W.G.T. Fernando is currently a freelance writer and Managing Director of Gihan Book Shop and GTS. Gihan is a former lecturer at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He began his education at Thurstan College before going to Wycherley International School. Afterwards, he was selected into the University of Liverpool in the UK. He graduated with Honors in Computer Science. During his time in the UK, he has worked as an analyst for a Regeneration company (Innercity solutions) working on numerous projects focused on improving the standard of living in the Liverpool community.He worked as an IT consultant for an engineering company (Grand Engineering) to produce an efficient user-friendly electronic system for manipulating client contacts. He also had the opportunity to hold the post of 'Hall Tutor' and 'Network Assistant' at the University of Liverpool. He successfully completed an MSc in Advanced Software Engineering at Kings College, University of London.
 

How to Run Chrome OS from a USB Drive

11/26/2009 11:32 pm By W.G.T. Fernando | Articles: 56

With Google giving away the source for its upcoming Chrome OS, now you can try running Chromium OS from a USB drive. The USB bootable disc is based on the Chromium OS build of Hexxeh, who set up a Web site where you can view all the instructions you need for getting your bootable USB up and running.

If you're ready to get your hands dirty and try out the new OS, here's what you need to know:

 

Get the Torrent

Before you do anything, you're going to need to download the Hexxeh's Chromium OS build. You can find a torrent link on Hexxeh's Website

 

Set Up Your USB Stick

Hexxeh has some easy instructions for writing your Chromium OS image onto a USB stick. The instructions for Windows and Linux look pretty straightforward, but Mac users are going to have a slightly more complicated time.

 

Pick Your Machine

A major problem with Chromium OS right now is that its device drivers are in the very early stages of development. That means some parts of your computer may not respond when using Chromium OS. One of the most common problems being reported is the lack of Wi-Fi functionality. So you may have to use an Ethernet connection instead. You should also know there's no guarantee the OS will boot up at all.

 

Booting From the USB

Once you've got your computer, and have gone through the steps of writing your bootable disc, you may find you can't get Chromium OS to boot on your Windows-based machine. If this happens, you may have to change the settings for how your machine boots up.

You can learn how to change the settings by checking out PC World's guide to installing Windows 7 on a netbook using a USB drive. The instructions are not Chromium-specific, but you should be able to figure out how to adapt this method for your purposes.

A word of warning: Changing the boot order means messing with your system's command prompt and BIOS. If that sounds scary, you might be better off picking up an official Chrome OS machine later next year.

Note: This article is based on article by Ian Paul from PC World.

 

Sources:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/183136/how_to_install_chrome_os_from_a_usb_drive.html

http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/24/chrome-os-like-lightning-from-a-usb-key-we-could-get-used-to-th/

http://carbon.hexxeh.net/chromiumos/

 

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