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Title: New Andriod powered laptop
Post by: W8JX on June 01, 2014, 01:33:52 PM
HP is launching a 14 inch laptop called the Slate Book in August. It will be running kit Kat most likely and much more powerful than Chrome Books. Might be of interest to those looking for a non MS solution for the "loss" of XP. Could be interesting.


Title: RE: New Andriod powered laptop
Post by: W9CLL on June 01, 2014, 08:29:50 PM
There is an Android distro that will run on x86 hardware so any desktop/laptop could be turned into an Android device. Go to distrowatch to download.


Title: RE: New Andriod powered laptop
Post by: W4KYR on June 02, 2014, 02:16:36 AM
There is an Android distro that will run on x86 hardware so any desktop/laptop could be turned into an Android device. Go to distrowatch to download.

Does this mean all apps for Android will be able to run on that machine?


Title: RE: New Andriod powered laptop
Post by: W8JX on June 02, 2014, 03:54:23 AM
There is an Android distro that will run on x86 hardware so any desktop/laptop could be turned into an Android device. Go to distrowatch to download.

Does this mean all apps for Android will be able to run on that machine?

Yes in theory


Title: RE: New Andriod powered laptop
Post by: W9CLL on June 02, 2014, 04:37:12 AM
There is an Android distro that will run on x86 hardware so any desktop/laptop could be turned into an Android device. Go to distrowatch to download.

Does this mean all apps for Android will be able to run on that machine?
I loaded it on an old netbook and for the most part yes everything I tried ran as it would on a tablet.


Title: RE: New Andriod powered laptop
Post by: W8JX on June 02, 2014, 05:33:07 AM
There is an Android distro that will run on x86 hardware so any desktop/laptop could be turned into an Android device. Go to distrowatch to download.

Does this mean all apps for Android will be able to run on that machine?
I loaded it on an old netbook and for the most part yes everything I tried ran as it would on a tablet.

I would also think that a Laptop designed for driod would have proper hardware and drivers so everything worked vs a hack.


Title: RE: New Andriod powered laptop
Post by: K1CJS on June 02, 2014, 09:35:04 AM
There is an Android distro that will run on x86 hardware so any desktop/laptop could be turned into an Android device. Go to distrowatch to download.

Thanks.  I'll be trying it out. 73.


Title: RE: New Andriod powered laptop
Post by: W9CLL on June 02, 2014, 11:20:06 AM
There is an Android distro that will run on x86 hardware so any desktop/laptop could be turned into an Android device. Go to distrowatch to download.

Does this mean all apps for Android will be able to run on that machine?
I loaded it on an old netbook and for the most part yes everything I tried ran as it would on a tablet.
Y
I would also think that a Laptop designed for driod would have proper hardware and drivers so everything worked vs a hack.

Yes this probably true but playing is half the fun is it not?


Title: RE: New Andriod powered laptop
Post by: W8JX on June 02, 2014, 11:54:08 AM
Yes this probably true but playing is half the fun is it not?

There was a time i would agree and like challenge but in today's plug and play world I do not want to waste time trying. 


Title: RE: New Andriod powered laptop
Post by: W9CLL on June 02, 2014, 07:21:41 PM
Yes this probably true but playing is half the fun is it not?

There was a time i would agree and like challenge but in today's plug and play world I do not want to waste time trying. 
Yes if this is your primary device then I agree don't "play" but if you want to experiment a bit have at it. Playing is fun and you never know you might find it just works.


Title: RE: New Andriod powered laptop
Post by: W4KYR on June 03, 2014, 07:48:57 AM
I suggest swapping out hard drives.  The hard drive is usually located on the bottom of most laptops. Turn over the laptop and look for a small panel holding three or four screws, that could be the panel where the hard drive is located. Once the panel is off, in most cases the hard drive should slide right off.


Title: RE: New Andriod powered laptop
Post by: W8JX on June 03, 2014, 02:01:26 PM
I suggest swapping out hard drives.  The hard drive is usually located on the bottom of most laptops. Turn over the laptop and look for a small panel holding three or four screws, that could be the panel where the hard drive is located. Once the panel is off, in most cases the hard drive should slide right off.

Some modern slim laptops have no door and requires disassembling.


Title: RE: New Andriod powered laptop
Post by: K1CJS on June 03, 2014, 05:33:00 PM
There is an Android distro that will run on x86 hardware so any desktop/laptop could be turned into an Android device. Go to distrowatch to download.

Thanks.  I'll be trying it out. 73.

Downloaded it and tried it.  It's still got too many features that belong to a smart phone and is still geared to a smart phone type device.  It may be OK for a tablet, but as it sits now it's just not a good choice.


Title: RE: New Andriod powered laptop
Post by: W9CLL on June 03, 2014, 07:13:37 PM
Its workable but yes I agree not ready for prime time but its still in early development.


Title: RE: New Andriod powered laptop
Post by: KA5PIU on June 06, 2014, 04:13:56 AM
Hello.

Tried it, and yes, it really is intended for a smartphone.
But, you can have dual boot, and it is a version of Linux, so a lot of stuff can be shared.
The real big plus is in the fact that it has super modest requirements.
a machine that can run XP can run this!
And I do not mean it can simply work, but is snappy.
I tried it on a Toshiba 300 MHz machine, and it runs FB.


Title: RE: New Andriod powered laptop
Post by: VA2PBJ on June 25, 2014, 01:23:27 PM
4 points I would like to raise..

1) Keep it simple. Run it off a memory stick instead of duel booting

2) My tablets are quad cores. Low CPU will frustrate you no matter what OS.

3) Not all these android-x86 images play nice. I have not got a single machine that will run them.

4) It's a touch os. Much of what is good about them may be lost with a plain old mouse.


Title: RE: New Andriod powered laptop
Post by: G8YMW on June 26, 2014, 04:02:31 AM
I've got it on a virtual machine on the Win7 side of this computer. Not really played with it because this computer spends most of it's time on XP and occasionally on DOS (By a boot floppy)