Install ClockworkMod on Karbonn A18

About a week back I posted a way to install Google Now on Karbonn A18. It been quite sometime that development of ClockworkMod for Karbonn A18. Finally the way to Install ClockworkMod on Karbonn A18 is being posted here.

Thanks to DhinesuBaabu Thangavelu and Ujjwal Kumar (that’s me!). DhinesuBaabu Thangavelu compiled the CWM image and I edited the recovery.fstab to remove some unwanted elements.

For those who don’t know what ClockworkMod actually is, here’s a small summary:

ClockworkMod, abbreviated as CWM, is a popular custom recovery for Android phones and tablets developed by Koushik Dutta (Koush), a well-known name in the Android dev community. ClockworkMod recovery allows you to perform several advanced recovery, restoration, installation and maintenance operations on your Android device that aren’t possible with the stock recovery.

Source

It is really important to have a custom recovery like ClockworkMod on Karbonn A18 to install custom ROMs on the device. So without any further ado, lets start.

Downloads

Download the RAR file from the button below and unpack using WinRAR.

To download from Google Drive click on File > Download.

Download A18 CWM.rar

Now that you have downloaded the required stuff, we will continue with the installation.

Installation

There are two ways to Install ClockworkMod on Karbonn A18.

  • Using PC
  • Without Using PC.

I’ll be writing the process for both these methods.

By using PC.

First method I’ll write about is the method to Install ClockworkMod on Karbonn A18 via PC. We will need SP Flash tool, MT6575 emmc scatter file and the custom recovery.img.

You will find all this in the A18 CWM.rar you downloaded.

After extraction you will see these files:

Follow these steps properly:

  • Switch off the phone and take out the SIM and the battery. THIS IS IMPORTANT.
  • Now connect your phone to PC and let Windows recognize it. It will not recognize the drivers, install it manually. The drivers are in the MTK USB VCOM drivers.
  • After the install has been completed, disconnect the phone from PC.
  • Now open the folder named Flashtool_4.0.
  • Start the application named Flash_Tool.
  • Click on the Download Agent button and choose the MTK_AllnOne_DA.bin.
  • Now load the scatter file by clicking on the Scatter-loading button.
  • Your Flash Tool will look like this after both the above files have been loaded.

  • Uncheck all elements except RECOVERY.
  • Single click on RECOVERY and choose the path where it is located.
  • Press F9 or click on the Download button.
  • Now the flash tool will start searching for your phone.
  • Connect your phone to the PC now with battery and SIM both out.
  • The Download procedure will start.
  • After the download procedure is complete you will see the new window like this:

  • Congrats!! You have just Installed ClockworkMod on Karbonn A18.
  • Now put in your battery, SIM card and external SD card and start the phone in recovery mode.
  • To start in recovery mode press volume down and power button together until you see the Karbonn logo.
  • Now you will see a new recovery interface. Now quickly Wipe Cache partition and you are done!!

Without using PC

  • Download the app named Mobileuncle MTK Tools. Download it from Play Store.
  • Extract the recovery.img from the A18 CWM.rar you downloaded and transfer it to root of your phone’s internal SD card.
  • Now open the Mobileuncle MTK Tools on your phone.
  • Mobileuncle MTK Tools will ask you root access via Super User. Allow it.
  • Now tap on Recovery Update and you will see the recovery.img.
  • Tap on the recovery.img and Mobileuncle MTK Tools will flash it automatically.
  • Now reboot into recovery mode and wipe cache and you are done!

Congratulations. You have successfully been able to Install ClockworkMod on Karbonn A18. Have fun modding.

Update: The damaged internal SD card problem is now fixed!!

  • t

    you have not mentioned how are we (noobs) supposed to install the inf files u have provided in the mtk vcom folder

    • http://www.stupidtechie.net/ Ujjwal Kumar

      1. Connect the device to PC.
      2. It will detect the device and show “Driver not installed”.
      3. Open Device Manager. For device manager, press Windows button + R. 4. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter
      5. Browse to the device and right click on it and select update drivers. 6. Browse to drivers location and choose the folder in which device drivers exist.
      7. Proceed and its done,

      • Tobali

        too bad it’s not for windows 8

        • http://www.droidextra.org/ Ujjwal Kumar

          There is an alternative method in this post.

          • Tobali

            Yes ! It worked with a Wolfgang AT-AS43D2. Thanx for the good work !

  • t

    i cannot install the mtk vcom drivers..any solution for that?

