"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. Make sure to select Standalone installation! If you are only interested in Dual Booting, check out this article to set up Dual Boot pre-requisites. Please note that Dual Boot of CloudReady will no longer be supported starting with CloudReady v64.
Step 2, Hardware:
1. The minimum requirements for RAM is 2Gb. 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:
2. Check free space on your hard drive: the minimum requirement to install CloudReady is 16Gb.
3. Check your graphics --> Note, CloudReady is not compatible with Intel GMA 500, 600, 3600, 3650.
In addition, as official Chromebooks do not use AMD and NVIDIA graphics, those are generally less reliable on CloudReady as well.
4. Installation hangs / never ends? Make sure you selected Standalone + double check that your device is installed with at least 2Gb of RAM.
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;
3. Ensure to disable Secure Boot and/or Fast boot in BIOS.
Step 3, PC or Apple?
- Using an Apple computer? see below.
- Using a PC? Proceed to Step 4 =>
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 4, 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. 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
2. Reset your BIOS settings to default
3. Update your BIOS if possible.
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.