Install Android Froyo on PC

android-froyo-on-pcJust like any other OS, Android can be installed on your PC. In past we’ve shown How to Install Android on PC, Netbook, Install Android 2.0 in VMWare, Virtualbox, install Android on  iPhone. Now its time to install Android 2.2 Froyo on PC dualboot with windows/Linux.

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Installing Android Froyo on PC

Note: Steps of installation are essentially the same whether you are installing Natively or Virtualize in VMWare, Virtualbox.
Update: Install Android ICS on Windows PC Natively

Pre-requisite: Download VM ISO Image, Other Native installation downloads

Note for Vmware/ VirtualBox installation (ignore if installing Natively): Change your virtual disk type to be IDE because the default type in VMware is SCSI, and Android-x86 kernel is not configured to support SCSI. Here’s how to create new VM in VMWare:

  • Create a virtual machine.
  • Edit virtual machine settings after the virtual machine created.
  • Choose the hard disk and remove it.
  • Add a hard disk to create a new virtual disk, then you can choose IDE as your virtual disk type.
  • When finished, you can install android-x86 normally.

Installation

1. Burn the iso image to cdrom, or create a bootable USB disk (recommended). For creating Bootable USB, use Unetbooting (checkout this Howto video) or Linux live usb.

InstallBootSelect

2. Boot from the Android-x86 installation CD/USB, choose the ‘Install Android to harddisk’

InstallChoosePartition

3. Next we choose the partition where you would install Android x86. You can create or modify listed partitions. Its even possible to install Android to an external disk like USB drive. In case your device isn’t shown in list, try ‘Detect devices’. The good part is that Android installation can co-exist with existing Linux partition, without formatting, provided you’ve ext3 Filesystem on it.

InstallChooseFilesystem

4. Next, Android installation asks you to install Grub bootloader. Choose yes. If there is an NTFS partition in the installed disk, the installer will ask if you want to create a boot item for Windows. You would have to add other bootable OSes  to/grub/menu.lst manually e.g.

    title Windows    rootnoverify (hd0,0)    chainloader +1

Here first 0 represents Drive and 2nd represents partition number. 0,0 represents first partition of first disk.

Sit back and relax as the installation finishes. You should see a successful screen like the one below. You are now ready to reboot into Android!

InstallProgressInstallComplete

And there you have it, Up and running:

froyo-on-pc

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  • Jd_smith

    The live image boots find in vbox, but after going through the install procedure then rebooting, i just get an “A N D R O I D root@android:/ #” prompt and it goes no further. Any ideas?

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    • Guest

      me too

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      • Moondeath

        Type in “boot” (without the quotes of course) on the “A N D R O I D root@android:/ # line it’ll then pull up the android loading screen and continue onto the android desktop. If you need any further help IM me on Aim (DarkFireXZ3) or email me (moondeath@sbcglobal.net)

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        • Thebrainfromsa

          “boot” (without quotes I know 🙂 ) does not work. Any other suggestions?

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        • eric i

          I get the message “/system/bin/sh: boot: not found”

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  • Manoflinux

    stupid question, how do I unlock the screen? it boots fine I got the screen but since my monitor is not a touch screen and I dont have a cursor so I dont know to unlock the screen.

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    • The mouse should work…

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    • Thebrainfromsa

      Disable mouse integration in Virtual Box. (Host I) or (Machine > Disable Mouse Integration)

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    • eric i

      I had that problem running the live cd in VirtualBox. If you’re using VirtualBox try this, while the machine is running go to the Machine menu and clock “Disable Mouse Integration” then try clicking on the sceen.

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  • David B.

    Stuck at “ANDROID” animation. Doesn’t get past it.

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    • What specifications did you use for your VM ?

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      • Ejnfwk

        Same here! Anyway I can debug the problem? What specifications do you want to know?

        Thanks

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  • Vee Kay0304

    any solition?

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  • Yolmorefi

    What is the root password please, boot doesn’t work for me…

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  • How to unlock the screen? Mouse don’t work!

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  • prasanna joshi

    does this format my pc? or can i use android out my pc

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