How To Install Android On Your Netbook

androidx86 icon   How To Install Android On Your NetbookInstall Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android, on your netbook. Whether you want to play with Google’s mobile operating system or give new life to an otherwise discarded device, Android-x86 gives everyone a way to install Android on Intel netbooks.

It’s fast. Even better: the latest version of Android-x86 comes with access to the Android Market, something almost impossible to set up on older Intel versions of the software. This means you can try out Android apps before you decide to buy an Android device.

Heck, your netbook could end up becoming your Android device.

I showed you how to install Chrome OS on unsupported computers, but some of you complained that it’s little more than a browser. Of course, that’s all Chrome OS is supposed to be, but I understand the disappointment. Android, I think, is a little more exciting. With access to thousands of apps it’s versatile, and its integration with the Google eco-system is much deeper than that of Chrome OS.

It’s not terribly complicated to install, especially if you’ve installed some form of Linux in the past. Let’s walk through the process, then briefly explore Android on the netbook.

Step One: Download Androidx86

To get started, head to the Androidx86 project page. You’ll find the download here, but make sure you download the latest version: 4.0, better known as Ice Cream Sandwich.

androidx86 download   How To Install Android On Your Netbook

There are a few different versions of 4.0 offered. Grab the version that best fits your netbook. Not sure what this is? Google your computer’s model along with “Androidx86″ and see what other people have had luck with. If you own an EEE PC like me, however, you’re in luck: everything works perfectly with the “eeepc” ISO.

Desktop users: it’s probably not worth trying.

Step Two: Copy To A Flash Drive

Now that you found the ISO file you need, it’s time to write it to a USB drive so you can boot from it. There are two main programs for doing this: UNetBootIn, which is cross platform, and Linux Live, which is only for Windows but very straightforward.

Use whichever you prefer; just copy the contents of the ISO to a flash drive. It doesn’t need to be huge: 1 GB should do it.

Step Three: Install

Now that you’ve got your USB drive, it’s time to boot from it. You’ll see this boot screen:

androidx86 bootscreen   How To Install Android On Your Netbook

If you just want to try out Android, go ahead and select the LiveCD mode. You won’t be able to save any customizing you do, of course, but it’s a good way to see how well Android works on your system.

If you’d rather get straight to installing Android, go ahead and pick the “Install” option. There’s not a lot of options for dual-botting built into the installer, so be warned: getting that working might take some skills on your part. See the Androidx86 installation instructions for more information. If you don’t care about losing your current OS, though, installation is straight-forward.

Optional: Install to SD Card

There’s another way, of course: you can install Android to an SD card. This won’t affect whatever operating system you typically use on your netbook but still lets you keep your apps and settings in place.

You’ll need a flash drive and an SD card to do this: the flash drive to install Android from and the SD card to install Android onto.

The process is simple: run the installer, but select your SD card to install to instead of your hard drive. This won’t affect your netbook’s primary drive, giving you a clean dual-boot environment.

Android on Your Netbook

So how does it work? Quite well. You can set up your home screen to look however you like, just like on a phone or tablet:

androidx86 home   How To Install Android On Your Netbook

You can also browse every app installed on your computer:

android browsing   How To Install Android On Your Netbook

Many Google staples are included, along with a number of other utilities and games. The best part: AndroidX86 now comes with access to the Android Market. Not everything will work, but I got my favorites apps working: Dropbox, Evernote, Wunderlist and Toggl. I even found a remote for XBMC that I’ll surely be writing about later. With some help from Google Voice I even got SMS messaging up and running!

Conclusion

Why try this? First of all: because it’s fun. Sure, it’s not the same as buying a new Android tablet, but breathing new life into an otherwise idle netbook is cool.

I’d consider writing a manual about this, if there’s an audience. Would you guys be interested? If so, let me know in the comments below. Also feel free to let me know about any Android apps I should try out on my netbook.

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Leo Keil

Every time I’ve tried installing Linux or the Chrome OS on my ASUS Eee PC 701SD, the install works great, but then, I can’t use it, because the new operating system doesn’t talk to the PC’s wifi hardware. I end up with a useless PC that can’t connect to the internet. I’m assuming the driver I need isn’t built into the installations of Linux and the Chrome OS that I’ve installed. I end up having to reinstall Windows XP, in order to get a useful computer.

Does the Androidx86 build described in your article have what’s needed to work with the PC’s built-in wifi hardware? If not, I’d really appreciate an article dealing with how to get non-Windows operating systems to work with hardware.

Justin Pot

The version specifically for EEE PCs should work just fine with every EEE PC, unless there’s something very strange about your particular WiFi card. Give it a shot, and my apologies if it doesn’t work.

There sadly can’t really be an all-inclusive guide for getting unsupported hardware to work. I do know that the version Chrome OS for unsupported netbooks is basically maintained by one guy, and as such only works with hardware he himself can test in his spare time.

If you want a non-Windows OS that works easily with most hardware, try Ubuntu. It supports way more than these Android and Chrome OS hacks.

Leo Keil

I gave it a try. It booted up fine, but got stuck on the setup screen showing the message “Turning wifi on…”

Ubuntu was the one of the versions of Linux that I had tried before. That also booted up fine, but as with everything except Windows XP, it failed to talk to the Eee PC 701SD’s built-in WiFi.

I guess I’ll be stuck with Windows XP on this thing forever…

David

For what it’s worth: I installed EasyPeasy (http://www.geteasypeasy.com/) (an Ubuntu respin) on my 701 and love it*. I bought the Linux EEEPC, but couldn’t stand Mandriva.

* but I’m still going to try out Android on it!

David

Sorry, meant “Xandros”, not “Mandriva”.

Alex

Wireless in 4.0 RC doesn’t work on my 701SD either, though it’s fine on my 701. Looks to be a bug.

Ron

Have you tried turning wifi OFF on your computer before installing android ?

I had the same problem on my eeepc when setting up a dual boot with windows xp/android x86.
Turned wifi off in windows xp before setting up/starting android x86.

Leo Keil

For sure, my netbook was fully turned off. I installed android by booting up with the android disk. My problem is that android doesn’t recognize my netbook’s WiFi.

