Cloudready on real Chromebook.

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  • Forrest Smith

    https://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/developer-information-for-chrome-os-devices/acer-c7-chromebook

     

    That may be what you need on the C7 - bear in mind that we didn't design for for the C7, so the native drivers for things like trackpad in Chrome OS will probably be much better than on CloudReady, and there may even be performance issues, power bugs, etc (as with any uncertified model).

     

    Good luck! (and proceed at your own risk)

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  • Dan Davenport

    I'm curious about this as well. We have 400 Samsung 303c models deployed that are end of life in October.  Will there ever be an official cloudready install for chromebooks is that counterproductive?

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  • Forrest Smith

    Hi Dan,

     

    Compatibility aside - we have no indication that "End of Life" will definitely mean no further updates - Google seems not to intend to remove updates unless they have to, and the EoL date is an indicator only that they remove their guarantee of updates.

     

    We have considered helping to support EoL chromebooks, but most schools we speak with say they would only purchase such a service AFTER Google ceased updates.

    This is understandable from a school's perspective, but for Neverware it makes developing the support Chromebooks like this this very risky - Google might end up supplying updates to "unsupported" Chromebooks for years.

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  • Dan Davenport

    Thanks for the clarification Forrest, very helpful!

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  • Peter Michael Beck

    Did anyone actually install Neverware on an old Acer C7 chromebook?

    I sure would like to try on mine that has reached end of life before i turn it over to one of my nieces!

    Peter

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  • Joseph

    What is the point of one trying this? I ask cause so many have asked...

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  • Peter Michael Beck

    Joseph. When a “real” chromebook reaches end of life the main feature, the chrome browser, can not be updated. Pretty soon some websites will not work on old browsers or old versions of FLASH. Neverware would let us almost keep up with the latest versions of the browser we all love.

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  • Joseph

    Hmm good Point. I didn't know Google would stop updating for older Laptops. I don't think it's Possible to Fully install CR to the Laptops though. You'd have to VM the OS like you can with Linux (In a way) 

     

    Did some searching Video

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  • Forrest Smith

    Intel-based Chromebooks, if put in dev mode with bootable media enabled, can often boot CloudReady. 

    The steps to do this are not the same for all devices though, and the machine needs  to be in dev mode so it will give a dev-mode warning on each reboot.

    Finally - after switching to CloudReady, not everything will be guaranteed to work in the same way it did as a Chromebooks - CloudReady uses a single image for all machines, and only polishes the details and guarantees functionality on certified models. Chromebooks are not part of that certified list, so anything that might be wrong with a non-certified PC on CloudReady could also be broken for a Chromebook running CloudReady.

    Overall, we don't recommend it, but its possible in some cases.

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  • Peter Michael Beck

    Great Information - Thanks. Has anyone had success with an Acer C7?

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  • Mason Andrew Maseda

    im going to try this on the Chromebook Pixel (2013) now that its at the end of life. wish me luck? 

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  • Mason Andrew Maseda

    Okay the issue I'm running into is this .

    >Cloudready boots when pressing Crl + U. Logging in works just fine. But clicking "install cloud ready" above the "Accessibility" button in starts the install process. After it's finished and the Chromebook reboots I get the "the device you inserted does not contain Chrome OS" error.

    In the top right corner it says "read only firmware" so I think that's the issue.. 

     

    Notes: the write protect screw was removed. I was in Dev mode BEFORE the installation. However... Because the Cloudready USB isn't in Dev mode I can't issue any terminal commands...so I can't remove the read only issue. Therefore Cloudready cannot be installed on Chromebooks.. but you can run it off the USB on your Chromebook. But YouTube doesn't work as well as any other videi playback

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  • Mason Andrew Maseda

    okay scratch all that i just said. it works perfect on the Chromebook Pixel 2013. the mistake i made was i didnt remove the USB after it shut down before powering back on.

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  • Dave Farrington

    Hi Mason, so glad to see you managed to get it working - did you do anything  besides getting into dev mode?

    I'm going to try with my pixel 2013 , received as a birthday present shortly before support ceased! Can you view on-demand TV?

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  • Mason Andrew Maseda

    Yes you have to remove the write protect screw I think

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  • Mason Andrew Maseda

    Also the Pixel 2013 is known to get super hot. Just a note. It gets even hotter with Cloud ready

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  • Dave Farrington

    Mason - Many thanks for the tips

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  • Sennic

    I got round Google's end of life on my Samsung S550 Chromebook by installing CloudReady, works well, left some instructions here https://neverware.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360016506754-Running-CR-on-Samsung-Chromebook-550 

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