[RELEASE] ShinTo Kernel v30a003

Welcome to the current official release of the ShinTo Kernel series.


Please always get the latest release from HERE

Why name the Kernel “ShinTo”?

To me it has the meaning of “Study of the Essence” (to achieve) “The Way of The Gods” as, to me, ShinTo Kernel is a way to learn and become an expert.
Also the name just sounds very “catchy” 🙂


More information of the origins of ShinTo Kernel can be found in previous version posts.

How to install ShinTo Kernel?

  1. First CREATE A BACKUP OF YOUR ROM (in case something awful happens and you need to restore)!
  2. Did you create the backup in recovery?
  3. Go to recovery mode (Power off phone / Once powered off, press PWR + HOME + UP VOL).
  4. Once inside recovery (tested with TWRP you select install and choose the .ZIP that you have previously downloaded from here.
  5. Once installed, reboot into normal mode and wait for the phone to come up.

One thing you will notice right out of the bat is that the led starts to blink in different colors and brightness; that’s ShadowLED working for ya 😉

How to UNinstall ShinTo Kernel?

  1. Flash any other kernel you would like on top of ShinTo Kernel.
    ShinTo kernel uses it’s own unique and private “init.d” so from this version on, it won’t touch  /system/etc/init.d anymore.
    All options can be enabled/disabled in Synapse and the settings survive a flash, reflash & even a format, backup, restore, etc…

Alternatively you can recover the backup of your rom if you messed something up.

How to go from EXT4 to F2FS & vice versa?

ShinTo Kernel includes a new and much improved clever code at bootup that takes care of a couple of things for you, so you can test F2FS in any combination you see fit, and even go back to EXT4 if you don’t like F2FS without loosing any data but you have to follow some logical steps detailed here by the great Megaflop666:

  1. Update TWRP to the latest and greatest, you can download it from http://teamw.in/project/twrp2
  2. Drop to TWRP and flash the latest Shinto Kernel ShuriKen
  3. Reboot and let the phone fully boot up and settle down, give it 15 minutes
  4. Open Synapse and make sure all settings are stock, if it tells you that your previous settings cannot be used, click “Understood“, and then click the apply check mark at the top.
  5. Go into ES File Explorer or something of your choice and get ALL USER DATA THAT YOU WISH TO KEEP off of the internal SD card.
  7. Drop to TWRP and run a FULL NANDROID BACKUP to your External SD Card.
  8. Go to SETTINGS and unselect (un tick) “use rm -rf instead of formatting” (We want TWRP to actually format with f2fs)
  9. Go to Wipe and Choose Advanced Wipe
  10. Select System and choose change or repair file system
  11. Choose f2fs and go through the steps where it tells you that all data will be lost and apply it.
  12. Follow steps 9-11 for Data and Cache one at a time.
  13. Go to SETTINGS and select (tick) “use rm -rf instead of formatting” (We don’t want TWRP to restore back to EXT4)
  14. Do a restore, but ONLY CHECK SYSTEM & DATA for restoral, NOTHING ELSE IS NEEDED.
  15. It will tell you that your backup was made with ext4 and may not boot, don’t worry it will boot.
  16. After restore, reboot your device. First boot will take a few because it’s a new file system and your apps will have to reconfigure themselves, etc.

You can see what partitions are in what format if you go to the i/o VM tab in Synapse. 


On what models does ShinTo Kernel work?

For the time being, it has been confirmed to run very fast & stable on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 (international SnapDragon) and on N900T (TMO T-Mobile USA), on any Samsung TouchWiz rom.
It is only meant to work on Samsung TouchWiz roms, for now… 😉

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34 Responses

  1. mat9v says:

    Won’t mount /system on F2FS volume. Tried that twice. Went back to 002 version and all works well.

    • iamskynet says:

      Yes, there seems to be an issue with that.
      Am recovering nandroid and retesting again with logs to see what is going on.
      Thx for reporting and apologies for the inconvenience.


  2. Yoann says:

    I had an issue with Synapse, I have the message : No UCI support detected, with previous version of kernel no prob.

    • iamskynet says:

      All those having issues with Synapse, try the following and report back:
      1) Go to your SUPERSU app, locate Synapse, tap on it and hit forget.
      2) KILL Synapse.
      3) Launch Synapse again, SuperSU popup will appear, grant ROOT permission to Synapse.
      4) Check to see if it works or not.
      5) Report back.
      Thank you.

      • iamskynet says:

        If that fails please try this and report back :
        Goto settings/General/Application Manager/Synapse ->”FORCE STOP” & then “CLEAR DATA”.

  3. Ezaechiel says:

    Hello, did someone have some issue with GPS Fix? I can’t find any GPS using Sygic under Shintô but no problem with stock kernel, so maybe it’s hazard but if someone else have this issue maybe it could be kernel relative ? Can’t be sure on my own.

    • iamskynet says:

      Weird… I haven’t used the GPS in about 4 days.
      Launched just now “GPS Status” and it took about 10 seconds to have a lock with about 12/21 sats…?
      Can you try with “GPS Status”, leave it for a few seconds and check if there’s activity and how many satellites it thinks it can see.?
      Please report back.
      Thank you.

