Chrome OS Wi-Fi Support Running on a Mini 10v… Source Code Available

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Last week, Google released ChromiumOS to the open source community at http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os.  ChromiumOS is a small, optimized OS whose purpose is to make it extremely simple and easy to browse the web.  Without a network connection, ChromiumOS is not very interesting. With a network connection, ChromiumOS shines.  The Chromium browser is extremely fast and makes for a great web-centric browsing experience.  Boot time appears quick too – about 12 seconds from hitting the power button.

Me and some other Dell folks noticed that Engadget recently got the Chrome OS running on a Vostro A860 netbook. I've been doing some timkering over the lat few days working to get our Dell Mini 10v up and running with ChromiumOS. As of late yesterday, I can report success.   

I have released an USB key image file to: http://linux.dell.com/files/cto. The file name is: "ChromiumOS_Mini10v_Nov25.img."  It contains a functioning image of my USB key loaded with ChromiumOS.  In addition, I have made a best effort attempt to get the Broadcom Wi-Fi adapter working in this image.  It's definitely not perfect (read: highly experimental, untested, unstable, yada yada…) but it does appear to function.

Here are the caveats:

  • It will take more than 5-10 *minutes* for the ChromiumOS network connection manager to "see" the access points and allow you to select and connect – be patient.
  • Wired connections appear to work fine and appear quick to connect.
  • There are currently issues with both the connection manager as well as the underlying components (wpa_supplicant) that can easily break or get hung. When in doubt, reboot and give it another try.
  • Use this image at your own risk – it comes to you totally unsupported and very minimally tested.

Speaking of which, to "reboot" the image, you have to press the "power" key on the Mini 10v – there is no "reboot/shutdown" menu option to do this.

To copy onto an USB key (8GB minimum), find another Linux machine and utilize the "dd" command to put the image onto the USB key.

Example: dd if=ChromiumOS_Mini10v_Nov25.img of=/dev/sdb  

In this example, /dev/sdb is my entire USB key… use "fdisk -l" to see how your USB key is named for your particular environment. Be careful to select your USB device (again, use fdisk -l to double verify and confirm the correct device filename) and not another device… 

Some additional notes for the released image:

  • The user name to login is "dell". The desktop login window will complete the user name by adding "@gmail.com" to the end
  • The user password is "dell"
  • The root password is set to "dell"
  • I've included a script in /etc called "mount_rw.sh" to allow root (or sudo) to remount the root partition for updates/changes/whatever you like.

Obviously, this image comes with absolutely no support of any kind and is to be considered highly experimental and completely unstable. 

There are some good developer forums at http://www.chromium.org for more information – for the chromium-os-development forum, I've posted a summary of what I had to do to get the wifi to the current working state. Much more needs to be done, but, for now, it's a start.

Enjoy!

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  • theyellowform

    Hi,

     

    Good job! Thanks 🙂

     

    Any chance you could upload a compressed version of the image?

     

    Thanks in advance!

  • powermite

    I second this request. I'm at 0.5 GB of the 7.5 GB with ~17 hours left to completion. Not exactly magical! The download is averaging 120 kB/s, do you guys have a faster server to put this on?

  • jerryyyyy

    Yes, slow down load.  I used one of the other downloads that was bit-toreented and installed on my M2300 with no problem, except for Wi-Fi.  Hope this works.  Does the build include OpenOffice… that would be great… then could edit Word files….

  • Zathu

    Any kind of mirror would be great at this point.. I've got 4 days remaining on a download I started this morning. Could someone that already has it put up a torrent perhaps?

  • powermite

    There's a nice little python script for writing .img files to a USB drive at Moblin.org (http://moblin.org/documentation/test-drive-moblin/using-moblin-live-image). It might be safer than dd. It's under the linux directions for installing moblin to a USB drive.

  • antonsb

    Hey Doug,

    Wouldn't it be great if it was possible to run Chromium OS off the Latitude ON device? I know the current 7.5GB version won't fit, but overall it's a match made in heaven:

    * there will eventually be an ARM release of Chrome OS

    * Chrome OS is meant for web apps only, and thus light not too CPU intensive apps (and the OMAP3 is pretty good anyways)

    * the Chrome OS team is working hard on making it boot in a second, so it will also be an "instant on" OS

    And this would mean that you can have upwards of 10 hours battery on Chrome OS, wireless connection included! 

     

    I can only hope you guys will include the Latitude ON on the next XT series tablet. I have the XT (first release) and I totally love it! Good job!

    Cheers,
    Anton

  • ceilingFan Boy

    I tried to download the file and had to go shave again, several times.  ZZZzzz…

  • powermite

    Where is this torrent your speak of?

