Chrome books have been hit the market in the US or purchase online from www.amazon.com, but in India, yet to come. Before going for purchasing Chrome Book, is it possible to see how it actually works in our PC or Laptop. Here are the Steps.
Download Chrome OS : http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/vanilla.php (Download the OS for Virtual Box as there are 3 versions)
Download Virtual Box: http://www.virtualbox.org/
I downloaded Virtual Box for Ubuntu
My System Configuration is Lenovo R500 with 2GB RAM and Core 2 duo Processor
1. Install Virtual Box
(Above Screen is the First Screen of Virtual Box, My machine already has Windows XP in it)
2. Click “New “ and you will get the following Screen, Type “Chrome OS” and Select the OS and Version and Click “Next”
3. Select the Memory to be allotted to Chrome OS, It gave a recommendation of 256 MB, but I prefer 512MB RAM and clicked “Next”. Depending on the Total size of RAM, the Base memory size will vary.
4. Select “Use Existing Hard Disk” (as we already downloaded the chromeOS-xxxxx.vdi File from http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/vanilla.php), Select the path of the file and click “Next”(please See Below)
5. Further, click “Finish” and “Finish”, and your Virtual OS is created. Now Come to the First Screen and Select “Chrome OS” (as below) and Click “Settings”.
In the Settings Click System "-> Processor –> Enable the Extended Features “Enable PAE/NX”
and Click Network –> Select “Host-only Adapter” -> Select “vboxnet0 “ and Click Ok
(These steps are important, as when the Chrome OS started, it needs a network and it works only on the Physical Address Extension)
6. Select the Network (if it is not working, then try something else) and click the proxy settings and provide the details
7. Once done, the OS will check for the updates and it will ask you to enter the gmail account and password (as the entire OS works with Google Chrome alone). However, you can login as a guest also. In our case, if the username/password combo is not accepted, login with guest access.
8. Once done, the OS will boot the Chrome browser (as give below).
9. Since we are in a virtual Machine, the internet can be configured using “NAT”. Go to the First Screen of Virtual Box
Click “Settings” –> Network –> Select “NAT” and click “OK”
10. Now you can browse the Chrome OS.
Since only the chrome browser is involved in the entire OS (Linux OS is running in the background), it occupies less memory, that’s why chrome OS is preferred in netbooks and lower end laptops.
If your concern in only on internet, basic office computing and accounting, etc. then Chrome OS is the best. Definitely, chrome OS will beat the competition in the lower end netbook/notebook markets.