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Chromium OS on ASUS eee PC via USB in three easy steps

Here are the steps to install Chromium OS on an ASUS eee PC:

1. Download and unzip the .vmdk.zip Chromium OS beta from here:
gdgt.com­/google­/chrome­-os­/download/
Click on "Get the Chrome OS image here!" (Not the "get it here" for the USB bootable version.)

2. Download WinImage from:
www.winimage.com­/download.htm
Run the program and click DISK - "Restore Virtual Disk Image on physical drive", select a 4GB (or larger) thumdrive from the list then open the .vmdk file. The file transfer will take a while.

3. Put the thumbdrive in the eeePC and press ESC on boot, the select the thumbdrive as boot device. Login as "chronos" with no password. (You can login with your real gmail account later.)

Everything seems to work fine (even the external monitor) on both my ASUS 901 and 900A. Ethernet is active on startup, for wifi, click on the middle icon in the top right corner and select your wifi and enter your key. Press F8 for the keyboard shortcuts. Enjoy.

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Lauwie89

Doesn't work for me...
Chrome OS runs on my EEE 901, but wifi doesn't work...
Anybody an suggestion to make this work??
I can press turn wifi on... but nothing happens
the ethernet works fine, but i just want to make my wifi work, thats the most important thing

Thanks
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BassKozz

Same here can't get WiFi on my 901. :(
Mark can you please tell us how you got WiFi working on your 901?
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Mark97062

The wifi on my 901 worked right away. I just clicked on the middle icon in the top right corner (looks like a dot with concentric rings) and selected my wifi ssid and entered my key. Did you try turning wifi on and off a few times? Try checking the /var/log/syslog file to see if the wlan is working and the plugins/wifi.c is enabled. Here are the specs on my 901 (a cheap one from Woot):

ASUS eeePC 901 Netbook
Intel Celeron 900 MHz
1 GB DDR2 RAM
16 GB SSD Hard Drive
Intel 82915GM - Mobile 910GML Express Chipset with 64 MB
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n

BIOS
Current 1006 03/19/09
Original 0802 07/07/08
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Mark97062

I don't have a 901 after all. I checked, my unit is a 900 16G. The 900 uses Atheros-based wifi but the 901 uses the Ralink RT2860. That may explain why the 901 units are having problems. Sorry for the confusion.
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jedimdan

Thanks for the tip. It worked for me on my HP Mini 110, running quite well off an SD card. Only WiFi isn't working, though I'm not surprised. I didn't get WiFi working on Moblin neither.
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parkolay

Doesn't work for me...
Chrome OS runs on my 1165 using micro SD and chronos login, but wifi doesn't work...
I can press turn wifi on... but nothing happens, ("no Ethernet connection" is out of focus below the "turn wifi on"), but I know it is there.
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parkolay

I noticed on the chromium developer hardware list that they added a note saying that only certain units shipped with WIFI cards that are supported, mine is not...
sites.google.com­/a­/chromium.org­/dev­/chromium­-os­/ge...
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docvb

runs fine on my old eee pc surf 2g although a bit slower than original linux OS. Flash works too!

WIFI worked after second boot, even asking for security key once i open my detected network

But what is point beyond a browser? even less functionality than an ipod touch.
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Insane0

...you mean less functionality at the moment.

it's not even alpha yet, right? wait until next year and then say that.

:D
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Miiikeee

Thanks. I did the install on 8 GB SD cards in both an Asus PC901HA and a PC1005HA and it runs great on both.
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jmurrayil

For Eee's that can not detect your WiFi access point ---
The Eee's wireless adapter sometimes requires a hard (all power removed) reset. Try this: power down, remove AC charger, remove battery, wait 10 sec, connect battery, connect AC charger, re-boot, and test.
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joelunch

I tried this battery removal on my eeepc 901 but I stil can't get wifi working...
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whcchief

Thanks for the steps. I have an Acer AO751h netbook and it works fine with wifi etc.

One thing though, it's really slow and seems to load from the USB to do everything (changing tabs in browser etc) is this the same for everyone and is there a better (quicker) way to use this OS?
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Mark97062

Changing tabs on my eee PC is quick. Try reloading the image file or try the smaller "diet" version from:
chromeos.hexxeh.net/
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cstoh

It would run faster if you try installing in your HD or flash disk.
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bfmartin

No wifi on my eee 1000 even after a hard reset. Everything else works, tho.