  • jerryyyyy

    This is the link to the other torrent I mentioned:

     

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/download-google-chrome-os-and-run-on-a-real-computer/

     

    This downloads fast, but no WiFi.  If I had the time I would cook up a version with WiFi and OpenOffice, then we would be in business.  I bet we will be there in less than 7 days….

  • bhake

    Very cool!  I look forward to seeing this continued to be developed. 

    Question, will this image work on my Dell Mini 9?

    Thanks!

  • commo

    ok i got it and it worked ok, i booted my mini 9, waited approx 5 minutes, wifi started working, but no dns…and could not connect to anywhere even by using ip.

  • herooftime995

    Here's a torrent I uploaded, since this download itook me at least a couple days.

    http://isohunt.com/release/338313

    It's my first time uploading a torrent so if I made a stupid mistake let me know.

  • CraigErr

    Thanks for doing this, should make things a bit easier.

    A massive thanks to Doug who was done the work, so we don't have to 🙂

  • CraigErr

    jerryyyyy, ctrl-alt-t brings up the terminal.

  • jerryyyyy

    Glad someone downloaded it.  Mine timed out after 3 days at 5.7GB over Thanksgiving weekend!  At work I have a very fast pipe and it downloads at the same speed as at home, max 80k/sec.  ETA 1-2 days.  I have to try to build from scratch.

  • robin859

    Thank you, Doug!

    I understand this is an "unofficial" participation by Dell.  I look forward to more of the same, as well as official Dell cooperation with Chrome OS.

     

     

  • jerryyyyy

    What I cannot understand about Chrome, and this is probably the wrong place to ask, is how you see the file system.  At least then you could get to the settings for WiFi. 

  • mabandla2003

    if any of you need support forums, I found a really good upcoming Chrome OS site here: http://www.chromeossite.com/forum Smile

     

  • DELL-Matt Domsch

    We have removed the original 7.6GB .img file, and replaced it with a bzip2-compressed copy of the same, at only 900MB.  You will need to decompress it before writing it to a USB key.  There is also a README.txt file posted with instructions for how to uncompress this file.

    This should speed up downloads for everyone.

     

  • jerryyyyy

    Well, the good news is all this downloaded real fast,  The bad news is I cannot get a terminal windows with <ctrl>t.  I am running on a M2300.  The WiFi is common, so was hoping it would work.  This always is a pain in Linux. 

     

    The <ctrl>t opens up a new window in the browser.

     

    Why can't you just run Ubuntu and the browser? 

     

    Cheers

  • DELL-Matt Domsch

    There is now an even smaller (302MB) and "better" image (I'll leave it for Doug to describe) which fixes DHCP as well.  Please download that image instead.  http://linux.dell.com/files/cto/  &nbsp; file   ChromiumOS_Mini10v_Nov30.img.gz

     

  • dgiffin

    The console terminal comes up when you type Control/Alt/T, hope that helps.

     

      David

  • jerryyyyy

    Thanks.  I got the terminal window opened and followed all the commands.  Unfortunately the WiFi does not turn on.  I assume on the Mini you have the little indicator in the upper right corner showing WiFi on (mine is off and I cannot turn on). Ethernet works fine in this little box.

    The problem may be that Ubuntu does not support my WiFi card:  the Intel 4965AGN.  I have used fedora 11 on this machine and it supports that card out of the box, but SuSe does not.  I have Ubuntu running on my M2300 in a Sun Virtual machine and seems I may be able to configure WiFi, but this is always an adventure in Linux. 

    I guess I could test further (there should be a generic solution for all the cards in the Dells).  Is there a way to download and use the Chrome browser as used in Chromium to my regular Ubuntu install?  I could debug this way.

    Cheers

  • jerryyyyy

    This apparently works to some degree with the Mini.  I see from a Dell ad I got yesterday they have the "11" on Sale for Xmas.  This does not work for WiFi on my Dell M2300. 

  • cjav

    Any possibility that Dell Mini 10 with poulsbo will have a chance with Chrome OS any time soon?

  • jerryyyyy

    SO, I was messing around with this and found a nice solution.  What I did was downloaded the free version of VM ware and installed Ubuntu 9.10 on it.  Then I installed the Chrome browser, but I find Firefox works better.  Anyway, I get my Google home page. which connects to all the Google cloud apps and they work just fine.  In fact, attachments in Google mail open in OpenOffice 3.1 perfectly.  Last but not least, the Wi-Fi connection is perfect because it uses my Windows 7 connection since really it is running under Windows 7. 

