Sunday, January 31, 2016

How to Install Android Marshmallow on a Laptop or PC

Android x86 - Installation

1. Download Android-x86 from Sourceforge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/android-x86/)

This will take a while for some, so I recommend doing it first.
The official downloads link to Sourceforge unfortunately

2. Format your USB drive to FAT32 



3. Download UNetbootin. (http://unetbootin.github.io/)

Looks straight out of the 90's!
4. Search partition on the start menu and open "Create and format hard drive partitions"


5. Right click the drive you want to put Android Marshmallow onto and click Shrink Volume...


6. Choose the size of the drive in MB. 64000 MB is about 64 GB, just add 3 zeros after the amount of gigabytes you want available. Now click Shrink.


7. You've now created a hard drive partition! Now time to download GParted. (http://gparted.org/download.php)


The name may be different, but it ends in .iso
8. Run UNetbootin. Choose Disk image, click the three dots and navigate to the .iso you downloaded titled gparted-live-0.xx.x.x.i686.iso. Choose your USB drive and click OK.


If a pop-up appears, press yes.


9. Enter your boot menu. (If you are not sure how, read below)
  1. Restart the computer.
  2. Repeatedly press F12 until a menu displaying devices appears
  3. Use the arrow keys to move up and down, and select the device you want to boot into.
  4. Press the Enter key.

Suggested Guide: HOW TO ACCESS THE BOOT MENU

10. Use your arrow keys to navigate the menus from now on. Select your flash drive with the arrow keys and press enter to click it.

Enter/Return is to click and the arrow keys navigate the menus
The name of the flash drive corresponds to the flash drive manufacturer
Boot menu on a Lenovo laptop rather than a desktop PC

11. After seeing some text, this menu should appear. Hit enter when GParted Live is selected. If anything else pops up, keep pressing enter until you see a window open.


12. GParted should pop-up in a window.

I had to go to the GParted menu, Devices, and select the drive I wanted to install Android on.
You should probably not have to do this.
On your unallocated partition, right click and then press new.

Make sure the file system is ext4, and then press Add.

Now press Apply to make the change.

Press Apply once again, remove the USB, then reboot. 

13. Run UNetbootin. Choose Disk image, click the three dots and navigate to the .iso file you downloaded titled android-x86-6.0-20151202.iso. Choose your USB drive and click OK.

Android should be ready to boot after this!

14. Once again, go into the boot menu and select the flash drive. UEFI if possible.

Boot menu on a Lenovo laptop rather than a desktop PC
The name of the flash drive corresponds to the flash drive manufacturer.
15.  The Android-x86 menu will appear!

Select Installation with your arrow keys and press enter
First choose the ext4 partition
Press Do not format. If you don't, you could mess it up.
Choose Yes
Choose Yes
Choose Yes
VERY IMPORTANT: Choose NO
Choose Yes
Allow it to write, this could take a minute
Remove the USB drive and reboot
16. Congratulations! You have installed Android alongside Windows!

You can choose which system you want to boot into with your arrow keys and enter!
Set it up!
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  1. Could you also have a guide to uninstall it? I want to try this out on my Surface but if I find that I don't like it I want to be able to remove it and retain the hard drive space.

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    1. Usually the workflow goes like this:

      - With GParted, delete the partition where you installed Android, then resize the Windows partition to reclaim the space
      - This will not uninstall GRUB yet. Enter Windows once again, then run the Recovery Drive utility (Start menu > type recoverydrive.exe), insert a spare USB drive and create the aforementioned drive
      - Reboot the computer, boot to the recovery USB drive, select "Repair your computer", "Troubleshoot", "Advanced options", and "Command prompt"; finally type bootrec.exe /fixmbr which will overwrite GRUB with the default Windows bootloader

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    2. I have a nano Pc (Nettop nt-I1200 with an Intel wifi module inside & 2GB ram upgradable to 4GB. I was going put a SSD in and load windows on it however this might be better since I'm hardware limited with this. My question before I take on this project is 1. Can I use driod 6.0 on this and it has drivers for my wifi or USB ports to add an usb wifi dongle if need be? 2. If it's a clean hard drive following the guide here which steps can I eliminate all together since I won't be using Windows?