Jake

Have you tried the latest version of Ubuntu? I think they have improved on the WIFI driver issue. I never had any issues on my HP dv5. Even back when I was running version 9.10 the WIFI worked fine. If you have a stubborn situation I think there is an Ubuntu app that can convert Windows WIFI drivers, but I forget what it’s called. Nothing wrong with Android, although I haven’t used it too much. I just hate seeing new linux users have problems like this.

Ronald Alan Geiken

I put it on a secure digital chip, and it looked to be working fine except android can’t write to the FAT 32 format on the chip. This means I can’t save anything and every time I start android up again, it goes back to the beginning. What can we format the 16 gig SD chip to allow data to be written to it with android. I don’t care if the chip is not seen by the windows 7 O/S, since the only thing necessary is to actually install android to the chip. When that is complete don’t need any windows functions. Can e install a Linux file system that windows will still recognize and that would be compatible with android. I am wary about installing it to the hard drive. Most of the information that is supplied is woefully weak about the format problems. Like I said it worked fine, but would not write to FAT 32. Would exFAT instead, or what format would be compatible and allow android to write to it.

Justin Pot

That seems really weird – you should be able to write to FAT without any problems. Did you install Android, or did you write the live environment to your disk? Seems like a silly question but I’m just making sure…

Rudi Pittman

I have an old inspiron 4000 laptop I’d love to run android on..the specs would seem to fit fine.. celeron 700mhz with 512mb of ram….no idea if any of those version will run on it…any suggestions? Is it just a pipe dream?

Justin Pot

The support is very much for netbooks, so I wouldn’t hold my breath. It doesn’t hurt to try, though…I just don’t know which ISO I’d reach for first.

Zane Conley

I was wondering… I have a Acer Aspire One D250, would I have to download the tegav2 version as this netbook has an intel atom processor?

Zane Conley

will do! i’ll tell you if it works :)

Justin Pot

I can’t wait to find out.

Zane Conley

Nope, I installed 3 versions of ICS on this netbook. I also went looking around as much as I could. Acer Aspire One D250 does not work because of the broadcom wireless card :(

Ewiggin

This would be the most interesting guide ever! (Besides possibly guides on Arduinos)

Justin Pot

I’d write a guide, but the process is so simple…

legal n00b

Is this legal or illegal I wonder because I dont want to break the law

Angelo

Perfectly legal. Android is Open Source. It would be probably illegal on a Mac, but not sure about. The EULA of Mac’s is so closed that I almost prefer Microsoft. I know for sure that you CANNOT install MacOS on a non Mac system

legal n00b

thank you , I wondered because of googles android live only goes upto froyo

Justin Pot

Android’s source code is open, and that’s what this is based on. It’s legal: enjoy!

Ian L.

Nice! Can we dual boot this to any LapTop!?!? (More powerfull processors…)

Justin Pot

It’s doubtful the drivers will work on most laptops. Besides, the resolution on a netbook is already feels absurdly high on my EEE…on a full laptop it will just be silly.

Ben

this is so cool, unlike trying out different flavors of linux, android has become a staple operating system to whoever’s using an android phone or tablet. would love to get my hands on this once i get another netbook to try this out with. keep the articles coming man, cheers!

Justin Pot

Try to get your hands on an EEE..they seem to work best with this. Have fun!

Ka

Hi! I just wonder that if i install it on my netbook, will it cause change my current system and my file? Or Could i still use my window 7 normaly on my netbook after installing adroid? Thanks

Justin Pot

You can try it on a flash drive before you install it, but actually installing it will cause problems unless you know how to manually edit Grub. This isn’t made for dual booting, sadly.

Sulav Adhikari

Thank you for the article. I have a DELL Inspirion N4010 laptop. I am not sure if it going to work but I will definitely try this.

Justin Pot

Let us know if it works!

Sulav Adhikari

i downloaded android-x86-4.0-RC1-s103t.iso and followed all the steps. It just displayed the bootscreen (ANDROID) and couldn’t load further.
Maybe my device is not supported or I downloaded a wrong iso file.

SonikkuAmerica

You probably got your hands on the wrong ISO. There are generic ones, however; they only go up to 2.3 Gingerbread and are a bit moody about apps. But if you still want to try it, Google “android x86 2.3 generic iso” and look for the one modified by androbox.

Luan Trinh

did you install android 4.0 on Dell inspirion N4010?

Karen

Help Please how can I install androidx86 on a nextbook Ive tried everything to get the android market or Google Play book no luck yet rooting no rooting ect ect my tablet came with swipe and amazon for apps .Thanks

Justin Pot

Sorry: can’t help you with that. I don’t know anything about rooting tablets. Try asking in MakeUseOf Answers: makeuseof.com/answers

Mims Athome

Can this be installed on a Linux netbook?

Mims

Justin Pot

Depends on the Linux netbook, of course, but there’s a good chance it could.

thijs95

Do you maybe know how to make a bootable usb stick for booting in linux?

Qwertinsky

Doesn’t work on my Eeepc-900A. Gets as far as “Detecting Android X86…” and stops. :(

Justin Pot

That my exact model of netbook, so I know it will work. Try unplugging the power supply while it’s booting, maybe?

Chris Hoffman

This is really cool stuff, but it’s too bad it’s limited to specific devices.

Understandable, though.

Justin Pot

Yeah, we take for granted how amazing it is that Ubuntu works on pretty much every computer out of the box. It’s a hard trick to pull off for volunteer projects like this…

SonikkuAmerica

Not always.
The developer of Andorid x86 made generic ISO images up to 2.3 Gingerbread if you want to check them out (Google them). However, it’s ironic that all but 2.3 Gingerbread are deprecated now.

Nic

Sounds interesting, and I have a Dell Mini 9 this might work on. But isn’t Android a touch-based OS? How many apps can you actually navigate around without a touch input on a netbook?

Justin Pot

You’d be surprised how well Android works with a mouse and keyboard. The real problem is certain apps don’t support landscape mode, so they turn your screen sideways…

Tom

RE: Dell Mini 9

I tried this ICS build booted from USB CD last night on my Mini 9, and it worked fine except for WiFi. Still couldn’t get it to boot from USB flash install. I think the WiFi driver in the Mini 9 is Broadcom, and it’s been more of a problem than others for Puppy linux.

