Google's CR-48 Chrome OS Laptop Runs Mac OS X & Windows 7

Google have launched its first of its kind Cr-48 Chrome Notebook. The Cr-48 Chrome Notebook is the test notebook designed for the Pilot program by Google. Google will distribute the laptop through its Chrome OS Pilot Program, in a sort of public beta. You actually have to apply to join the program, and there are going to be a limited number of the laptops available.

It's ready when you are, booting in about 10 seconds and resuming from sleep instantly. There’s built-in Wi-Fi and 3G, so you can stay connected everywhere, and a webcam for video chat. The vibrant 12-inch LCD display, full-size keyboard and oversized touchpad let you enjoy the web comfortably. And at just 3.8 pounds with over eight hours of active usage and a week of standby time, it’s easy to take along for the ride.

Chrome Cr-48 Laptops not only runs Chrome OS, but also it can runs Mac OS X and Windows 7 too. But it’s not Google who is officially providing these OS to run in Cr-48 because Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Windows 7 probably weren’t in Google's plan of an open development strategy for device.

Windows 7 install screen on Cr-48
Two accomplishments came within rather a close period of each other, one Cr-48 was hacked to run Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.5 and the other uses Windows 7. Both hacks require flashing modified BIOS on the Cr-48's. On the Insanely Mac forums, damis648 who writes a guide on how to put Mac OS X on your Cr-48, explaining the reason for needing the modified BIOS is due to the fact that the BIOS the Cr-48 ships with works differently than both the legacy BIOS and standard EFI.

Check Out Google Chrome CR-48 Video:

                           Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.5 running on a Cr-48

Google's CR-48 Chrome OS Laptop Runs Mac OS X & Windows 7 Google's CR-48 Chrome OS Laptop Runs Mac OS X & Windows 7 Reviewed by TechGlobeX on 1/01/2011 Rating: 5

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