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    3. I have a nano Pc (Nettop nt-I1200 with an Intel wifi module inside & 2GB ram upgradable to 4GB. I was going put a SSD in and load windows on it however this might be better since I'm hardware limited with this. My question before I take on this project is 1. Can I use driod 6.0 on this and it has drivers for my wifi or USB ports to add an usb wifi dongle if need be? 2. If it's a clean hard drive following the guide here which steps can I eliminate all together since I won't be using Windows?

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    4. i will not recomend you to android it, but... if you want to anyway, drivers will be ok , wifi and usb , skip the partitions part, format the harddrive during install, follow the guide for evrything else

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  2. As much as I hate to link away from this site, there is a pretty good guide on Pubinfotech. http://www.pubinfotech.com/2014/06/uninstall-completely-remove-android-x86.html?m=1

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    1. Instead of going through the hassle of installing right to the hardware, I'd recommend running all this in a virtual machine. Touch input is also passed through so you can full screen the VM and have the exact same experience and you just delete the VM after if you don't like it.

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    2. I agree in some cases. Some people who attempt this are trying to revitalize old hardware that may not support virtualization. Running it off the hardware can make it much faster, but if you don't plan to use it a lot, virtualization may be the way to go.

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    3. What about a bootable Android flash drive or CD, like Knoppix Linux has put out for over a decade? Then people can try it on their hardware before making the decision to physically install it there.

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    4. Hi There, thanks for instruction of installing marshmallow on my pc. I did it and it works, except it can't detect Wi-Fi, since my computer is direct wired to internet.
      Do I need to install some kind of Modem , so android can detect Wi-Fi?

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  3. Wow super cool!
    I'm having trouble getting my wifi to find anything once I'm booted into the android os. Any help on that?

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    2. If you have a Mac or use a Broadcom wifi chip, you need to use Android 5.1r1 from Sourceforge instead. The drivers aren't integrated yet.

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    3. i found the solution by me. i have intel Wireless 3160 chips
      i download driver of linux from intel website
      then i have the driver (.ucode) move it to
      (/lib/firmware) by Root Browser app
      after gained root
      after that reboot it
      all best hack7mood

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  5. Hello i have a problem, when i finish the android installation when i reboot my surface i can't select android... (the installation is go right, im sure) ps: sorry for my low english :p

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    1. hey how did u manage to install this on your surface? i cant seem to find the partition that i created in windows for the android installation. It only shows my usb drive and i cant install android there cuz it's only 4gb

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  6. Forgive my ignorance, but why would one want Android on PC?

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    1. Well, I have a windows hybrid, and it is great for work and all but windows really isn't the best tablet OS tbh, and therefore i'll install android on it so I can use all the optimized apps. I am also forced to use a windows phone with a huge lack of apps, and I can kind of compensate for that with an android tablet :P

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  7. Should I make a partition on my windows hardrive? Because I made a partition on a second hard drive that has no windows installation and is completely blank. And it is not showing the partition in the Android x86 bootloader.

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    1. The only thing it is showing is my USB. Nothing else. I have tried to detect drives but that didn't work

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    3. If your secondary drive isn't working, I would put a 16 GB partition on your Windows drive. Android does not use much space anyway, so try that! I'll look into your issue

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    4. hi, i've installed and it is running fine. only problem i have is the internal storage appears to be 1.7gig only (memory is 7.7gig). i've made the partition to be 20 gig. what's wrong with it? how do i increase the internal storage?

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  8. Try a USB keyboard and select android with the arrow keys and enter. If that doesn't work, reply and I can help you!

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  9. All is perfect but WiFi not working. WiFi not connecting help please

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  10. Help, after installation finished, i cant go to windows because windows boot not found, i was tried to instal up to 5x, but nope

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    1. Did you choose to wipe your Windows drive (sda1) during setup? You will have to reinstall Windows if you did that.

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  11. I have been stuck at the android splash screen for around thirty minutes. Any suggestions?

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    1. Try booting with the debug mode option. Reply and I'll see if I can help you out!

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  12. I am trying to boot up the usb drive with the Android iso image and it does a lot on command lines and than it stops with the following words: ANDROID . Is this suppose to happen.

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  13. I am trying to boot up the usb drive with the Android iso image and it does a lot on command lines and than it stops with the following words: ANDROID . Is this suppose to happen.