Fluppy, a discontinued Puppy spinoff, works great, and can still be found to download iso. It also works great out of the box on my eeePC 701sd.

Tom

Kinda chatty tonight..

It would be a good idea, I think, to give a choice of dragging the screen normally with the touchpad or the regular touchscreen way. I have a tablet, so it’s not a huge deal using the touchpad opposite of what you’re used to, but it might put some people off.

Have any of you found yourself trying to use the screen as a touchscreen? I’m ashamed to say I have. Maybe a winter project to add to the old eeePC.

Rajeev

I don’t seem to find any Androidx86 for Acer Aspire one D255.
Can you help?

Thanks

Justin Pot

Someone below had a similar model, but couldn’t get the WiFi to work. Still: give the ASUS version a spin and see what happens.

Pichipoo Raja

Use asus ee pc iso. it works on AOD 255. I have the same netbook and all except blue tooth. Still trying to figure out how to use SD card.

Linsey

Brilliantly simple – thank you so much. Daughter is delighted as never got to grips with linux on netbook, but loving this. She has an old acer aspire one and had no problems.

Justin Pot

I’m glad it works!

India

hey

Kevin

Timely article, thanks Justin. I revisited the Android x86 site just this past weekend to see what had changed. Haven’t undertaken the project as yet, maybe next weekend!

KC

Justin Pot

Have fun, and let us know how it goes.

ledcara

Hello sir, can you teachus how to dual boot it alongside windows? I mean, like Ubuntu, which can be installed like an ordinary app, and can be UNINSTALLED like an ordinary app as well…is it possible for android 4.0? thanks in advance :)

Justin Pot

There’s no way to do that right now, I’m afraid, and until programmers get on that there won’t be.

I’d highly recommend installing Android to an SD card, though. I did it this way and it works perfectly without affecting my primary OS.

EAM

Live version is working great on my eeePC 1005HA netbook. If I do a full install to SD card, I need GRUB, right? Does it put GRUB on the SD or on my HDD? I don’t want it on my HDD. I just want to select the SD from BIOS at bootup.

Justin Pot

If you install to your SD card, GRUB will only be on the SD card. It won’t affect your primary hard drive. Works great for me!

EAM

Thanks for the reassurance … SD full install is now working great!

Ali KAYACAN

I have a dual booting acer aspire one with an older android version. I will try to upgrade to ice cream sandwich. ? have been planning to do this for a while and your article has just made me do it :)

Justin Pot

Have a lot of fun! I know I did…

catester

Installing it on an SD card is a great idea. Can’t wait to try this on my MSI Wind U-100.

Justin Pot

Let us know how it works for you, or if it does!

deky1boy

Installed easily on my eee900 and working well although can’t seem to get the latest flash player. Any suggestions?

Justin Pot

I can’t install Flash either, so I don’t have an answer for you.

dacisco

Hi, I love the idea of installing Android on my old Netbook! I also would like to see a manual for other things to do with the netbook.!
Thanks

Justin Pot

A netbook hacks manual could be interesting. I’ll look into it.

dimitris

justin i installed it to my eee pc 1000 but i have a problem with youtube. it simpe cannot play any video…
do you know anything about it?

Justin Pot

YouTube is working fine on my EEE 900a, so I’m not sure what could be wrong.

Richard Kivinen

Will be trying this on eeepc 1000h, already have android working HTC Touch Diamond, going to install android on the hard drive it maybe quicker.

Justin Pot

Have fun with it, and thanks for checking out the article.

Brian

I can’t seem to get my netbook to boot to the USB drive, I followed the instructions to get the ISO copied to the USB drive but when it boots it is telling me “Missing Operating System” Any ideas what I might be doing wrong?

Justin Pot

I had this same problem! Here’s the trick: you need to ensure your drive is formatted with a Master Boot Record. Re-format the drive and you should be good to go.

Briab

That was it! Thanks, just running from the live CD seems great only I can’t use the keyboard on the netbook, is that as designed or did I miss something else?

Justin Pot

Keyboard works fine for me, but check the keyboard section in the settings: you might need to turn it on there.

Pichipoo Raja

try a different iso. i used amd brazos iso in acer aspire one D255 and had the same problem. I then tried asus ee pc iso and keyboard works fine.

Jim

Curious how you got the USB stick formatted with an MBR? I have tried Linux Live and Unetbootin but I see no options to create an MBR. I was thinking that it would make the USB bootable by default. So I am still getting the ‘missing operating system’ error. Likely I am missing something simple.

Jim

Curious how you formatted the USB drive with an MBR. I have re-formatted with Linux Live and Unetbootin and I still get the ‘missing operating system’ error. I was presuming that formatting with something like Linux Live would make the USB stick bootable. Obviously I am missing something simple.

Justin Pot

I formatted the drive with gParted, but it seems that’s not relevant now. Glad you got it working.

Jim

Nevermind – I figured it out. Linux Live was looking for something in the ISO filename that matches its compatibility list and therefore uses the corresponding boot parameters. I modified the ISO filename to include ‘ubuntu’ and it worked fine.

David Scarmardo

This would be a great manual to have. There are a lot of people that don’t realize the benefits that can be achieved from putting ICS on one of the gen1 net books, and they don’t realize how easy it is, and how well it will run once installed.

Turki Alshammari

Can I have it in my HP Pavilion PC ?

Justin Pot

Almost certainly not, but you could always give it a try.

Alex

I was able to put it on mine using the Brazos download

dacisco

Could someone please help me? I don’t know how to find out what version of Andriod I need. I have an “Acer Aspire” Netbook! Which version should I use?

Justin Pot

You can give the ASUS disk a try. People below have had mixed results with Acer Aspire netbooks, but it might work so give it a shot.

dacisco

Also I would like to DUAL BOOT the Acer Aspire netbook, so which should I use?
Thanks for any help!

Arch

I’m having trouble when I boot. What happens is that the screen that should be blue, with the android logo does not appear, and the list of “livecd, install, debu” and so on, appear over a black screen. There is a countdown 10 seconds, but qhen I try yo press any button, everything stucks, like the old Win98 used to. Not able to select any option in the menu, I just cant move the highlighted line, and the timer does not disapper, but get stuck in whatever second I press any button. Do you know what could be that?

