After successfully unlocking the bootloader of my new Nexus 4 using adb and fastboot I now want to install ClockworkMod Recovery onto my device. Sadly it is not working properly. I am using Gnome Ubuntu 13.04 and installed adb and fastboot with apt. While in fastboot mode my device is visible when testing with

$ sudo fastboot devices
002847af108bXXXX    fastboot

when I try to flash the ClockworkMod image recovery-clockwork- using

$ sudo fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-
sending 'recovery' (7814 KB)...

it gets stuck. I already waited for 40 minutes to complete but since the size of the image is around 8Mb I suppose it cannot take that much time and something is not working correctly. Strangely also my USB-connected keyboard and Bluetooth-connected mouse are ignoring my inputs while fastboot is running.

I also tried renaming the .img file to recovery.img with the same result. Perhaps I am missing something obvious, but I have no idea what the problem could be.

  • Try another USB port. It helped for me.
    – user41685
    Sep 18, 2013 at 17:40
  • I am not sure whether to be happy or sad, that this worked for me, too...
    – juffel
    Sep 25, 2013 at 15:49
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    I'm having the same problem here, but with Xubuntu 14.04 and a Nexus 10. Unfortunately, switching USB ports didn't help, although it did cause the terminal to pause a bit longer before displaying sending 'recovery'... Any ideas or more recent experiences? Dec 25, 2015 at 21:14

1 Answer 1


I had the same problem and I could fix it changing the usb port, it works!


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