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How to create an Android Live virtual machine

Create a new disk

The next steps of the wizard will prompt you to create a new disk for the Androidx86 Live CD. Simply creating a new disk that is nominal in size will be sufficient. The wizard will create an 8.0 GB VMDK file, and it will be thin-provisioned by default. It won't consume much by being empty; though, if you have a wild hair, you may wish to attempt to install the Androidx86 environment on the virtual disk.

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Rick Vanover is a software strategy specialist for Veeam Software, based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick has years of IT experience and focuses on virtualization, Windows-based server administration, and system hardware.

32 comments
icedivr
icedivr

Lord only knows why they had to create two organizations doing the same thing, with only a hyphen distinguishing one from the other, but android-x86.org has multiple working builds based on Android 2.2.

jmoyer
jmoyer

Works In Parallels 4 for Windows (Win7 64). Select the OS Type as Linux/Other Linux, networking as Bridged, no HD type and mount the ISO

rickboyd2
rickboyd2

first off, thanks for this post, was relatively quick to create the VM. I'm using Player and have bridged the network connection (it asks and I selected "Replicate Physical Network Connection State") but I cannot browse the internet. Any thoughts/suggestions? (Also, I cannot start the wireless - tried that already)

james.artisensi
james.artisensi

Anyone Tried this on windows 7 on Windows Virtual PC?

Juan Ferzara
Juan Ferzara

The ORIGINAL project is in www.android-x86.org, in there there is also a link to a nightly build server, so you can experiment with more edge builds. In Virtualbox, unclick the absolute pointer option, unless you have a touchscreen.

digitalb
digitalb

Yup...ISO image link produces a 404 "not found" error. Please fix this!

sonicsteve
sonicsteve

I've been wanting to play with android in a VM for a long time now. I have an android phone and a tablet running 1.6 and 2.1 respectively but I want to learn more about the OS and how it works. I hope this is a good first step. Thanks again.

coolmark82
coolmark82

Evene though program compatability might not be available, Q emulator is still a good x86 emulator, because I have downloaded many ISO images before and this never happened. I run Windows 2 on this emulator, Windows 7, Mac OS 1, OS 9, Kubunut linux, and some other stuff. They need to fix this ISO, that's all I have to say. Thanks everybody, and have a good day.

coolmark82
coolmark82

They need to fix the ISO. I downloaded the USB image to see what it's like. I am going to try it out by emulating it in Q on a PowerPC Mac.

sateek
sateek

how on earth does it work??????????? its an iso file...opens with image burner then what to do???????

ebrouet
ebrouet

Has anyone downloaded the iso, because I get a 404 error. Maybe I'll try with Firefox.

rindi1
rindi1

Try installing the OS from the iso instead of using livecd mode, then install the vmware tools for freebsd into the OS.

wdewey@cityofsalem.net
wdewey@cityofsalem.net

I would try VMWare server. VMWare player is designed to run with already created VM's not make new ones. I just downloaded and installed it with VMWare server and it worked fine. Bill

b4real
b4real

It works easily with the flexible adapter type

terry.floyd
terry.floyd

Windows Virtual PC isn't likely to work here. Microsoft's VPC product only supports Microsoft operating systems. You may run Microsoft products in VirtualBox, VMWare, and Xen, along with just about any other OS, but MS will not run Unix, Linux or Mac OS.

wdewey@cityofsalem.net
wdewey@cityofsalem.net

I just downloaded the ISO and it ran fine. Not sure what issue you are talking about. Bill

wizardb
wizardb

quite honestly if you don't even know what to do with an ISO file you really don't want to start setting up a virtual machine

sateek
sateek

Use the usb image.It works. My whole set up worked and i ran the androidlive on my pc BUT whats the use of it.........????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? It just opens a small window where yo get to see the android(phone) like UI and you can play with it....that's all..... i thought it could replace the Windows for a short while and give us a glimpse of what the Android OS would look on PC.

grahamw
grahamw

I have successfully got this running on MS Virtual PC. Is there a shortcut to return to the main Android screen from an application?

mgauley
mgauley

If you want to check out Android on your PC take a look at YouWave.

seanferd
seanferd

The server or page was probably down for a bit.

rindi1
rindi1

That's not true anymore. The current VMWare player is used to build new VM's. Server hasn't seen any updates for over 2 years and I guess it won't last very long anymore.

K_Green
K_Green

VMWare modified their Player app not long ago to allow VM creation. That is so the VMWare Workstation product is more properly positioned for tasks like running multiple VMs simultaneously, creating VM teams, doing VM snapshots during development work, etc.

ultimitloozer
ultimitloozer

That must be why the first item that is seen in the menu under the 'Welcome to VMWare Player' message is 'Create a New Virtual Machine'

seth.priddis
seth.priddis

I am running Server2008 64bit. I was able to set this up in HyperV in less than 5 minutes.

wdewey@cityofsalem.net
wdewey@cityofsalem.net

Esc will return to the home screen. I haven't found a shortcut for the back button yet though.