In this tutorial, we’ll see how to update Android-x86 ICS installed on our PC, so fast, secure and easy, without losing anything at all of the settings, user data or software updates installed on the device, so here without further ado let’s do this ..
- We can go to the official project website http://www.android-x86.org and download ISO image file for the device you usually use here: http://www.android-x86.org/download, the latest version precompiled available today (2012-04-30) is the 4.0-RC1 (based on 4.0.3_r2 I guess) dated February 27, 2012.
- Or you can download the source code and compile your own ISO image as explained here: http://www.android-x86.org/getsourcecode the version of the source code today (30/04/2012) is the 4.0.4_r1.2.
In any case this guide applies to all, just explain this to make it clear what I used to do the tutorial and screenshots I’ve taken make sense, so get to work.
We take the pendrive in which we recorded the ISO with unetbootin we have ready to install android-x86, and proceed to install it on your PC without further ado..
We select the partition where we will install the new Android-x86 in my case the partition /dev/sda6
In the next step will ask us if we want to format the partition, we say no as shown in the picture below..
Now, this will tell us that if we want to install GRUB, I say no.
Once you have told grub that dont install, the following is telling that we install / system as read-write and we say YES ..
Now we only have to restart..
Next, if you have ubuntu, debian, or some other Linux distribution installed, time to use it … if you do not have it installed on the device, we will need some ubuntu Live-CD, or a Linux distribution that allows live mode to perform the following changes, and we started our linux..
With the linux already started, go to the partition that contains the Android-x86 we have installed, and the old Android-x86 we’ll update, if you look at the photo below you can see the dates of the folders that contain my Android-x86 installations, which I will update is dated 12/04/2012, and just installed the dated 30/04/2012, if you look in my folders I added a 4 at the end of the word android, and looks like this .. anadroid4-2012-04-12, that I do it because once I have compiled two ISO’s on the same day, and going to test the second I have overwritten the first because it had the same name folder , so I avoid that, plus so I can differentiate of the honeycomb that you can see above in the list.
Having identified the folders, we will copy everything from /oldandroid/data /* to /newandroid/data as you can see below ..
cp -av /media/Android-x86/android4-2012-04-12/data/* /media/Android-x86/android4-2012-04-30/data
Once done, we have add to the new GRUB entry for the new Android-x86 installed so here we go in the /grub folder and select menu.list
We opened with a text editor that we like and copy the paragraph of the Android-x86 old..
Duplicate it, and edit it to match the folder name of the new Android-x86, and also put a new display name-.
Now save the edits, and simply restart it, and this time started with Android-x86..
And here you can see the GRUB entires.
If we did everything correctly, when we start the new Android-x86 updated we will see this message on the screen after the Android logo..
And so you can see at what level this project, here you have a screenshot more ..
I hope your pardon the quality of the phone camera pictures, do not give more, and I had to take these photos with a magnifying glass to come out focused and that message something goes really fast .. hehe, well and with this we have updated our Android-x86 to the latest version, and still have everything we had in the old one, same settings, same files, same apps.. 😀
I hope I explained well, and that this will serve to help 🙂
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