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Topic # 64923 25-Jul-2010 22:53
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This evening's fun was loading Android v1.6 for x86 onto a bootable USB stick and running it on my Acer Travelmate 2480 laptop. Found a good guide here

It booted up just fine. No wifi or bluetooth, but the ethernet connection worked fine and I was on the Internet in two clicks of some CAT6 cable. The battery charged normally. I did insert an SDHC card into the laptop, but I'm not sure it's compatible with the laptop as it's almost 4 years old and I have never used an sdcard with it before. I don't know if it works - full stop. Whatever....Android didn't see it. 

There was a wee bit of a problem when the screen timed out the first time as I didn't know how to bring it back. So I powered off and re-booted and set the system to never time out. Problem solved. 

Navigating was pretty easy. ESC is the back key. Right mouse click is the menu button. The temptation to touch the screen soon evaporated when nothing happened.

I was able to download and install some apps from the "App Store" alternative app source. 

I didn't try to make any noise. Maybe next time. 

The USB boot creation was done via UNetbootin and an ISO image from Androidx86. I used the linux flavour installed on Ubuntu, but there is a Windows version, too. 

The default boot is a "live" boot if a non-persistent system. But Android x86 can also be installed to a partition on the hard drive. The experience was good enough I might give it a try. Android is *fast* on this old 1.6GHz laptop with 2.5GB of RAM. 

Here are some pics I took with my Nexus One. I've enhanced the brightness and contrast slightly. The first is the Android home screen. The second is the Android default web browser with the Google News page brought up. 

Android Home screen on my Acer Laptop 

Android web browser surfing the Net on my Acer




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  Reply # 356342 26-Jul-2010 08:58
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I have an old Celeron laptop - may give this a try. Interesting that ethernet works but not Wifi. In the sense that drivers would be required to get either working. I can understand why Wifi didn't work, strange for the same reason, that ethernet did?

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  Reply # 356353 26-Jul-2010 09:31
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walt12: I have an old Celeron laptop - may give this a try. Interesting that ethernet works but not Wifi. In the sense that drivers would be required to get either working. I can understand why Wifi didn't work, strange for the same reason, that ethernet did?


It may be part of the mods used to port it to an x86 platform.

The wifi may work with a chipset other than mine. There may also be patches I could add that might make it work.  But this was a run-through just to see how it coped "vanilla". 

I tried it this morning on my desktop at work. I had to boot it in VESA mode, but it functioned perfectly once booted. I was even able to use the power button on the PC to sleep / wake it. That was cool.   




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