For anyone who wants to run this from a micoSD card you can just use the same instructions, the only downside is that you need to use an adapter and connect it through the USB port anyway... Until someone figures out how to boot from the built in MicroSD card slot...
I take no responsibility for any damages or data loss this may cause to your devices! Be careful and don't do anything if your are not willing to accept the consequences of this going wrong!
Things you will need:
- 1. Two USB devices (Preferably) but this should also work if you have already installed the android installer to a disk.
2. USB formatting utility called Rufus (See part 1 for the link)
3. Androidx86 EFI Image (See part 1 for the link)
4. A computer or laptop that you can access the BIOS from or startup the Android Live installer.
[*]Part 1 Shows you how to setup a live USB. This is going to be used as your installer.
[*]Part 2 Shows you a safe way to format the USB drive that you want to install Android to.
[*]Part 3 Shows you how to Boot android from Windows.
This has worked for me every time. Let me know if you run into any problems after following these instructions.
Part 1: Create a LIVE USB installer!
- 1. We need to create a bootable USB drive so download Rufus 2.2 from here https://rufus.akeo.ie/
2. Download Android-x86 4.4-r3 EFI image from here http://www.android-x86.org/download
3. Plug in your USB drive and double click on Rufus to start it.
4. Once you can see Rufus go straight to Format Options and click the small disk icon. Browse to the Androidx86.img file you downloaded in step 2 an select it. The rest of the format options should auto configure as needed.
Note: If you cannot see the file click the "ISO Image" option in the bottom right and change it to "All Files"
6. Click start. When the install is finished close Rufus and disconnect your USB device. You can now use this USB drive to install the Android OS other devices.
Part 2: Setup your Android USB!
Note: From this part onwards i was using my laptop to go through the install.
WARNING!: Be very careful to select the right devices and options moving forward!
- 1. Boot from your Android Live installer.
2. Once at the menu insert the second USB drive. Select "Detect Devices" from the menu.
3. If your second USB has appeared select it now and proceed. Make sure you can recognise the devices in the list. Making the wrong choice here is likely to cause data loss.
3. Format the USB to FAT32
4. Install Grub
5. Install Grub2
6. Say yes to Read/Write
7. Say yes to create disk image. If your USB is big enough select the maximum size 2047.
8. When finished select restart, when the laptop turns off you can now use this USB with your Linx Tablet but this time you will be able to save your changes.
- 1. Boot into Windows
2a. Windows 10 users should click start>Settings>Update & Security>Recovery>Advanced Startup>Restart Now
2b. Windows 8.1 users should swipe from the right of the screen>Settings>Change PC Settings>Update and Recovery>Advanced Startup>Restart Now
3. Select "Use a Device" and select your Android USB that you setup in part two. If it does not appear try "UEFI:Removable Device" instead.
4. You should now be booting into Android. Once you have gone through the setup you should be able to save around 1.5 GB of space. The remaining space will be mounted as a USB in Android automatically.
You can increase the size of the save-able space in Android but i have not managed to find a way to do this successfully. I will make another post when/ if i do manage to do it.