How To Flash the Acer Iconia* W700 with the Intel® Core™ i5 Processor and Android*

Submitted By Stanislav Pavlov

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How To Flash the Acer Iconia* W700 with the Intel® Core™ i5 Processor and Android* [PDF 651.58 KB]

What is the Acer Iconia W700 with the Intel® Core™ i5 processor inside?


To make a long story short, the W700 is a laptop/tablet hybrid. It includes the following ports: a full-sized USB 3.0 socket, a micro-HDMI port, a headphone jack, volume rocker, power button, screen orientation lock, and dual speakers. There's an HDMI-to-VGA adapter, in case you plan to hook up a projector. The W700 is a professionally tuned Windows* 8 tablet with Intel® Core™ i5 processor. And you have the ability to flash this tablet with Android.

What is 01.org?


01.org, the team on the Android on Intel® Architecture (Android-IA) open source project and the source of the downloads for this activity, is a very interesting group. “This team works hard and plays hard. We get to work on interesting and important open source projects with a group of really smart people and have fun doing it!“

Go to https://01.org/about/what-01.org for more details about the project.

Flashing W700 with Android


For flashing W700 you need to do the following steps:

  1. Download the latest Android build from https://01.org/android-ia/downloads

    (It is on the ‘Android on Intel Architecture’ page -> Downloads)
    For downloading choose Generic UEFI Installer
    In this case I download a build from 11 July 2013:
    android-4.2.2_r1-ia3
    Released: 11 Jul 2013
    Version: android-4.2.2_r1-ia3

  2. Type in a command line on Linux* machine (Android is a Linux-based OS):
    • unzip android-4.2.2_r1-ia3-core_mesa-userdebug.zip

      find your flash card in the list of devices (in this particular case it is “=/dev/sdb”, but it depends on different factors)

    • sudo dd if=android-4.2.2_r1-ia3-core_mesa-userdebug.img of=/dev/sdb bs=8192 conv=fsync

      (type your administrator password)

    • sync
    • After that you need to umount the flash card if required
  3. Change settings in a BIOS of the tablet
    • Set password on BIOS (if you do not set a password, flashing from a flash card will not work)

       

    • Set boot from flash first
    • Disable ‘security boot’
  4. Insert the flash card into a USB port and switch on the tablet
  5. Install the flash
    • Run interactive installer
    • Do you want to continue? - Type Y and press Enter
    • Install GummiBoot bootloader? - Type Y and press Enter
    • Then press Enter three times when prompted

The installation process takes approximately 20-30 seconds! So, it is easy and quick.

Result


After that you can reset the tablet without the flash card and enjoy.

You can check Android build version in Settings -> About tablet

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About the Author


Stanislav works in the Software & Service Group at Intel Corporation. He has 10+ years of experience in software development. His main interest is optimization of performance, power consumption, and parallel programming. In his current role as an Application Engineer providing technical support for Intel-based devices, Stanislav works closely with software developers and SoC architects to help them achieve the best possible performance on Intel platforms. Stanislav holds a Master's degree in Mathematical Economics from the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

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