I have an acer aspire one 532h-2901, using a microds usb card reader (just like a flash drive), formatted Fat, cause fat32 does not even load the menu screen.

Any tips, or solution?

Many thanks!

Justin Pot

Hmm. I’m not sure if your computer can run Android or not, but have you tried using LiLi to create your disk? http://www.linuxliveusb.com/ Use the “format” option. I’m not promising anything, but it’s what I’d try next; they officially support Androidx86.

Arch

I’m testing it in a few days, when I get to put my hands on it again. Thanks for the tip. Hope it works. I’ll come back to tell if it’s a positive.

Arch

Ended up testing it today, anyway. Found the time. It worked reeeeeally smoothly with my acer AND with my hp pavilion dv6. Both ran the eeepc realease for ICS. Still to try the gingerbread, my mother seems to like it better.

wifi, bluetooth, keyboards, camera, everything seemed to be beaaatiful!

Anyway… really thanks for the lili tip. Saved my android project ;)

DRL

Installed this, works great. Took no time at all. I have an ASUS EeePC and i am running the Adnroid through the SD card. Is there a way to access my existing files (music, videos, etc) on my laptop through the android software? without copying it.
Thanks

Justin Pot

As of right now there’s no way to do that, I’m afraid. I recommend using Dropbox.

If this article is teaching me anything, there’s demand for a well-made port of Android with support for more file systems and a simple installer. I wonder if anyone else will pick up on that…

Robert Smith

Could i use the touch screen laptop (i think its a Toshiba) the one where you can flip the screen down and use it like a tablet if so witch one would i use????

Justin Pot

Without knowing the model I can’t say anything, but I doubt there are drivers for that device. Give it a shot and let us know, if you want.

prashant

i am purchased acer aspire one d270 limited edition netbook
atom dul core intel processoser give me feedback of how to install the android os on my netbook
it is preloded android os in my netbook the company saying this

Justin Pot

If the seller says it comes with Android, you probably don’t need this software. Let me know how well it works, okay?

David

How do I select the sd card, do I go install to hdd and it will give me the option

Justin Pot

Boot into “install to hdd”. Then, when you’re picking your drive, find the SD card. It will probably have a name starting with “s”, such as “sdb”

David

thanks I think my mind was on holiday at the time, I decided to install onto hdd dual boots magic and runs smoothly. Thanks again

Igor

Thanks for the post, very useful.
If you ever decide to write a manual about it I’d be happy to check it out :)

Justin Pot

I just might put that manual together. I’ll be watching Androidx86 develop closely, and if it becomes a lot easier to use I’ll write it all up.

fuad

everithing work on my eeepc 1225B but not with the sound

Phanna Kcs

And how about get out of it? and how to get to lockscreen? thz in advance!!!

Tom G.

Leo,

Try the following steps when you use a LiveCD to install an OS.

1. Plug your Eee into your home network (to your router or cable box)
2. Turn on your Eee with the LiveCD and give the OS a try.
NOTE: When you are plugged in and running, most Ubuntu OS versions will ask you to update a driver so that your wireless card will work.
3. If you want to install the OS leave the Eee plugged in till after the install is complete. After that the Eee should work just fine wireless

Best of luck.

Bay

Hi justin. Before reaching to your site, I’ve already got a source in the net giving a tutorial in doing this here http://blog.gadgethelpline.com/install-android-windows-laptop-netbook/ don’t worry it’s not a spam link.
There, he says that he used the same source as you but not with Eee. He has Samsung netbook and it works. I followed the steps which are basically the same like you give here. When i boot into the flash drive, it says that ‘bootmgr is missing please press ctrl+alt+del to restart’. Just like when you boot a computer without any OS inside. I use unetbootin to put the iso image to my flashdrive. But the instruction in the web i attached says that i will be asked to wipe the USB drive before beginning installing the iso image to the flash drive. In fact, i never have such notification. Do you think there is something wrong i might have done in doing this? Can you help me with that?

Justin Pot

I don’t know what the problem might be in your case, but it sounds like the disk isn’t formatted for MBR. I recommend formatting the drive, then trying again. Let me know if that works!

Bay

Unfortunately formatting again did not work. However, I tried downloading the other iso image (android-x86-4.0-RC1-asus_laptop.iso) and use Linux Live USB Creator instead of Unetbootin and they worked just fine for me. So it’s either the iso image or the Unetbootin that causes the problem.
Either way, Android in the netbook recognizes the USB mouse but does it recognize USB flash drive? I tried plugging in my USB stick but i don’t know how to access it. Also do you have issue on the sound? Mine does not have any sound at all

Justin Pot

Everything worked for me out of the box. This is a very young project, and the drivers offered are limited to say the least. If something doesn’t work out of the box, you’re probably out of luck for now I’m sorry to say. Try the next release, when it comes out.

Wish I had a better answer for you. You could always try MakeUseOf.com/answers, someone there might know better than me.

Rinith

How to disable OpenGL hardware acceleration for intel by adding HWACCEL=0 to the cmdline pls help….

rinith

How to disable OpenGL hardware acceleration for Intel chipsets by adding HWACCEL=0 to the cmdline….pls help…

me

“Unfortunately, Setup Wizard has stopped” i got this message while booting android may i know y..??

Bay

What is your netbook, mate? Which iso did you use? Maybe you can try using the other iso image but still under ICS

Me

I am using Acer aod270 netbook…i used android ics asus laptop.iso image when i tried to install and boot i got that message setup wizard has stopped

Justin Pot

I can’t find a lot of information about your model with Androidx86, but my gut says you should give the EEE PC ISO a chance.

Justin Pot

Bay is correct: without more information there’s not much we can do to help. Why do you want to do this? What kind of computer are you on? Fill us in and we’ll do what we can.

PeterMac

Asus produced many variants of the popular EeePC range some with different microprocessors. The Android x86 projects is to address running the Android OS on an Intel x86 processor; the main Android OS focuses on the Atom processor.

So, Android x86 will not install on an non- x86 Intel processor based notebook.

