[HOW-TO] Install Android x86 on any media ! [OPTIMA-TEAM]

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alvi99

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Cant connect to net

I can't connect to internet while live booting the usb. I have a desktop with broadband. After selecting language when I choose to skip setting Wifi
settings the OS givs me a screen wher It says failed to connect to the internet and stops setup there. How to solve this problem
 

startas

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Well, it works pretty good on my non-touchscreen laptop with mouse, antutu benchmark shows 33,2k score, but the problem is mouse - it doesnt work in most games... i.e. mouse works minecraft, but it doesnt work in racing games, like asphalt 8, so i cant do anything...
 

deciocavallo

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near Naples, Italy
finally got wifi working after some toggling and dodgyness..

can anyone help me enable multitouch touchpad... if i could two finger scroll, vertical and horizontal (homescreens) this would be perfect.
I am running the 4.4 RC1 build on my Acer TravelMate 8172T,,

I'm running android 4.4 RC2 on a Acer d255 and i would enable two finger scroll two. There's a solution?
 

UnNaMeD__

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@F4uzan my brand (Toshiba) isn't listed and I dont want ICS. Can I download these KK versions? Which one of them?

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pulsaris

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Tried 4.4 RC1 and 4.4 RC2 on pc. Android boots but screen turns black. Display driver incompatible?
System I have is based on amd kabini (am1).
 

UnNaMeD__

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Yes, you can use it.

#F4UZAN : Team Optima

Worked. BT doesn't receives/send files. No option for wifi tethering. :/ LAN internet works.
I restart but now there are only two options one for win8 and other for win7. How can I boot back to android? I have installed it in separate partition in hard disk with 15GB space. It also prompted for grub installation and I have selected yes.
 
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qasim799

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Hi All !

Featured on XDA-Portal.

I'm going to post a tutorial, how to install Android x86 to any of your device (Virtual Machine supported now !).
So, let's start !

Preparations :

1. A working laptop & netbooks
2. R/W CD / Bootable USB stick (flashdisk) / free space for VM
3. Android x86 ISO
4. Free partition :
- 2 GB for Froyo - ICS
- 8 GB for JellyBean 4.2 - JellyBean 4.3
- 10 GB for KitKat 4.4.2
Note : Smaller partition works, but isn't recommended. (RIY : Risk Is Yours)

1. Download Android x86 ISO.
You can download it here : Click !
If your device brand isn't listed there, download Generic ICS build here : Click ! [You need to unzip after download]
Follow the guide with your preferred installation method.

If you're using USB stick :

2. Download UNetbootin
You can download it here : Click !
On Ubuntu (11.04 and higher) you can type : sudo apt-get install unetbootin

3. Run Unetbootin, select the Android x86 ISO
4. Select USB drive (instead of Hard Disk), then click OK
5. The UNetbootin will install Android x86 live image & installer to your USB stick
6. Reboot your device after the installation is completed.
7. Boot to Boot Device Selection (in BIOS image), after you entered it, select USB2.0 / USB4.0 / USB Disk (or something similiar)
8. There will be a GRUB like menu generated by UNetbootin, select Install Android x86 to hard disk
9. Wait until it to load
10. Select partition to install Android x86
11. If you're unsure, don't format the partition
12. There will be a prompt, 'Install GRUB bla-bla-bla', if you use Windows, select yes. Another prompt will appear, select yes again.
If you're using Ubuntu / already installed GRUB Bootloader, select no
13. Another prompt, 'Make system r/w', select yes (if you like modifying your Android x86)
14. If you're using Android x86 4.0.3 and older, you'll be prompted to install virtual SDCard, input 2GB (maximum size)
15. Reboot your device

If you're using CD R/W

2. Burn the Android x86 ISO
3. Reboot your device, go to Boot Device Selection menu, select the CD / DVD
4. You will see Android x86 GRUB menu, select Install Android x86 to hard disk
5. Wait until it to load
6. Select partition to install Android x86
7. If you're unsure, don't format the partition
8. There will be a prompt, 'Install GRUB bla-bla-bla', if you use Windows, select yes. Another prompt will appear, select yes again.
If you're using Ubuntu, select no
9. Another prompt, 'Make system r/w', select yes (if you like modifying your Android x86)
10. If you're using Android x86 4.0.3 and older, you'll be prompted to install virtual SDCard, input 2 GB (maximum)
11. Reboot your device

If you're using it as virtual machine :

2. Set up the VM (RAM set to min 512 MB), tweak the configuration to match your taste
3. Make sure you already loaded the ISO file, run the VM
4. A GRUB menu generated by Android x86 will appear, select the last option (Installation - Install Android x86 to hard disk)
5. Wait until it loads
6. Create a new partition (Navigate to New, , set to maximum size, navigate to write, done, navigate to quit)
7. Install Android x86 to new partition
8. Format the partition to ext3 / ext4 (ext3 / ext4 is recommended than fat32 or ext2).
9. Answer 'yes' to 'Install bootloader GRUB bla-bla-bla'
10. Answer 'yes' again to 'Make system r/w'
11. If you're asked for sdcard, then input 2GB (the maximum size is 2GB, if your partition is smaller, input suitable size for your partition)
12. Reboot if process is done.

