CloudReady is certified to run on 200 of the most common PC and Mac hardware models. The lightweight, browser-based design means you can put older machines back into the hands of students.
Unfortunately I never get to listen to the show when it is live. I usually listen to it on the archives. I have been intrigued with all the talk about Chrome Books. So I thought I would try to install CloudReady on my old Toshiba laptop. The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite with a celeron processor and 1 gig of Ram. To make a long story short I could not install CloudReady on this machine. I kept getting an error message stating my processor was not “pae enabled” and that I should use a “force pae” command. I am not smart enough to know how to get to command lines. So I looked around on the web and found another Chrome OS called Chromixium. I was able to down load an ISO file and burn it to a DVD. When I tried to install it I got the same message but the install screen had an option to edit. When I hit the key to get into editing, it brought up the exact command line that needed to be edited. Chromixium is based on Unbutu Linux. I was able to look in the Unbuntu forums and find a solution to add “force pae” to the command line that boots the OS. After that it installed with no problem. I have been able to connect to my wireless network, connect to my printer via Chrome’s cloud print and do any thing else I’ve tried. My wife has a Lenovo Chrome Book that her school gave her and I can see no difference between the two except that her’s will turn into a tablet. So I thought that I would share this with you in case there are other listeners out there whose laptop may be to “old” to install CloudReady. I would recommend Chromixium as an alternative.
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