To check the specs of your EeePC refer to this link.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asus_Eee_PC

Peter

PeterMac

Android x86 is intended for Intel x86 type processors, not Atom type processors.
Check out which processor your EeePC has at this site;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asus_Eee_PC

Peter

Naman Sood

OK, so I downloaded 4.0 ICS onto my netbook (Packard Bell DOT SE/R-001AC) and installed it using my 8GB Strontium drive. Everything is good, but Market doesn’t show Dropbox, or Firefox, or Angry Birds. What do I do? PS: If using an Acer Aspire netbook, try the “ASUS Laptop” version. Worked for me, WiFi, graphics, and everything else too (sadly not webcam ):)

Justin Pot

Angry Birds and Firefox were never available for me, but Dropbox was. Maybe you need to let some updates run first?

Naman Sood

They might’ve updated the build since I downloaded the thing (Dec 2011). I’ll check again.

Justin Pot

The build I’m talking about in the article is from Feb 2012, so that’s probably the issue.

Subrata

Can you give details how to install it in your notebook. I download android but can’t install. Pls. help me.

mg75

I have 2 issues with Android x86 4 RC1 (eee) and netbook Acer D250 (Intel).
1) Cant change keyboard layout to czech. I set czech, but layout is english.
2) Every video (youtube app, other app) doesnt work, only black windows. Sound works.
Could you help me?

Justin Pot

Yeah, this is kind of buggy. For some people video doesn’t work. Never tried to change the keyboard layout; it might simply not be included. Wish I could help, but perhaps a future version of Android x86 will solve the problems…

Chris

Hi Justin! Thanks for the excellent stuff on Android. Have just picked up a cheap eeePC 1001XPD and want to install Android. Was thinking to install to SD first to give it a go. Everything is fine- I have prepared the USB stick and managed to boot from it by selecting USB HDD in BIOS- but when I select install there is no option for selecting a destination! How do I make sure that it’s installing to SD and not my internal HDD? Thanks mate!

Chris

Thanks- but how do I know which is the SD card? On my run it shows almost everything as sdxxx.

Justin Pot

The sizes of the drives should vary. Your internal drive should be hdxxx, so I’m confused too. Sorry I can’t help more.

Naman Sood

sdax should be your internal HDD. sdbx should be your your SD card/USB drive (check the size of the partition). sdc should be the other thing (if sdb is SD, sdc is USB).

Alex

I got it working on my hp pavilion laptop and dell inspiron mini, except in both cases the keyboard does not work on either of them. Any suggestions?

Justin Pot

That’s very unusual; haven’t seen that problem yet. Not sure what I would try…sorry.

Alex

I couldn’t figure out how to get the keyboard to work on the hp, but I did on the inspiron mini, but I could never get the wifi to work. If you have any ideas that would be great.

Brucw

Thanks for this piece Just what I need
I’ve got a new aspire one n2700 to replace a 7″ ics tablet which is too small
I’ve juiced up the netbook buy adding full 2gb ram and swapping its 5400 rpm 320 gb hdd for a 90gbocxSSD and want to keep the windows 7 Starter and add android in dual boot
Your suggestion of loading Android on an SD card is what I’m attempting but nojoy yet Using lexar 32gbPlatinumII formated fat32 refuses to mount

Bruce

The Linux/android installer does not see my SD Card Have tried a Lexar 32 sdhc and a kingston 32gb sdhc and the device cannot be found during the install attempt.
The card is present in Windows

Justin Pot

I’m not sure what the problem might be. Perhaps your SD reader isn’t compatible, or perhaps the installer doesn’t support SDHC. I’d suggest trying with an external SD reader, if you have one, or trying a different card. Sorry about your frustrations, and I wish I could help more. I simply don’t have access to enough hardware to test all the configurations commenters keep bringing up.

Bruce

The BIOS of Acer Aspire One d270 doesn’t see the sd reader to boot from
I’ve spoken with Acer support and ther’s no neat solution, a usb dongle is the closest but when the whole idea is sufficient power in a very portable yet inexpensive form, the dongle doesn’t cut it.

Bruce

Created a fat32 partition and installed there
wifi – ok
keyboard – ok
bluetooth mouse -no

Bruce

How does one gracefully exit android as in ShutDown?

martunis

hi, there’s anyway to install the aplication (.apk) on this sistem in offline mode?? does anyone know how??

Justin Pot

I’ve done this: it’s a simple matter of opening the file.

sed

hi, if i install it on a usb or sd, can i boot and run android on my digital media player? like WDTV or Patriot box office?
thanks

Justin Pot

I seriously doubt it. The drivers only work on a few netbooks, so it’s unlikely those media centers will be work. Having said that, feel free to test it: you might be surprised.

iBoy

Hey…,
I have Dell InspironMini Netbook.
Wanted to boot Android & Windows.
How do I do?

Justin Pot

If only someone wrote an article explaining this, preferably posted on this very page. :)

I’m not sure how to help with this, other than to recommend you install Android to an SD card because traditional dual-booting is going to be complicated. Read the article and let me know if you have specific problems.

Han Solo

How do i copy contents from my pc to the netbook?..does the android os support USB disks?

Justin Pot

Androidx86 come with a built-in file system, and I was able to move files to it. It’s far easier to use an app like Dropbox, however.

Han Solo

Thanks…

Han Solo

can Usb flash drives work in android…like can i transfer files?

philip

hello. i got it to load and run on my toshiba satellite l455-s5975, but no wifi at all. any suggestions? if not, how can i uninstall it from hard drive? thanks

Justin Pot

That model isn’t supported, and it will be. Sorry!

Justin Pot

*probably will not be, sorry.

Wayne

As an intro to non windows its a useful step. I’m running on an old Asus Eee PC 901 (non touch screen). Connects to wifi with no problems the one thing I have difficulty with are the controls – just can’t get use to what I assume is a touch screen OS and having to use a keyboard. Two questions: can a change the keyboard to English UK and is there a compatible non touch Kindle app which would run?
TIA
Wayne

Justin Pot

I believe you can change the keyboard in the settings. There is only one Kindle app, and it’s built around touch: that’s just how it is. Sorry.

