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Hello,
I have been trying to install Android honeycomb or any other stable version for the Dell Inspiron Duo. I have successfully installed it from the android-x86.org website, but the stable version (android-x86-2.2-sparta.iso) has bugs, such as: it does not wake up from sleep mode, does not show a home button, etc.

I hope I can get directed to the right place. I will appreciate if any one knows a way to install honeycomb to this tablet or at least a stable ready to go android version for this tablet. Is there a ready to go boot Android boot image? if so, how can I make it compatible to the dell Inspiron duo.

I have searched in the dell website and they don't have any information regarding android installation. I have also searched the internet for any information and have been unsuccessful.

Thank you, your help and input is appreciated.
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to the best info available to me inspiron duo is a normal PC, so any PC linux will work there.
i'd suggest writing OpenSUSE live KDE or ubuntu  to (1GB or more)USB stick and booting without killing your system's content.
According to public specs it can run either 32bit and 64bit versions, later support >3GB RAM better, but use 10% more of RAM and disk.
(your videocard is very new, you need a distribution released in last months)

android really needs to be tailored for particular hardware... normal linux distributions may perform better
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Thank you for your comment gheist but that still did not answer my question. I want to install Android Gingerbread (preferably Honeycomb) due that it is a tablet PC and want to take advantage of the touch features. Where can I find such information? what is the best way to install android in tablet PC?
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Android is not an universal general-purpose Linux distribution. It is a template of embedded operating system manufacturer can customize to their hardware.

You cannot install it right away on Intel NM10 graphics chip and high-res touchscreen, and i'd bet that gravity sensor is far from working with Linux.

I suggest you update BIOS using dell tools in Win7, then run one of livecd-s i mentioned from USB drive and check if hardware support is well. Once you see it is well you can start customizing Android distribution for your tablet on another Linux machine. I suppose it is not worth the effort.

Or alternatively wait for this or newer version of graphics drivers to be included in your distribution:
http://intellinuxgraphics.org/2011Q1.html

And again NO there is NO android release for your NEW computer. One MAY or MAY NOT come in following year.
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Thank you for the input. I installed Knoppix Live in an USB drive and the laptop worked without a problem. Graphics worked great, wireless, etc. so this means that linux drivers work in the dell inspiron duo laptop. Having said that: How can I start customizing Android distribution on a tablet linux machine. I know I need to install linux, but then what? This is where I am having a difficult time. I have found plenty of information on how to create applications, but non show you how to install android OS on a tablet pc.

I am willing to put some effort to get the android platform going, but where do I start after I install Linux on the tablet?
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I really do not know how your "android" distribution CDs are mastered. Normally you should be able to put driver file (as found in /var/log/Xorg.0.log of running knoppix) onto install disk and make it work.

This PC-Android you are using does not look like a "product", only way to fix it is to join it´s development.
I suggest a good choice by means of graphic UI design quality OpenSUSE 32bit KDE. (64 will hurt 32bit apps like skype)
Try live USB (repartitions USB drive) - it should be pleasant platform to compile Android apps under Eclipse IDE ;)

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Bumer, I was hoping to find and easier solution, but I guess it is more complacated than I thought. Thank you for your input anyways. It is appreciated.
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http://www.kde.org/workspaces/plasmanetbook/ is included in most distributions containing KDE.
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For simp[le trial you can practice installing linux from iso image using virtualbox under win7.
BUT your CPU does not support vitrualization technology, so it will be quite slow.
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