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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Install XChromeOS in Virtualbox

Hexxeh has made vanilla Chrome OS VirtualBox, VMware and USB drive images available for download so you can easily try out the latest Chrome OS nightly builds without having to compile it yourself. Go to this website and download your copy:

In my test, using Chrome OS in VirtualBox was painfully slow because you can't enable graphical acceleration so it's best to use the USB images. But if you must run it in VirtualBox (if for instance you can't boot of an USB), it would be ideal to assign it around 2 GB of RAM. 

To use the Chrome OS .vdi in VirtualBox, download it from HERE, extract it, then in VirtualBox click on "New", enter a name and under "Operating system" select "Linux" and for "Version" enter "Ubuntu":


On the "Virtual Hard Disk" step, select "Use existing hard disk" and browse for the ChromeOS .vdi file:


You're now ready to run Chrome OS in VirtualBox.

1 comment:

tychuot said...

Having very slow perform when running Ubuntu 12.10 and 13.04 in virtualbox? It’s because Ubuntu can’t use graphics card for acceleration, ubuntu uses CPU for rendering graphics trough LLVMpipe. It makes running ubuntu in virualbox really slow.

To check if your Ubuntu 12.10 or 13.04 guest is using 3D acceleration
/usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p

You should see something like this
Not software rendered: no
Not blacklisted: yes
GLX fbconfig: yes
GLX texture from pixmap: yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program: yes
GL fragment program: yes
GL vertex buffer object: yes
GL framebuffer object: yes
GL version is 1.4+: yes
Unity 3D supported: no

If you see “Not software rendered” and “Unity 3D supported” both say no. This means Unity is using slow LLVMpipe.

To enable 3D supported, fist you will need to update linux-headers
uname -r
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get install build-essential

Now insert vitualbox guest iso from devices and to install manually
cd /media
cd username
cd VBOX*
sudo ./

Insert vboxvideo to /etc/modules
sudo nano /etc/modules

Add “vboxvideo” at the end of the file

Reboot the machine
sudo reboot

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