Installing Android 2.2 on Hyper-V

Installing Android 2.2 on Hyper-V

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This is a post that I have been meaning to do for a while now: how to install Android 2.2 in Hyper-V.  While Android is designed for smart phones – there are a number of ports out there for running on standard computers.  Today I am going to show you how to get Android 2.2 running in a Hyper-V virtual machine.  It is an older version of Android – but it is also the easiest version to get working well inside of Hyper-V.

To start with you are going to need to get the x86 install media for Android 2.2.  You can download this from here:

http://code.google.com/p/android-x86/downloads/detail?name=android-x86-2.2-generic.iso

Next you are going to want to create a virtual machine with:

  • 1 virtual processor
  • A legacy network adapter
  • A blank 16GB virtual hard disk

Then connect the ISO file to the DVD-ROM drive of the virtual machine and boot it up.  You should soon see a boot menu where you can select Installation – Install Android-x86 to harddisk:

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(You can use the Live CD options – but I prefer to have a real install).

At this point you will get dumped into text mode to do some partitioning.  First select to Create / Modify partitions

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This will take you to the partitioning tool:

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Here you will need to:

  • Select New
  • Select Primary
  • Accept the default partition size that the tool offers
  • Select Bootable
  • Select Write and type in yes
  • Select Quit

Now you will have a new partition that you can select for the installation:

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After selecting the partition you will need to format it (I went with ext3)

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Then you will have to wait for a while for the partition to be formatted.

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Next select to install the GRUB boot loader:

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Decide if you want /system to be read-write (I chose Yes):

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Finally reboot – and remember to remove the ISO file (so you do not just boot off of it again):

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You now have Android 2.2 working on Hyper-V:

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Everything should function correctly (including networking) however there is no support for sound.  Luckily that does not stop the games from working:

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(Note – I rarely crash on Lunar Lander, but I had to take my hands off the keyboard to take the screenshot, and this was the natural result).

Anyway, I hope you found this interesting.  Tomorrow I will be back to talking about Windows Server “8”.

Cheers,
Ben

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  • Umm, slightly embarrassed to ask, but for those of us who've never used one, can you point to a cheat-sheet of keystrokes?

  • Neat.  Any chance there's a way to get WP7 running in a VM?

  • WP7 isn't open source, that's why we can download Android.

  • Nice timing for your lockscreen screenshot there Ben ;)

  • I know WP7 isn't open source, but there has to be some way to dev for WP7 without having a device on hand.

  • Nice post, i gonna try it!

  • Nick -

    Actually, that is a complete coincidence.  I did not know what you were talking about until I checked myself - pretty neat :-)

    Cheers,

    Ben

  • Wonder when someone will patch the kernel using the Hyper-V integration services, so that android runs even better.  

  • Hey Been,

    Couple things,

    1) I am having a little trouble getting the network connection to pick up? Anything in particular that needs be done in Hyper V settings?

    2) The keyboard is a little difficult to figure out. Any easy shortcuts you might have for navigation and unlocking the OS.

    Thank you,

    Brandon

  • Hi Ben!

    How about an update? Android 4.3 code.google.com/.../detail installs fine on Hyper-V, even on Client Hyper-V on Windows 8.1.

    But I'm missing network and mouse support. Maybe you have some spare time to give some tips to enable networking and mouse support.

    Getting networking to work, I can think of many nice things to build test automations with Powershell scripts.

    Regards

    Mike

  • Hi Ben!

    Sorry for the previous post. Everything is working fine now. I think I was a little bit too impatient.

    Networking with legacy adapter works!

    Mouse works if I'm not using Remote Desktop to my Hyper-V machine, so I have to work on the physikal Hyper-V machine. In general for Hyper-V-Next: This is sometimes annoying espacially when working with linux derivates.

    Some Keys for working with android X86 emulator on Hyper-V:

    ALT+F9: Sets screen to normal orientation

    ALT+F10: Rotates screen to left

    ALT+F11: Rotates screen to right

    ALT+F12: Flips screen

    ALT+F1: shows the root terminal

    ALT+TAB: switching between Apps

    ALT+LEFT: skipping between screens

    ALT+ESC: Goes back to home screen

    Mike

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