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26th February 2014, 12:57 AM   |  #1  
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EDIT 2: See post #21 for an update. From my research, it appears that WiFi will never work in Android on the Surface Pro.

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EDIT 1: See post #13 for an update.
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Looks like it has some WiFi fixes for tablets. And since I'm hating the Win8 OS (for my purposes), I'm going to give this a shot.
Don't see anyone else on the forum that has tried this new 4.4.

I'm downloading it now.
http://www.android-x86.org/releases/releasenote-4-4-rc1

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Key Features

  • The 4.4-RC1 release is based on the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat-MR1 release). We have fixed and added x86 specified code to let the system runs smoothly on x86 platforms, especially for netbooks or tablets. The key features contain
  • Integrate the ffmpeg as the stagefright-plugins to support much more multimedia files. Now we can play HD and full HD videos in apps.
  • Use the latest longterm stable kernel 3.10.30 with more drivers enabled. Most netbooks can run Android-x86 in the native resolution.
  • OpenGL ES hardware acceleration for AMD Radeon and Intel chipsets (not include the PowerVR chips).
  • Enhance the installer to support upgrade from previous versions (since ics-x86). The text based GUI installer supports ext3/ext2/ntfs/fat32 filesystems.
  • KitKat style lanucher (Launcher3).
  • Support Multi-touch, Wifi, Audio, Bluetooth, G-sensor and Camera.
  • Simulate sdcard by internal storage.
  • External usb drive and sdcard are auto mounted to /storage/usbX on plugging.
  • Support hybrid mode of iso images.
  • Multi-user support (max 8).
  • Support Ethernet (DHCP only).
  • Support VM like Qemu and VMware
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Looks like it has some WiFi fixes for tablets. And since I'm hating the Win8 OS (for my purposes), I'm going to give this a shot.
Don't see anyone else on the forum that has tried this new 4.4.

I'm downloading it now.
http://www.android-x86.org/releases/releasenote-4-4-rc1

what version i have to download for surface?
26th February 2014, 01:10 AM   |  #3  
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what version i have to download for surface?

4.4.
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hmmm ok, are you sure this is working for the microsoft surface? the RT one? and can i make a dual boot?
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hmmm ok, are you sure this is working for the microsoft surface? the RT one? and can i make a dual boot?

I didn't say it worked on anything.
And RT is a definite "no". If it does work, it's Surface Pro only.
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Bummer, 4.4 doesn't work for me.
I can run the Androidx86 4.3 without any problems.
But the 4.4 just does a kernel panic whenever I try to boot to it.
And there is no use running 4.3 since WiFi doesn't work on it.
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hmmm ok, are you sure this is working for the microsoft surface? the RT one? and can i make a dual boot?

Surface RT cannot boot any alternative operating system besides Windows RT and its 8.1 update.
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Looks like the problem may be fixed with the next release.

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2014-03-06 10:17 GMT+08:00 <>:
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> Hi, I have a Surface Pro that I'm trying to install Android on to. I am able to install Android-x86 4.3 onto it without any problem at all.
> But when I use the same installation method for the Android-x86 4.4, I get an error immediately upon attempting the installation.
> The error is:
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> "BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereferences at (null)"
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>
> AFAIK, this is a kernel issue?

Probably.

Looks like an efivar issue.
I also encountered efivar issue on other device.
It's probably buggy.
The option is not enabled in 4.3 kernel.
Will disable it in next release.
Thank you for the report.


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Maybe if a developer here knows how to disable this "efivar" in the kernel, they could recompile the kernel for us Surface Pro users.
Do not know how long it will be before Android-x86 releases the next version.
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Eddie, which installation tut did you use to get 4.3 running on the Pro? I looked at the Android-x86 EFI post and there seems to be a couple on there.

Also have had you boticed any sluggishness when running apps? I'm specifically interested in MCPE to play with my kids, but any info would be great.

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Eddie, which installation tut did you use to get 4.3 running on the Pro? I looked at the Android-x86 EFI post and there seems to be a couple on there.

I got it installed but did not use any of the guides.
I'd already wiped all original partitions from my hard disk.
So I was booting directly from USB stick.
I created an Ubuntu USB stick using the latest nightly of Ubuntu.
Then added an android folder and tossed all the Android 4.3 files into it.
And then modified the grub file using one online method or another. Don't remember which.

I didn't stick with it though because WiFi doesn't work (known issue) and therefore it's useless to me.
So, I can't help with any usage reports. Sorry.

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