Hello. A couple months ago, I tried installing UT on a recently acquired Nexus 5, but I encountered some problems which prevented the installation from succeeding. I am now in the process of downloading a phone img from Google to reflash the device back to its defaults, but in the meantime I wanted to describe the problems I encountered and see if there were any obvious things I was doing wrong. I probably should have made this thread three months ago, but that's my mistake.
Anyway, I went through the installation process as usual on Windows 7, attempting to use the GUI installer.
- enable android debugging
- enable the bootloader
- connect the device to my PC and run the GUI installer
The GUI installer did not recognize the phone immediately, but I was able to select "Nexus 5" from the dropdown menu and apply the settings I wanted for installation (default, format memory, no custom instructions). When I attempted to proceed to the next step, the installer would try to connect to the device, but not succeed.
This frustrated me, and some cursory research told me I might have better luck on Linux. I created a simple Linux VM in VMWare Workstation, then downloaded the GUI installer on that machine and connected the device to it. This time it detected the device correctly when I connected it with a USB cable and told VMWare to always connect that device to the VM instead of my PC by default
I was able to progress a bit with the installation here, but I was still not successful.
- all settings as above, except the installer recognizes the device automatically
- some files are transferred onto the Nexus 5, and it restarts to the UBPorts Recovery Mode screen
- it reboots once more into the default "Google" loading screen
- the device disconnects from the VM and my PC
- the default loading screen does not ever change
At this point, I think there are some core files that were removed, which prevents the device from booting normally. The UT installation has a foot in the door, but is still missing files due to the disconnection.
My course of action from here is basically starting from square one and not getting as frustrated as I did last time. I still intend to install the device using a VM because that seemed to be the simplest solution, and it avoids the instability of using the Windows installer.
- reset Nexus 5 to factory defaults
- download newest installers and drivers
- be more careful about installing and not making any errors
I know this post was long-winded, but all I really want to know is whether or not I made a significant error, and how to avoid repeating it if I did. Thanks in advance for any insights you can share.