Two queries about Android installation
prishelec at gmail.com
Sun Apr 25 20:07:19 CEST 2010
Is it possible at all to run Android from SD card?
I want to have SHR in NAND and Android in SD just for testing my programs.
On Sat, Apr 24, 2010 at 10:59 PM, James Ancona <jim at anconafamily.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 24, 2010 at 6:59 AM, Neil Jerram <neiljerram at googlemail.com>
>> I'm interested in taking a look at Android...
>> 1. The installation instructions seem to involve both a full SD card
>> (which will be completely overwritten) and flashing the NAND. What I
>> don't understand is whether the SD card is only needed during
>> installation, or if the same SD card needs to stay in the phone
>> afterwards, when booting Android from NAND.
> The installer puts all of Android in NAND. After installation the SD card is
> only used for extra storage (web downloads, media, etc.) Any FAT formatted
> SD card will do. You can run with no SD card in there, but as I recall, some
> things don't work.
>> 2. I understand that the Android installation flashes a modified
>> version of the Qi bootloader. Can this modified version still boot
>> other distributions, in particular Debian?
> It should boot other distributions from SD. The modification is because
> Andoid uses a different NAND partition layout. If you want to replace
> Android with a different distribution in NAND, you should reflash Qi.
> Hope that helps!
>> Basically the situation is that I want to keep Debian (on SD) as my
>> main distribution, but have Android in NAND for trying out. I have
>> another SD card (512Mb) that I can use just for the Android install,
>> but after that I'd like to put the Debian SD card back in.
>> Thanks for any answers and advice!
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