How to add Android x86 to GRUB Menu

For GRUB 1.97 - 1.99

1. To make it easy, install GRUB Customizer
Type these into terminal emulator :
Code:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

2. Open GRUB customizer, make a new GRUB entry.

3. Open 'Sources' tab, type these :
Code:
[B]set root='(hd0,4)'[/B]
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=[B]root e1f9de05-8d18-48aa-8f08-f0377f663de3[/B]
linux [B]androidx86[/B]/kernel root=UUID=[B]e1f9de05-8d18-48aa-8f08-f0377f663de3[/B] quiet [B]androidboot.hardware=generic_x86[/B] SRC=[B]/androidx86[/B] acpi_sleep=s3_bios,s3_mode
initrd [B]androidx86[/B]/initrd.img

Watch for the bolded part, here's what to change :

1. set root='(hd0,4)' : Change the (hd0,4) to partiton Android x86 is installed.
The hd0 means sda, so if you install it to sdb, it'll be hd1 and so on.
The hd0,4 means the partition number, in my case, hd0,4 means sda4. So if you install it on sda6, it'll be hd0,6.

2. --set=root e1f9de05-8d18-48aa-8f08-f0377f663de3 : The random number here is the UUID of partition Android x86 is installed
You must change it to correct UUID, you can easily got UUID by creating new entry in GRUB Customizer then go to Options tab, then select the 'Linux' option in dropdown. You'll see partition dropdown, select your partition. Open the source tab, you'll see the UUID there.

3. androidx86/ : The root of Android x86
Change it into your Android x86 root. You can see what's your Android x86 root by navigating to Android x86 partition, and you'll see a folder name started with 'android', that's the root of your Android x86

4. androidboot.hardware : Your device, of course.
Note : If you're using Android 2.3 - 4.0.3, change it to androidboot_hardware
Here's the list of hardware :

Code:
- generic_x86 : If your hardware isn't listed, use this
- eeepc : EEEPC laptops
- asus_laptop : ASUS laptops (supported ASUS laptops only)

GRUB 2.0 tutorial is samel like GRUB 1.97-1.99, try it.

There's no screenshot, because the result may vary with your device.


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FAQ
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Q : Does this work on my device ?
A : Try it ! There's generic build which supports many device widely.

Q : Which release should I pick ?
A : Generic is recommended (if your device isn't listed in download list), if your device is supported (like EEEPCs for example), pick one for your device.

Q : Will this overwrite my old OS ?
A : As long as you install it in different partition + you did the right setup. It won't affects anything.

Q : Why does my network / touchscreen / mouse / etc, doesn't work ?
A : Mostly this is a driver problem. Try to use newer / older release. If it doesn't work, try different build for other device (there's 40% chance this will fix your problem)

Q : Does Android x86 works on USB disk (as Live Image / as OS itself) ?
A : It does, I have tried it with HoneyComb and Gingerbread.

Q : Why does sleep doesn't work on my device ?
A : This most known bug on Android x86. So let's wait until developer fix this.

Q : It doesn't work as VM !
A : Check your configuration and virtual disk, Android needs atleast 2GB space.

Q : Why does games like Defender lags / choppy when played ?
A : This is because the game uses ARM libs / libraries which is not optimized for Android x86 (which uses Intel x86 / 32 Bit libraries).

Q : Android 4.4.2 RC-1 hangs on bootscreen (the flashing Android logo / tty1 terminal) !
A : Check your hardware, if you're using x64, probably the x64 isn't supported yet. Also, try using older release.

Q : There's no Play Store !
A : Sometimes, nighlies build (as Custom ROMs user calls it) is uploaded, this type of build doesn't have GApps. Also, if you're using deprecated release, they have Market instead of PlayStore.

Q : Can you flash .zips in this ?
A : You can, but it's not recommended.

Q : Play Store only have small amount of app !
A : Because Play Store detects your device as Android with a x86 CPU. This kind of CPU isn't widely used by apps in Play Store (most CPU in Android phone is ARM)

it's installed and working correctly but sound isn't working
 

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Worked. BT doesn't receives/send files. No option for wifi tethering. :/ LAN internet works.
I restart but now there are only two options one for win8 and other for win7. How can I boot back to android? I have installed it in separate partition in hard disk with 15GB space. It also prompted for grub installation and I have selected yes.

