Not booting after Installation on Dell Inspiron 11 - 3162.

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  • Mark Tompshon

    This machine is capable of UEFI but I cannot boot off a USB to install CloudReady when in UEFI mode.

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  • Daniel Luck

    @Mark Tompshon:  I had the same problem with the Dell Inspiron 3162 last year.  The only solution that I came up with was to install CloudReady onto 64GB SD Card, and using Legacy Boot.  It's not perfect but it does work, and I'm typing this message using Dell Inspiron 3162 with CloudReady v61.

    https://plus.google.com/+DanielLuck-Tech/posts/JmoNpwyrfKs 

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  • Forrest Smith

    Hey guys - 

     

    I think not being able to UEFI boot CloudReady may be a bug to the BIOS on these devices. Our certified list includes a similar Inspiron 11 3147 and that machine has a note about only supporting legacy mode.

     

    Still, i am surprised that, once in legacy made, the USB device won't boot and install to the internal HDD or emmc.

    Have you tried swapping the emmc storage for a different type of storage? SSD or HDD? I wonder if there might be a bug in CloudReady with booting off some types of media...? 

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  • Joseph Honnoll

    Forrest you realize emmc is storage that's soldered on the MB "Though very few are not" but most are though I doubt there's a setting in BIOS to Allow the storage to be Disabled

     

    Mark,

     

    Try to Enable UEFI and press the boot key "Usually F8" and try to select the EFI 64 File for the USB "If Possible"

     

    Looking around the laptop didn't get good reviews from users 

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  • Forrest Smith

    I didn't realize that the emmc is usually soldered on. If that's the case for these Dells then I suppose we won't be able to test by swapping it out. I definitely don't recommend any kind of de-soldering.

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  • Daniel Luck

    @Forrest Smith:  Ironic that you mentioned Dell Inspiron 3147 which works perfectly in Legacy Mode.  I was able to install 2.5" 64GB SSD, and it works wonderfully with CloudReady.

    Thanks for your help in these forums.

    https://plus.google.com/+DanielLuck-Tech/posts/2dUxxYdQPgd 

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  • Jason Ward

    CloudReady would run fine off the installer USB for my laptop, but my Dell 11-3162 would never boot from the hard drive. After removing the installer USB, I'd get the error about no OS or no boot device available. CloudReady would only run with the USB installer inserted...until....

    I spent the better part of an afternoon and evening figuring this out, so I feel compelled to spare everyone else who has a Dell 11-3162 this much grief.   Thanks to Michael Banks who incidentally solved the problem in this post here by mentioning he left secure boot on and set the BIOS to uefi, not legacy. This Dell laptop is slim and lightweight, but using it with Windows is an ongoing headache. MS is relentless about pushing updates, but the un-expandable 32gb emmc makes updates all but impossible.  Windows pretty much takes up the whole usable hardrive, leaving space for only tiny apps and files. I was running this box with a flash drive permanently attached and running all apps from this external drive. I finally decided to make this Dell a Chromebook by:

    1. Create a CloudReady installer with the USB maker here.
    2. Restart the Dell 11-3162.
    3. When the Dell logo appears, hit F2 to open the BIOS set up screen.
    4. Use right arrow to page over to the Boot tab.
    5. Configure as follows:

         Fast Boot                             [DISABLED]

         Boot List Option                   [UEFI]

         Secure Boot                         [ENABLED]

         Load Legacy Option rom     [DISABLED]

    1. Hit F10 Save and Exit.
    2. Re-start the 11-3162 with the USB installer inserted.
    3. A white CloudReady screen appears. Follow instructions here - click on the clock, select install OS.
    4. My install took just under 20 minutes. YMMV.
    5. The machine shuts down after install.
    6. Take the CloudReady USB installer out.
    7. Restart.
    8. CloudReady white screen appears, hit 'get started', and complete a brief set up by linking to your Google account.
    9. Enjoy a new Chromebook experience on a formerly painful WIN10 machine!

    Maybe these BIOS settings work on other Dell laptops...?

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  • Daniel Luck

    @Jason Ward:  Thanks so much for your detailed explanation.  This worked like a charm on my Dell Inspiron 3162 Laptop!

    I've been using this laptop with Legacy Mode and Micro SD Card pre-loaded with CloudReady for the past two years.  I had to manually create new SD Card each time there was major update.

    This is real boon for me.  Thanks again for all your help.

    Daniel

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