     

    Who needs Chrome OS?

  • aarenj

    Well it works as promised, thanks Doug! This is posted from your Chromium build on my 8GB USB key on a Dell Mini 10. I did get messed up by the CTRL-T instead of CTRL-ALT-T, but I figured it out and got my wireless working as well.

    I look forward to future builds from you.

    Whether you planned it or not you are leading the charge for the Dell Mini Community now regarding Chrome OS.

    Thanks again!

     

     

     

  • Andy1098s

    I don't use Linux. Is there a way to install this on my USB flash drive without Linux? I just got my new 10V with Windows 7 and would like to try this Chromium build.

    Thanks,

    Andy 

  • dgiffin

    Any (unofficial) plans for an update anytime soon? My top 3 wishes would be:

    1. fix the connection manager so it finds wireless networks quickly
    2. give us an installable build (or steps) so I can install it on my Dell Mini 10v rather than running it from a USB key
    3. allow us to logon as our own google accounts

    That would give me something solid enough that I could do some more detailed usability testing.

    Thanks for all your hard work on this, it's much appreciated,

         David

  • conanjtr

    hi

        I'm translate and edit it code too, but I don't know  add in root  of password . And I will  edit a chinese, ask for advice you. thanks

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  • dgiffin

    Ok, to install the image onto the internal SSD from the USB Key you need to run:

    /usr/sbin/chromeos-install

    And you get a Chromium OS on the SSD that will boot the Mini 10v fine. Hope this helps.

        David

  • Horinius

    My top n wishes would be rather:

    1. a way to choose a keyboard other than English.

    2. to change clock or timezone.

  • agelop

    Hi Doug,

    Thank you for this great stuff. I strickly followed the instructions and I could copy the last February image to the USB key successfully via dd, but I´m getting the message "Missing operating system" when I boot up from USB in my Mini 10. I can´t figure out what I´m doing wrong. Any thoughts?

  • DELL-Doug A

    Hmmm… that is odd… can you post the exact "dd" comand you issued? 

    per-chance, what are your bios boot sequence settings? would be good to know that as well…

    thanks!

    Doug

  • DELL-Doug A

    Do you want to keep the OS you have on your Mini? If so, you probably just want to boot from your USB key when you want to try Chromium.

     

  • agelop

    Hi Doug,

    Thanks for the attention. The dd command I´m issuing is as follows:

    "sudo dd if=ChromiumOS_Mini10v_Feb11.img of=/dev/sdb1" where /dev/sdb1 is my USB key.

    My boot up sequence is defined as:

    1) HD

    2) USB

    3) Network

    4) Removable Midia

    For sure I´m selecting the USB and the it seems to access the USB Key for a moment and after the message "Missing OS" escapes for the Network boot or something.

    As an additional info, I´m running the gunzip and dd to prepare de key from a Ubuntu Live CD, and after dd ran successfully, Ubuntu didn´t recognize the USB key filesystem anymore.

    Thanks,

    Aldo

  • vahnx

    Here's how to create the USB with a Windows 7 PC. I managed to get it working on my 4GB USB and Dell Mini 10v (later model with 1024×600 res., untested with 1024×568 model but should work). Here's what I did.

    I obtained the 200MB .img.gz from http://linux.dell.com/files/cto/ and uncompressed it with WinRAR: http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm (top link).

    Next, I downloaded the USB Image Tool on my Windows 7 machine from http://www.alexpage.de/usb-image-tool/download/ and installed it. Launch the USB Image Tool and select your USB key and click Restore to browse for the extracted chromium.img file (2150MB). It will take up to maybe, 5 minutes to "install" Chromium on your USB.

    Then you can now plug the USB key into your Dell Mini 10v and boot it. Hit F12 when booting up to enter the Boot Menu. Select your USB Storage with the arrow keys (should have an asterik beside it) and hit Enter. After 15 seconds, you should be at the login window. Plugin your ethernet (for the first boot) and log in using your Google/Gmail credentials. 

    Now the connection for the wireless as posted, doesn't always work. Wait 5-10 minutes and if it doesn't work, try turning it on manually (the icon in the top right) and wait another 5-10 minutes. If that doesn't work, reboot and try again. If the wireless point never shows up, just be more patient. It should eventually work, and if not, reboot, reboot, reboot!

    You can also use that USB tool I posted earlier to backup your Chrome USB (or any USB for that matter) and restore at any time (in case you need the USB for something else since if you plug your Chrome USB back into Windows, you cannot use it for storage, it will ask you to format it which you do not want to do, unless you have your backup).    

