Cloudready on Intel Braswell N3050

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  • Parker Bach

    I created an account just to upvote and coment on this post. I, too, have an Acer Cloudbook with an N3050, and I was very excited about the prospects of turning it into a chromebook (because, honestly, the windows 10 experience sucked). I was equally disappointed when I found that I booted to a black screen. I get that Neverware is more focused on paying customers and such, but I think they're missing out on a substantial userbase of disgruntled Windows 10 "pseudo-netbook" users who are fed up with having the OS take up 80% of the hard drive space and strain the paltry specs of their laptops. 

  • Dave Watts

    @Parker Bach:

    I have now installed Lubuntu on this "netbook". W10 was horrendously slow and if any update processes were running it was almost unusable. My bar may be set a little too high as my desktop is an AMD Octa-Core FX with 16GB ram. Lubuntu runs really well with UEFI support on the Acer 131, very low overhead and all the functionality of W10. The install is just over 2GB and stays that way with use. Unlike the ever ballooning W10 install. 

    Hopefully Neverware decide to code for the Braswell but for now i'm OK. 

  • Owen Wegman

    I agree that Neverware should definitely support Intel N3050. I bought an Asus TP200 convertible notebook/tablet and I was planning on using it for college, but Windows 10 is unbearably slow. I was planning on installing CloudReady from the start since I'm a huge fan of chromebooks, but I was disappointed when it didn't work. Neverware, please update!

  • Owen Wegman

    I agree that Neverware should definitely support Intel N3050. I bought an Asus TP200 convertible notebook/tablet and I was planning on using it for college, but Windows 10 is unbearably slow. I was planning on installing CloudReady from the start since I'm a huge fan of chromebooks, but I was disappointed when it didn't work. Neverware, please update!

  • Parker Bach

    @Dave Watts

    How does lubuntu run on your cloudbook? I had ubuntu 16.04 installed and the restart function wouldn't work (a minor issue) and the trackpad would just randomly stop working, requiring a reboot (a much more annoying issue). Have you experienced any of that?

  • Parker Bach

    @Owen Wegmans

    You should check out Cub Linux. Not quite the Chrome OS clone that cloudready is, but similar, and you can install applications like LibreOffice.

  • Dave Watts

    @Parker Bach

    Agreed, restart function doesn't work. Track-pad has been fine though. 

  • Parker Bach

    @Dave Watts

    Interesting. Are you running Lubuntu 16.04? If so, I may have to give it a shot.

  • Dave Watts

    Any news on this front from Neverware?

     

  • Giuhop

    Just posted this on the forum yesterday:

     https://neverware.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/212963127-Problems-with-Asus-TP200SA

    Same problems unfortunately for me , but i've managed to run Chromium without the screen issues although i ran into other problems.

  • Forrest Smith

    We have a new kernel coming at the end of the month/beginning of next which may improve things for modern hardware architectures like Braswell and Skylake.

     

    Braswell is particularly trickey tho, so temper your hopes.

  • Daniel Luck

    Oddly enough, I can boot and use from USB Drive on my Acer A01-131 Laptop.  After I try installing and rebooting, all I get is black screen.

  • Forrest Smith

    Hi Daniel,

     

    This suggests that the boot settings may not be enforcing UEFI, OR that you installed in Legacy mode when your machine is in UEFI mode.

     

    Can you show us the boot option you chose when you first installed?

  • Daniel Luck

    Hi Forrest:  I could only get the laptop to boot off the USB when it was in Legacy Mode.  When I tried booting with UEFI, I couldn't boot with Secure Boot turned on.  Turning off Secure Boot was greyed out. 

    EDIT:  I found a way to disable Secure Boot and I'm re-installing under UEFI Mode now.  Yes, I had to enable Admin password to do this.

  • Forrest Smith

    YOu need to turn off Secure boot - to do this you need to (ironically) enable a BIOS admin password, and THEN turn off Secure Boot.

    (I think...)

  • Daniel Luck

    Hi Forest:

    I was able to disable Secure Boot and boot up from USB Drive.  I was able to install CloudReady.  After rebooting, the system said No Bootable Device.  Any ideas?

    UPDATE:  I was able to get CloudReady working on the Acer A1-131 Laptop!  I was looking at the Installation Instructions for CloudReady, and they mentioned adding the appropriate Boot Loader to the Secure Boot configuration.  I did this and voila, it's booting up just fine!

    Thanks for all your help, Forrest.

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