Tweaking AMIDuOS (A Lain thread)

Discussion in 'tech' started by Lain, 24 Feb 2016.

  1. Lain

    Lain End of line. #resist

    As referenced here, I recently decided to give the latest iteration of several Android emulators another shot, and have found AMIDuOS to be quite successful in executing the majority of my Android applications.

    Impressively, it runs my Fruity Loops Mobile and Cross DJ apps, with little to no lag even under moderate loads.

    Clash of Clans, Pot Farmer, South Park Pinball, GTA: Chinatown Wars, all run excellent.

    Some tweaks I have made are to create a custom shortcut which executes the AMIDuOS engine in High priority mode, and I have very few issues with most applications.

    I have recently become engrossed in Hitman: Sniper, and it has some lag issues which I am attempting to resolve. The game runs stellar on my Quad core snapdragon handset but has some skipping issues when under moderate loads. I could not install the game directly, the Playstore was throwing a 963 error which breaks down to many things, in this case it was an issue with the way AMIDuOS is representing "external SDCard" storage.

    The solution for this game (and games like it), was to download the game to my android device proper, and then copy the data files to the Asus where I can move them into the AMIDuOS system under the appropriate location, and then install the App using playstore as usual. The playstore will detect the data, download and missing or needed updates, shortcuts, etc and link all needed files to play the game or launch the app.

    I cannot seem to adjust the amount of memory DuOS is sharing with windows, the configuration tool has a slider. This seems to be locked in the ~600mb position leaving 1.4GB for Windows 8.1. I am unsure if this is a limitation of the trial or a limitation of windows (I cannot drop it below 1.4gb or Windows will poop itself).

    For now, it's a very acceptable solution for breathing life into a device I have used very little since it's purchase. And swapping back and forth between the layers is very simple, allowing me to use Windows and Android on the same tablet, at the same time, with little drawback. And the AMIDuOS let's me share my windows data, providing me with access to my Windows files using hyperlinks in the configuration tool.

    I will more than likely be registering this when it expires (30 day trial to give it a good fettering).

    Input and thoughts welcome.
  2. Mulch

    Mulch Why does the drum come hither?

    dont need an android emulator as i have plenty o devices an manners of interfacing with them

    but hitman sniper?

    i bought it on sale as the reviews were great, but have not played it yet

    is it all that on a stick?
  3. Lain

    Lain End of line. #resist

    I don't need the emulator. I simply purchased the Asus to install Linux on it, and that has proven to be a worthless endeavor. You can brute force Linux onto this little guy, but it's a brutal process and in the end there is still missing functionality that impairs the experience.

    There is an Android version of this same tablet, so I'm unsure why there isn't a fast and easy solution for replacing Windows with Droid, or why it is so difficult to get Linux onto it. I can only assume there is some internal difference, it is my understanding that the specs are the same.

    Hitman: Sniper, is an excellent game. It 'feels' like Hitman, Unlike Hitman: Go, which didn't grab my attention and as such is sitting on my device gathering virtual dust after a few levels.

    The premise is simple, there is a single map of a 'safe house' or some other mansion that consists of three buildings, a main building and two smaller buldings on either side, a guard shack, an elevator, and a carport. The main building is several stories, and there is plenty of environmental this and that to fill out the scenery. Much of the scenery and objects are interactive and can be hit with the rifle, causing random things to occur.

    Examples are shooting the fuse box to get the guard to check it out so you can blow him up with a second shot. Using the vent fan to blow a guy off the mountain. Little things like that make it entertaining.

    The levels are easy enough, there's one or more primary targets and a host of secondary targets. All of the targets provide cash which can be used to upgrade your rifle(s). Guards will find dead bodies and investigate, calling others on the radio if you do not eliminate them before they can make the call.

    My biggest complaint is the single map. And even that isn't such a big deal. I am still working myself through the chapters, and there are a good amount of objectives to keep it fun (kill 7 guards before the target reaches the bedroom, make 4 headshots without the hold breathe, etc).