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  14. Installation was flawless except for the fact that there is no option to boot into android in the boot menu. I was able to run android the first time after installing because it gave me the option to reboot or run android so I chose to run it. But after rebooting I am only able to boot to windows 10. During installation I did not get the prompt for the following...

    The installer found a windows partition in /dev/sda. Do you want to create a boot item for windows?

    Could this be why it won't boot to Android and if so what would you recommend I do? Iv'e tried reinstalling and still didn't get the prompt. Thank you.

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    1. Are you using Windows 7 than it'll happen
      Me too

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  16. Got it. Formatted usb and started from step 13 after downloading android X86 file again. ( previously downloaded android file was like half size ( corrupted-not completed)

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  17. Got it. Formatted usb and started from step 13 after downloading android X86 file again. ( previously downloaded android file was like half size ( corrupted-not completed)

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  18. i got same thing. it stucks on ANDROID.

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  19. Hi There, thanks for instruction of installing marshmallow on my pc. I did it and it works, except it can't detect Wi-Fi, since my computer is direct wired to internet.
    Do I need to install some kind of Modem , so android can detect Wi-Fi?

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    1. Use the Android 5.1 image instead. 6.0 is still in testing.

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  20. awesome, everything works, my XPS 12 has turned into Android Tablet :P But didn't try all the tutorial, installed Android on USB and it runs!
    Now will try with my HP Stream 7, as after installing Windows 10 on it, it became unusable

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  21. I followed this tutorial and it didn't work. Everything worked from formatting the new drive to installing Android. When I restart my laptop, the boot menu of Android displays and then I select it and then it loads and then it goes to a blank black screen. Now I can go back and reformat the drive to NTFS and skip using GParted steps and then install Android on NTFS and then it works but Android is only able to use 2.3GB ram out of 4GB and then 2GB of storage out of 200+GB.

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    1. This is because you formatted the partition NTFS. Android-x86 only allows you to use 2GB of space on an NTFS partition. You have to format with GParted and use the ext4 filesystem to allow Android more space.

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    2. I just reformatted to ext4 using GParted and ran Android on it and it still only shows 2GB of storage space.

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    3. I just fixed it. I had to start all over. The Android ISO in your link, I downloaded the ISO and created a bootable flash drive but it never worked. So I used a different Android Marshmallow OS that I already downloaded a few weeks ago and used it and now its working and showing 229GB of storage space. So my problem was with the Android-x86 iso that you listed itself not working.

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    1. On my laptop I just press the power button and the shutdown menu appears.

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  23. I have followed all the instructions from installing the Gparted to the Android installation. everything worked fine. after rebooting and selecting the android from boot list, it goes black screen. I've waited for several minutes and it's not turning on. I'm stuck and don't know what to do.

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    1. The same thing happened to me and I discovered that the Android Marshmallow OS listed in this article download page link, something was wrong with it. I had to download the OS from another site and it worked fine but I don't remember the site that I got it from. But so far I don't like Marshmallow because a lot of apps that I use won't run on it. Try finding Kitkat OS.

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  26. Hi,
    I've installed everything correctly, Android is running good as far as I know, except for the play store. Every time I try to launch it he is "Checking info" and after that closing with this message : Unfortunately, Google Play services has stopped
    Any idea ?

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    1. If you formatted the partition ext3 or NTFS, this can happen. If you're sure it is ext4, message back and I can see what the problem is. Try restarting the computer or installing the Google Play store again through an .apk file. Good luck!

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    2. i have the same problem: everytime i try to link device with my google acount (google play, gmail etc.) it says Google play services has stopped or the device just stops doing anything even when i move mouse, cursor does not move. i tried your advice to reboot davice and it does not work for me. and i cant even go to browser because it crashes immediately... can you help me?

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    1. I'm not sure what you're asking. If you used Gparted and made an ext4 partition, then installed Android on it, it should boot correctly. Wifi and other drivers I can't help with, but I would recommend trying Android x86 4.4 or 5.1 for better compatibility with a broader range of devices.

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    2. (2/2) I also am not a developed of Gparted and the issues you have may be unique to your device. If that is what you are having trouble with, contact a member of their team or search your issue. Sorry if I cannot help!

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  28. I have followed your instruction but when I try to reboot from the USB, I get the following message: Secure boot violation. Invalid signature detected. Check Secure Boot Policy in Setup. [OK]. All that in a grey narrow window with red writting and black background. Have you got any suggestion? Thanks.

