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Monday, December 19, 2011

Run Google Chromium OS on Your Notebook

Google’s Chrome OS has been in the limelight for a while now, but many of us have come to assume that the operating system is only available to those using Google’s Chromebooks. Samsung and Acer are the two brands selling Chromebooks in international markets.
So what do you do in such cases, where an operating system that’s deemed to be free isn’t really available on Google’s site? Well, you download it from a third party developer’s page. In this case, we’ll show you how to download and install a Chromium OS build on a USB drive. It’s quite simple really and it doesn’t take more than five minutes once you have the 240-odd megabyte image downloaded.
What you need
Here’s what you’ll need to get Chromium OS running.
Chrome OS image (in this case, Hexxeh’s Chromium OS build )
USB Flash drive or hard drive with at least 2GB of space (We recommend using a 4GB Flash drive, at least)
Downloading the Chromium builds
Hexxeh is the person behind the Hexxeh Chromium builds. The site contains a bunch of builds and the Flow build though stable, is a little outdated. The newer builds can be found here.

Vanilla builds are updated regularly
Remember that the Chromium builds aren’t official stable builds, so there’re bound to be some issues and glitches that you’ll notice. They might offer better compatiblity with your hardware. Find the build you need and download it. The download size of the archives is likely to be between 240 and 327 MB.
Uncompress the image
The downloadable images are available as .tar.gz files, which can be extracted using a compression tool such as 7zip. The only file within that archive will be a .tar file. Follow the same process and extract that file again. The file you should end up with is a .IMG file.
Writing the image to the flash drive
Before you write the Chromium OS image to the Flash drive, ensure that you have all the data from it securely. Next, start Windows Image Writer and select the drive letter for the flash drive.

Selecting the flash drive on which ChromiumOS will be installed
Choose the .IMG file and click on the Write icon. This process should take a few minutes. Chromium OS will then be installed on your flash drive.
Reboot into Chromium OS
The next step is to boot your notebook or desktop using the connected flash drive. Enter the CMOS by pressing the F1, F2 Or Del key. This differs from one motherboard to another. Enable USB booting, as well as set the boot order to let the USB flash drive boot first. Once this is done, save settings and reboot the PC. The flash drive should automatically boot into Chromium OS.

Chromium OS - powered by the Google Chrome browser
Once booted, simply login using your Google account and you should be able to install web apps available on the Chrome store and use your own notebook as if it were a Chromebook

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Instructions :

(Be sure you have rootsh & easy-chroot)

Put the bt5.img anywhere (eg: /home/user/Mydocs/bt5 )
 you can download the image here DOWNLOAD

 Open Terminal

sudo gainroot
mkdir /mnt/bt5
qchroot /home/user/MyDocs/bt5/​bt5.img /mnt/bt5/
export USER=root
vncpasswd (Needs to be done once for setting up a password)
vncserver -geometry 800x470

Now go back to open VNC and leave terminal open in background
In VNC use this settings :

The adress is
x Is the number you see when you typed "startvnc" inside BT5. You will see something like this :
"Log file is /home/user/.vnc/​Nokia-N900:x.log"
Mine was "Log file is /home/user/.vnc/​Nokia-N900:1.log", so i have
Enter password you choosed before, log in have fun.
When done and VNC is closed, do this to shutdown BT5:
Go back to opend terminal

qumount /mnt/bt5


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