Android-x86 is a port of the Android OS for x86-based processor architecture. If you want to run Android OS on x86-based PC, netbook or laptop hardware, you can install Android-x86. In this guide, I will show you how to install and run Android-x86 as a VM on VMware Player.
First, download an iso image of Android-x86.
Create a new virtual machine template on VMware Player. Choose "Use ISO image" option to use the downloaded iso file. Set disk image size to 2.5 GB. Memory will automatically be set to 256 MB. Before finalizing the New Virtual Machine Wizard, uncheck "Automatically power on this virtual machine after creation" since there is one thing to do before powering on the VM.
Open .vmx file of the new virtual machine, and change:
ethernet0.virtualDev = “e1000"
ethernet0.virtualDev = “vlance"
Power on the VM. Once VM boots up, you will see the following screen. Choose "Install Android-x86 to harddisk"
Next you will see "Choose Partition" window. Click on "Create/Modify partitions" menu. This will lead you to a disk partition editor menu. Use the arrow key to choose [New] to create a new partition.
Then choose [Primary] to create a new primary partition. Accept the default to set it to maximum size, and hit Enter. Use the arrow key to choose [Bootable] and add the “Boot” flag to the partition. Select [Write] to confirm the partitioning, and quite the partition editor menu.
You are back to the “Choose Partition” window. You should now see an additional option to install Android on "sda1 Linux". Choose this option and proceed.
Select "ext3" in the "Choose filesystem" menu. Confirm when asked if you want to format the drive. Confirm again when it asks you to install the GRUB boot loader. When asked whether to install /system as read-write, choose "Yes". This is because you will need to modify /system after installation. In general, mounting /system as read-write makes it easier to debug, at the cost of more disk space and longer installation time. If you are asked to create an SD card, go ahead and create one.
The installation will now proceed. At the end of installation, you will see the following screen. Go ahead and reboot Android VM.
After Android VM finishes booting up, you will see the following screen. At this point, network is not properly set up. So skip Google signup process.
Proceed to open Terminal Emulator app on Android. It will give you a console interface. First, switch to the root, by typing "su". Confirm when you are asked to grant superuser permission request.
As the root, verify network settings as follows.
eth0: ip 192.168.1.10 ask 255.255.255.0 flags [up broadcast running multicast]
192.168.1.0/24 dev eth0 proto kernel scope link src 192.168.1.10 metric 206 default via 192.168.1.1 dev eth0 metric 206
At this point, you will notice that DNS resolution does not work.
ping: unknown host google.com
You need to configure a DNS server by appending the following line to /etc/init.sh. In this example, I am using Google's public DNS server (126.96.36.199).
setprop net.dns1 188.8.131.52
Finally, reboot the VM again to finalize network settings. Now DNS lookup should work, and you should be able to fully use networking.
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