The story so far : Soon after Google made Chromium OS source code available, Engadget got one copy working on a Dell Mini. There was one thing missing, Wifi support because the wifi card used by dell ( broadcom ) required drivers that are not included in Chromium OS.
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In November 2009, Dell Linux team posted a blog entry with a download link to their modified version of Chromium OS, yes, with Wifi support for their devices. But nothing after that.
2009 to 2011, Chromium OS has gone through a lot of changes and has gotten much better. I have a dell mini for testing Chromium OS but Wifi is something I am missing a lot. I was looking for some info on how to get this working and stumbled up on the old blog entry by Dell yesterday. I opened the download page and to my surprise, there is an updated build, from May 13th, 2011 !!
ps: This build gives the option to select the user image from those interesting drawings we saw last week.
According to the read me file, “Broadcom wireless driver (wl) support IS functional in this May13 image. A huge round of thanks goes to the Broadcom folks for doing the WL port to the new API.” So there it is, a chromium OS build with the latest goodies, with Wifi driver support for broadcom and dell Minis.
Download and Get Your USB Image Ready – Linux and Windows
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First thing, download the latest copy. The file name is “ChromiumOS_x86_May13.img.gz”. Extract this to get the .img file. Winrar will work fine for you on windows.
For linux, use the command “gunzip ChromiumOS_x86_May13.img.gz” without quotes. Now, it’s time to put it on the USB drive. A 4GB USB drive is preferred.
For Windows, download the “Windows Image Writer” from here. For linux, use the command “sudo dd if=ChromiumOS_x86_May13.img of=/dev/sdb bs=4M” without quotes.
You can use it from the USB drive, without installing to hard drive. But for those who want to install it, press CTRL +ALT+T to go to command prompt. Next, type “install” without quotes and follow couple of steps. The password is dell1234 .
You are one more step away from enabling Wifi on your netbook. Go to the command prompt again ( CTRL+ALT+T ) and move to shell , by simply typing “shell” without quotes. now type the following command. This will install wifi drivers on your system.
Use Alt + Tab to go back to the browsing window ( command prompt will be left open ) or type “exit” to close it.
For those who are trying this, please let me the result here in comments section. Also, try on any device with broadcom wifi device, if you have one and let me know if any other model works !
Note : THIS IMAGE COMES WITH ABSOLUTELY NO SUPPORT OR WARRANTY – USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!!
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Dell Blog Post :
Image Via Engadget