  • vahnx

    Forgot to mention, you can also reboot by opening a terminal and doing sudo reboot. By default, the root password is dell1234.

  • vahnx

    Also, you can add Ubuntu repositories by following this guide: http://code.google.com/p/chromium-os/wiki/InstallingUbuntuPackages

    But change the repo from whatever it is to http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu or it won't work.

  • 94559wine

    Everything seems to be running great on my Mini 9; however I don't have sound – Fn + 4 or Fn + 6 doesn't work. Any  suggestions on how to turn on the sound? Thanks!

  • Horinius

    "readme" file of the latest image (June 8) has to be corrected:

    It's no longer possible to use the faked "dell" account at step 6.  We have to use our real GMail account there.

  • andrewpmast

    I wonder if I could take this build and just update the chrome browser source somehow.  I built chromiumos from source and wireless doesn't work.  So, I copied Doug's scripts for the wireless activation.  Although my system now sees the device, it won't actually activate the wireless device.  So, I'm stuck between Doug's stable but slightly outdated build or the current updated build with no wireless. 🙂  

  • DELL-Doug A

    @andrewpmast:

    The reason that the newer builds dont support the current wifi driver correctly is due to the gutting/replacement of the wifi wireless stack in the later builds.. I am working with Broadcom to get a new wl driver ported to the latest wifi wireless stack (cfg80211).   Once this happens, I'm planning on refreshing my image (which, btw, is why my image is dated… I wont release another one until we get the new wl driver readied and tested). Hope this helps!

    Doug

  • jyashua

    How is the WiFI driver coming along?  I have been really looking forward to a newer build for some time now.

  • DELL-Doug A

    Quick update – I have been playing around with a new image and latest Wifi driver from Broadcom – thus far, it seems to be working pretty good.  I'm putting it through paces and will post it shortly…

    A HUGE "thank you" goes to Howard Harte from Broadcom for his assistance in getting the WL driver updated.

  • bhxho

    @DELL-Doug A when you are saying "will post it shortly…", where are you going do that?

  • sethmckean

    Is this still being worked on?

  • DELL-Doug A

    Hi All:

    I have posted a new image here: linux.dell.com/…/cto (its the "Dec7" image). There are caveats and release notes as well. In particular, broadcom wifi is still not working – its WIP – once its working, I'll be pushing out another image. The image is compiled up as a "dev" image in that a dev shell is enabled as well as the ability to write to the rootfs. Enjoy! Doug

  • andrewpmast

    Thanks Doug, kinda sucks since my Dell Mini 1012 is Broadcom.  Looking forward to trying it out with broadcom

  • EdFitzGerald

    Doug, will any other wifi cards work with 12/7/2010 image? I have an Intel Pro/wireless 3945ABG I can use. If I need to load/invoke Intel driver, can you explain how?

    Thanks for doing this work; I really appreciate you taking the time and effort. It's pretty exciting to use the Dell mini this way even if limited to ethernet port.

    Ed

  • Anonymous

    Just Downloaded June8 image. And i can say now that it IS the only build i found that works on Alienware M11xR2. Thanks for the image. It is not as fast as i expected, but still good, wi-fi works.

  • jyashua

    Any progress?

  • DELL-Doug A

    Quick update – making great progress with Broadcom on an updated WL driver for ChromiumOS.  Driver now loads and scans for APs correctly.  Working on some WPA-related issues currently.

  • bronator

    Awesome that you keep updating. I've tried to get Chrome OS work on my Dell Mini 1018, but I can't get any connection neither wired or wireless. There are no networks available.

  • dan1978

    Hi Doug,

    Thanks for the Chrome OS build for Dell! Just got the Jun 8 2010 build up and running on my Mini 1012 (installed to HDD alongside Ubuntu), and love it.

    Finding the trackpad control a bit of a nuisance (seems to jump all over the place).

    Very much looking forward to a more recent build, soon as you can get Broadcom Wifi up and running.

    Keep up the great work!

    Dan

  • andrewpmast

    @dan1978 – Yea, I got my Mini 1012 working too.  The mouse pad settings (sensitivity and tap) don't seem to work.  I don't know about you, but the mouse is very sensitive and I can't tap on the touchpad to click links.  I have to explicitly tap the left mouse button, which is tedious.  

    Also, like some other unevolved versions of linux (excluding ubuntu, fedora, etc), it freaks out when you touch more than one place on the touch pad.  If you press your left finger on one side and tap your right finger on another portion, the mouse jumps back and forth, arg!  That's sooooo 2002!!!  🙂

    I still wonder if Doug had to compile bcm support or just added files to the image after it was built (like the script that activates the bcm drivers).