    There are rumors of a new map set in a fantasy Zombie scenario and the game shows that it's coming in the maps menu but not sure when that drops.

    Totally worth $2, it's demented fun that only Hitman can deliver, and it's great for blowing off steam for a few minutes here and there throughout the day. Facebook and Google Games let you link it up and back up the progress so you can play it on your entire arsenal of Droid's. There's even an iPhone version which I have yet to purchase but intend to do so.

    That was long winded. TLDR, great fucking game. Best Droid game I've bought in a good long time.
  4. Lain

    Lain End of line. #resist

    According to the AMIDuOS support team, in Normal and Full screen modes the RAM used by AMIDuOS is set and cannot be adjusted. The Memory can only be adjusted when the AMIDuOS engine is run in the small screen mode.

    Currently I have the game running at an acceptable, mostly playable rate. Reloading the weapon, which takes three finger swipes, timed properly to the directional arrows, to reload the weapon as fast as possible. Lag on the engine makes it near impossible to hit this mark, as the lag of the graphics is evident (everything outside the scope is now visible and being rendered in real time) and so it's better to avoid reloading as much as possible.

    Wireless does not seem to impact game performance, an odd situation as it does cause lag on my Snapdragon handset when wireless is enabled. Wireless doesn't seem to impact play at all, and is only laggy during loading screens (the increase is obvious but not a deal breaker).
  5. Mulch

    Mulch Why does the drum come hither?

    the nvidia shield tab is now only $199 (no more stylus, tho)

    aside from the occasional firmware glitch from nvidia (read the forums before updating for the risk/benifit analysis), i can honestly say it is a fantastic tablet, and almost pure android (now with marshmallow which has improved sd card storage where only your OS goes on the internal memory and ALL apps and photos and music and such goes on the sd card).

    i havent updated yet as i am too busy as i will be rooting it (which will cause me to lose my data when i unlock the bootloader), but i want to and will when i have some time to reset it to my liking. and best of all, rooting DOES NOT invalidate the warranty. nvidia has repeatedly said this on the forums. that in itself is worth a lot

    its built for gaming, front facing stereo speakers, mini hdmi for 1080 out, powerful cpu and gpu, sd card slot, use an xbox controller with otg cable, plenty of ram, and a good size of 8 inches. the downside is less than average battery life, but everything else makes it worth it

    i can honestly recommend the one i got with the stylus even for the $299 i paid. the $199 without stylus is a fantastic deal for this tablet. if you have an nvidia card on your pc, you can even stream your pc games to your tab locally

    based on your usage, i STRONGLY suggest you consider this one. i have had it for over a year and still very much like it
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  6. Lain

    Lain End of line. #resist

    I've been considering a new Android purchase. I'll give that a serious look-see.

    As a side note, it's pretty fucking lame when the Chrome browser running on the Android emulator is faster and more responsive than the Chrome browser running on the native Windows host operating system.

    Just sayin'
  7. Lain

    Lain End of line. #resist

    I think you might be right, Mulch.

    Aside from the occasional wireless site scan I do very little with my droid as far as work goes. Most of my work is done with Kali on a netbook, and my Droid(s) are regulated to games and media devices. Makes sense to get a droid that's built for gaming.

    I'm also scouting for a new Nexus phone to install Kali Nethunter onto. As soon as my schedule thins out, I plan to give that a good fettering.
  8. Mulch

    Mulch Why does the drum come hither?

    let me reiterate something i *should* have made a bigger deal about

    it is almost pure android, as in identical to a nexus; there are no goofy UI decisions, no custom skins, no moving menu items around, and you are totally allowed to root it.

    the reason it is not pure nexus style android, is actually on the good side. it has a single folder with tablet specific/gaming apps, such as twitch integration, 2nd screen management, stylus related apps (likely wont be included on the $199 version), and shield hub (the nvidia shield gaming portal). other than that, it might as well be a nexus

    there is no reason to not be able to use it for work, aside from it being the wrong tool for the job. it is a very pure version of android.

    and the front facing stereo speakers ROCK. why doesnt everyone put the fucking speakers ON THE FRONT, WHERE YOU WILL BE LISTENING TO IT FROM?
  9. Lain

    Lain End of line. #resist

    No shit. This pisses me off. Even my 'entertainment' notebooks and tablets have the speakers on the fucking back.

