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  • gtech

    Thanks, following your notes I was able to get CloudReady working in VirtualBox hosted on Windows 10.

    I had to enable PAE/NX. It would not boot without that.

    CloudReady reports that display is unknown, so my screen resolution is limited to 1024x768. When I boot CloudReady from USB, it recognizes my display hardware ok and I have full monitor resolution. So on my laptop CloudReady apparently is not able to work with the VirtualBox display virtualization.

    I was not able to install the VirtualBox Guest Additions.

    The network adapter setting that worked for me is 'Intel PRO/1000 MT Desktop (8254OEM)' using NAT.

    Flash installed ok. Video and audio work ok.

    My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1579.

  • aheadofthegame

    Hey gtech,

    Glad to hear you got it working. The video was good enough for me to do some document editing, web browsing, and even a few minutes of youtube video watching.

    I understand what you're saying about the resolution. Virtualbox provides a sort of software'emulated' video card. The video card appears to virtualbox under linux as probably some sort of circa 2003-2005, very basic/generic graphics chipset.

    Getting the virtualbox additions to work would be another challenge. It's my understanding most of the kernel development tools (make, gcc, etc) are removed from the distribution. Understandably to save disk space and a chromebook is typically a end-user machine and not a developer machine.

    The user ArnoldTheBat at
    http://arnoldthebat.co.uk/wordpress/2015/09/06/virtualbox-builds/
    is working on display and virtualbox additions but I've not tried his chromium distribution.

  • gtech

    Interest was just shown in the /r/chromeos Reddit forum about getting a version working in a VM. I posted a link there to this thread at the CloudReady forum. Maybe someone Reddit will contribute additional experiences on a VM install. Many thanks to aheadofthegame for starting this thread and providing the document with install instructions that work.

  • gtech

    I forgot to provide the Reddit link in my previous post. https://www.reddit.com/r/chromeos/comments/3sadub/q_chrome_os_in_a_vm/

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