Wayne

As an intro to non windows its a useful step. I’m running on an old Asus Eee PC 901 (non touch screen). Connects to wifi without problem. The one thing I have difficulty with are the controls – just can’t get use to what I assume is a tiuch screen OS and having to use a keyboard. Two questions: can I change the keyboard to English UK and is there a compatible non touch Kindle reader app which would run on my setup?
TIA
Wayne

ITorres

Hi Justin..

I was trying to run Android 4.0 in Live Mode just to check compatibility with my Dell ST Tablet. The Tegav2 build worked fine but touchscreen and wifi didn’t work. While trying the s103t build, but after the “detecting Android….” dialog I get a blank screen and nothing happens, any suggestions?

Thank you

Justin Pot

I think the issue is one of drivers: this version of Android simply doesn’t have many baked in. Someone needs to work on an Android spin that works on more computers. I don’t know of anything like this out there right now…

So sorry, I don’t think I can help unless you want to do some compiling.

Ronald Geiken

I am using Android on my ASUS Netbook that was supplied with Windows 7. I did the initial install on a thumb drive to test it out, and I like Android for what I will be doing with the Netbook. W7 Home Premium is too heavy to use on that device. I really like the way things are work so far, but will try to install it on the D drive that my device has. That is actually a hard drive. Not sure if that is just a partition of the C drive or not, but Android is so much quicker than W7. I am just getting started on this, and wanted to see the Android in action before committing to it. For what I am using the Netbook for, Android seems to be superior. I wish that was available when I initially purchased the Netbook. Right now I have it booting to the Thumb drive in the BIOS, but it will probably be a lot faster booting from the Hard Drive. I was going to buy an ASUS Android Tablet, but now I already have one. Great!!!!

Dong Kim

Hi, I got it to be installed on my Acer AO725 with Brazos version, but I have problem with hard keyboard not working, is there any fix for that? Also, I installed it on my SD card, and was wondering if it was possible to use all the space in SD card for the ICS, instead of just 2 GB, is that possible?

Justin Pot

Not sure why the keyboard wouldn’t work; that’s odd to me. I thought you could configure the SD card size in the setup process, or at least create a virtual SD card that takes up more space.

Dong Kim

Oh, so even if they tell you max is like 2000 MB, you can do more than that?

Do you think maybe trying other version, like Asus version, would give a different result?

Justin Pot

I’m really not sure on the details here; I apologize. There aren’t many places to get information about doing this, and all I know I learned by playing with it. To me space isn’t an issue, because pretty much everything I do with Android lives in the cloud.

I doubt trying a different version would make a difference; it might just be a limitation of the system.

Kurt

I have the asus 900HD eeepc. My wifi worked great with honeycomb, but not working at all with ICS RC2. Ideas?

Justin Pot

None, sorry. And I seem to be the only person answering questions here. I assume you’re using the EEE version?

Kurt

Yes. I used android-x86-4.0-RC2-eeepc.iso. I didn’t do the flash drive install, I installed from cd.

Kurt

I tried RC1 and had the same issue. I went back to 3.2.2 RC2 and had no issues with getting the wifi working.

Alex Wu

Hi,
Cool work! I have tried overnight and now it is success on my Acer Aspire one d250.
One question, can you set hi-resolution?
Alex

Justin Pot

Can’t find a tool for adjusting the resolution; sorry.

Roger

I installed the Android 4.0 version and everything started fine until when I installed google earth it won’t work and the other apps I intalled didn’t . I have a Asus 1000H eee pc . Why does’t it work ?

:-(

Roger

I installed the Android 4.0 version and everything started fine until when I installed google earth it won’t work and the other apps I intalled didn’t . I have a Asus 1000H eee pc . Why does’t it work ?

:-(

Justin Pot

I can’t explain this, but I’d suggest uninstalling Google Earth or reinstalling Android.

gabriel

i have an acer 5230 and works perfect asus version, but the only thing i cant figure is how can i see the other partition on my laptop.I have 3 partition but i must say i didn’t install it, just use live cd and i wonder if after a full install i will see the other partition,or i need an app for this.
Please if anybody can help me! Cheers

Justin Pot

Androidx86 cannot see other partitions, sadly; it’s self-contained. Sorry. I’d recommend Dropbox if you need to access files from your other computers or operating systems.

Jeff

Have installed ICS on my 900 SD card and all works well, except I cannot open or save any email attachments. Any thoughts?

Justin Pot

That’s odd, to say the least. I haven’t had the problem. Have you allowed all updates to run on the system? What kind of attachments are they?

Jeff

Justin, all updates have run. The files are xls doc pps. I have installed Kingsoft Office which I understand reads these files.
I notice that the Open Manager App has a message that it has “stopped unexpectedly”, which may be causing the problem, the Manage Apps section will not allow me to delete and restore this app so it looks like I am stuck.

JR

No one’s asked the big question (for me)….Does Netflix stream on Eeepc (1005) ?

justin

I might with latest version, released last week, but getting that working will require some hacking. Stay tuned for an article.I don’t have a netflix account and as such can’t check myself; sorry.

JR

Will Netflix stream ok? (Eeepc 1005)

Isam Nasser

Hi
Thanx for the try but how about netbook with AMD
and can u use keyboard and mouse

justin

No idea which netbooks will and won’t work; the only way to find out is to test. Keyboard and mouse work perfectly.

klyde

i have hcl p38 me , it has shared onboard graphics of nvidia 82m ,which iso shud i install ???

justin

I have no idea, sorry. Google your model and see if anyone has had success.

klyde

also does whatsapp like apps work on this??

justin

Many apps from Google Play work fine, including the ones I outlined above.

Andrew

That’s awesome, I’d love to run Android on my old netbook. I would also enjoy reading a manual too!

Justin Pot

The manual might happen. I’m waiting to see how Androidx86 itself evolves…

Steven Kim

learning something new everyday :)!!

dimitris

justin,
i need to remove it now because i would like to test the chrome lime to my eee pc. how can i do this?

Justin Pot

You can simply install over it.

dimitris

i got an error
[1.243267] kernel panic – not syncing:VFS …………..

something like that everytime i try to boot from my 16gb tdk stick with vanilla, to my eeepc….

