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Mark Suste
Happily married Chicago-native who loves where he's from; DIE-HARD Cubs fan; Network Technology Professional (Telecommunications & Data Cent
Happily married Chicago-native who loves where he's from; DIE-HARD Cubs fan; Network Technology Professional (Telecommunications & Data Cent

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I'm going to try this tonight.
Android 4.0 on your laptop
What does one do with some spare hours and an old laptop/netbook? Bring that laptop/netbook back to life and install +Android on it of course! Why? Because you like to fiddle around with Android, because you want to repurpose that old laptop, because you don’t own a tablet….

The good thing is, it’s all accomplished with open source software. And with Android being a pretty lightweight operating system, it will work on most older hardware (where “older” is pretty relative of course). In theory, the whole installation would only cost you maybe 15 minutes. In practice, it might take a bit longer, depending on the number of “hick-ups” you encounter. 

My conclusion this far: it works pretty good with a keyboard and mouse/trackpad input, maybe even better for writing messages etc. than on a tablet. The +Google Play Store works, and I am able to download and install apps on my Android netbook. The built in camera works in conjunction with the camera-app, and wifi is working. Video streaming from the web ( +YouTube , +Vimeo etc.) seems to be a problem, even though I installed the +Adobe Flash Platform app, but local video files are playing fine.   

The necessities:

1. the Android for PC installation file: . I have installed the RC2-asus_laptop.iso . The eeePC version I tried at first did not work for me. Just try another version if the first one doesn’t work.
2. software to create a bootable USB-stick. I used Unetbootin ( ), take note that the bootable stick will only work on a Windows capable PC (I have not looked into methods for Mac, so I don’t know if there are ways to accomplish that).  
3. a netbook/mini-laptop of some sort. Mine is a +TOSHIBA NB305-N410BL, with an +Intel Atom N450 and 1GB of Ram. 
4. a USB-stick (1 GB minimum)
5. internet access
6. a good installation guide/how to, which you will find here   

Some notes:
I tried to install Android on an SD-card, but this failed, for whatever reason (even though I read somewhere it should be possible). So instead, I decided to just install it on the netbooks hard drive, which I wiped and reformatted (to NTFS) prior to the installation (using Parted Magic ). Take note: it seems Android can not be installed to a FAT32 formatted partition. Another issue I ran into was that, before completely reformatting the hard drive, I succeeded at first to install Android, but it wouldn’t keep the Android settings after power off (resulting in having to install it over again).    
Once you have Android installed, I would advice you tick uncheck the “screen auto rotate” box in the Android settings menu, because some apps will switch to portrait mode and this does not really work on a laptop/netbook.

Remaining question for now:
is it in any way possible to increase the hard disk space that is allocated to Android? The netbook has a 250GB harddrive and it would be great if Android could use all that space for downloaded files etc. I haven’t found an answer to that yet.

  #mvanb_misc   #android  
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