So there's a few reasons I want to try this: 1) I don't own an android device so I want to see what all the hype's about and maybe compare it to IOS 2) Google search has confirmed it's doable and people have done it and like it 3) My school requires me to get THEIR internet security and a keylogger to use their wifi if I'm using a lap top... no thank you... but not for iPhones and android devices... SO, in theory, if the network thinks my lap top is an android then I should be able to get internet on campus. Convoluted? yes. Cooler than giving in to "the man"? yes., lol
here's the link to the android file(s) http://www.android-x86.org/
So my question is this: I found a video on how to run it on a flashdrive when I select in BIOS to boot from it. People say that if your PC/lap top has an SD card slot, I can use that to save data much like an android tablet, and likewise most other hardware is supported. I found the stuff and now it's just a matter of "how do I do this without erasing all my crap."
SO... now's where you guys come in- I've got a Sony VAIO VPCEB33FM... think it's gonna work?
Here's the best of the videos I checked out on how to do it. I know he uses a netbook, but people say it works on lap tops too. In the "info" section it lists lap tops/ netbooks by name under "Requirements". he commented that those were just the ones he confirmed it worked on, so he can't speak for anything else. <object width="640" height="360"><param name="movie" �klzzwxh:0001�="" v="" 6v1lp_mrgi8&hl="en_US&feature=player_embedded&version=3""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></param><embed �klzzwxh:0002�="" v="" 6v1lp_mrgi8&hl="en_US&feature=player_embedded&version=3"" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="640" height="360"></embed></object>
So far I got a partition on my HD (10GB should be enough I'd think) and I'm trying to get a dual boot for it. having some trouble identifying what I should install to, and until I find out I'm not touching it. Obviously I'm not formatting the disk unless I know it's the right one. (I set the BIOS to boot the flash drive with the installer on it first, before the hard drive with windows on it. When I boot the flash drive, (sony 4GB) it will ask if I want to run or install. trying to run yields a result of basically command prompts I don't know. Supposedly installing is better and you can avoid that. When I select install, it tells me to select a drive I want to install to (it will ask if I want to format it or not after. You can do it without formatting) Here's what it gives me to choose from. I don't know which drive is which because this info makes no sense to me and I can't find it anywhere else when I'm in windows:
SDA1 Unknown Hitachi HTS54503 SDA2 HPFS/NTFS Hitachi HTS54503 SDA3 HPFS/NTFS Hitachi HTS54503 SDA4 Win95 Ext'd (LBA) Hitachi HTS54503 SDA5 HPFS/NTFS Hitachi HTS54503 SDB4 Win95 FAT32 Storage Data (Flash drive? it's plugged in...)
When I go to the start menu, computer, right click-manage, and then to disk management, I have these:
" " File System: " " Status: Healthy (Recovery Partition: 10.19 GB)
ANDROID-X86 File System: FAT32 Status: Healthy (Primary Partition: 3.75GB) The flash drive
DROID (D:) File System: NTFS Status: Healthy (Logical Drive: 10 GB) (My partition)
System Reserved File System: NTFS Status: Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition: 100mb)
Windows (C:) File System: NTFS Status: Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition: 277GB, 108.31 gb free)
sooooo... which one's the flash drive, and which one's the partition I designated for to install android to?
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asked Feb 17 '12 at 20:23