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My experience downloading and installing ChromiumOS


Helpful links are sprinkled through the post, but here is a “greatest hits” compilation. edit: ok, this is turning into a catch-all post for Google Chrome.

Chromium OS builds by Hexxeh

EnablingPAE – Community Ubuntu Documentation

No networks are available –

YouTube by gigafide – How To Get Google Chrome OS

YouTube by googlechrome – What is Google Chrome OS?

Early comic book explaining Google Chrome, the browser

Trying to install ChromeOS in VirtualBox

Hey, team. As my success accumulates, I shall update this post. Right now, here’s what I know

Link to Chromium OS? In my VirtualBox?

Link to ChomiumOS – Vanilla Nightly Builds by Hexxeh

Got this error message

this kernel requires the following features not present on the CPU:
Unable to boot – please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU

OK. PAE stands for “Physical Address Extension.” It’s like, halfway between a 32-bit and 64-bit operating system. By reading the following manual page, EnablingPAE – Community Ubuntu Documentation, I was able to generate a new kernel that showed up in GRUB with “-pae” at the end of the name. I booted into that OS. Sweet, it boots. Tried to turn on the VirtualBox, whoops, doesn’t work. What you have to do is “enable PAE” for your virtual machine. The way to do that is to open VirtualBox, highlight your virtual machine, and click “Settings.” On the left menu, click “System.” Under the “Processor” tab, select the checkbox “Enable PAE/NX.” Restarting the ChromiumOS virtual machine gives me this!

You can click the thumbnail to get the full size image.

Yay! Our first real look at ChromeOS! Well, ChromiumOS, as delivered by Hexxeh. So, even though I am connected to the Internet “you can see the arrows in my top panel), ChromiumOS is telling me “No networks are available.” Bullshit! Maybe I have network connections disabled for VirtualBox. Damn. Well, this is progress. Maybe I’ll try installing Hexxeh’s Vanilla ChromiumOS to my hard drive. Then, I might get the super quick bootup time. Booting up in VirtualBox took 30 seconds. Still not bad, but not under 10 seconds. >:-)

Hell yes, I got it to work! FInd instructions at No networks are available – Awesome! What you need to do is dig down into the settings, go under “Network.” Under “Attached to:” select “Bridged.” Under “Advanced,” you need to select “Paravirtualized network.” Fuck yes!

Creating a bootable USB drive – partially complete

Once I have this bootable USB drive, I should be able to run ChromiumOS on any computer that can boot from USB. Any newer computer can boot from USB, so if you bought your computer after 2005, you should be fine. If a bootable USB drive isn’t working for some reason, maybe try burning the image to a blank DVD and booting from that. I’ve made a Live CD using Ubuntu’s “Brasero” disk burning utility.

The page I’m working from is Chromium OS builds by Hexxeh. The links of truth are on that page, under “Make a ChromiumOS live USB drive on Linux” (or Windows or Mac, depending on your flavor). Follow the instructions, and you should be good to go. Note, once the live USB drive is created, if ChromiumOS doesn’t boot, you may need to modify the boot order in your computer’s BIOS. For instructions, check out Boot from USB – Community Ubuntu Documentation.

OK. Rebooting, and trying to boot into ChromeOS. Yay!

Cheers :-D


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  1. cheers.. got it working thanks!!

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