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Talking Chromium on Mini 9... not bad... - 05-31-2011, 04:04 AM

Agreed, I'm typing this right now on my Dell Mini 9 using Chromium and it's pretty sweet.

My experience is identical to petercarlill's. The audio is annoying though. It doesn't remember the audio fix when you reboot. That's frustrating. There's supposed to be a permanent fix if you modify a config file, but it didn't work for me.

YouTube worked well for me at 480p, 720p was not working (not surprising). Battery life is also remarkably good. But then again, it's been awhile since I used my Mini 9, so that might be a bit more about expectations than anything else.

There is one other minor annoyance. It doesn't show your battery life and WiFi signal strength in the browser. Only at the lock screen.

But I like this.... It's not bad....
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Default 05-31-2011, 05:11 PM

Hello I just found out that I can put Chrome OS on my never used Dell Mini 9 and became very excited.

It is a stock Mini 9 with a 4 GB ssd

So I download the .IMG file and followed the steps to put in on a bootable USB drive.

I Booted from the USB stick which seems to work fine.

The first problem that comes up is trying to log in.
It will not let me use dell and dell1234
it says that that email or password cannot be verified.
So i logged in with my actual account and that worked fine.

I type "ctrl-alt-t" to get a terminal window

It comes up with a crosh>

I type install

it gives me a warning and (y/N)?

I type Y [enter]

It asked for a password, I type dell1234

then it starts and get through 10 lines and gives me an error

ERROR: cgpt add: GptSanityCheck() returned 3: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_ENTRIES

What did I do wrong?

thanks for any help
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Default 06-05-2011, 04:51 PM

This may be a stupid question but I can't get my mini 9 to boot from a USB thumb. I have with three different drives I have (2 and 4 GB in capacity). I have also turned on legacy USB support in the bios. Is there more than just dd the .img to the USB device? Does anybody have the MD5 has of the .gz or .img so I can make sure my copy isn't corrupted. Thanks.

FYI - I'm on OS X.
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Default 06-05-2011, 05:10 PM

MD5 (ChromiumOS_x86_May13.img) = cb99e371bdeb331205f405942df13f53
I ran dd on OS X as well.


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Default 06-05-2011, 07:04 PM

@pcmaniac - thanks for MD5. Good to know that mine isn't corrupted. The cause of my problem was that I was dd-ing to a partition instead of the disk itself. Anyway, got it up and running. Love the speed ... but
  • Doesn't the WL driver support WPA2? WTF? Even Hexxeh's Flow build supports WPA2 with AES. Please tell me I'm wrong.
  • Chrome OS doesn't know how to handle zip files? I though it could perhaps temporarily mount the extracted folder to let me, say, upload photos to Facebook.

Based on my 10 min eval, this build is no go for me. Love the speed though
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Default 06-05-2011, 09:46 PM

1. The Chromium build has correct version of wpa-supplicant to support wpa2. Check wpa_supplicant.config.
2. Chromium is just another linux distro. You need support for zip files - download and install it. You have root access. The only problem might be here zip is not open source.
3. You right - this build is not for mini 10 it is for 9 and 10v. For 10 you might need another set of drivers including wifi (wpa?)


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Default Boot from SD card? - 06-10-2011, 02:07 AM

I've gotten Chrome OS to run fine on my Mini 9 from a USB stick (my SSD is dead), but I'd like to get it to boot from an SD card in the SD slot. Anyone know of a way to do that?
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Default 06-14-2011, 04:15 AM

Definitely going to be installing this, friend has a CR-48 and I love Chrome OS.
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Default Sound and Google talk on dell mini 9 - 06-16-2011, 12:59 PM

I used the Dell /cto package. Sound and google talk was not working in this release, which is a bit silly, since it was so easy to get this last essential chromium os features up and running:

1. push ctrl-alt-t
2. at prompt, type: shell
3. type: sudo -s
4. type: dell1234
5. type: alsamixer
6. use arrow keys to turn up sound on all devices
7. if you see 'M' on any of the devices (muted), them push 'm' to unmute
8. push Esc
9. okay, you want to make these setting permanent, so...
10. type: alsactl store
11. type: vi /etc/init/alsa-default.conf
12. add the following line, just above 'end script':
fi
alsactl restore
end script
13. okay sound is permanently fixed
14. now for google talk, follow instructions here:
chromebooking.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-do-i-enable-google-video-chat-in.html
ChromeBooking: How do I enable Google Video Chat in ChromeOS Cr-48 Dev Builds?

has the instructions. I stuck the two files mentioned here to make it easy:

teamsoa.com /GoogleTalkPlugin
teamsoa.com /libnpgoogletalk.so

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cff.org /great_strides/dsp_donationPage.cfm?registeringwalkid=7123&idUser =2268

Sorry about the URLs. This is my first post and the system won't let me include them. arg.
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Default 06-25-2011, 05:17 PM

Now that the latest Mac update has 'broken' my 10v I am thinking of giving this a try also, following some of the useful tips already posted on here.

I actually thought that the Forum was 'broken' yesterday as well, but am pleased to see that it appears to be working again now!


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