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  29. how do ammend the boot menu to boot to windows first?
    thanks

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    1. In Ubuntu linux system there is file called defaults where it is possible to change default system. What file should I edit in android system?

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  30. I installed android lollypop on my laptop alongwith windows
    When I turn on my laptop and select android a black screen apears on which android x86 is written.
    This screen remains and android does not start
    Please give me solution of this problem

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    1. Give it a few minutes, and comment back! It can take a while for the first boot.

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  31. Several times after using gpart
    Andriod marshmallow does not show partition only creat partition option comes
    What i have to do

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    1. I'm not sure what you're asking. Could you elaborate?

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  32. I installed along side windows 10, everything seemed to go good, but I never get an option to boot to Android when I reboot, automatically goes to windows, now how to fix this?

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  34. Didnt work for me. tried it twice, would not offer boot option, and when I tried to just run android it failed

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  35. Finally got it to work.. sort of, but asked me to turn wifi on, wifi button doesnt work under android

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    1. Try the Android 5.1rc1 IMG instead if the wifi isn't working. Marshmallow is a test build.

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  36. Sound is not working what can I do to solve this?

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    1. Try Android 5.1r1 from sourceforge as opposed to Android 6.0. More drivers are baked into it, so I recommend trying that.

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    1. I don't know what could cause this. Are you using a device with a UEFI boot setup?

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    2. also tried to run as a live USB and got the same result, a black screen. this was on a laptop with a AMD Turion 64x2. But when a tried it as a live USB on my desk top with a Intel i7 it worked ok. But its the laptop that I want it ot work on.

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  38. Installation was all correct.
    Upon rebooting, there is no option to select OS.
    Windows boots by default, no option shown as in multi OS PCs.
    Please help.

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  39. Installation was all correct.
    Upon rebooting, there is no option to select OS.
    Windows boots by default, no option shown as in multi OS PCs.
    Please help.

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  41. Hi im going to do this plz help. after installing android how to switch os plz help tell me!!!! do we need to use grub or some otherthing??? plz give me a detailed help descrioption

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  42. Hi,
    Im installed the latest version rc1 on my desktop, previous version didnt work well during installation. The android now working well only no sound, try to manage all setting but no avail, currently im using 3rd party soundcard, could it be the caused of it?

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    1. Finally manage to get the sound from my onboard soundcard. So the issue there was no driver detected my maya soundcard. Next project, will try this os on my p4 system.

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  43. PLEASE HELP! Everything boots up fine but whenever anything boots up they cant seem to find my disk partitions. For example G-parted only sees my USB drive, the Android image also only gives me one partition to install Android on, that's also the USB drive. I cant seem to find the partition that i made for this Android installation
    (16gb, ext4). The only thing it ever sees is my 4gb USB drive.
    Device: Surface 3
    Ram: 4GB
    Space: 128GB

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  44. Hi, does this one supports touchscreen? Im sorry Im newbie to this. I have tried the remixOS on my Acer one 10, powered by Intel Atom Z3735F it was successfuly installed. games runs faster. however the touchscreen wont work. I want to try this to see if its better. I also want to know whats the difference between the android-x86 and the remixOS? RemixOS wont be installed on my AMD X2 pc, it was installed on my Intel i3 2nd gen as well however simple clash of clans has issue booting up. maybe with the hardware not recognized. Any help will do or any experience wit the acer one 10 to share with me. Thanks

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    1. If it does not work on Remix OS it will most likely not work there. You could look online for solutions, however!

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  45. All ok with my laptop.but i cant turn on wifi..plz help me anyone does know how to fix it... :'(

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    1. That means that your WiFi card is not supported. For broader support, use the Android Lollipop image instead.

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    2. I have a nano Pc (Nettop nt-I1200 with an Intel wifi module inside & 2GB ram upgradable to 4GB. I was going put a SSD in and load windows on it however this might be better since I'm hardware limited with this. My question before I take on this project is 1. Can I use driod 6.0 on this and it has drivers for my wifi or USB ports to add an usb wifi dongle if need be? 2. If it's a clean hard drive following the guide here which steps can I eliminate all together since I won't be using Windows?