Is there a shutdown command? It seems to shutdown properly by pressing the power button, but after restarting, the browser complains that there was an improper shutdown and asks if I want to restore the tabs.
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StanG

Try Ctrl-Alt-T to open a terminal window and enter 'sudo shutdown -h now' use chronos as the sudo password
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jamart3d

runs fun on a 900a, thanks
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AndrewSwift

Hexxeh's latest build fixes the WiFi problem for 901 users (chromeos.hexxeh.net). It works great once logged in, but wifi doesn't work before logging in, so you still have to use the default login indefinitely.

Now that I have a workable Chromium OS on the EEE (which is literally about 20x faster than the XP that it replaced), the big question for me and probably many others is how to change keyboard layouts. Ready-made Chromium installations are great for US residents but for foreigners, we can't use it fully until we find a way to get the OS to match the physical keyboard.

Last question, in case anyone out there knows... since the EEE has two internal SSD drives, I'd like to install Chromium on the second, larger one. However, I have been using Image Writer for Windows 0.2r23 to copy the IMG file to an SDHC card, and it won't let me copy the image to the internal SSD drive (D:). I have tried all kinds of other disk imaging programs without success.

Does anybody know how to write the internal D: drive from an IMG file?
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Mark97062

Press Control-Alt-T while logged in on the USB version, and then type /usr/sbin/chromeos-install and follow the prompts. Reboot to your HDD and you should have it installed.
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minorthreatiam

Not sure what happened? I did what the instructions told me as far as
I know of and went into BIOS on my EeePC, changed to boot from flash drive and it
still boots winblows xp

Any ideas?

Maybe some instructions I got wrong or disable the 2nd/3rd boot options?
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Mark97062

Try pressing "ESC" as the netbook boots, then select the SD card as the boot device.
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zennietz

Installation with Winimage goes well until 99% Then i get the message; "error reading file chrome-os-0.4.22.8-gdgt.vmdk.zip"

Am I doing something wrong? I have also tried to unzip it. Moreover I treid to install on a usb and on a SSD card. On the SSD card it will not even start.

Please help, since I really would like to use Chrome OS on my EEE 901
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Mark97062

Try unzipping the file first to get the chrome-os-0.4.22.8-gdgt.vmdk file. Then try copying it to the USB or SD card. Note, you need to use a 4GB or larger USB or SD card.
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minorthreatiam

so if you just copy the .vmdk file to the USB drive it will boot? thought you had to use
the winimage first to make it bootable/etc?

But my findings is for some reason Winimage is reporting the progress of the Operation all the
way until 100%, even says complete, but nothing was actually done to the usb drive?
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minorthreatiam

so if you just copy the .vmdk file to the USB drive it will boot? thought you had to use
the winimage first to make it bootable/etc?

But my findings is for some reason Winimage is reporting the progress of the Operation all the
way until 100%, even says complete, but nothing was actually done to the usb drive?

Ok Maybe I am dumb?

To run Chrome OS, you need to have Linux Installed?
(Not sure why, but I heard this before, but then read this way to install/run on a usb) so was thinking you did not
need to have Linux installed?
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Mark97062

Yes, you need to use WinImage to copy the .vmdk file to the USB drive to make it bootable. It will appear that the USB drive has nothing on it under Windows.

No, you do not need to have Linux installed. There are instructions for installing the image under Linux. Note, Chromium OS is based on Linux.
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minorthreatiam

well I guess I got 2 options:
1) Keep trying!, maybe with another USB Flash drive, like a 8GB, instead of a 4GB.
(and yes should of known, under winblows it would act like nothing is on the drive)
Though even with doing that, it still boots into windows(I mean with setting up it to boot via usb drive)

I wonder if you could use another imaging software to copy it onto a usb drive, instead of Winimage?

will keep trying for a while, then maybe go to step 2...

2) Run it under Vmware or equivalent(Virtualbox)
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Mark97062

Try pressing ESC as the computer boots, that should bring up a list of the bootable drives. Make sure you click on the USB drive. If the Gdgt file isn't working, try the "diet" version from:
chromeos.hexxeh.net/

It is smaller and will fit one a 1GB device.
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minorthreatiam

Well the "Esc" does not seem to work, Have tried it several times. So I just go into the BIOS to change the BOOT UP, though maybe that is not working either.
Shrug.
I have been hitting ESC many times before it goes to boot, hmm oh wait? maybe if when you Hit F2 to get the setup part, before going into that, maybe if you hit ESC it will show a boot menu.
Just thought of that, worth a shot.
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minorthreatiam

well got the ESC thing to work and am on Chromium OS now as I am
typing. Its different/etc, but very cool and has lots of potential.
I did exactly what I posted, got to the point where it shows the key to press for setup, then pressed it and pressed esc key...
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minorthreatiam