  • dustinahudson

    @DELL-Doug A

    I want to thank you, your team,and BCM so much for building this and making it available!  I've been anticipating this OS for so long and haven't built it myself because everything I own has BC Wifi…. but now I have it!

    Also, audio for apps, and internet IS working… only system sounds don't work.  I'm sure you guys are aware of this, just that the notes don't really specify this and could end up turning people away.  

    Thank you again.

  • DELL-Doug A

    @dustinahudson – thanks for the feedback! glad you are enjoying the image (also glad to hear about audio working…) Have a great weekend!  Doug

  • DELL-Doug A

    @andrewpmast – I posted an outline to how I build out my image on the chromium-os-discuss forum list (groups.google.com) – basically I do:

    – fresh pull/sync of the entire chromiumos tree

    – build it (x86-generic target) – I set the chronos password to "dell1234" and enable the crosh devshell/rootfs write capabilities.

    – mount up the rootfs that is built, re-emerge the kernel so that I can build the broadcom driver

    – insert the newly compiled broadcom driver + install script into the rootfs image

    – create the USB and ISO image.

    Hope this helps… Cheers,

    Doug

  • dustinahudson

    @DELL_Doug A

    I've been running your build on my mini since the new one was released and I really love it…. though a few minor things have really been bothering me: The touch pad driver is a bit wonky and the system info that is typically in the upper right (time, battery, network) disappears after login).  Ive been attempting a proactive approach and have gone from absolutely no knowledge about linux shell to a low end novice, though I'm sure I havent even scratched the surface.  Yet, I haven't gotten anywhere.

    The last couple days, I've been trying to copy to wl driver over to another build because I dont even know where to begin on trying to get those things working right on this build, if that's even possible).  but I haven't had any luck.  

    The process I've tried to attack this by has been to copy over all files referenced in install_wl to the corresponding directories in hexxeh's nightly build.  When I try this, insmod fails.

    So, I guess what I really would like to know is if there is a way the fix these issues on your current build, or if there is a way to package the wl driver to incorporate into another build.

    Anyways, thank you for releasing your work and for your help.

    Dustin

  • DELL-Doug A

    @dustinahudson and @hexxeh – working with the fine folks at Broadcom to get their updated wl driver published to their public site – they indicated they want to make a few more tweaks apriori.  Once they publish, you should be able to easily add it to your own builds. Cheers!

  • andrew911tt

    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

  • twentw

    I just installed this on my Mini 9 (running from USB – the computer's SSD drive is dead).  It seems to work fine, except no wifi.  I click Enable Wifi, but it doesn't seem to do anything.  I couldn't tell from the prior comments whether the Broadcom driver is still an issue, and if it's not, whether the installed Broadcom  driver will work with the Mini 9 (as opposed to the Mini 10)?

  • duschnouk

    I've been using your May's built since yesterday on my Dell Latitude E4300 and the result is just astonishing! In fact the user experience is even better than with Win7 for internet use. The only thing missing is the sound and some bugs (return from full screen in youtube produces a crash, the keyboard is locked to us layout at startup or sometime it does not work at all) but over all this is quite stable and I just made my first flight reservation using Chromium OS 😉

    So it makes me wonder if it won't be possible to have chromium os as a replacement of the "Latitude On" software that I never use and don't find useful for my needs. In fact all the "Latitude E" serie would gain of having the possibility to use the "Latitude On" button to start Chromium OS – at least for the computers who don't have the specific electronic card for the "Latitude On". Would that be possible, even if the install would be done on a HDD instead of a SDD?

    But over all, thanks for the work. I think this is very interesting for a company like Dell to let such experiments being done.

  • DELL-Doug A

    @duschnouk – thanks for the kind comments – glad  you are enjoying the image… I'm working with Google to get a new image created – so check back…  BTW,  have you tried some of the blogged sound workarounds?   Try executing these from within the devshell (Ctrl-T, then type "shell"):

    sudo echo "exec amixer sset 'Speaker',0 100%" >> /etc/init/alsa-default.conf

    sudo echo "exec amixer sset 'Speaker',0 off" >> /etc/init/alsa-default.conf

    Then reboot… might fix your sound problem. Enjoy!

  • duschnouk

    Thanks Doug for your quick reply.

    Unfortunately the fix you proposed for the sound doesn't work. I had a look in alsamixer and I saw that the only sound driver loaded is the intel hdmi sound driver. So I guess the sound should work via hdmi, but not via the sound card of the E4300 (IDT Driver 92HDxx HD audio) – I guess there are some driver working for this soundcard as wiht the Chrome OS flow of Hexxeh I had sound.

