RemixOS Single Disk MBR Install (No Dual Boot)

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This information is to help you install RemixOS directly on a hard disk, using (Legacy) BIOS boot method and MBR style partition table. Remix OS will utilize the entire hard disk and will not limit you to a 4GB /data partition. I will be using 2 USB thumb drives to get this working, none of which you will need to keep around when done.

Grab a copy of the 32- or 64-bit ISO. Just down the one you want here: http://www.jide.com/remixos-for-pc. It’s about 3/4 down the page.

Get a copy of Archlinux. We will use this as a live distro to modify the hard drive partition tables and format the disks as the RemixOS installer is very limited and does not offer the setup we need. You can find this here: https://www.archlinux.org/download/ choose any local mirror to you and get the ISO. Archlinux recently went to only 64-bit. You might need a different linux distro if your target machine is only 32-bit.

Open the zip file with WinRAR, 7Zip, WinZip. The default zip handler in Windows Explorer will probably work just as well. Copy out the RemixOS ISO file to your desktop or another folder. Do the same with the Archlinux ISO file.

I prefer to use Rufus to write ISO files to USB. You can grab Rufus here: http://rufus.akeo.ie/. Get the portable version, there is no need to install this utility.

Plug in a USB drive. Start Rufus with Admin Rights. Choose your USB drive on the top drop down, for the partition scheme choose: “MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI”. Near the bottom click the CD-ROM Drive looking icon and choose the RemixOS ISO file you downloaded earlier. Uncheck the “Create extended label and icon files” box.

Click Start.

After Rufus is done set this RemixOS USB drive to the side. Do the same for the Archlinux ISO.

First we will boot using the Archlinux USB.

You sould be dropped to a command line once Archlinux is fully booted. I will use /dev/sda as our disk, first (primary) SATA drive in the system.

Wipe our primary hard disk:

gdisk /dev/sda
`Choose Expert Options then Zap the table. You will confirm and then booted back to the console.

Create MBR partition:

fdisk /dev/sda
`Create new partition, type (default) linux. Full size. Set flag bootable as well. Use the help screen.

Format partition:

mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda1

Mount the partition:

mount /dev/sda1 /mnt

Install GRUB bootloader:

grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sda

Edit grub.cfg file:

cd /mnt/boot/grub
nano grub.cfg

`grub.cfg file:
`--------------------------
set default=0 
set timeout=3
set gfxmode=800x600
terminal_output gfxterm

menuentry 'Remix OS' --class android-x86 {
        search --file --no-floppy --set=root /RemixOS/kernel
        linux /RemixOS/kernel root=/dev/sda1 androidboot.hardware=remix_x86_64 androidboot.selinux=permissive SERIAL=random DATA=/data
        initrd /RemixOS/initrd.img
}
`--------------------------
`Change the androidboot.hardware=remix_x86_64 to androidboot.hardware=remix_x86 if your using 32-bit.

Save the file. Unmount the RemixOS disk and poweroff.

cd /
umount /mnt
poweroff

Put RemixOS USB into port remove Archlinux USB and power on computer.

Boot from RemixOS USB. On RemixOS Boot Menu hit [TAB] on “Resident Mode” so you can edit the boot parameters below the menu. Do not remove anything just append to the end of the line: INSTALL=1

So it looks like: …SRC= DATA= CREATE_DATA_IMG=1 INSTALL=1

Hit Enter to boot with the modified line.

Select your partition to install RemixOS on (sda1). When asked to format say “Do not format”. Do you want to install Boot Loader? SKIP! Do you want to install /system as read-write? YES

When asked to start RemixOS or Reboot. Choose reboot. Remove all USB drives.

You should get the boot menu with RemixOS and should be good.

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