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    Default Anyone install Chrome OS onto devices?

    I've been looking to make use of an old laptop but I haven't really found any dedicated websites. Might be looking at the wrong places. Suggestions or any experiences?
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    Quote Originally Posted by itsjose View Post
    I've been looking to make use of an old laptop but I haven't really found any dedicated websites. Might be looking at the wrong places. Suggestions or any experiences?
    read through this. there are many difficulties. I tried to boot it from a 4 Gb flash drive but didnt work. it worked as virtual machine but was slow.

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    Default Re: Anyone install Chrome OS onto devices?

    Brief introduction:

    I. Chrome OS vs. Chromium OS
    Like the browser, the OS has two variants. Chrome OS is what you will find on Chromebooks. It is based on the open source Chromium OS, but has a few additions. The most important are built in plugins for mp3, pdf, flash, and automatic updating. You cannot install this "full" version, you can only get Chromium OS.

    II. Getting Chromium OS
    You can build it yourself, but this is pretty hard. You need a medium- to high-end desktop running the old LTS version of Ubuntu (forget which one it was) or a Mac. Or install Ubuntu in a virtual machine from Windows. I have not attempted this.
    Instead, there are a few developers who have made builds of Chromium OS that you can flash onto your machine, similar to other Linux distributions. Hexxeh and Arnold the Bat are two sources for plain "vanilla" builds. If your Wifi chip does not have drivers in the standard Linux kernel you will probably not be able to get it working, as you cannot install packages onto Chromium OS the way you can with most Linux distros. In the past, both Hexxeh and some guy at Dell have built versions with additional Wifi support, but both have ceased work on this (last builds were many months ago). Since you cannot update Chromium OS from within the OS, i.e. you have to reflash the entire OS to update, I do not recommend these old builds. For my laptop, I actually bought a new Wifi chip to fix this problem. They are cheap ($5).
    If your touchpad doesn't work at first, try plugging in a USB mouse temporarily, and you can probably edit some system files to get the touchpad working. Arnold the Bat has advice on that, and I have done it so I can help troubleshoot if you need it.

    Edit: Doug Anson from Dell has updated his build as of 2/20/2013. This will be a good option for people with Broadcom WiFi and older Synaptics touchpads.

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    Last edited by djw39; 02-23-2013 at 07:37 PM.
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    Try this link to get flash and .mp3 working. With regard to legality I think this is comparable to flashing gapps on an AOSP build of Android.

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    I think this is what you're looking for... enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barefootdude View Post
    I think this is what you're looking for... enjoy!

    That is a variant of openSUSE and has nothing to do with Chrome or Chromium OS

    Sent from my Nexus S 4G using Tapatalk 2
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    Thank U so much...
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    I haven't tried yet, but have been thinking of doing it one day. I'd like to be able to dual boot Chromium OS and maybe Ubuntu or one of it's variants (Linux Mint, Linux Lite). The other thing I thought of is using Puppy Linux (fastest OS of anything out there) with Chromium Browser.

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