Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I9100XWLPT XEU UK Samsung Galaxy S2 ICS 4.0.4 Firmware Brings Back Local Search Function

United Kingdom and Ireland latest firmware: I9100XWLPT/I9100XEULPA/I9100XXLQ6/I9100XWLPT  with enabled localized search function. The quick search function that has been reportedly removed by Samsung from its ICS 4.0.4 releases recently.

Advance users was firstly noticed that the local search line that showed up at the bottom of internet search results was gone from the last update I9100XWLPO released in Nordic Countries. But now,  Samsung tried in returning it back started with this latest firmware update. This also the same scenario happened in Samsung Galaxy S3 with its new firmware I9300XXBLG8 that also brings back the localized quick search function.

The I9100XWLPT firmware is already online via Kies or OTA, but unfortunately,  its available for UK and Ireland users only.  Some new featured application are added on this firmware. For those advance users in Europe regions who already installed the previous firmware build I9100XXLQ7  and I9100XWLPO can now grab and install the I9100XWLPT stock ROM.
Samsung Galaxy S II ICS 4.0.4 ICE CREAM SANDWICH
Firmware info:
Device: Samsung Galaxy SII GT-I9100 (unbranded/SIM Free/unlocked)
Latest firmware: I9100XWLPT/I9100XEULPA/I9100XXLQ6/I9100XWLPT
Region: Europe
Country: UK
Android version: 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
Build Date: July 28, 2012
Release Date: July 31, 2012

Original Stock ROM:  GT-I9100_I9100XXLPT_I9100XEULP7_I9100XXLQ6

Stock Firmware Downloads: Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 Firmware

How to manually Upgrade or install the I9100XXLPT ICS 4.0.4 on Samsung Galaxy S2

Disclaimer: This guide is for advance users only. If this your first time heard about this method, make a careful research first before proceeding. We are not held responsible if anything happens to your device by using this guide. Proceed at your own risk!

Note: This stock firmware is compatible for all Europe unbranded or unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II GT-I9100 versions only.

Step 1: Grab the relevant files for flashing I9100XXLPT
- Odin3_v3.07 link Odin3_v3.07
- Samsung Galaxy S2 USB driver, (Only needed if you do not have Kies installed on your PC)

Do things before flashing as follows:

- Use a PC or laptop that runs in Windows OS, with a good and perfectly working USB serial port.
- Use the USB cable wire for your Galaxy S2.
- Make sure that your galaxy S2 battery is fully charge.
- Back up all important files stored from your phone’s internal memory – contacts, messages, etc.
- Remember or back up the APN settings of your device.
- Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings. Go to Settings > Applications > Development, and tick the box that says ‘Enable USB Debugging’.
- Do a “Hard Reset” if you have a lot of 3rd party applications installed from your phone, this is useful to gain a smooth flashing. (Just make sure that you already back up all your important files before resetting your device.

How to Install ICS 4.0.4 I9100XXLPT with Odin Flasher tool

Now, if you have those things all done, get ready to have some crackling thing in your device.
Run and Configure Odin
Run Odin downloader on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked, only the ‘AUTO-REBOOT and ‘F.RESET TIME’ is remains checked.
Now, click on the PDA button, then select and load the I9100XXLPT_I9100XEULPA_I9100XXLQ6_HOME.tar.md5 that you have previously extracted.

Boot your Galaxy S2 into Download Mode.
To put your galaxy S2 in download mode, just simply switch it off then gently press and hold the “POWER, VOLUME DOWN and HOME” buttons simultaneously. You’ll be then prompted in a warning screen to continue or decline.

Once the phone screen shows in downloading mode, connect your phone to the PC with the USB cable. You’ll then notice the upper box in Odin that turns in yellow color., it also indicates the COM:ID where the device is being detected and a word “added!!’ on the log box. If somehow those things never showed up, check out the USB cable connection, read again from the top of this post.
Flash it!
Once all set and ready, hit he “START” button to begin flashing.
Do not touch anything that might interrupt the process to avoid any fatal errors or failures, it may ruin your device if any interruption occurs while already in flashing status.