Well I love it...Though MAIN deliema is how to reboot Chrome OS or Shutdown?
I heard ctrl-alt-t to goto terminal
then sudo shutdown -h now
but don't know the root pw?

and its not the login
like chronos
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Mark97062

To sleep, just close the lid. To shutdown, press the power button or use Ctrl-Alt-T to open a terminal window and enter 'sudo shutdown -h now' use "chronos" as the sudo password for the Gdgt build or "facepunch" for Hexxeh's build.
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minorthreatiam

ok will try "facepunch"

when I 1st login into chromium I use login:
chronos
I think?
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efkauz

excellent work - have it working on my asus eee 900a; wifi works after using your tips very impressive!
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goosedude

Running on my ASUS EEE PC 1000H

No Sound though. And sometimes pages crash (I like the OH SNAP!)....but its alpha.

7 Seconds to login on bootup vs Windows 7 Ultimate 15 seconds.........
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itechnoguy

Thanks, now I just have to wait for it to download.
Will it work with an Acer Aspire R1600? Intel Atom 230 with 1GB DDR2 RAM and 160 GB HD. I also know it can boot from USB drives.
Also, would I have to use a wired keyboard, since I am currently using a wireless one?
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torrrential

my 701 PC 4G loves it, EXCEPT it won't pick up the webcam. If the drivers for that would work, I'd be full time Chromium.
Next step is to try it on an SD insteard of a USB so it doesn't have a 'snappable' sticking out.
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donpietro

I tried both, the Gdgt and the Hexxeh build on my 1011HA. Both are incredibly slow. Even booting with grub from the HDD, it takes like 5 seconds, until clicking on the screen has any effect!

But wifi works... maybe the grafic chip is not supported?
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jswillia

Anyone got WiFi working on a 1000HE yet? If so, what did you do?
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PwnagePanda

It works on my eeepc 900a. How would I go about getting rid of the old OS? (I can always reinstall it)
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PwnagePanda

Running xandros or whatever btw.
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Mark97062

Press Control-Alt-T (to open the terminal) and then type /usr/sbin/chromeos-install and follow the prompts. Reboot to your HDD and you should have it installed.
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ptheis

Is there anyway to setup Chrome OS on the internal HD in a DUAL BOOT setup alongside Win 7 (or whatever OS of choice?) The install above wipes the entire drive in favor of Chromium, which for a web only OS seems like a colossal waste of space. Ideally I'd like my eeepc to dual boot Win7 and ChromeOS, so I can chose compatibility vs speed depending on needs of the day. Thanks!
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murphythefatcat

Hi, I try this, but get the following message: Error: Attempt to install to a removable device: /dev/sda. Do you know what this means?
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lhamilton

WORKED GREAT!!!!

I first followed the steps to boot from USB - for those who are having trouble with this, I've found in the past that not all USB/Thumb drives are created equal (not all can be bootable)

Second I followed the steps to install to the local SSD, which worked great.

OK.. so her's my question. How can you set this up so the WiFi saves my choice and key so I can login right from the beginning?

Second question, what about upgrades... will there be any? Does it do auto upgrades? Reason I asked was I tried to add and extension to the browser and said it couldn't.

Thanks for all the great work!!!
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lhamilton

BTW... I'm on a Asus eee 900a w/ 1.6g proc 4gb ssd
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wwwalker

The vmware player for Linux is 102MB - too much for a netbook. This is overkill for a browser of 20MB.
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praxis22

On the off chance anyone is still looking, this page:

www.howtox.net­/chrome­-os­-installed­-on­-the­-eeepc­-70...

says you can install an old version of vanilla, you can still download that from hexxeh here:

chromeos.hexxeh.net­/download.php­?track­=vanilla­&...

Failing that, try Android:
www.borncity.com­/blog­/2012­/03­/01­/running­-android­-x...
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FatimaKhawaja

Hi Mark, i have a eee pc 900 and i want to erase all, format C and D drive, and then install Chrome OS from USB, is that possible? at the moment i am not able to recover, reset to default or reset to factory settings. System recovery point is turned off, when i turn it on it says an error with driver restart your and try again , i tried several times, nothing changes, this device is very old, more then 5 years ago, but has not been used regularly. Now i can use it and i want to clean harddrive from all things that make it slow, i only need internet , so i thought lets get rid of all and just install chrome os, would that work if i just format harddisk C and D, and then install it on D, because D has more space then C, D is 7 gb and C is 4 gb.

Hope to hear from you
kind regards
Fatima
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