Android-x86 FAQ

Which devices are working on your latest Android-x86 build?

Following devices were reported to run successfully my build, I only own the Acer 1825PT model:

  • Acer 1825PT(Z)
  • Acer 1820PT(Z)
  • Acer 1425P
  • Acer 1420P
  • Acer 1810T(Z)
  • Acer 1410
  • Acer Aspire One 532h-D2r
  • Acer Aspire One D250
  • Acer Aspire One Happy 2
  • Acer Aspire One A150
  • Samsung N145
  • Packard Bell Butterfly Touch
  • HP Mini 5102
  • Virtual Box

but because I have included a big bunch of hardware drivers the build should also run on laptops of other manufactures or other models with Intel CPU. Just try it!

 

My automatic screen rotation in tablet or laptop mode is wrong/inverted!

If you have problems with automatic screen rotation on Acer 1825,1820, 1425, 1425 or Packard Bell Butterfly Touch ensure that you have installed the latest bios for your device.

Needed Acer BIOS version is 1.3127 from 2010/06/14 (same version for all Acer devices)

The download  seems  not available on English Acer support website but on the German one, may also on French or…

 

How to suspend or power off the device?

Pressing power button twice in one second shows the shutdown dialog. Pressing the power button once starts suspend procedure.
Otherwise you can use the backup-button for shutdown on Acer devices.

 

My touchscreen is not working after resume from suspend!

This is a known issue, a workaround is suspending and resuming again, after the touchscreen should work again.

 

For all releases before beta4: Some apps, especially many games (e.g. Angry Birds, Skype, Adobe Flash …), are not available or crashing.

This is due to  native ARM code (C/C++) used by these apps, as long as nobody will provide an ARM emulator (included in beta4) for Android-x86 and the app developers are not recompiling these apps they will not work (Feel free to contact the app developers and ask for a x86 compilation! )

 

My wifi connection is crashing some times/frequently or I am not able to connect!

This problem is reported by different users and seems to be a problem occurring with some router models. Some general tips for WIFI: Use WPA2 encryption, do not use special characters like ÄÖÜ for SSID or password. Try a different channel.

 

HQ videos on YouTube are not working!

Known issue. No solution available.

 

How can I use the iso if my device does not have a CD drive?

I recommend UNETBOOTIN for flashing iso’s on usb-sticks. http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

 

If I want to install Android to disk drive which filesystem do you recommend?

I recommend you using ext2 or ext3 filesystems.

 

My wifi card or other hardware  is not working/is not supported!

Please run the following script inside any linux distribution on your device and report me the result:

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DMIPATH=/sys/class/dmi/id

echo####MANUFACTURER:####’
manufacturer=`cat $DMIPATH/uevent`
echo $manufacturer

echo

echo####BOARD:####’
board=`cat $DMIPATH/product_name`
echo $board

echo

echo####PCI:####’
lspci

echo

echo####USB:####’
lsusb

echo

echo####INPUT:####’
dmesg | grep input

 

How can I upgrade from one of your releases to another?

It exists no easy update mechanism from one release to another! But you could install the new beta onto another device (or to the same because every new build creates its own subfolder based on build date, but install without formatting) and overwrite all files from your old installation with the new ones out of another OS or from liveusb . I have tested it my self  and it keeps all configuration and apps. On going from the ics releases supporting root apps, you could also use Titanium Backup (form Market) to save at least your app configuration.

 

Which other problems are known issues?

  • Speech recognition in google search and other apps  is not working but speech dial and audio recording is working (I could only test with a external mic because my internal is broken, could anyone confirm this for the internal mic?) –> Google speech recognition could not work because it is based on native ARM libraries , like many games, see above
  • Mic recordings are very noisy in general
  • Suspending often resumes several times until it will keep in sleep state
  • Location tracking with wifi is not working (may also a issue with dependencies to some native libraries)
  • HQ Youtube videos are not working
  • The P-button forces a reboot of the device and can’t be used for useful things.
  • Bluetooth is only working if already enabled during boot