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February 21st 2010 7:15 pm

Has anyone tried the new builds?

I was wondering if anyone sucked it up and installed any of the new builds that some people are getting their hands on. I'm more specifically curious about the builds done by Hexxeh:


He made it nice and convenient to install from a flash drive. Since I have an EeePC and extra space on the harddrive, I'm tempted to replace my Ubuntu partition with this but I don't know whether or not it would be worth it. Hexxeh has added auto-update and ION support which would both be awesome with my 1201N.

If anyone has tried these builds out, let me know how it's going!

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I just put Hexxeh's build on my EeePC 1000h and it seems like a pretty significant step in the right direction. I installed it on an extra hard drive I had lying around so I can't attest to its dual booting ability but it should work alright, though not by the way I installed it (using dd with the .img wipes the drive clean).

I have an airport network card installed for when I put OSX on and it works great, though it can be a bit slow to connect sometimes. Flash playback stutters just as much as on any other OS since the 1000h isn't the most powerful of systems. It boots up really quickly, I would say you are up and browsing the web in 30 or so seconds, though I haven't timed it yet. The webcam is reported to not work on my system but I have yet to try it out either.

Looking at the compatibility list on Hexxeh's site it doesn't look like the 1201N is the best netbook to use as the wifi card doesn't seem to be working. (Check it out for yourself - chromeos.hexxeh.net­/wiki­/doku.php­?id­=netbook­_compa... )

Still if you are one who uses primarily web apps on your netbook I would suggest giving it a go, maybe switch out your wifi card in the event that it isn't supported yet.
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Yeah thanks for that link to the Compatibility List. I missed that the first time around. It's a bummer that the wifi doesn't work. I think I will have to wait until a newer version that comes out that supports it. Or, heaven forbid, I will wait to they actually release it.

I have heard such good reviews of the Hexxeh builds compared to those first pre-alpha builds that I ran in VirtualBox so it stinks to not be able to try it out.
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Just found this thread in my Analytics logs.

I think your EeePC uses an RTL8192SE? If I'm correct on this, it should be supported soon in a future update, I have a driver waiting, just need to pack it up, test it and ship it. Been really busy balancing college/work/this so I've not had chance to do it yet.

If you download it and see if wired works, you'll be able to update via that to get the wireless driver hopefully.

Best regards,
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Actually, if you'd like to email me I can send you a testing copy of the driver over along with instructions for installing it.

You can find my email address on the contact page of my blog. :)
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Nice to see Hexxeh himself on gdgt. Great work on your latest build it is working great for me. Any chance you are planning on incorporating WPA2 Enterprise into the WiFi GUI? If not, is it currently possible to set this up via the command line, I have done it before when I was using ndiswrapper with success but I wasn't sure of your implementation of the wireless in here. I only ask because the university I work for/ go to school at uses it one of their networks and it would be nice to be able to use it. Thanks and keep up the good work.
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You can actually install ndiswrapper onto your CrOS stick, some stuff is already in place for it kernel wise, just needs the user utils for it. There's lots of work ongoing regarding most of the UI and it's literally changing every day. As soon as I've got the time to test it properly, I'll get a newer version out there. I spotted a UI for setting up a static IP etc already for example.
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works great on my hp mini 1030nr
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A USB flash drive of at least 1GB is required. Credits to Hexxeh for making these custom Chromium OS builds.

ChromiumOS Cherry MD5: 71ae0c8267f6ad9e6508a64c5eb25d53


Windows Instructions for installing Chromium OS to USB.

Download Image Writer for Windows and extract the program. Launch the program, and select the image (ChromeOS­-Cherry.img) and your USB drive letter from the drop down box. Click "Write". The install image will then be copied to the drive. Once it's done, close the program and you can then boot from the USB drive.


Mac Instructions for installing Chromium OS to USB.

Firstly, unmount the drive you want to install Chromium OS to. Place the downloaded file onto your desktop. Open System Profiler, click USB on the list at the side and then select the entry that represents your USB disk. Now look for the BSD Name column (img.hexxeh.net­/20fadcfecf1d9a46d215178b21493684.pn...). Remember what is written here. In my case, it is disk1, but in yours it may be different. Take care here as if you get it wrong, it could seriously mess things up. Once you have this, open up Terminal and type the following commands.

cd Desktop
tar -zxvf ChromeOS-Cherry.tar.gz

For the next command, replace X with the name of the disk you found earlier, ie disk1.

sudo dd if=ChromeOS-Cherry.img of=/dev/X bs=4m

This command will ask you to enter your password (the same one you enter when installing software for example), type it in and press enter. This command will take a while to run, about 20 minutes for me, and then will give you your shell prompt back once it has finished. Once it has, you can remove your USB drive and boot from it (but not on your Mac because I'll tell you now that won't work, yes I tried it)

Enjoy your Chromium OS!


Q: It says "Resource Busy"! What's up?
A: You forgot to dismount the drive. Do this, then retype the command and you should be fine.

Linux Instructions for installing Chromium OS to USB.

Extract ChromeOS­-Cherry.img and run the following command in the same directory as the file, where X is the device name of your USB drive.

sudo dd if=ChromeOS-Cherry.img of=/dev/X bs=4M

Once the command finishes, you can then boot from the USB drive.

More Info & FAQ - chromeos.hexxeh.net/
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