Manual Installation Via the Cmd Line




  • Brandon B

    I did try wiping it but the error just continues to say that src is the same as dst even though I input both commands as above. I guess my fingers weren't crossed tight enough as Brandon had previously said.

  • Forrest Smith

    Hang on - the "src is the same as dst" thing is relevant here.

    Open a separate ticket and let's take a look at your output of "sudo fdisk -l" to see if maybe your device names are wonky

  • Donal Óg

    Hi there Forrest, having some similar problems as those above:
    I'm a teacher investigating if I can install these on a collection of old netbooks the school purchased in 2008.

    They're not great computers, Dell Inspiron 910, with 8GB SSD hard drives. They originally came bundled with Ubuntu, but then that was replaced with WindowsXP, they quickly became incredibly slow and unusable, and they were more or less abandoned until now.


    I have tried to install the regular method but it hangs at the Installation in progress screen for hours (I left it for 3 one afternoon last week).

    So, I tried:
    "sudo chromeos-install --dst /dev/sda"

    However, I am getting:
    "dd: '/dev/sda' : cannot seek: Invalid argument"

    When I run:
    "sudo fdisk -l"
    I see only the partitions on the sdbX(around 20 or so), and from what I can tell all of these are on the USB stick, not the HDD (at least none which be even close to the correct size).

    Funnily enough, I tried Arnold the Bat's ChromiumOS, and I used:
    "sudo chromeos-install --dst /dev/sda"
    and that worked fine. Installed and ran without a hitch, including all the drivers that I tested.

    I'd like to try the Neverware equivalent, as I've heard only great things, but I seem to be hitting a wall.

    Can you help?

  • Forrest Smith

    Donal -

    Can you start a new topic/thread with a copy of that info so we can work on this together?


  • Donal Óg

    Done Forrest, thanks. Hope you can help me get to the bottom of this.

  • Mucahit Senol

    If you see "Primary GPT Header is invalid" and "Secondary GPT Header is invalid" message during command line install, just terminate ctrl+c the installation do not wait for badblock check.

    Boot your computer with a Ubuntu usb disk and launch Gparted. Select your harddisk that you want to install ChromeOS. Create GPT Partition Table. After that it should be easy to install ChromeOS.

  • Jarrod Coombes

    Anyone else run into the issue of not being able to login with the Chronos account? I've tried using the PW chrome about a dozen times, so I am pretty sure it's not just a mistype.

  • dragon788

    Will Neverware support newer devices with NVMe PCI express based disks?

  • Forrest Smith

    dragon - I don't know if we already do or do not.

    If you're having issues, a separate thread with very detailed notes is the best tool you can give us.

  • Roland Klein

    Hi! I am trying to install cloudready as dualboot on my laptop and keep running into problems.

    When I try the installer it keeps running forever. I already tried two different USB sticks. One from Patriot and one from SanDisk

    So I tried to install it manually via cmd line. However, regardless of which of the two commands I run to install it I get the following error:

    ERROR: Entry outside of valid region
    ERROR: -i 26 -l RWFW -b 976773201 -s 16384 -t CAB6E88E-ABF3-4102-A07A-D4BB9BE3C1D3

    When I ran sudo fdisk -l it displays 'partition X does not start on physical sector boundary' for a couple partitions, as well as 'the backup GPT table is corrupt, but the primary appears OK, so that will be used.'

    Some help would be much appreciated.

  • Forrest Smith

    Roland - have you confirmed your Windows installation is in UEFI mode using the method in the install instructions?

  • Roland Klein

    Yes, I checked and its in UEFI Mode.

  • Forrest Smith

    We're unable to reproduce this issue in house - can you open a separate thread where we can discuss gathering some logs to learn more?

  • Brett Grosso

    So I'm trying the install via terminal and it runs through to partition 17 but then the following error:
    Error writing dev/SDA input/output error

    I've tried formating SDA and it says I don't have permission.. any other suggestions?

  • Forrest Smith

    Brett - how large is yoru HDD? Are you installing dual boot or standalone?

  • Brett Grosso

    I think its a 56gb? Not 100% on that. Im going to go get a used one I think at the local computer recycling shop.. Also I was trying to install the standalone version. Thoughts!? I appreciate your help Forrest

  • Martín

    Hi, i've got some doubts while performing the cmd installation:
    i did add the --dualboot flag, when i press enter it asks me to confirm the wiping of the HDD, thanks in advance

  • Forrest Smith

    Hi -
    It is best not to use the --dualboot flag - It only works when partitioning is already done in the exact way CloudReady expects.

    Better to report the symptoms of failure when you use the GUI, in a separate thread.

  • Michael Peterson

    I tried installing via the UI. Computer shut down as expected but wouldn't boot back up (went to BIOS screen). I tried the command line version...seems like the install claimed success but reboot resulted in the same issue (back at BIOS screen). Chromium seems to work fine when I boot off the USB stick. Any advise? What do you need from me to investigate?

  • Forrest Smith

    Michael - you need to adjust UEFI or Secure boot settings. This is a model-by-model process, so if you have further questions it will be better to address this in a new thread (I'll see it, don't worry)

  • Michael Peterson

    I dug around some more on the site and figured out the issue. There were some other posts dealing with ASUS x202e laptops that guided me to getting the internal hard drive to boot. Looks like everything is happy right now. I do want to get the debugger mode working so that's my next steps.

  • Dennis

    Is it normal for it to hang at "writing inode tables" (3 hours and counting.....)

  • Rostislav Medvěd

    So I had issues with the GUI installer (keeps installing forever). I tried both versions of chromeos-install, both were showing
    WARNING: Secondary GPT header is invalid
    WARNING: One of the GPT headers/entries is invalid
    And when it went through all Installing partition XX to /dev/sda, the script ended at:
    Installing the stateful partition...
    mount: /dev/loop1: more filesystems detected. This should not happen, use -t (type) to explicitely specify the filesystem type of use wipefs(8) to clean up the device.
    umount: /tmp/install-mount-point: not mounted.
    I tried rebooting without USB, and it went to PXE rom, so no success here. I also tried creating entirely new GPT partition table, same thing. Please help my motherboard is Intel D945GCLF and HDD WD Caviar Blue (250 GB). Please excuse my English, I am not a native speaker.

  • Forrest Smith

    Hhi Rotislav - please start a new thread as we won't be able to keep track of things well in this thread where many others participate.

  • Oussama Gaham

    i didn't understand "dualboot installs need to be done via the GUI"
    where i shoud add "dual boot" ??

  • Forrest Smith

    Oussama - this means that you shouldn't use the cmd line for dualboot install.

  • Humberto Thiengo

    I'm trying to install Cloudready, but it seems that it can't find my SSD drive.
    When I type "sudo fdisk -l", it only finds partitions inside my USB drive.

    Can you help me?


  • Forrest Smith

    Hi Humberto!
    Please open a new thread (under Model Compatibility section) and include the same problem description, along with as detailed of hardware info (exact model #, etc) so we can investigate if the storage internally might be a problem in particular.

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