Beacon Mountain beta – Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Beacon Mountain?

Beacon Mountain provides productivity-oriented design, coding, and debugging tools for apps targeting Android-based ARM and Intel® architecture-based devices, including smartphones and tablets.

What are the key features of Beacon Mountain beta?

Beacon Mountain beta provides development environment setup and maintenance for host systems running Apple OS X* (Lion v10.8.3 and up) and Linux*. For support on Microsoft Windows* 7-8.1, please download the Intel® Integrated Native Developer Experience beta and install the Environment Setup component found within Intel INDE.

The key features supported with this release are:

  • Installation of popular Intel® and third-party tools to create a development environment on the host system for creating Android applications.
  • Beacon Mountain installs the tools with a few clicks, allowing the developer to start coding right away.

How can I obtain a copy of the tool?

You can download Beacon Mountain beta, free of charge, at intel.com/software/BeaconMountain. If you are developing on a Microsoft Windows 7-8.1 host system, install the Environment Setup component within the Intel® Integrated Native Developer Experience beta.

What are the system hardware and software requirements to install and run the tool suite?

Beacon Mountain beta runs on Apple OS X and Ubuntu host systems. Your system must have Intel® Virtualization Technology¹ enabled in BIOS in order for Intel® Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager (Intel® HAXM) to run.

System Requirements:

  • Apple OS X: OS X10.8.3 or later, 2GB RAM, Java Development kit1.6 or later, at least 4GB disk space.
  • Ubuntu* 12.04: 2GM Ram, Java Development kit 1.6 or later, at least 6GB disk space.

How do I receive licenses to the tools Beacon Mountain provides?

Beacon Mountain prompts you to view and accept licenses of all tools the suite offers during installation.

How do I receive updates to the tools Beacon Mountain provides?

Beacon Mountain uses the Intel® Software Manager to check for software updates on a regular basis. Once a software update becomes available, you will be prompted to install it on your system.

What tools does Beacon Mountain provide access to?

Beacon Mountain installs popular Intel and third-party tools to create a development environment on the host system for creating Android applications.

  • Intel Tools:
    Intel Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager (Intel HAXM) 1.0.6
    Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers System Analyzer 13.3
    Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives Preview for Android 8.0.0
    Intel® Threading Building Blocks 4.2.0
    Intel Software Manager 10.0.43
    Intel® USB Driver for Android* Devices 2012
  • Third-Party Tools:
    Google Android SDK (ADT Bundle) 20130917
    Eclipse* Integrated Development Environment 20130917
    Android NDK r9
    Android Design 20120823
    Apache Ant* 2.0

There's a tool I'd like Beacon Mountain to support. How do I share my feedback with Intel?

Your feedback is important to us. Please use the feedback box on the Beacon Mountain product page and request inclusion of the tool(s) you'd like Beacon Mountain to support.

Is an Internet connection required to use Beacon Mountain?

A stable internet connection is required to install Beacon Mountain. However, using the Beacon Mountain environment does NOT require an internet connection.

How do I determine which version of Beacon Mountain is installed?

  • OS X: Open ReadMe.html. The version will be in the title: Beacon Mountain v0.x.x for Android*

I am getting an error when running GPA. What do I do?

GPA requires the June 2010 version of DirectX. If you receive an error stating "The program can't start because d3dx11_*.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem", go to the following link to install the proper DirectX version from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35

How do I access the installation log files?

Beacon Mountain logs are located at: %TEMP%\intel_tmp_%USERNAME%. Download further instructions here.

Cygwin* used to be installed by Beacon Mountain. Why was it removed?

Cygwin was initially included in the Microsoft Windows* version of Beacon Mountain. It was removed in the V0.7 release because the utilities are no longer required when using the Android NDK.

If you'd like Cygwin to be added back into Beacon Mountain, please let us know by vising our forum. You can install Cygwin by visiting  http://www.cygwin.com/install.html.


Intel® Virtualization Technology requires a computer system with an enabled Intel® processor, BIOS, and virtual machine monitor (VMM). Functionality, performance or other benefits will vary depending on hardware and software configurations. Software applications may not be compatible with all operating systems. Consult your PC manufacturer. For more information, visit http://www.intel.com/go/virtualization.

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