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    3. I have a nano Pc (Nettop nt-I1200 with an Intel wifi module inside & 2GB ram upgradable to 4GB. I was going put a SSD in and load windows on it however this might be better since I'm hardware limited with this. My question before I take on this project is 1. Can I use driod 6.0 on this and it has drivers for my wifi or USB ports to add an usb wifi dongle if need be? 2. If it's a clean hard drive following the guide here which steps can I eliminate all together since I won't be using Windows?

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  46. All I am getting (after a successful installation) when I boot into Android OS is a blank screen with a little white dash '-' line in the top left-hand screen.

    I have left it like it for over 10 minutes to see if it is because it is a first install boot, but the screen still remains the same.

    Any advice would be welcome - thanks :)

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  47. Hi All,
    I have a Asus Transformer T100chi with Windows 10 and I would like to install Android 6.
    I followed all the steps, but when I get to 15, 2nd slide I can not go onto the next step, the keyboard connected via USB does not respond and none of the buttons (sound keys, windows key or power key) also respond. Has anyone had the same problem? Any suggestion? Thanks :)

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  48. I have done this 3 times now, following the directions very carefully. All seems to work until reboot at the end.
    I get:

    tGRUB Loading stage1.5

    GRUB loading, please wait...
    Error 5
    _

    Ideas? This is 3rd time... Only fix I've got so far is to re-load windows 10 image becasue i cannot access android or windows

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  49. Ive rebooted a couple times, and now all the same error, except Error 17

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  50. It is very in testing mode... don't work on hp 6530b , after you choose the boot seqvence it show only a black screen, nothing's hapen. I try also in debug mode or running from usb direcly, the same story :(

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  51. It is very in testing mode... don't work on hp 6530b , after you choose the boot seqvence it show only a black screen, nothing's hapen. I try also in debug mode or running from usb direcly, the same story :(

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  53. At step 12 only the usb stick is listed in gparted. Any suggestions? Thanks for your precious work

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  54. Sir i have dell 3148 and successfully installed 6.0 but due to wifi problems, installed android 5.1 rc1 through .iso and .img both but wifi didn't open up on any of them. Wifi is not starting, what should i do? Should i install 4.4? Please help.

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  55. Interesting. Hope community can supply wide range of driver. This is wonderful brake through

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  57. thanks for this guide! ... but... with my ASUS T100TAL sim card is not working (and no detected); wi-fi works correctly.
    I tryed v 6.0 and 5.1 both "live", maybe have I to install it?
    any suggestion? bye

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  58. how using wifi with os android installed on laptop

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  59. Pokemon go is not working on this ....Please help !

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  60. I installed is to my win10 pc, but there isn't any boot menu where I can choose wich op system would i start.
    Any idea?

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    1. reboot your device then press boot menu F12 or F10
      choose second hard drive it's will work

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  61. Everything seems to have installed well but when trying to boot into the newly created Android drive, I get a blue box with the command line under it: ANDROID root@x86_64:/#

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  63. Yeah! It worked perfectly! But I can no longer boot windows. My Laptop(Lenovo G400) keeps restarting itself each time I choose to load windows. Only Android now works. Any solution?

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  64. i have instilled 6.0 on my computer did all the steps and now when im in android it says im out of storage space

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  65. i have install android in ext3 format . then after i can't access my windows. how to recover my windows please help me.

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  66. Hello,

    It work awesome to me and able to run android / windows.
    The only issue i encounter is " unfortunately the stop..... " whenever i open Google play store, Browser and youtube.
    I manage to load youtube, but when i click play on the youtube it just crash.

    I read, it says could be not a stable version yet and do you reckon to downgrade to " lollipop5.1x86 "

    OR is the " Unfortunately xxxxxx stop " could be solve with the current version that you recommend?

    Please guide.

    Regards,
    Alex

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  67. I'm working with a Lenovo Flex 3-1580 with intel dual band wireless-ac 3165 and I can't get the wifi to work while in Android mode, can anyone offer a solution?
    Thanks

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  68. hp 1303 au not android logo detect 30 min. how to get logo to start android on my pc. pls tell me

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  69. all went well with the installation, but now i'm having trouble with setup.
    get to 'if you have...' i click on either go next and get 'unfortunately, google play services has stopped' and kicks my back to select Wi-Fi network.
    any ideas?

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    1. same problem here....any ideas?

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  70. Great article, your instruction is very clear and valuable post. Thanks for sharing with us.
    Laptop Service in Chennai

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