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How to install Google Chrome OS on an Asus Eee PC 701


Step 1: Get this build of Chromium OS and follow the instructions to get it on a USB flash drive that is at least 4GBs big. Also, if you’re on Twitter make sure you follow @Hexxeh who made this helpful build for us all.

Step 2: Plug the USB flash drive into your Asus Eee PC and make sure that if you had an SD card in the SD card slot that it is removed. Boot up your Eee PC while holding down the Esc key. Choose your flash drive as the boot drive.

Step 3: You should get a Chrome OS login screen. Login with username and password “facepunch.”

Step 4: Make sure everything works and that you can connect to WiFi or via Ethernet.

Step 5: Hit Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open a terminal window.

Step 6: Run the following command: /usr/sbin/chromeos-install You will be prompted for your password twice. Each time it is facepunch. Once the install completes (takes about 20 minutes) a message will show up in the terminal saying:

Installation to ‘/dev/sda’ complete.
Please shutdown, remove the USB device, cross your fingers, and reboot.

Step 7: Shutdown (hit the power button), remove the USB device, cross your fingers, and reboot.

Step 8: With any luck it will boot up and you’ll be prompted for your login and password. Both are still ‘facepunch’.

This just worked for me. Now to figure out how to change the default password and get it to recognize my Google Apps account rather than a regular Google account…


Post-installation security

After you’ve successfully installed Chrome OS to your Asus Eee PC (or any other flash-drive powered computer for that matter using the above steps), you’ll probably want to change the default local password from the shared-by-everyone who used Hexxeh’s image default of facepunch.

To do so, hit Ctrl + Alt + T to open up a terminal, then execute the following commands:
sudo mount -o remount /
You will be prompted for a password; enter facepunch.

Then enter the following:
sudo passwd root
You will be prompted Enter new UNIX password: followed by Retype new UNIX password: and assuming that the two passwords matched correctly, you’ll receive a success message of passwd: password updated successfully.

At this point your installation should be quite a bit more secure so that if you lose your Asus Eee PC, no one will be able to easily crack the install to get at your other passwords.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Only a few issues so far that I’ve noted in the Google Chromium OS Google Group.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Dan 12/13/2009, 4:42 pm

    Did you ever find a fix for the resolution issues? I installed this for fun but I’ve also ran into the relolution changing issue.

    • C.K. Sample III 12/13/2009, 4:59 pm

      I gave up. I ended up installing Jolicloud and using Google Chrome as the browser. It’s a better experience than chromium os

      • gol10dr 12/29/2009, 4:05 pm

        Did you try going into terminal and using RANDR?

  • Prog-amateur 12/14/2009, 11:15 am

    It’s the best information that i’ve seen since Chrome Cherry OS. Thank you verry much C.K. Sample III !!!
    I have a question about the login : I can connect to my Chrome OS only with “facepunch@”… and “facepunch” password. I tried to change the password and it works.
    But I would like to change the login too (facepunch@…). Can we do that ? Is it possible ?

    Thank you very much.

    • C.K. Sample III 12/14/2009, 11:29 am

      Other than building your own installation from scratch, I’m not sure if you can change the local user login. If you do discover a way, please let us know about it. Thanks and good luck!