"My computer is not on the list of certified devices, can I still install CloudReady on it?"
Chances are, it's possible - while we can't know for sure, we certainly encourage you to try! The steps below are here to help you with the process.
For both our paid and free customers, we're constantly working on certifying more models to work with CloudReady. However, as certification is based on demand, it's inevitable that some of the machines will never be certified.
That said, as we know from our Development and QA work and your contribution, the majority of widely used PCs and Apple computers that were manufactured within past 10 years, are likely to run CloudReady. For many of them, various degrees of settings tweaking are required.
In this article, we made an attempt to put together all (or nearly all) the steps necessary to install CloudReady on non-certified machines, if basic compatibility is present.
Step 1, Pre-Requisites:
2. Use the same Chromebook Recovery Utility tool and load the latest Image of CloudReady into the USB [ If you are a paid customer, please use the image in the downloads tab. If you do not have the latest updated image there, click on blue button "Request Updated Images" - this will come directly to support and your image will be updated within 2 hours if received during business hours. If not, It will be updated in the immediate next working day]
Step 2, Minimum Hardware Requirements:
RAM: 2GB or greater
Storage space: 16GB or more
BIOS: Full administrative access, in order to boot from the CloudReady USB installer
Processor and Graphics: Components made prior to 2007 will likely result in a poor experience. Additionally, the following graphics hardware does not meet performance standards on CloudReady: Intel GMA 500, 600, 3600, 3650
If your RAM is 1Gb (not below!), you might be able to install CloudReady by switching to TTY (ctrl+alt+f2) once the installation has begun and you see 3 rolling dots.
If you have 2Gb or more of RAM on your device, proceed to the next step:
Step 3, USB boot:
If initial USB boot fails, consider the following:
1. Make sure the USB ports are functional. USB 3.0 might cause install failure on some older computers - in that case, use USB 2.0.
2. While we do recommend using 64-bit CloudReady whenever possible, your device might be compatible with 32-bit systems only - in that case, try 32-bit CloudReady;
Step 4, PC or Apple?
- Using a PC? Proceed to Step 4.
- Using an Apple computer? see below.
1. Clear logicboard RAM to speed up the booting time.
2. If your Mac/ iMac boots to black screen after the installation, set it to boot from CloudReady by default.
Step 5, Configure BIOS:
If you were able to boot your computer from the USB, but after a seemingly successful installation, the computer boots to black screen / shows No OS, try the steps below, followed up by a reinstall:
1. Ensure to disable Secure Boot and/or Fast boot in BIOS.
2. Go to Boot Mode settings. If it's in Legacy mode --- > Switch to UEFI (if available).
Note that some machines will successfully install in Legacy mode only, so if the installation fails, try switching boot mode to Legacy and try another round.
- if you switch to UEFI mode, note that booting off the USB installer might require an extra step in boot menu: e.g. Boot from EFI file > Removable Media > EFI > Boot > bootx64.efi
3. Reset your BIOS settings to default
4. Update your BIOS if possible.
Step 6, Add One Affected Machine To The Dev Channel [Unstable]
1. Add any one of the affected machines to the Dev Channel [How to switch channels] and observe if the issue gets resolved.
Step 7, Add A Post To The Forum
If this is your first installation and none of the above steps helped please add the query with basic specs details to the CloudReady Forum. Our highly active users and moderator team will respond to your query.
If your Hard Drive is new or never been used in this computer before, formatting it via cmd line might be helpful. Check this article for the step-by-step instructions.