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Android on a wonky touchscreen PC? Geeks, help!

Discussion in 'Computers & IT' started by SmokeAndMirror, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. SmokeAndMirror

    Thread Starter

    Oct 12, 2011
    Hey folks. This is my first post, but I've been lurking for a little while and managed to root my HTC Incredible thanks to all the great advice here!

    I have what will probably be a weird question.

    I run Linux Mint of one flavor or another on all my PC's. I have a touchscreen netbook that I want to run a dual boot on with Android as the other OS.


    This particular netbook of mine is, by ultra-portable PC standards, ancient. Because it's ancient, it has a very "unique" configuration for the touch screen.

    I have a Fujitsu P1610 (the site won't let me link it...). I call it a netbook, but really it's the father of the netbook. In 2006, packing all that function into that form factor was not the done thing, so they wound up porting the touch screen in a weird sort of way. It's hooked up to a serial port instead of a USB port.

    I've never gotten it to work in Linux (currently Mint 9 LXDE). Apparently there are ways, but they're buggy and outdated I just never bothered putting a ton of effort into it. Touch worked in Windows XP Tablet of course, but... it's Windows. And really, Windows Tablet circa 2006 can't hold a candle to modern tablet OS's (which is probably why I didn't care that much that it didn't work).

    Now I'm going to gut and update the specs, and I'd really love to be able to get Android running on the touch screen so I could use it a bit like an oversized tablet. But I fear the P1610's weird configuration and, obviously, the lack of support in 2011 is going to be an issue.

    In addition to that, I really have no idea what to expect installing Android as a second OS. Is it fairly similar to more traditional versions of Linux (select partition size, etc)? What version would I even use? Am I just spouting crazy-talk?



  2. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?

    Nov 29, 2009
    Android App Developer
    I dont have much experience with what you describe but want to welcome you to AF and bump your thread -- sounds like an interesting problem.

    You may want to ask a bit in the custom ROM section too:
    Custom ROMs - Android Forums

    (As an aside: It's OK to cross post with something like this but if you get people replying in both places just link them to the other threads so they can see what has been suggested)

    hope that helps and welcome to AF :)
  3. karandpr

    karandpr Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    I dont know if this helps .There are guys porting android to x86
    I have tested the live donut version on VM and it works hitchingly .
    I think they have Gingerbread for x86 too
    If you do have a unique hardware ,there are bound to be problems never the less .
    From what I know ,your touch screen may not work .

    You need to install it the with cfdisk and stuff .

    Android-x86 - Porting Android to x86

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