    Otherwise as I said it is really working fine. The errorsI experienced so far are the following:

    Keyboard:

    – Keyboard locked at boot on the US layout – once I log either I do alt+shift until the keyboard I am wishing to use is applied (french keyboard) – or I only keep in the preference menu the french keyboard and deactivates the others and I am automatically switched to it once the login performed

    – Sometime at boot there is no keyboard at all. If i log in "guest" mode, sometime I manage to have keyboard back, sometime not and I have to reboot

    – The function keys refers to special function like light, volume, etc. But If i press with AltGr, they works like function keys – it would be great to have the possibility to invert that (i.e. by default to have the function keys and with AltGr to have the special commands)

    – The brightness, keyboard illumination, etc. commands of my keyboard which works with the Fn key and the specific volume works perfectly in Chromium OS

    Mousepad:

    – "tap to click" does not work – but the buttons and usb mouse works great – so it would be great to have support for the mousepad (Dell Touchpad Driver – All OSs (32 & 64 Bit) – R270649)

    Network:

    – Sometime – but rarely – wifi does not start and I have to reboot

    – I am not sure if the built-in Ethernet card work- I see it only if the wifi layer does not start, but it seems I can see the mac address so it might be working, I’ll try later

    Display

    – If I go to fullscreen mode from a flash application like youtube of google street view and then switch back to the desktop, the display stop working. I have to log off by pressing the power button and log on to have the display back – but sometime (it seems mainly with youtube) it is impossible to have a proprer display back and I have to switch off the computer and reboot

    Power/log off

    – To log off I have to press the power button of the computer, the disconnect item of the menu does not work.

    – If I press the power button it goes to screensaver mode, so i have to touch the keyboard or move the mouse to have the log on page ; if i press power button again from that menu, it turns off the computer.

    – If i am logged as “guest” and press the power button, it directly turns off the computer instead of going back to the login menu

    – Otherwise if i do nothing the screen automatically turns off, and after a while the computer goes to stand-by mode. If I close the screen, it goes to stand-by too. It automatically turn on if i open the screen, so it is running just fine

    – When I turn off the computer, 90% of the time the computer will not power off automatically and I have to press the power button a few seconds to stop the computer once all the extinction process finished (e.g. once there is no more blinking wifi LED).

    – It would be great to have back in the up right part of the screen the indication of the time and wifi connection (I guess it is a simple option maybe available somewhere in the options but i could not find it)

    So I hope this feedback will be useful. I have been using your chromium os built quite extensively during the week-end and I have been very surprised by its excellent stability and functionality. As if I keep using it for productivity apps or internet search, it is stable and lightning fast. What is really astonishing too is that is uses so few CPU that the fan of the processor never start and therefore the autonomy of the battery seems to be multiplied by two or three compared with a normal use of Win7 with powersaving mode applied.

    Therefore it would be really interesting to have the option to install Chromium OS in the partition used for the “Latitude On” software of the Latitude E serie. I really think it could match the needs of a lots of corporate users on the go, needing a fast internet/apps/mail access without having to burn out their batteries for just a few actions or wanting to keep their computer on a whole day without having to charging it – but having the possibility to boot on the standard windows partition for stuffs needing it. And with the Office web apps and SkyDrive live it would be a great complement OS for companies using only the Microsoft Office suite and reticent of using a 100% googled solution.

  • rneish

    May 13th build works great. Only problem is sound sometimes freezes at mute (after work around found on blogs) and on May 13th the daily build had a problem with the system icons not showing up.

    Any way to get a newer build for the icons? I've build my own from the source but couldn't get wifi working. So i've been using it w/o the system icons. Still runs nice, thanks.

  • Montala

    Hi Doug,

    I have been running your latest May 2011 build on my Dell Mini 10v from a USB bootable drive and was pleased to find that the sound worked (at least in YouTube!)

    I did find the touchpad to be ultra sensitive however, so will have to try using a mouse instead!

    One thing I would like to know though, is if I install this latest build on my (SSD) hard drive will I then be able to receive later OS updates directly from Google, as per the options, or will I have to wait until you release another update?

    Thanks!

  • DELL-Doug A

    @Montala – thanks for the feedback. Regarding updates, Google only pushes out updates to "ChromeOS" (not ChromiumOS) – ChromeOS is a Google brand.  So that means that any ChromiumOS updates will be manual re-loads unfortunately.  

    @rneish – I am working with Broadcom to update their wl driver again – the Google folks revved the kernel version so the driver needs updating… once done, I should be good to go to build and release another image (fingers crossed!).

