Flashing Carbon ROM (Kitkat) to Samsung Wave 2

Yesterday, my Samsung Wave 2 (8530) having Bada OS stopped working and keep on restarting suddenly. Then I searched over Internet about flashing new ROM to it and found some results. The best of them that worked for me is: http://forum.xda-developers.com/samsung-tizen/bada-android/rom-carbonrom-s8500-s8530-t2840174

What is Carbon ROM?

carbon ROM
Carbon ROM

Carbon ROM is the project that incorporated the code of CyanogenMod. Carbon Rom is an aftermarket firmware based on the Android Open Source Project. We are dedicated to fast, stable, and feature-filled roms, honesty and communication with our users, and openness with our code. We like frequent builds, with the very latest and greatest hardware support and fixes. We strive to not only provide you with the best rom we can build, but also to give back to the Android community and our fellow developers. For us, this is about creating something we can be proud of and hope you will enjoy.


  1. Download Carbon ROM OR Mirror (185 mb)
  2. *Normal Kernel – Download (283)* OR (Mirror)       AND  You may also try these kernels: Kernel – Download (310) AND *Bigmem Kernel – Download (314)* OR (Mirror)     (6 mb)
  3.  Download FOTA for 8530 wave 2: FOTA  (2.5 mb)
  4.  Multiloader (.exe file)  Download Here (6 mb)
  5. Samsung USB Drivers. Download from Mediafire Link (15 mb)


  1. Samsung Wave2 (8530)
  2. SD Card is required. (fat32 format!!!)


1. First of all copy these files to the SD Card (by putting it in another phone if your wave 2 is not working):

  • The .zip file (ROM downloaded in step1, size about 185mb)
  • boot.img (Kernel downloaded in step2)(Rename the kernel file as boot.img)

2. Now Put your Memory card loaded with above two files into wave 2 and Press the 3 keys simultaneously:

Volume Down + Lock Screen + End Call

Now a different screen will be appear on screen saying: “Download Menu”.

4.  Now Attach your phone with the PC using USB cable(also called Data Cable).

5. Open Multiloader on Windows PC (Win 7).

6. Click on Port Search. After pressing there will be message appear: “Wave 2 Ready”.

7. Then click on LSI (if not selected) and Click on FOTA.

8. It will open a prompt menu to select FOTA file and most probably it will appear automatically to you (if not locate .fota file downloaded in step3)

9. Then at the end Click on Download Button. It will take 2-3 seconds.

10. Now the phone will Restart itself. Now Disconnect the USB cable from Phone. You will see Android Recovery Menu now.

11. * Install -> choose zip with ROM -> Swipe to Confirm Flash

It will take some time. After that click on HOME button.

12. Now follow this :    ** Wipe -> Advanced wipe -> Check “data” -> Repair or change File Sytem -> Change File System -> Ext4 -> Swipe to change

13. Now Back -> Back >Back -> Back (4 or 5 times) until Reboot button appears.

14. ** Reboot -> System


Now the system will get restarted. If it works for you then enjoy and if you are getting Encryption Problem saying ‘Reset Phone’ then remove battery and reinsert it and Press these 3 keys together:

Volume UP + End Call + Lock screen

This will show a white screen and then some option will be appeared. Then try changing your boot image to normal android image.

Thanks to my brother whose hands did the magic of crashing my phone’s BADA OS and I came to learn about these things. 🙂

Extra Info:
New Fota settings:
End = Android Normal
End + VolDown = Bigmem
End + Volup = Recovery
End + Call = Bada offline charge

P.S: When you press buttons for booting any mode, after yo see white screen, stop pressing.

You can remove installation .zip from SD card from Android level by connecting through USB in MTP mode.
Do not remove boot.img file.

For activation Performance and Developer Options categories in Settings you need Settings->About Phone and tap 7 times on Build number

Reference: xda-developers

There are another ROMS available for wave 2, you can try this too: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2306458


33 thoughts on “Flashing Carbon ROM (Kitkat) to Samsung Wave 2

  1. Please does this ROM have radio


    1. AFAIR, you need to flash use one from xda. Don’t remember the name exactly.


  2. shubham ubarhande May 16, 2016 — 9:43 am

    thanks sir……. i was impressed by you..


    1. Thanks shubham if you found it helpful.


  3. after flashing fota i cannot choose zip from sd card through TWRP as my sd card is not detected.it says external SD 0 MB


    1. Was the SD card working earlier on this phone?
      Is it working now in another phone/card reader?
      What’s the capacity of SD card?

      All that I can suggest as of you now is to try some other SD card.


      1. SD card is working in other phones,its 4gb


  4. bro. is watsapp and google play store is working????


    1. Yes. They are working absolutely fine.


      1. Thax Mandeep for quick reply.

        is this the best rom you recommended for the samsung wave 2?


        1. Yes. Best one. Don’t go for lollipop. Flash this ROM and customize according to your needs. Remove unnecessary things and use apps like Greenify etc. Avoid any theme tweaks. Nova launcher (default) is great. Light and fast.


          1. Thax alot mandeep, u r too good, my hometown bro.


            1. Welcome Jasbir. Glad to help you.


  5. tell me 1 thing bro,
    is (kitkat 4.4.4) better than( jellybean 4.2.2) ?
    can you plzz provide a link for me about jellybean latest version..
    but not by through xda developers pllzz…


    1. Yes, Kitkat is far better than Jellybean (at least for this phone). And this particular ROM (Carbon) is very much optimized.
      Although Lollipop ROM is also there for Wave 2. You may search for that on the Internet.


      1. ohkkk


  6. usb connection not working 😦 help me bro >>>


    1. Have you installed the Samsung drivers first?


      1. No bro,
        but everything is ok now..
        ton of thnxx bro (Y) 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  7. Hermes Birkin Bag November 4, 2015 — 11:45 pm

    This excellent article assisted me very much!


  8. pliz help i cant find the zip in memory card even when there is no any other file apart from zip and boot.
    its writin on top that
    select zip to intsall then
    storage:external sd card (0 mb)
    i am stuck dont know what to do

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Can you verify it by putting it in another phone if the zip file is there or not?


      1. i have the same problem,i verified that zip is there


        1. Mohammad Sadeghi December 3, 2016 — 2:26 am

          Your Sd Card Size Should grater Or Equal To 8GB That Formated in Fat32 With 32kb Allocation Size .


  9. After installing this ROM, if I need can I flash to BADA back?


  10. I followed all the instructions but after trying to flash the fota file, the phone does restart but to a black screen as if it is turned off and that’s it


    1. I’d flashed my phone like this and it’s working. Do try again and try to boot into recovery mode. Which model do you have? Is it gt 8530 or 8500? You may follow the reference link of XDA developers. If you find what’s wrong (in future) please do comment here.


  11. I have done every thing I got the ROM working but the memory card stops working and it is not able to view files please help me 😓🙍🙏

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Check if it’s not working in mobile only or it got corrupted by putting it in different device.


      1. Then try changing your boot image to normal android image.what does it mean?i’m stuck what buttons do i have to press?

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Where are you stuck?
          Volume UP + End Call + Lock screen
          and select Normal (using volume keys) and then press home (center) button


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