    August 27, 2011 at 7:14 am


    My GT-i900 still in CyanogenMod 7.1. Can I use or change the ROM to this BlockBuster 5.0 Custom ROM directly using the instructions above?

    Also, what is better the EO ROM v3.4 or this BlockBuster 5.0 Custom ROM?

  37. callisto

    August 27, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Hello neal,Updated to 2.3.5,everything went well. Ive noticed much better battery life already great user interface

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