Justin Pot

I’m not sure what you mean by Vanilla. Are you referring to the Chromium build? If so, your problem has nothing to do with Androidx86, and I suggest you ask MUO Answers for help.

makeuseof.com/answers

Matt

Getting frustrated. lol. I have an eeepc 1005hab. I followed the directions to the letter. I have tried formatting the usb drive, both unetbootin and Linux Live as well as 2 others not listed and I cannot get it to boot. No boot menu. Straight to loading windows. What am I missing? Thanks in advance for any advice.

Justin Pot

On an EEE you need to hit “ESC” when you see the BIOS, before Windows starts up. If it’s like mine there’s a white screen that says “EEE”. You’ll then get a menu where you can pick the boot device.

Matt

Wow, it worked. so freaking simple and I was about to pull my hair out. Thanks a bunch. any particular filesystem to use when formatting? If you have already said I apologize, but I haven’t seen anything about that.

Justin Pot

I’ve been using EXT3, but I’m a Linux user. FAT is good if you want to edit things from Windows later, but EXT3 is probably faster.

Matt

ok, last question. ( i hope). Got it all installed and I’m having the issue mentioned above about “missing operation system” If it’s the same issue and I need to format with an MBR how can I do that if I installed over windows? (I know how to do it with windows, but windows is gone.)

Justin Pot

I can’t help you specifically, but try again. I found that formatting the hard drive with something besides the installer can help.

Lal Krishna

Hai Justin,
Let me know one thing. Am using windows and ubuntu 11.04 in my Asus EeePC. Is it possible to keep them in the Grub menu after installing the Android OS in some other disk partition? Can you please mailme the answer…?

And thank you for the Detail information about Android installation… Keep on doing this amigo… :-)

Justin Pot

It’s possible, but you need to manually install GRUB after installing Android. I’d recommend installing Android to an SD card instead.

Jon Smith

I VMed it but I can’t access wifi

Greg

Great Tut! Everything is working perfect except I can’t get simple games i.e. “Angry Birds” to play. I click the game and the screen blinks like it’s loading the game, then it goes back to the home screen. Anyone else having this issue?

Sam Izadpanah

I tried Android 4 RC2 on my Asus 701SD and the wifi does not work. Following link suggests that models with a Realtak wifi card are affected.

http://code.google.com/p/android-x86/issues/detail?id=808#makechanges

I am going to try to replace my wifi card with the Atheros one and see what happens.

Justin Pot

That’s a lot of trouble to go through; I hope you think the result is worth it! Let us know.

Sam Izadpanah

It’s the trouble and the learning experience that makes it worthwhile!!! This was the first time I ever opened a laptop/netbook. The wifi card was at the bottom of the board with no easy access so I had to really take the thing apart.

Anyway, I replaced the wifi card with the Atheros one (bought off ebay for less than the price of a cup of coffee) and it works a treat.

I even took the opportunity to fix the touchpad that wasn’t working as the cable ribbon had come loose.

Arijit Ray

What is the required size of SD card to install this on? I have a 2GB with my ASUS EEE PC 1005HA.. is it enough?

Justin Pot

I believe 2 GB will work, but don’t know exactly. Can’t seem to find the information specifically either…

Androidx86 itself is under one GB, though, so your drive should work.

Jeff

Is there a media player that will run on my Eee PC 900, have tried many players, but none have been successful?

Also is there a version of Skype that will run under x86-android?

Dave

Asus Laptop version Runs on my Sammy N135 netbook! I’m now trying desperately to get ICS on my old Toshiba Satellite A105 with a broken screen and a Lilliput eby701, I want to mount them in my car, but no luck. It hangs at Detecting Android-x86………..

I really want to try to get some GPS and Torque going on it, but would settle for just playing media files for now. Anyone know if it supports USB stuff like a GPS mouse or Bluetooth dongle?

I Tried nomodeset, xforcevesa, and nomodeset xforcevesa with no luck.

The A105 will run just about any linux flavor I throw at it, and I know almost nothing about linux. This HAS to be possible. Puppy is a TINY linux distro and it works on this “out of the box,” as do Ubuntu and others. Getting ICS to run on x86 should be the hard part, there has to be a way for the developers to include support for more machines… Will keep playing with this, thanks for a great writeup!

Justin Pot

Glad you got it working on your netbook!

It’s probably possible for developers to support more hardware, but as of now it’s not a priority for them. They may simply need more volunteers. Who knows: maybe you could help them.

Anyway, let me know what you figure out. Have fun!

Ronald Geiken

I have Android 4.0.3 installed successfully on an ASUS PEM 1015 Netbook. I works just fine and am finding my way around more every day. I have a N550 Intel Processor and 2 gig of ram. Right now I plan on using the Android all the time. It also has Windows 7 Home Premium on it, but with W7, it runs slow and with Android it runs much faster and is more enjoyable to use. I have some Windows machines with an Intel i7 processors and they work fine too since they have more power. With my current hardware setup, Android is a +10, and Windows is a +4. XP may have worked OK on a Netbook, but W7 requires too many resources to be successful. If you have an ASUS Netbook, you might want to install Android as a supplementary program, and you might find yourself reverting to it as your prime O/S.

NikolForAll

Hi, I’ve followed your tutorial and yeap! – I did it. Just a small problem – I don’t see the harddisk – 2gb during the installation and the other 158 are invisible for Android. Any chanse to make the visible/usefull?

Justin Pot

The problem might have happened during the installation process…you need too manually set the amount of space your install takes. All you can do is re-install and set the drive to be bigger.

NikolForAll

Thanks for the answer, I’ll try to reinstall, but during the installation on the wizard is written “max 2057MB”. Also – I couldn’t find skype version that works on the pc. When trying to login just drops me on the home screen.

Jeff

OK, here’s where I’m at today:
Installed ICS 4.0 RC2 on my Lenovo S10-3t. I used Unetbootin from my Transcend flash drive to install Android-x86’s RC2 to a 16GB Transcend SDHC card. I chose “ext2″, yes to GRUB loader, and yes to system read/write. I’ve then run Android-x86 with no issues whatsoever. I shut down, unplug the USB flash drive, and reboot, leaving the card in.
I get endless boot cycles – Lenovo screen, black/power off screen, Lenovo screen, etc. Sometimes I get the blinking cursor. If I power back on WITH the USB drive in, the system acts as if I want to install for the first time. If I do nothing, it detects Android-x86 on sdb (my flash drive) and loads a live version, instead of where I installed to (sdc).

