New Year’s Chrome OS image release

Chrome OS USBHappy New Year to all of you! In order to celebrate the year 2010 contemporary I compiled a new Chrome OS release from the repository today. It works fine for USB drives. Unfortunately, on some machines, I’m experiencing problems running it in VirtualBox after conversion. Please try it yourself. The download size could be decreased to 175 MB. You can find the download link here: Chrome OS image file download.

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    1. Well, it seems, that it doesn’t work out for quite a few people. The USB version, however, works fine. I have no clue why it doesn’t work in VirtualBox after conversion. Will try to convert and rund in VMWare Player tomorrow. Check back here for updates.

  1. The issue w/ running from virtualbox seems to be the lacking of a suitable vboxvideo_drv.so and possible vboxmouse_drv.so.. unfortunately since chromeos hides all console output, it isn’t so straightforward to figure that out 😉

    If you have a working linux virtual machine, you can add the chromeos vdi as a secondary disk, and then mount /dev/sdb1 and /dev/sdb3 (assuming your chromeos vdi is /dev/sdb) and poke around.. in particular /var/log/ from the first partition is useful to figure out what was going on.

    The way I managed to repair the chromeos vdi:

    1) mount /dev/sdb3 (3rd partition in chromeos vdi) from working linux vm
    # sudo mount /dev/sdb3 /mnt
    2) mount vbox guest additions iso
    3) extract files from vbox guest additions installer
    # cd /tmp
    # /media/cdrom0/VBoxLinuxAdditions-x86.run –noexec –keep
    # cd install
    # tar xjf VBoxGuestAdditions.tar.bz2
    # sudo cp lib/VBoxGuestAdditions/vboxvideo_drv_16.so /mnt/usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/vboxvideo_drv.so
    # sudo cp lib/VBoxGuestAdditions/vboxmouse_drv_16.so /mnt/usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/vboxmouse_drv.so
    # sync; sudo umount /mnt

    now shutdown your linux vm, and startup your chromeos vm

    1. In the meantime, I already built it from scratch 20 times. But none of the releases worked. I am experiencing different errors from build to build and hence the Chromium OS project hasn’t got a buildbot or a lkgr (last known good release) feature it’s trial and error. Nevertheless, I’m still trying… :-)

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