You have Win8 installed ? Grub doesn't work properly sometimes with Win8

#F4UZAN : Team Optima
 

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    Hi all !

    Welcome to the tutorial of how to install Android x86 !
    I've written this extensive guide, it is as detailed as possible and it is written as easy and as understandable for new user.
    This guide is, however does not put guarantee of any action you've done outside the guide itself. Anything such as partitioning, OS installing or uninstalling is not guaranteed by me or by anyone at XDA. You're doing this at your own will.

    Preparations :

    1. Any computer / device that supports installation via flash driver / disc (or have enough space for VM)
    2. Any media that is mentioned below (either flash drive, CD / DVD, or VM)
    3. Android x86 ISO
    4. 2 GB of free or clean partition is recommended (you can use more than 2 GB to increase internal storage)

    1. Download Android x86 ISO.
    You can download it here
    If your device isn't listed there, download Generic ICS build here : Click ! [You need to unzip after download]
    The newest KitKat build is unified and it's also generic. It supports wider range of hardware, but it does not support LAN device (yet). You can download it here
    Follow the guide with your preferred installation method.

    If you're using USB stick / Flash Drive :

    2. Download UNetbootin
    You can download it here : Click !
    On Ubuntu (11.04 and higher, or its derivatives) you can type : sudo apt-get install unetbootin
    On Arch (or its derivatives) type : pacman -S unetbootin

    3. Run UNetbootin, select the Android x86 ISO
    4. Select USB drive (make sure you don't select your HDD partition), then click OK
    5. The UNetbootin will copy and install Android x86 live image & installer to your flash drive
    6. Reboot your device after the process is completed
    7. Boot to Boot Device Selection (in BIOS image), after you entered it, select your flash drive
    8. There will be a GRUB menu generated by UNetbootin, select Install Android x86 to hard disk
    9. Wait until it loads
    10. Select partition to install Android x86
    11. If you're unsure, don't format the partition
    12. There will be a prompt, 'Install GRUB bla-bla-bla', if you use Windows, select yes. Another prompt will appear, select yes again.
    If you've installed GRUB, do not select yes.
    13. Another prompt, 'make system r/w', select yes (this enables root and read write access to your system partition)
    14. If you're using Android x86 4.0.3 and older, you'll be prompted to install virtual sdcard, input 2GB (maximum size)
    15. Reboot your device

    If you're using CD / DVD

    2. Burn the Android x86 ISO
    3. Reboot your device, go to Boot Device Selection menu, select the CD / DVD
    4. You will see Android x86 GRUB menu, select Install Android x86 to hard disk
    5. Wait until it loads
    6. Select partition to install Android x86
    7. If you're unsure, don't format the partition
    8. There will be a prompt, 'Install GRUB bla-bla-bla', if you use Windows, select yes. Another prompt will appear, select yes again.
    If you've installed GRUB select no (installing it will break your GRUB configs)
    9. Another prompt, 'Make system r/w', select yes (if you like modifying your Android x86)
    10. If you're using Android x86 4.0.3 and older, you'll be prompted to install virtual SDCard, input 2 GB (maximum)
    11. Reboot your device

    If you're using it as virtual machine :

    2. Set up the VM (RAM set to min 512 MB), tweak the configuration to match your need
    3. Make sure you've loaded the ISO file in the VM menu, load the VM
    4. A GRUB menu generated by Android x86 will appear, select the last option (Installation - Install Android x86 to hard disk)
    5. Wait until it loads
    6. Create a new partition (Navigate to New, , set to maximum size, navigate to write, done, navigate to quit)
    7. Install Android x86 to the new partition
    8. Format the partition to ext4
    9. Answer 'yes' to 'Install bootloader GRUB bla-bla-bla'
    10. Answer 'yes' again to 'make system r/w' (enables root and read write access to your partition)
    11. If you're asked for sdcard, then input 2GB (the maximum size is 2GB, if your partition is smaller input suitable size for your partition)
    12. Reboot when the process is done

    How to add Android x86 to GRUB Menu

    For GRUB 1.97 - 1.99 / 2.00

    1. To make it easy, install GRUB Customizer
    Type these into terminal emulator :
    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install grub-customizer
    2. Open GRUB customizer, make a new GRUB entry.

    3. Open 'Sources' tab, type these :
    Code:
    [B]set root='(hd0,4)'[/B]
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=[B]root e1f9de05-8d18-48aa-8f08-f0377f663de3[/B]
    linux [B]androidx86[/B]/kernel root=UUID=[B]e1f9de05-8d18-48aa-8f08-f0377f663de3[/B] quiet [B]androidboot.hardware=generic_x86[/B] SRC=[B]/androidx86[/B] acpi_sleep=s3_bios,s3_mode
    initrd [B]androidx86[/B]/initrd.img
    Pay attention for the bolded part, here's what to change :

    1. set root='(hd0,4)' : Change the (hd0,4) to partiton Android x86 is installed.
    The hd0 means sda, so if you install it to sdb, it'll be hd1 and so on.
    The hd0,4 means the partition number, in my case, hd0,4 means sda4. So if you install it on sda6, it'll be hd0,6.

