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.
Step 1, Pre-requisites:
2. Check your USB ports! USB 3.0 might cause install failure on some older computers - in that case use USB 2.0.
3. 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.
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, proceed to the next step:
2. Check free space on your hard drive: the min 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 and you double check that your device is installed with at least 2Gb RAM.
Step 3, PC or Apple?
- Using an Apple computer?
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.
- Using a PC? Proceed to Step 4 =>
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 following:
1. Ensure to disable Secure Boot and/or Fast boot.
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.
3. Reset your BIOS settings to default and then update the BIOS.
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.