  • rneish

    Thanks Doug. I'd never have thought of picking up a Chromebook in the future if this wasn't available. I'll likely replace this mini within the year. If Dell has a Chromebook 12"+ i'll def pick one up over the competitors.

    Cheers.

  • cashmonkey

    Hi there Doug. I have just installed Chromium on a Dell mini1012 and mini1018. The 1012 works perfect, with ethernet and wifi enabled but the 1018, no wifi. I tried downloading your file and going through the process to get wifi working but after going through all of the commands and exiting, nothing happens or changes. Is this fix not going to work with the 1018 for some reason? If not, is there  a fix on the horizon? Thanks, your advice has been very helpful!

  • andybleaden

    Wow. Progress. What a lot of work since December. Thanks both Doug and people at Broadcom.

    I am really pleased that this is working now. Tried the original release which showed promise. I then tried the December issue but that did not work unfortunetly but again showed real promise.

    I tried this latest image on not a Dell (shock horror!) which I do own but a Lenovo netbook which as it has Broadcom Wireless has always had this issue.

    A couple of comments if it would help but first again thanks for the progress on this Doug.

    The live test pen drive worked so much better and I found it very very easy to install the broadcom wl.ko set up.

    I did like other note that I had to use my gmail address to login but the dell1234 password as root.but it worked.

    I then rushed headlong and install it as I could see it worked and wanted to give it a full testing for a longer period as an install system. This install was very fast and worked very well.

    Unlike the dell users here I had no problem with the sound, quite the opposite in fact as it was very loud. I did note that plugging in headphones did not shut off the sound which was an oddity I put down to this being a dell image on a lenovo.

    I also noted that installing the image did not affect the wireless installation. Previously in Ubuntu an installation put the default image on the pc whereas the wireless worked automatically on this. Interesting difference.

    I have got experience of compiling broadcom drivers from work I have done with the Meego OS and Ubuntu. The former I used to do from scratch from the Broadcom Linux site so I would be interested to hear how you managed it with this image.

    Thanks very much again for this. Apologies for testing a dell image on a competitor ( I do have a dell desktop though 🙂 )

    Great work and good to see it working. I will stick up some images to help on a blog if that would help with a guide to test and install if that is any help

    Andy

  • AMCooper63

    I've been attempting to installl the May 13th build in my Dell Mini 9. I get stuck at the pick a network. Don't have an ethernet connection and the wifi isn't showing. Read about how to enable wifi, but I  can't figure out how to get access. I used Ctrl-Alt-F2 to get to t command line, but I'm stumped at the user name and password. I've tried variation of root, dell, dell1234 and chronos. Any hints?

  • andybleaden

    AMCooper I am afraid that I had the same hassle so you will have to use your gmail username/password combination. I did this then went to the terminal and installed as per Dougs guide but here note the password is as for the superuser ie dell1234  That then installed the wifi code

    Then when done I rebooted and when logging in I waited a while until wifi networks were picked up, selected mine and away I went

    Hope that helps

    Andy

  • lokz

    Respected,

    I have Dell mini 1012 ( minilaptopindia.com/…/10v-1012 ) with windows XP.

    Looking for Chrome OS installations I found this theme.

    First to ask is new Chromium version on the way? If yes, when, if no – why?

    Second, is there an option to run it from HDD, or only from USB Stick or both?

    Third, It would be nice to have Step by Step guide, or maybe even video tutorial for easier beginning and installation.

    These Chromium option is getting more interesting last days, since Google released Offline Gmail possibility, and announced offline docs also.

    This is perfect way to revive our opder machines, if Dell can provide more resources to this project.

    Thank you very much and I hope we will have fully functional chrome OS on our Dell machines

  • DELL-Doug A

    @lokz: Thank you very much for your interest in ChromeOS.  I have been working with the Broadcom folks to try to get the wl.ko driver running on later builds of ChromeOS –  albeit with some remaining challenges.

    Additionally, the build structure/scripting of ChromeOS has changed a bit and this has caused some churn in my build server – working on getting that cleaned up as well. Sorry for all the delays in this stuff…

    Hopefully I can get a new build out soon – have you tried the latest published build?  its a bit dated, but it should work on that 10v of yours.   linux.dell.com/…/cto  (there should be a May13 image and accompanied readme).

    Cheers!

  • rneish

    Is this project still alive?

  • azide

    audio is not working by default on my e6400. I have to go to shell (CTRL + Alt + T) then shell and issue the command sudo alsactl init

    It will say "Unknown hardware" Hardware is initialized using a guess method

    Then youtube and apps will have audio.