    2. --set=root e1f9de05-8d18-48aa-8f08-f0377f663de3 : The random number here is the UUID of partition Android x86 is installed
    You must change it to correct UUID, you can easily got UUID by creating new entry in GRUB Customizer then go to Options tab, then select the 'Linux' option in dropdown. You'll see partition dropdown, select your partition. Open the source tab, you'll see the UUID there.

    3. androidx86/ : The root of Android x86
    Change it into your Android x86 root. You can see what's your Android x86 root by navigating to Android x86 partition, and you'll see a folder name started with 'android', that's the root of your Android x86

    4. androidboot.hardware : Your device, of course.
    Note : If you're using Android 2.3 - 4.0.3, change it to androidboot_hardware
    Here's the list of hardware :

    Code:
    - generic_x86 : If your hardware isn't listed, use this
    - eeepc : EEEPC laptops
    - asus_laptop : ASUS laptops (supported ASUS laptops only)


    GRUB 2.0 tutorial is the same like GRUB 1.97-1.99.



    -------------
    FAQ
    -------------

    Q : Does this work on my device ?
    A : Try it ! There's generic build which supports many device.

    Q : Which release should I pick ?
    A : Generic is recommended (if your device isn't listed in download list), if your device is supported (like EEEPCs for example), pick one for your device. Do take a note that newer builds uses unified image, which means it supports wide range of hardware.

    Q : Will this overwrite my old OS ?
    A : As long as you install it in different partition and you did the right setup, you are good to go !

    Q : Why does my network / touchscreen / mouse / etc, doesn't work ?
    A : Mostly this is a driver problem. Try to use newer / older release. If it doesn't work, try different build for other device (there's a chance this will fix your problem)

    Q : Does Android x86 works on USB disk (as a Live Image / as an OS itself) ?
    A : It does, I have tested it on Gingerbread and ICS release.

    Q : Why deep sleep / suspend doesn't work on my device ?
    A : This is one of the issue on Android x86. The developer might be working on a fix.

    Q : It doesn't work on a VM setup !
    A : Check your configuration and virtual disk, Android needs at least 2GB of free space.

    Q : Why does games feel choppy when played ?
    A : This is because the game uses ARM libs / libraries which is not optimized for Android x86 (which uses ARM to x86 translator by Intel). On newer build, like unofficial Lollipop release doesn't include ARM to x86 translator, so it can't execute any ARM libraries or binaries.

    Q : Android 4.4.2 RC-1 hangs on bootscreen (the flashing Android logo / tty1 terminal) !
    A : Check your hardware, if you're using x64 probably the x64 isn't supported yet. Also, try using older release.

    Q : There's no Play Store !
    A : Sometimes, nighlies build (as Custom ROMs user calls it) is uploaded, this type of build doesn't have GApps. Also, if you're using deprecated release (old release), they have Android Market instead of Playstore.

    Q : Can you flash .zips in this ?
    A : You can, but it's not recommended.

    Q : Play Store only have small amount of app !
    A : Because Play Store detects your device as Android with a x86 CPU. This kind of CPU isn't widely used by apps in Play Store (most CPU in Android phone is ARM)
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    Hi guys !
    I managed to boot Lollipop (5.0) with GRUB 2, I'll be updating the tutorial soon !
    4
    If you want Ubuntu Grub entry, see here : https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/android-x86/GrPdnpa6XBM
    Use Li's kernel from here IF YOU ARE USING 4.4 on an UEFI system (<efivar> KP): https://groups.google.com/d/msg/android-x86/GrPdnpa6XBM/dA1ChqU1vu4J
    All credits goes to there owners (not to me :p).
    GOOD LUCK

    BTW, I have Vaio S (SVS 2012) and I can get WiFi working of I boot from legacy mode BIOS from an external HD w/ the original kernel, while it doesn't work of I boot it from UEFI w/ the custom kernel (since it can't boot w/out it) and doesn't work w/ either 4.3.X or 4.2.X. Can someone help me? (using Intel Centrino Advanced N 6235)
    Thanks
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    Im having a issue booting the 4.4 rc1 it hangs on boot with the android boot screen only am I missing something?
    my pc is running windows 7 x64 4gb ram core 2 duo intel graphics

    Try using other build. KitKat 4.4.2 is still experimental. Also, x64 have issues with Android x86.
    2
    Does this also work on a desktop?

    Bro, any computer. Be it a desktop, netbook, ultrabook, MacBook, Linux computer, etc