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How do I run this OS on VMware Player?

Asked by Fred931 (9399 points ) November 20th, 2009

I’m sorry that I have barely any knowledge of serious, hardcore programming crap, but I was really excited about trying out Google Chrome OS and found this. So first, I got the VMware Player or whatever it’s called and installed it. Next, I downloaded the so-called image, extracted it into My Documents, and tried figuring out how to actually use VMware to run the OS. This is where I’m at a loss of comprehension. What should I be doing?

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dpworkin's avatar

you have to get an iso manager that can mount a virtual drive, then load the installation image on the virtual CD or DVD ROM drive, and instruct your VM to recognize that drive, then when the vm boots “install” the new OS.

Fred931's avatar

I think I’d be better off being told which programs to get, where to install/extract them, and then what to do with them. You might want to reread the first part of the first sentence.

dpworkin's avatar

Google is your friend. Possible search terms: “Virtual CD ROM Drive Manager”
“ISO Manager”

jaytkay's avatar

Read the comments in the article linked below. It seems to work for some people and not for others. And it crashes a lot.
http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/20/how-to-run-chrome-os-as-a-virtual-machine/

Chrome OS really just a browser you cannot close. Everything has to be done through the browser.

A much easier way to get the Chrome OS experience is running Chrome browser in kiosk mode, and never using any other application.

Get the Chrome browser beta
Add ”—kiosk” (no quotes) after chrome.exe in your shortcut.
Alt-F4 will kill it (kiosk mode has no “exit” or “quit” that I can find)

Fred931's avatar

@jaytkay so the ending should look like: ”...chrome.exe” -kiosk OR ”...chrome.exe”—kiosk?

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jaytkay's avatar

@Fred931
Two dashes before ‘kiosk’
Sorry, I did not notice that fluther turns two dashes into one long line.

ragingloli's avatar

try sun virtualbox.
click on ‘file’>‘Virtual Media Manager’
under the “hard disks” tab, click “add” (the icon with the green +) and browse for the image you downloaded. click ok to close the virtual media manager.
in the main window, click on “new”, next, enter the name for the OS, under os type, select “other” and “other/unknown”.
click next, drag the slider to the wanted amount of ram (use 512 for good measure). click next, select “use existing hard disk”, the chrome os image should already be selected, if not, select it from the drop down menu.
click next, then finish.
in the main window, select the chrome os, and click start (the green arrow)
make sure you have a google mail account

ragingloli's avatar

just tried it. you can’t change the screen resolution and the whole thing is slow and the interface is like a really thick molassis. i hope they change that in the future, as it is now i find it utterly useless

jrpowell's avatar

I would start with reading this.

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