How to Root and Flash the ClockworkMod Recovery on the Galaxy Tab P1000 (running Gingerbread)

The original Galaxy Tab has been around for almost two years now, but the device, with its 1GHz Cortex-A8 CPU, might take a while to fade away in the background.  There is a robust development community that has built up around this device and it is still getting custom ROMs, some even based on ICS.  This post will show you to root this device and flash the ClockworkMod Recovery at the same time and by the end of the procedure, you should be able to choose a custom ROM of your liking and flash away!!

I.  Before You Begin

1.  As always, back up your data before you begin with the procedure.

2.  Make sure that you have all the proper drivers installed on your Windows PC before you proceed; if in doubt about this, download and install Samsung Kies and this should take care of the drivers needed for the procedure to work.

3.  This method is only for the GSM version of the Galaxy Tab P1000 running Gingerbread 2.3.3, so make sure that this is the device you have.

II.  Necessary Downloads

1.  Odin3 version 1.7.

2.  Root and ClockworkMod Recovery tar File.

III.  Rooting the Galaxy Tab and Flashing ClockworkMod Recovery

1.  Download and extract Odin3 v1.7.rar to a folder on your desktop.

2.  From the extracted folder, double-click on Odin3 v1.7.exe to open the Odin application.

3.  On Odin, click on PDA.  Navigate to the location where you have downloaded CF-Root-TAB7_XX_OXA_JQ1-v3.3-CWM3RFS.tar to from above and select it.

4.  This is the most important instruction ever and we really can’t stress how important this is.  Make sure that the Re-Partition tickbox is unchecked!!  Ticking this is a surefire way to brick your device.

5.  Power down your P1000.

6.  With the device powered down, press and hold the Volume Down + Power buttons until the device boots into Download Mode.

7.  Connect the device to your Windows PC using a microUSB cable.  Odin should now recognize your device and the ID:COM should light up yellow.

8.  Make sure that your Odin screen looks like this before you proceed:

9.  Click on Start.  Again, make sure that Re-Partition is unchecked!!

You have now rooted and installed ClockworkMod Recovery on your Galaxy Tab P1000!!

IV.  Installing Custom ROMs

1.  Download your favorite ROM from our ROM Section.

2.  Copy the downloaded ROM zip file to the SD card on your device and disconnect the device from your PC.

3.  Boot into ClockworkMod Recovery.  To do this, with the device powered down, press and hold Volume Up + Power until it boots into Recovery.

4.  Make a Nandroid backup before you install the new ROM.

5.  After backup, select ‘Install zip from SD card‘.  Navigate to the location where you downloaded the ROM zip, select it and then select ‘Install‘.

All thanks go to Chainfire for making it easy for us!!  Visit his thread on XDA to thank him or even donate if you like his work!!

This is part of our Android How To’s. We have how to’s on rooting, loading ROMs, and tons of other tips and tricks for your specific device or for Android devices in general! For all of our Android How To’s, head here.

  • G

    Hi, I tried tis and made d mistake of having froyo while doin t. Then wen i tried to do d stock rom thing, i seemed to work. But now my screen has gone blank. Wat do i do?

  • Kian

    dear Dax, I was transfering kernel to my device as you said, every thing was googd except it not moving in progress bar for about half an hour, I detach my device, it say false and my device do nothing bot a picture shows ! mark between a mobile and a pc picture!!!!!
    Help please

  • Sudhanva

    Can you please leave a link to root the froyo galaxy tab?

    • Dax Krishna

      Sudhanva, I suggest you upgrade to Gingerbread, as it offers much more features compared to Froyo…this is the reason why we haven’t put up a link/guide for the Froyo version!

  • Pierro

    Hello i make the step 9, the last of odin, and now my tab don’t turn on and stay with color risks on the screen… what i do?!?!?! please help me

  • Noor

    I have tried to root my device but before that I didn’t notice that I have had froyo on it. Now on Odin it is showed failed as well as my device stop starting and showing a mobile device & computer while I trying to restart or pressing Volume Down + Power button. Can anyone please help??!!!

  • bird2605

    sorry am late to this party.
    i reach till step 8, and when i connect the tab, the box turns yellow but the ID says 0:Com 11.
    once i start, the process fails.
    i am on 2.3.3, samsung kies and drivers are updated.

    Any help will be appreciated. thanks

    • bobot7th

      run administrator the Odin

    • Valsin

      Did you ever get it to work? I have the same problem.

  • taashi

    worked likes charm, super easy xda and you rocks

  • Aju

    Hi all, I am in great loss….
    After I have done rooting now my tab is continously getting resstarted with a screen just like rotten screen….
    can any one help me…. my tab is totally lost…..

  • Desperate

    I used Odin but it was stuck in the “SetupConnection’. Now, it shows a figure of a “mobile…!…PC”. It seems broken and I can turn my Tab on.
    Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Desperate


  • Joseph Onyemakonor Dajoe

    Heloo, after installing thisprogram, my device got bricked. It shows the samsung logo and goes back and start rebooting over and over again. Please, what can I do to rectify this

  • tunjicool

    Honestly, i have been going around for a couple of hours now.
    after i did the flashing my device has been in endless boot-loop.
    please, what can i do?
    i have Gingerbread 2.3.6 on the device before i tried the rooting.

  • mocorongo

    – Thks a lot, Ryan I. & Dax K. ! The Update does r-e-a-ll-y function & is worth a while, all that gamble risk, though.
    **/ The guys who got stuck with their Tab_P1000 with 2.2_Froyo, while rooting it, should try to retrieve it through [=Odin3 v3.07.exe], 454KB, reapplying the same .tar archive for PDA software (ClockWorkMode). Somehow it’s resolved my deadlock with the CWM.

  • mocorongo

    – Thks a lot, Ryan I. & Dax K. ! The Update does r-e-a-ll-y function & is worth a while, all that gamble risk, though.
    **/ The guys who got stuck with their Tab_P1000 with 2.2_Froyo, while rooting it, should try to retrieve it through [=Odin3 v3.07.exe], 454KB, reapplying the same .tar archive for PDA software (ClockWorkMode). Somehow it’s resolved my deadlock with the CWM.

  • Karin Dronkers

    Hello there,I came to step 5 in installing the ROM. I chose CM 10.1 experimental.
    But the clockworkmod recovery can’t find my zip files, i put them in the root of the sd card. I have Gingerbread.XWJQ8
    What can be wrong?

  • ariya

    my gt-p1000 is bricked ,,,,need help

    • Dax Krishna

      hey ariya, what’s the problem? are you able to see the boot logo at least?

  • barbaraa

    my tab doesn’t boot and it gets stuck on the samsung logo and restarts again and again forever and ever.. any help would be appreciated…please help me i really need helpp

    • Dax Krishna

      this guide is only for the P1000 running 2.3.3, are you sure you were on this instead of froyo?

  • Vandit

    after step 3 is it necessary to do step 4??

    • Vandit

      actually i am installing cyanogen mod and i am totally a noob so please help.

  • Steve

    Thanks for the soft brick

  • Mbiarrambang Alain Cosmas

    when i click start the kernel fails
    drvices build number FROYO.DXKM3

  • DGittins

    Thank you so much for an excellently documented process! I originally tried following Chainfire’s steps but there were dead links and other show-stoppers in the procedure which I couldn’t get past but your steps were all perfect and explained thoroughly. Much appreciated!