      • Ezaechiel says:

        That’s very weird, I tried GPS Status and no problem I had 14/20 sats but no GPS fix on Sygic and Maps, will try again and will get you feedback.

        • iamskynet says:

          Wow… hummmm.
          Well at least we know that GPS IS working but there’s an issue with these two apps trying to access the gps service.
          I don’t have Sygic to test but with latest available google maps i got a fix on my position in about 10 seconds…
          GPS Status has an option to show on status bar when the gps is being accessed. Please activate that and also make sure that in gps settings you have granted permission to google maps to use the gps.
          Let me know how it goes please.

          PS: One last thing to try is the following:
          Goto settings/General/Application Manager/Maps ->”FORCE STOP” & then “CLEAR DATA”.
          Maps should redownload data and settings, so make sure you have wifi just in case.

  4. mat9v says:

    If all outstanding issues has been fixed, does it mean I should re-download 003 version (fixed one?) or just wait for 004?

    • iamskynet says:

      Well, up to you, but if you want to avail of the fixes then yes.
      Still fixing some minor stuff, soI would advise to wait a few hours for the new version to be installed.

  5. mat9v says:

    Re-downloaded 003v824 and it happily works on F2FS. For that, thank you 🙂 Now, you mentioned that using precog governor is best with disabled Boosts – should I just disable them in Synapse or any additional action is required?
    Also, is there any performance advantage in having /cache as F2FS and which recovery allows it to be formatted as such?
    Forgetting SuperSU permission for Synapse fixed “no UHCI support” error.

    • iamskynet says:

      Glad to hear that.
      Well… Cache gets seldomly written to as a matter of fact with TW rom… Just when doing some OTA. So not the hassle to format it.
      Change settings in Synapse for PrecoGov. Next version I will try to automate that so you won’t have to bother with it.

      I am recoding my stuff to make sure it runs on any rom even if they are in bad shape or don’t have busybox properly installed, etc so expect a new build soon.

  6. Ezaechiel says:

    No more problem with GPS, sorry for inconvenience 🙂

    • iamskynet says:

      What was the issue and what did you do to fix it?
      Thank you for your time and for reporting it.

      • Ezaechiel says:

        The problem was only with GPS navigation apps, I reinstalled stock kernel, try sygic, it worked, reinstall shintô and that was fixed :-), maybe a problem with GPS localization.

  7. mat9v says:

    I have three interesting futures to ask for 🙂 One would be to disable the “after 10 minutes fallback to usb 2.0 from usb 3.0 connection” and another would be to set defult connection mode as usb 3.0 instead of usb 2.0 if the user so chooses. Both would be very welcome for both faster data transfer and DriveDroid. The last would be fiddling with 5 minutes recording limit for 4K videos (it is not a limitation of write speed for internal memory), is that some kind of limit for cpu throttling and resulting frame dropping?

    • kevp75 says:

      The 4k video thing could very well be a space issue.
      See, exFat, and Fat32 (which is essentially what our internal storage is reported as) has a file size limitation of 4.xG, so if a 4k video comes close to or exceeds that, you wont get more than the 5 minutes.

      I know 1080 video is huge when I shoot it, so I image 4k would be even bigger

      • iamskynet says:

        I’m sure there’s more to it for that 4k video limit thing. Maybe I’ll have a look some day to trace the logical flow driver->software…

  8. kevp75 says:

    You rock dude!
    My beast hasn’t felt this snappy!

    I’m back on a true Note3 Rom now, and all I can say is WOW

    I fling, no stutter! 😀

  9. s1mp3 says:

    On my N9005 everything works well until second speaker is enabled. Then everything slows down, and music apps stops working. I’m on X-Note 21 ROM with Lean kernel. Any ideas why?

    • iamskynet says:

      Well if you are on xnote and lean kernel and have this issue then go ask them.

      • s1mp3 says:

        You right, I’m sorry 🙁
        I would really like to use this kernel and all of the features that it has.
        Could you recommend which ROM to use?

  10. guaneet says:

    could you possibly look into “bioshock” gov whenever you have the chance 🙂
    thanks for your work

  11. kakahoho says:

    I try convert to F2FS but got a problem.
    Restore System partition always get failed at the end.
    I see the system partition size decrease 200mb after convert to f2fs and don’t have enough space to restore.
    I’m using S5 ROM port.
    Anyway, thanks for good kernel.

    • iamskynet says:

      It’s already been covered and discussed.
      F2FS needs around 200mb of free space to do its thing.
      Once you free that minimum space you will be able to restore just fine.
      You welcome!

  12. s1mp3 says:

    Tried a few ROM’s with no luck. Phone doesn’t boot after installing kernel. Can the problem be with NJ2 bootloader or modem? Thank’s!

  13. BryanD says:

    hi i have the same problem of s1mp3, i have tried to re-download few times your kernel and the phone want boot. i have the n9005, with rom g00h and ael kernel and i really want to much try your kernel but i cant! what i can do?!

  14. BryanD says:

    awesome!!! thanks a lot i go to flash and try!! best regards from italy !

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