How to Install ClockworkMod Recovery on the Viewsonic Viewpad 7

Now that you have rooted your Viewpad 7, the next step that will ultimately lead to flashing custom ROMs is of course installing a custom recovery image.  Installing a custom recovery image not only enables you to flash custom ROMs but also gives you the option to back up your device using Nandroid among other useful features.  Read on then to know how to install ClockworkMod Recovery on the Viewpad 7.

I.  Before You Begin

1.  You should be rooted for this procedure to work.  If you are not, use our guide on how to do this before you installed CWM on your Viewpad 7.

2.  Make sure that your device is charged to at least 75% before you begin this procedure.

3.  You should have ADB set up prior to following this procedure.  Use our guide on the same to help you with this.

II.  Necessary Downloads

1. [attached to the first post on this thread]

2. [attached to the first post on this thread]

III.  Flashing ClockworkMod Recovery on the Viewpad 7

1.  Extract to a folder on your desktop.  You should end up with a file called just flash_image without an extension.

2.  Connect your device to your PC and copy both the flash_image and to your device’s SD card.

3.  Open up a command prompt window.  To do this, press Windows key + R on your keyboard, type in cmd and hit enter.

4.  Enter ADB by typing in adb shell and hit enter.

5.  Type in su and hit enter to gain superuser access.

6.  Type in cat /proc/mtd and hit the enter key.  This will bring up a list of partitions available on your device.

7.  Back up each partition by running the following command: cat /dev/mtd/mtd3 > /sdcard/recovery.img (The partition being backed up by this command is recovery, repeat the same command but change the name of the partition according to those listed in the previous step).

8.  Now type in the following commands to replace the stock recovery:
chmod 755 /system/bin/flash_image
flash_image recovery /sdcard/cwrecovery.img

That’s it! You have just installed ClockworkMod Recovery on the Viewpad 7.

IV.  Accessing ClockworkMod Recovery

1.  Power down your device.

2.  Press both the Volume keys and the Power button simultaneously for a few seconds.

3.  Enter ClockworkMod Recovery and use the Volume Up and Down buttons to navigate and the Power button to select your preferred option.

V.  Flashing Custom ROMs (Optional)

If you are ready to flash custom ROMs on your device, head to the next procedure to learn how to do that.

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

If you need help with this procedure, please ask in the comments below or in the forum.

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.

Join 90k others & subscribe to my weekly, not annoying newsletter for more tech!

* indicates required
  • bezelo

    Putting flash image on /sdcard did not work for me. Instead I had to put flash_image in the same folder as adb.exe, then ran these commands
    adb push flash_image /data/local/bin/flash_image
    adb shell
    cd /data/local/bin/
    chmod 755 flash_image
    flash_image recovery /sdcard/cwrecovery.img

    • Alex Claridad

      Where can you find the adb.exe?

      • Dax Krishna

        Alex, adb.exe will be available once you set up ADB, as listed in Section I.

        • Alex Claridad

          cant seem to put flash_image in the folder to push the image. do i have to paste the flash_image to the root of the sdcard? cant make the adb work at this time….

          • Dax Krishna

            If you followed our post on how to set up ADB, the adb.exe file will be available in, C:android-sdkplatform-tools

          • Alex Claridad

            put the flash_image on the flatform_tools folder but the file cannot be pushed on the system with this prompt: cannot stat “flash_image” : No such file or directory

        • Alex

          where is the folder containing the adb.exe where i will put the flash_umage?

  • bezelo

    correction, last line should include ./
    and cwrecovery.img had to be placed in /data/local/bin/ as well
    ./flash_image recovery /data/local/bin/cwrecovery.img

    finally boots into CWM recovery

  • it worked for me provided that I typed:

    cp /sdcard/flash_image /system/bin

    just before step 8.

  • u j nium

    hi, I am having problem with my vpad 7, Every time i tried to go to recovery mode, it restarts again normally .
    please help me to fix it.

  • Gideon De Marcas

    ok so i got this error message: unable to chmod /system/bin/flash_image: no such file or directory.
    so what i did to fix it was:
    1. go onto your viewpad and download root browser
    2. go to /system/bin
    3. swipe to the left of the screen
    4. long press on flash_image
    5. select copy
    6. swipe back to the right of the screen
    7. select paste
    8. now type
    chmod 755 /system/bin/flash_image
    and flash_image recovery /sdcard/cwrecovery.img