    • http://www.stupidtechie.net/ Ujjwal Kumar

      Well you are doing something wrong. Please check the steps correctly.

  • t

    ok so i did not flash with PC, instead i did it without PC. directly from phone. and now mt internal SD card is lost as in, it does not show, whatever apps i install now disappear after a while. thats mysterious. games which are by default installed on external sd seem to lose their icons and become grey in the manage apps list. phone is all fucked up. please provide a solution to normalize everything.

    thanks.

    • http://www.stupidtechie.net/ Ujjwal Kumar

      Weird.. I wonder why it didn’t happen with me as I follow the same process and flashed it through Mobile Uncle Tools.. Anyways, If you can wait for a few hours I am going to post a way to install the Karbonn A18 Stock ROM which will solve your problem.

    • http://www.stupidtechie.net/ Ujjwal Kumar

      Download and flash the new recovery.img It will fix your problem.

  • Cor

    Hello Ujjiwal

    I also flashed the 1st recovery.img through MobileUncle and got a damaged internal SD card. Subsequently I flased your updated recovery.img through the PC method, but the damaged SD card is still there!? Any idea how I can get this resolved. Note that my phone is Karbonn A18 rebrand with a European Stock rom, that I haven’t got.

    much appreciated

    Cor

    • http://www.stupidtechie.net/ Ujjwal Kumar

      Hello Cor
      Nice to see on this blog. Are you sure it is a Karbonn A18/Neobox Tuan 4.3″ rebrand? If so then here is a way to flash the stock ROM. http://www.droidextra.org/2012/11/02/install-stock-rom-on-karbonn-a18.html

      • Cor

        Hello Ujjiwal

        Yes, I’m sure that my AT-TS43D2 is a Karbonn A18 rebrand http://www.attelecom.info/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=77&=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=15&review=files#pics

        I presume that I have to flash a stock ROM first to restore my internal SD card, before I can flash your Custom ROM; is this correct?
        One more query, what flash method to use (to repair the SD
        card), Format whole flash except Bootloader and NVRAM?

        Appreciate your reply.
        regards Cor

        • http://www.stupidtechie.net/ Ujjwal Kumar

          Yes you need to flash the Stock ROM in order to fix your damaged SD card. Please be notified that flashing this Stock ROM will also change your logo image that you see before boot animation.
          And yes, choose *Format whole flash except Bootloader and NVRAM bin region. *In this way your IMEI number will remain intact.
          Please follow this tutorial at your own risk. But it worked for me. Your phone is also the same so it might work for you too.
          Keep visiting the blog for more updates! Have fun!

  • http://www.stupidtechie.net/ Ujjwal Kumar

    Have fun!

  • http://www.stupidtechie.net/ Ujjwal Kumar

    You have to put it in the root of your internal sdcard i.e /sdcard/.
    Yes there is an option named “Recovery Update”.
    Flash it from there.
    Also, show me a picture of the “place” where you are seeing the options like “wipe cache ,reboot,intall flash from sd card or cache”.
    Do you see “CWM-based Recovery v6.0.1.2″ at the bottom of the screen?
    If yes, then you have already flashed CWM.

  • Mihir Deshmukh

    hello!
    im a newbie here. i love my karbonn A18. but can i update it to Jelly Bean?
    plz let me know. and im totally in love with this blog.
    thank you!

    • http://www.stupidtechie.net/ Ujjwal Kumar

      Hello
      Welcome to Droidextra.org. We are still working to see if we can get Jellybean on A18.
      You can like our Facebook page and subscribe to the email feeds to stay updated!

  • kalrocking

    Need cwm recovery for karbonn a15 please hellp me….

    • http://www.stupidtechie.net/ Ujjwal Kumar

      Will post as soon as I find it. You can like our Facebook page and subscribe to the email feeds to get updated.

      • Ganesh Poul

        hi ujjwal hi install successfully cwm on my karbonn a18 phone, but it can not show the new recovery face

        • http://www.droidextra.org/ Ujjwal Kumar

          I am not sure what you are trying to say here.

  • Azar

    Hi ujjwal i installed cwm through mobileuncle tools and it worked but i am unable to take back up using the recovery…. It says boot.img cannot be created. Any idea…. But apart from that everything is working fine. I even installed miui rom and superstock using that. But i am unable to take back ups..

  • Ganesh Poul

    hi ujjwal , i installed cwm through usb, and done successfully on my karbonn a18, but it can not show new recovery interface when boot phone