Any ideas?? I have also installed as “ext3″ with the same end result.

Justin Pot

Are you attempting to dual-boot? If so, the tutorial linked to in the article might be helpful. Outside of that I’m not sure what’s going on, but would recommend creating the install partition with a tool other than the Android installer. An Ubuntu live CD, for example.

Jeff

I was hoping to turn on, have the boot order go to the card slot, & load Android from there. Grub never loads. I downloaded EasyBCD to potentially create a dual-boot menu & whatever else needs to be done. That’s as far as I am presently. I have never really messed around with Ubuntu. Will try whatever makes the process as pain-free as possible.

Justin Pot

Oh! Sorry, missed the SD card detail somehow. I sincerely apologize.

On my computer I was unable to make it boot from SD by default; I manually do so by opening the boot menu. I assume you’d tried that?

Jeff

The only place I was able to tell the computer to boot from the SD card slot was in the BIOS, under the boot order menu. I put it in the front, after the USB key, but always ahead of the hard drive to it would go to the SD first. The Lenovo screen loads, then it goes to black (as if it powered off), then starts over as if it were just turned on.
I haven’t done anything with EasyBCD yet, but the initial tutorial sounded like you could do an install to the memory card and skip the dual-boot option altogether. That initially sealed that option for me.

T

So could you get the fully functioning android os installed on a windows 8 laptop too with this method? Will the touchscreen functionality work as well as with android tablets? Will most apps/ games work on the pc?

If so, that would be AWESOME!
But I guess that’s too good to be true?

Justin Pot

If the device has a touchscreen this could theoretically work on it, though it might take a while for the drivers to work. We’ll have to wait and watch, but personally I think Androidx86 will see more developers when such touchscreens become commonplace.

Irene Rojas

I JUST PURCHASED A NETBOOK ….AND I HAVE SOME WIFI LIKE THREE DIFFERENT ONES TO CHOSE …HOW DO I PROGRAM THIS?…AND I WAS ABLE TO USE OF COURSE PLUG IN THE PORT FROM MY WIFI FROM VERIZON THANKS FOR THE HELP

Justin Pot

I’m sorry, I’m not sure what your question is and if it has anything to do with this article. Feel free to restate it, though.

Tom

Hi, I have a new to me 701sd and have tried the eee version booting from iso burned to a cd. This works amazingly well. But I have tried twice using NTFS and ext3 to install to an SD card and it always fails to boot. Once I used the grub option and once I didn’t, not a very scientific way to scattershoot.

I am spoiled by the Puppy Linux Installer that just seems to work every time. I’ve made lots of versions on SD cards and flash drives that way.

I’ve been looking for an easy way to make a bootable stick or card and then copy files or whole directories from the iso to it like puppy. Is it this simple? I’m not into the command line enough to do a complex install. I don’t like using windows, but will if I have to.

I see no good reason to use netbootin, as I have the bootable CD, but maybe that’s the best way, CD is probably slower.

Anyway, you asked, so I vote for a detailed way to get an SD card or flash drive or SD card in a USB reader to boot on the eeePC 701sd. For now, I’m keeping the only the Xandros OS on the SSD. And if I get over the disappointment of not being able to save stuff in ICS, I’ll boot from the external CD.

Maybe there will be a final release soon that solves all this, and includes the emulator files for more programs to work.

Thanks!

Justin Pot

Androidx86 is more of a fun experiment than a viable operating system, though some people make it into one.

With the instructions above you should be able to install and boot a fully-working version of Androidx86 to an SD or flash drive. Don’t worry about the install process: it’s command-line-ish, but it’s actually very easy to do. If NTFS and EXT won’t boot I’d try FAT32; it worked for me when other things wouldn’t. Try formatting the drive from within Puppy if you can; it might work better that way.

Wish I could help more! I’ll keep thinking about the manual, but I’m waiting to see what will happen with Androidx86. I think if someone take up this project and really polishes it for the laptop it could be huge, but right now it’s pretty hard to use…

Tom

Thanks for your reply!

Well, all is ok in the install to a flash drive. I went to WalMart and got a new stick for cheap, took off the software in Win7, and after making a boot SD card in a reader with Linux Live, that booted in the eeePC 701 4g.

Used fat32, made a persistence file of 2gb, and the install to my new wistick went smooth. Maybe they should put shutdown in the list along with the 2 choices at the end to let you remove the boot device you installed with.

I’m happy guy, but I’ll probably do it again later on a micro sd. Thinking about leaving a SD adapter in the SD slot and just use micros so this stick isn’t sticking out.

Is there a recommended file manager for this build?

Well, just thought I’d share my success in getting it to not just be live. Just saving bookmarks is an improvement. I’ll be trying the emulator stuff too, so I can try a few more apps.

I did install spider solitaire free, but the ads turn the screen portrait between games.

After using Win7 for this, I am fine with it except for the constant updates. I like to try new things, tho. So this is good fun. Maybe all netbooks will have touchscreens and OS to utilize them better in the near future. Sounds like Win8 takes a lot of hints from android.

Thanks again

Jeff

OK, here’s an update with some newer progress.

I had initially tried installing on an SD card and had black screen loops, even with “successful” installation.

I tried an install to the hard drive using NTFS and “Do not format”, preserving my Windows 7 material. Install worked, I just needed a way to boot to it.

Installed EasyBCD and created an additional boot entry using Neogrub. I found a script searching the net and tweaked what is below to my settings:

title Android 4
root=(hd0,1)
kernel /android-4.0-RC2/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0
androidboot.hardware=s103t acpi_sleep=s3_bios,s3_mode SRC=/
android-4.0-RC2 DATA=android-4.0-RC2/data.img
initrd /android-4.0-RC2/initrd.img

So now when I turn on, I’m prompted for Win7 or Neogrub. Fine. Choose Neogrub and Android 4, and (again, I’m not big on Grub or Linux) it doesn’t like the “android.boothardware” command/hardware. However, I then get “Detecting Android-x86″, and then I generally power off after three lines of .’s waiting to detect and boot in.

Any ideas?