How to Install and Run Android 4.4.4 on your PC or laptop



G'day folks,

I have just stumbled upon something pretty interesting. I know it's been out for a while, but to me it's kinda new. I didn't know it existed till now.

Am talking about the Android-x86 project. It's an Android port for PCs n Laptops. Pretty neat eh ? Imagine an Android device with 3gb of RAM, 4gb of Graphics power and 256gb of SSD storage. Now that's what I call A.M.A.Z.I.N.G !!!!!

In this post I will be guiding you on how to install it and start enjoying KitKat on your monster Rig!!! So what you waiting for, let's go... See ya after the break ;)

Note : Since this is x86(32bit) I don't think it will see more than 3gb of RAM. I could be wrong though xD




Step by step

  • Burn the iso image to cdrom, or create a bootable USB disk (recommended). See the Advanced section for details.
  • Boot from the Android-x86 installation CD/USB, choose the 'Install Android to harddisk' item, as show below


  • After seconds of booting, you will see a partition selection dialog. You can choose an existing partition to install Android-x86, or you can create or modify partitions by choosing 'Create/Modify partitions'. Note you can install Android-x86 to an external disk like USB drive. If the target drive is not shown, try 'Detect devices'.


  • Android-x86 can co-exist with other operating system or data in the chosen partition. If the partition is formatted, you may choose 'Do not format' to keep existing data. Otherwise, choose a filesystem type to format. Note the type you chosen must match the partition id, or the boot loader will fail to boot.


Also note if you choose to format to fat32, you will see a warning that android cannot save data to fat32. You can still proceed to install, but the installed android system will work like a live cd system. That is, all data will lose after power off. Therefore we do not recommend to install Android-x86 to a fat32 partition.
  • Next question is whether to install boot loader Grub. Usually you should answer yes, unless you want to install boot loader by hand yourself. Note the installer only creates boot items for Android-x86. If you hope to boot other operating systems, you need to add the item to /grub/menu.lst manually. See the Advanced section for how to do this.


  • If you are lucky, the installation will begin, and you will see the progress bar.

  • If you see this screen, the installation is complete. Congratulations! Now you can run Andrond-x86 directly, or you can reboot and run it.



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Issues


VMware

You have to change your virtual disk type to be IDE because the default type in VMware is SCSI, and Android-x86 kernel is not configured to support SCSI. You can follow these steps:

  • Create a virtual machine.
  • Edit virtual machine settings after the virtual machine created.
  • Choose the hard disk and remove it.
  • Add a hard disk to create a new virtual disk, then you can choose IDE as your virtual disk type.
  • When finished, you can install android-x86 normally.

Note : This version of Android-x86 comes Pre-Rooted. So no need to do that yourself anymore ;)

~ Download Android KitKat-x86 ~


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How-To Change Resolution on VMWare


As mentioned earlier, by default Android comes at a very low resolution. The video above shows you how to set it to 1080p or higher. Make sure to watch in HD to see what he's typing.

Basically, here's how it goes, boot or reboot your Android-x86 VM, once on the Grub bootloader, select second option "Debug mode" and type the following...

mount -o remount,rw /mnt [hit enter]
cd /mnt/grub [hit enter]
vi menu.lst

Once that's done, it will open the "menu.lst" containing the Grub boot options. Now scroll with down arrow to first option, then hit Shift+A to go to end of that line and add the following command :

vga=870

Finally, go to end of file, hit "esc" then type ":wq" which means, write/quit. Then to apply type following :

cd / [hit enter]
umount /mnt [hit enter]
reboot -f [hit enter]

Now, next time you boot into Android it will boot in 1920x1080 resolution. Mind you only 1920x1080x16 is possible. I have no idea why it wouldn't boot in 1920x1080x32. I guess it ain't supported at this time.

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I hope this helps you to enjoy Android-x86 on your machine the way it was meant to be enjoyed. With that, see you soon in a new post... :D

2 comments:

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December 27, 2015 at 2:19 PM comment-delete

The steps to change resolution doensn't seems to work if you on android mashmallow

December 27, 2015 at 2:20 PM comment-delete

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