Yes, the new OS from Google – Chrome OS, part of the Chromium project, will run on the Dell Adamo. Actually, it runs very well. Here’s what you need to get started:
- Dell Adamo (duh)
- USB flash drive
Next, you’ll need a few programs in Windows to get the job done.
- Chrome OS USB image (scroll down & get the USB image)
- 7zip (or your favorite archive tool)
- Windows Image Writer
Here are the steps to get going:
- Download the USB image of Chrome OS
- Download & Install 7zip
- Extract the USB image (right click the file – 7zip) until you get to the .img file
- Use Windows Image Writer to write this .img file to your USB key
- Boot the Adamo & press F12 during POST for the boot menu
- Select the USB drive
That’s basically it. Chrome OS will detect your Wifi chip & the camera. Everything works – no drivers to worry about. It’s fast, too. You’ll be up & running in minutes. Simply login to your Google account and you’re off! It’s a good idea to review this site from Google about how to use Chrome OS and the shortcuts. For example, there’s no Caps Lock key in Chrome OS – that key launches a new search tab.
UPDATE 10/10/2011: I recently re-tested this and you must download the Hexxeh build, not the bleeding edge nightly build in order to boot with the Adamo.
In my last post I dissected my Dell Vostro V13, today I want to tell you about my recent upgrades. I recently upgraded the RAM from 2GB to 4GB. I also replaced the stock Hitachi 256GB HDD with a 120GB SSD. After these upgrades I installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit and everything is running great. Although Dell does not post 64 bit drivers for this laptop most of the 32 bit drivers for Windows 7 also have 64 bit drivers packaged with them. The other drivers which are 32 bit worked fine as well. Basically just use support.dell.com, get the Windows 7 drivers and you’ll be fine.
Many folks were wondering how to upgrade the ram on the V13 and it’s very easy and requires no tools. You simply pry up the panel above the keyboard where the power button is and the RAM slot is under that.
You do have to remove a few screws, however, to get to the HDD. I have recorded a video of opening the Vostro V13 which you can see in my previous post. Swapping out the HDD for an SSD was very painless.
Overall I’m very pleased with the Dell Vostro V13. I can run Windows 7 64bit, Photoshop CS4, and browse the web with smooth speed. All this and it’s very light, portable and sturdy. The metal clamshell design gives this laptop a very sturdy feel while also being very lightweight. It’s a great design.
If you’re curious about my upgrades here are the parts I used. I have linked directly to each item to make it really easy for you.
I enjoy hearing from you so please let me know if you have questions.