    I'll have to check the Kalihunter image list. Last time I looked the images were all for Nexus devices.
  10. Lain

    Lain End of line. #resist

    I have found the cause of lag in the game on AMIDuOS.

    Whatever Facebook is doing in the background after you connect it for Cloudsaves and such, is overloadng the emulator and causing the game to stutter. If I disconnect the game from Coudsaves and Facebook, the lag is virtually gone and the game plays almost as well as it does on the actual Android.

    I'm using Medium graphics settings, the shortcut to push it into High Priority mode, and the only real lag issue is during a reload. It's worth noting that previously I was unable to reload with much reliability at all, and now reloading is straightforward (but a bit slow).
  11. Mulch

    Mulch Why does the drum come hither?

    just an update, i finally had some free time and did the marshmallow update and rooted it.

    moving to internal storage proved to be a bit of a pickle, but it was solved with using a very fast (and legit) SD card (which i got on sale for $50)

    the rooting was just as easy (if not easier) than on a nexus, and pushing twrp via adb to solve the boot loop problem was fairly painless. the only pain was the time invested to download 15 gigs or so of apps and games to test various fixes for the bootloop.

    just added adaway so i never have to see fucking ads on it again (FINALLY, the thing i missed most about rooting), and am about to load all my humble bundle android games. i suspect the faster card solved the problem, but this will tell for sure

    once again, the shield tab is pretty fucking awesome, both as a gamer and as a tinkerer/hacker (i pretty much dont deserve to be called a hacker tho). STRONGLY recommended

    ETA here are the rooting instructions/files i found so you dont have to search for them if you go this route, which, for $199 new (+cost of your sd card of choice), is an AMAZING bargain. its what i paid for my first android "tablet," my hacked nook color (which also needed an sd card), and my second, nexus 7, and is MUCH more satisfying because it has the actual muscle under the hood to deliver high end results. AND, i stress again, it is *almost* pure android nexus style
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  12. Lain

    Lain End of line. #resist

    Finally cycled back around to this project.

    Installed the newest Lollipop version and registered.

    I cannot get full screen to work properly, but normal seems close save the little toolbar on the top.
  13. Lain

    Lain End of line. #resist

    So far everything works well. Some apps seem to perform better on the DuOS emu. Might be subjective.

    List of apps tested so far:

    • Angry Bitds Star Wars II
    • Sketchbook Pro
    • Clash of Clans
    • Defense Zone
    • Castle Doombad
    • FL Studio Mobile
    • GTA Chinatown Wars
    • Juice SSH
    • Kingdom Rush Origins
    • Zen Pinball - Star Wars, South Park, Walking Dead
    • Plague Inc
    • Power amp
    • Rebuild
    • Shadowrun
    • Tower Defense II
    • Tiny Vegas
    • VLC
    • VNC

    All seem to run without lagging or issues. Will need some time to evaluate battery drain.

    There are some ways to push Droid and *nix proper onto the Asus t100 but they are sketchy and incomplete.

    For now AMI DuOS is an excellent middle ground. They provide a Jellybean 4.2.2 version and a Lollipop version, you can choose which one to install the license is machine dependent and transferable.

    More to come, I'm reworking an old u8665 that was in the bottom of the bag begging to be put into service as something. It's running Debian proper via chroot on an 800mhz arm that I have OCed to 1013mhz.

    Good Times

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