Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Install Android-x86 Remix OS on partitioned EXT4, EXT3 Hard Drive


Dual Boot and run RemixOS on EXT4, EXT3, vFAT, etc...
RemixOS has updated, and it is now easier to dual boot and run Remix without having to install.   Partition and run Remix with as much hard drive space as you wish
Things needed:

  1. Xubuntu 16.04 - Burn to CD
  2. RemixOS - Save to a safe location

STEP #1 - Partioning


  • Boot Xubuntu from CD
  • Open Terminal and run command: sudo gparted
  • Select the larger partition size, right click and resize to the size of your choice.
  • Right Click the new size and format to EXT3, EXT4, vFAT, etc..

STEP #2 - Setting Up RemixOS 

  • Reboot computer to main operating system
  • Create a folder on the new partition called RemixOS
  • Double click the RemixOS ISO
  • Extract entire contents of RemixOS ISO to the partition that was setup in STEP #1


STEP #3 - Setting up Menu Entry

  • In terminal enter the following command: sudo nano /etc/grub.d/40_custom
  • Add the following at the bottom of the file: 
menuentry 'Remix OS' --class android-x86 {set root='(hd0,1)'        linux /RemixOS/kernel root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.hardware=remix_x86_64 androidboot.selinux=permissive quiet SERIAL=random logo.showlogo=1 DATA= /RemixOS/data=1        initrd /RemixOS/initrd.img}
  • Press CTRL+X say y for yes to save and enter
  • In terminal enter: sudo update-grub 

Reboot your computer, select RemixOS in the new menu entry and enjoy!


Install Android-x86 Remix OS on partitioned EXT4, EXT3 Hard Drive


Dual Boot and run RemixOS on EXT4, EXT3, vFAT, etc...
RemixOS has updated, and it is now easier to dual boot and run Remix without having to install.   Partition and run Remix with as much hard drive space as you wish
Things needed:

  1. Xubuntu 16.04 - Burn to CD
  2. RemixOS - Save to a safe location

STEP #1 - Partioning


  • Boot Xubuntu from CD
  • Open Terminal and run command: sudo gparted
  • Select the larger partition size, right click and resize to the size of your choice.
  • Right Click the new size and format to EXT3, EXT4, vFAT, etc..

STEP #2 - Setting Up RemixOS 

  • Reboot computer to main operating system
  • Create a folder on the new partition called RemixOS
  • Double click the RemixOS ISO
  • Extract entire contents of RemixOS ISO to the partition that was setup in STEP #1


STEP #3 - Setting up Menu Entry

  • In terminal enter the following command: sudo nano /etc/grub.d/40_custom
  • Add the following at the bottom of the file: 
menuentry 'Remix OS' --class android-x86 {set root='(hd0,1)'        linux /RemixOS/kernel root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.hardware=remix_x86_64 androidboot.selinux=permissive quiet SERIAL=random logo.showlogo=1 DATA= /RemixOS/data=1        initrd /RemixOS/initrd.img}
  • Press CTRL+X say y for yes to save and enter
  • In terminal enter: sudo update-grub 

Reboot your computer, select RemixOS in the new menu entry and enjoy!


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Install Android-x86 Remix OS on partitoned EXT4 Hard Drive

Decided to try out android-x86 Remix OS a few days ago but was having a few issues with getting it to boot up, then finally got it to boot today but it kept freezing after installing apps from Google Store.  Finally tonight figured that the freezing issue had to do with either because it was running on a fat32 partition or data being saved into the data.img file.  Thinking, how can I get data to install to a directory instead of an image, and would this be beneficial, so after a little more playing around, finally got it working.


  1. Download the official ISO from Android-X86, Optional: if you have extra USB sticks, or a blank CD/DVD, you can burn the iso to a blank cd or use the USB tool provided in the zip file that is provided with the Remix OS ISO.
  2. Now download a partition program, or Ubuntu-Live CD
  3. For windows users, the Remix ISO comes with a USB image writting program, this will work as well to create a bootable Ubuntu-Live USB stick as well.
  4. Once the Ubuntu Live is ready, leave the USB stick in the, select the option to try Ubuntu and once booted up into Ubuntu open a terminal and type sudo gparted 
  5. Here is where you need to modify the space that Remix OS is going to be installed on, what needs to be done is the space needs to be re-sized, of your choosing, I chose 115gb but that much is not needed.  Right click  and select resize, now you will have a new partition, on that new partion right click again and select new.  From there you can format the partition to EXT4.
  6. Close gparted, now that Ubuntu is loaded, you can dd that image you saved to a new USB stick.  If you are already using ubuntu, you can, in the terminal window type sudo dd if=location of=Remix_OS_for_PC_64_B2016020201_Alpha_Legacy.iso of=/dev/sdbX.  If you feel more compfortable rebooting into windows and using the Remix USB tool, then feel free, but since windoze hates EXT4 you will need to boot back into Ubuntu-Live.
  7. In Ubuntu Live, open up file manager, insert the Remix OS usb stick and go to /efi/boot/ and open grub.cfg.  grub.cfg is where you will see DATA= CREATE_DATA_IMG=1, change CREATE_DATA_IMG=1 as DATA= /data=1, leave everything else as is, save.

  8. Now go to the root of the USB stick and select everything, copy and now paste it to the new EXT4 partition.
  9. On both the USB stick and partition create an empty directory called data.
  10. Now reboot, remove the Ubuntu Live Stick and leave the Remix OS USB stick in.  While booting you will see a message at the top of the screen stating that Android-x86 was found on /dev/sdaX
To see if it worked, open up file manager, select settings and see how much space you have.




Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Installing Android-x86 4.4 and/or 5.1 on your desktop - PART #2



Sometime back I posted on how to dual boot android with other operating systems, the instructions mainly were for Ubuntu, these instructions are for those who do not want to play around with the menu.lst or 40_custom.  The other day while trying to install Android-x86 and modifying the 40_custom, with bad results I accidently found a workaround and would like to share it.





First off you are still going to need to download something, if one is not available, a partitioning program, Ubuntu Live CD has this option.

Once you have either burned to a CD, or dd Ubuntu to a USB stick, boot your computer, make sure the proper settings in BIOS to boot from CD or USB are enabled, to the run Ubuntu Live.


Now open up your terminal. and in terminal enter:

sudo gparted

From there you are going to create a partition.  Right now I am running 4.4, still testing partition schemes and will update, apps seem to keep freezing so am going to see if this has to do something with they type of partition.  Just a note, if planning on running Android 5.1, ext4 is the best option, found that in 5.1 apps would not install on ext2 or ext3.

Now that the partition is setup, this is what I did accidently, reboot your PC, remove the Ubuntu Live and insert the Android CD or USB.  In Bios, according to the settings of your PC, set to boot from a USB stick.  Boot the Android-x86 install, install to the partition, skip the installation of GRUB.  When completed, reboot, keep the Android-x86 CD/USB inserted and have a blank USB stick inserted as well.  Now install Android-x86 to the USB and say yes to Grub and Grub EFI if asked.

Once that install is done, remove the Android-x86 installation CD/USB, but, keep the one that you installed Android-x86 on inserted in the PC.  Now when you start your PC, Android will boot, if you pay attention, you will see a message saying, found android on /dev/sdaX.  When done using Android, remove the Android stick and the main OS will boot.

**UPDATE**

After testing on various partions, so far ext4, so far, gives the best proformance when running apps.  Have not tried the NTFS or VFAT yet.  Because the install does not give the option for ext4, you must manually format the drive/partition to ext4 in gparted.








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