Monday, March 14, 2011

Chrome OS in Virtual Box

There is now an easier way to try out Chrome OS. Previously, the only way to do so was to burn the Chrome OS image to a USB drive. Just yesterday Hexxeh, the creator of Chrome OS Flow and Chrome OS Vanilla, released a build of Vanilla which works in Virtual Box. Before we get started, make sure to download the Virtual Box Build of Chrome OS, and also download Virtual Box. Now let's get started.
1. Install Virtual Box on your computer
2. Unzip the chrome os file. It ends in .tar.gz and will unpack to a .vdi file
3. Open Virtual Box and click "New"
4. Click continue and then proceed to naming your OS. I called mine Chrome OS
5. Then click the drop down menu and select either other or Linux. If you select other, do the same thing for the box below that one. If you select Linux, then in the box below that select Ubuntu. Your screen should now look something like this:

6. Click continue. Now designate how much RAM you want Chrome OS to use. I think 512 MB is enough.
7. Click continue again. Now click on the second option, use existing drive, and locate your Chrome OS .vbi file
8. Click continue once more and you are ready to go. Now go boot up chrome OS!
Neat right? I did this over the weekend. The only issue I have so far is Chrome OS won't run at a higher resolution then 800x600.


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