Console OS can run on a lot of machines. First, check the Devices section to see which devices we support, or are actively working on supporting.
If you don't have a supported system, you may still be able to run Console OS.
The good news, with Console OS Lollipop, is we now offer a super-easy version of Console OS that runs totally from a flash drive. We call it Console OS Express. It's different from the "live" distributions of Android, in that it's easier to install, and writeable.
You can download Console OS Express right next to the standard builds of Console OS at account.console.com.co - Simply copy those files to a flash drive, and boot from the flash drive. You will need to disable UEFI Secure Boot in your BIOS, but that's about it!
With Console OS Express, you can quickly and easily test to see if your machine can run Console OS. But continue on to see what we support - and how to make a few tweaks to your system that can make it run better.
First, know what we support
Console OS Lollipop supports the following processors:
- Fourth-generation Intel Core (formerly "Haswell")
- Third-generation Intel Core (formerly "Ivy Bridge")
- Second-generation Intel Core (formerly "Sandy Bridge")
- Note Second-gen Core / Sandy Bridge processor support is untested and not planned for future versions
- Intel Atom 64-bit processors (formerly "Bay Trail")
Systems must have 64-bit UEFI firmware. Some systems have 32-bit UEFI firmware, and we are working on adding support for those provided you have one of the processors above.
For Console OS we recommend Intel 3160 and Intel 7260 Wi-Fi. A top focus of upcoming releases will be to add support for more chipsets. If you have a laptop which doesn't feature these awesome, superior chipsets - don't panic. You may want to upgrade to an Intel 7260-AC for future-proofing. It typically takes only 15 minutes with a philips screwdriver to do on most laptops, and it typically will greatly improve reception and performance of your laptop. Please check your specific laptop online for steps on how to do this.
Desktop users, you may have a mini-PCIe slot on your system board. You can also use a PCIe to mini-PCIe adapter.
Finally, if all else fails, you can use a USB Wi-Fi adapter. Currently we only support using the ASUS WL-330NUL. We are also working on expanding USB Wi-Fi chipset support in upcoming releases.
We do support most Realtek ethernet chipsets. You can also optionally use an Ethernet to Wi-Fi adapter if that works for you too. Again, we know you want us to support more Wi-Fi chipsets... we have to get to Android 5.0, Lollipop first.
Know what we don't support
Currently, we don't support AMD processors. We also don't support AMD or NVIDIA graphics currently.
If you have AMD or NVIDIA graphics, don't worry just yet. Many modern systems, especially laptops, allow you to bypass the discreet GPU and use the Intel GPU in BIOS.
We are working on expanding GPU support. We have made no final decisions on supporting AMD processors at this time for future versions. We're listening - and we have a feedback tool at the bottom of this page.
We do plan to offer a 'live session' test mode flash drive that will let you boot up Console OS and test it out from a USB flash drive. We do not have this feature enabled in Console OS Developer Release 1 at this time.
If you don't want to install Console OS to your boot drive, an easy way to test compatibility is to install Console OS to a USB 3.0 hard disk.
To do this, simply follow the installation instructions in the Release Notes. When booting the machine to the Console OS Install Drive that you have created, also connect a USB 3.0 hard disk that you are fine with formatting (which will erase all data).
Power the machine on with both drives connected. Run the installer and follow the steps on-screen. Select the USB 3.0 hard disk. It will offer to erase the disk completely and install Console OS. Finally, tell your computer to start up from the USB 3.0 hard disk. You can then test out Console OS with a portable workspace - take your documents and apps from one machine to the next!
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