    Is it possible for you to advise a permanent fix?

    TIA

  • kkendalle

    The top right icons "Wi-Fi, Battery, etc.." do not show up.  Do the following to display these icons.

    1. Download these files.

    http://www.mediafire.com

    http://www.mediafire.com

    2. Open a Terminal "Ctrl+Alt+T"

    3. Type "shell" and press enter.

    4. Type "sh ~/Downloads/patch_chromium.sh" and press enter.

    5. Enter your password "dell1234" and wait for the script to finish.

    6. Optional – rm ~/Downloads/patch_chromium*

  • kkendalle

    I forgot that I made the script look for patch_chromium.tar.gz. Here are the correct instructions.

    1. Download these files.

    http://www.mediafire.com

    http://www.mediafire.com

    2. Open a Terminal "Ctrl+Alt+T"

    3. Type "shell" and press enter.

    4. Type "cd ~/Downloads" and press enter.

    5. Type "sh ./patch_chromium.sh" and press enter.

    6. Enter your password "dell1234" and wait for the script to finish.

    7. Optional – rm ~/Downloads/patch_chromium*

    Screenshot:

    imageshack.us/…/screenshot2011100917501.png

  • andybleaden

    Wow more progress. Thanks for getting back to us Doug as there are a growing number of people interested in this.

    Also thanks to kkendalle as this is a vital contribution to a slight annoyance of no battery or wifi signals so thanks again

    Really really looking forward to an updated version of this (although May is not that long ago!) I have tried the later Chromium images from Hexxeh elsewhere and they look really snappy.

    Is there anything we can do to help Doug?

  • mwtsn

    Has anyone out there in the Dell / Linux / Chromium community come up with a build of this, or a patch that will fix the trackpad issues on a Dell mini 10?

    Matt 🙂

  • Cyberm4n

    Hi Doug,

    I hope this project is still alive, I see to be a bit late trying this but here is my feedback.  I've got a Mini 9 and i've got Chrome running from an external usb key which is working fine with a few issues.  I've run the fix posted to solve the missing icons when you log on – thanks to kkendalle.  I can get the sound working using the patch posted by kkendalle but I can't get this to be persistent after a reboot.  Lastly I have run your fix to get the wifi working in the readme and I can connect to my iphone's wifi but it won't connect to my router which is running WPA & WPA2. I get the prompt to enter my key but the connection fails.

    If you have a more recent build than may13 with a rollup of the fixes then this would be greatly appreciated.

    Cyberm4n.

  • duschnouk

    Thanx for the nice Xmas gift with your update of Dec 18.

    I've been testing it briefly on a Dell Latitude E4300 and it just work great!

    Just some caveats:

    – Sound volume on alsamixer is put on minimum for the PCM sound – so I have to switch the sound on via command line any time I boot. Is there a way to have such setting be persistent?

    – mp3 playback does not seem to work (from a file in hdd) despite there is a button for this (well not really useful for me but just testing)

    – video playback such as youtube's ones are now working great with sound and all – but I noticed that the video decoding is only software based and not hardware based as it is under my Windows 7's Google Chrome. I guess this is a mater of driver update of the Linux based flash decoder?

    – I had some trouble with the first wifi connection but after it was ok (intel card) – but I noticed that despite a wired connection is detected as active and with an ip address it is not possible to boot and I have to be connected via wifi – I don't have this problem on hexxeh's lime chrome os.

    – I put the Chrome OS time zone to mine (Paris) but when I go back to Windows I am 1h late

    I'll try to find some time later to give a more complete update.

    Do you think it would be feasible to have your colleagues in charge of the Latitude's line to support the use of Chrome OS via the "Latitude On" button? I googled and found a post explaining a hack to do so but this is too complicated for a standard user (it seems that the latitude on function try to boot on a specific cluster of the hdd so you have to modify that specific cluster to boot on chrome OS). So either it could be supported via an install program that will do the right thing (as it is an undocumented function Dell would be better positioned to do it) ; or it could be supported by a bios upgrade to enable a setting up of the latitude on button on bios level as I think it could be interesting to have in that case a chrome os installed on a SD card booted from the built-in SD Card reader of the Latitude when the Latitude On button is pressed.

    But much more I think it is an error of Google to limit their R&D on Chrome OS to the sole Chromebook market. I think the market is huge for Chrome OS use on old laptops and on dual boot for modern computers – such as those with the Latitude On function – for quick access to internet and cloud applications – and having a real support of the Google's R&D team would help in fostering the "alternative" use of their OS in other platforms than their Chromebooks.