It may only takes about 3 to 5 minutes, depends of your PC/laptop speeds. A word “PASS” will display in Odin once it finishes. If somehow you will not get the word “PASS” or just stuck in along time. Disconnect the phone, remove battery, re-insert it, check the USB connection, re-install the driver, disable Kies and any anti-virus. Set the phone in Download mode again, and repeat the whole procedure.

The phone will just automatically reboots if the firmware flashing successfully completes. Just wait until it boots up on the “S” logo for a while then into an android update screen. If it still shows boot logo try rebooting and if it stays there, you need to wipe your phone.

Boot in recovery mode – press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button. Use volume keys to select up and down and power or home key to select the option.

How to reboot Samsung Galaxy S2 into Recovery mode
1. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset
2. Next select the Wipe Cache Partition
3. Lastly select Reboot System Now to reboot your Galaxy S2 in Normal mode.
Confirm your fresh firmware installed by typing *#1234# or
Go to Settings>About Phone>Firmware info.
Check and reconfigure your APN settings when data networks connection issues encountered. Change the default text to your desired language.


  1. I've been messing with ROM's for some time with my Galaxy S2. Unfortunately before I started I forgot to save the original ROM. Everything was working grand with the ROM above. I'm with Tesco Mobile Ireland and 3G has been working until I went to Italy. Even though I had roaming on, it didn't work there and it hasn't worked since. I tried reinstalling this ROM and I've noticed the APN's that come up are "Proximus Internet" internet.proximus.be, "Telenet Internet" telenetwap.be, "Proximus MMS" event.proximus.be and "Telenet MMS" mms.be. Whenever I try to change them or create new ones with the right values, not only do they not save, but they actually disappear.

    Can anyone offer any help?

  2. Try this APN solution:
    Go to Settings > location and Security > Sim card lock then type your SIM card PIN and the APN will set up by itself.
    Looks like you've installed Proximus Branded firmware.

  3. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly but I'm afraid it didn't work. The steps I had to take were slightly different. I went to settings/security/Set up sim card lock this was already set so I changed the pin, unset it and reset it along with rebooting the phone and none of them worked. Any more ideas?

  4. You mentioned that your device used to be under Tesco Mobile Ireland, I think this firmware is not likely the same as your previous original build, since this is an unbranded ROM. Tesco Mobile Ireland is using under O2's network. So, I think it uses a branded ROM build the same as O2.

    If you're in Italy right now, you should install Italian stock ROM. Speaking of 3G connection, some mobile network providers has no ability to support that frequency range. So, just make sure you choose a network that supports both all of 2G, 3G or 4G baseband frequencies. Sometimes you may think that it is all about from the firmware but its not the way it is, even the phone is already built with GSM, WCDMA or LTE range.

  5. Funny you should suggest o2, I tried that only this morning thinking it would help. When I had the o2 firmware on the phone I noticed that it would only let me make emergency calls, even when I had full bars of reception. So I installed the unbranded firmware and have just noticed the same thing, still will only let me make emergency calls. I'm no longer in Italy (unfortunately was only a short break)

    The phone was originally a 3 Ireland phone, and then I joined o2 and it worked perfectly until I stupidly started messing with the firmware. I jellybean for a while and found not everything worked with that so I tried to go back to a stock android firmware and it just hasn't gone 100% since.

    Is there anyway I could just wipe the whole phone, install a stock firmware (preferably an unbranded one) and use the simcard I have and have everything working (including kies if possible)

    Thanks again for trying to help.

  6. Did you performed full wipe data/dalvik cache when you restored back to stock.. It may be the last ROM you have installed causing the problem. Some problems occurred when you jump from one ROM to another if you missed the full factory reset. This is the last 4.0.4 unbranded firmware for Ireland and UK.

  7. I did the following a "wipe data/factory reset" and "wipe cache partition", is that the same thing? Ideally this is the ROM I'd like to use, if I could just sort the phone out fully I'd be happy. I'm even getting to the point where I'm considering changing over to Vodafone (at twice the price) just to get the S3. Drastic I know!!

  8. Just figured out what you meant by dalvik cache so I did that, wipe data/factory reset and the wipe cache partition, reinstalled the ROM, did the trick with the sim lock and still no joy.