Convert HP MP4 thin client?

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We currently have several displays with CommandCenter HP MP4 players.  We're considering the Google App CDM.  Can these units be "formatted" and re-used for this purpose?
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Doug,

I'm not an expert on the hardware that you're asking about. After a quick google, it looks like those devices run Windows 7 Embedded, can you confirm that?

If that's the case, then I do not believe you'll be able to format these devices and install ChromeOS. You would need a specific ChromeOS device for that. I can tell you that if they do run Windows 7, you would be able to install our Rise Player on them, and run digital signage through Rise Vision.

Let us know if you have any other questions!
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Blake,
Thanks for the reply.  The HP site lists Win 7 embedded, but we bought these for Industry Weapon displays so they came with a proprietary Linux-based OS installed.

We've tried to run displays through Win 7 embedded thin clients before and it's kind of a disaster! 32 gig is not enough for everything.

We may have to ditch these expensive clients and just buy Chromebits unfortunately .
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If they're running Linux now, I'd just format them and use Ubuntu and the packaged player app from Rise Vision. 
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Interesting, do you have the name of the proprietary Linux-based OS that's installed if you can share? Anyway you can try to see if you can format these for Ubuntu.  We recommend Ubuntu 14.04 at this stage https://help.risevision.com/user/create-a-display
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I'm not sure what Linux it is.  Here's the part #: HDWR-HP-MP4-LIN
UX

I don't work with Ubuntu or Linux at all so I'm worried about the learning curve on converting these.
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Doug, a quick glance at the specs says this is just an ultra-small form factor PC. You should be able to load W7 Pro on it without issue. That said, Ubuntu 14.04 is super easy to install and the Rise Packaged player is easy too. Rise has good directions. Don't let Linux intimidate you. 
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Thanks for the vote of confidence.
I have the Ubuntu installer on a flash drive (no CD on the thin client).  I can get to a command prompt but I have no idea what to do from there.  Where is a good, simple guide?
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Doug,
Is your issue with how to install Ubuntu or are you saying that you've got it installed and you're at a command prompt looking for direction on what to do next? If the latter: https://help.risevision.com/user/create-a-display

If not, try to give me some clearer sense of what point you're stuck at. 
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I don't know how to install Ubuntu.  Just now I booted to a command prompt and did something with my Ubuntu flash drive.  Looks like it "bricked" my thin client.  There is only a flashing red power light now :(
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I doubt you bricked it! 

First thing's first, did you create a bootable USB flash drive or just copy the ISO file to it? You'll need to "burn" the bootable image onto your media. 

Have you looked at this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/GraphicalInstall

Also if you have trouble getting the USB flash drive setup correctly, check this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick
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Thanks.  I'll check those out and let you know.
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Doug, did you ever get this working? 
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No.  Ubuntu is not so simple.  I've been trying to figure out a way to image the chip drive on the thin client with a light version of Windows.  HP does not seem to provide the drivers for that model any more. When I figure out how to put a fresh OS on these devices, then I'll start working with Rise Vision.
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After using Linuxlive, I was able to install Ubuntu on my thin client.  I downloaded the Rise Vision client, but that's as far as I will get today. Continuing Monday....
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Doug, 

Let us know if you run into any issues!
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I downloaded the Ubuntu 32-bit display client, but it doesn't want to install.  I tried opening a terminal window and running the chmod command, but it just sits there.  Ideas?
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Do you have to go to /tmp in a terminal window and run the chmod commands?
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Doug,

I believe we spoke through Rise messenger, but I just wanted to reply here as well.

It's possible that you have some network blockages on your end. I would double check the network documentation at https://help.risevision.com/user/create-a-display under "Install Rise Player". Also, can you confirm which version of Ubuntu your media player is running?
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I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 32-bit. I'm waiting for a response from my network admin.
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That's the version of choice! Let us know how it pans out!