Cloudready On An Actual Chromebook

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  • Forrest Smith

     Hi there,

    We're glad to have you posting int he forums - please don't take the following as anything discouraging, but:

    Please take a look through existing posts for this (and future) questions. This question's been answered a number of times. I found the following links by searching for "chromebook" in these forums and leafing through a few pages of results.

    https://neverware.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/214096148-Cloudready-on-real-Chromebook-

    https://neverware.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360001410588-Install-CloudReady-on-a-Chromebook-

    https://neverware.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/115007243107-Chromebook-Pixel-2013-as-legacy-hardward

     

    In particular for your device, the steps to get the device installed will be different than what's in our guide, but like other Chromebooks it may be possible. In this, case, once installed, the x131e should work well since it came in both Chromebook and Windows variants, and the Windows variant is a certified device.

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  • C.E. Griffin

    Okay. Thanks!  I'm new to the forum, but not new to the concept of searching for help before posting.  I had done a cursory search on Google, finding nothing new.  Your comments are encouraging.

    I think this will be be beyond my skill level.  I gave it a couple of hours but could never get it to boot to USB in developer mode. I was right there in shell but Ctrl U would not respond. This old Chromebook will not reboot on it's own generally.  I have to shut it down and power back up for rebooting.  There is some issue stopping it from waking by lifting the screen.  I paid 45.00 dollars shipped for it.  Looks like I got about what I paid for. It works, but not perfectly.

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  • C.E. Griffin

    Will wonders ever cease, I got CR on my Lenovo.  It only took another 4 hours tonight.  I'm afraid to shut down the Chromebook for fear CR won't be actually installed and the system is once again looking for recover files. :)

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  • C.E. Griffin

    Apparently, I would have to remain in developer mode, so it's a fail.

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  • Forrest Smith

    Well I'm glad you worked out how to get it to boot external media, but I'm not surprised to hear that you need to remain in dev mode to run CloudReady on a Chromebook. The security model for Chromebooks is generally to to allow only official digned images directly from Google to run on the hardware (except when in dev mode).

    CloudReady is Chromium OS, but it is not made by Google, so from a Chromebook's firmware-perspective it is just as insecure as any other random OS.

    We do keep CloudReady closer to the secure state of an official Chromebook with features like rootFS verification, and by removing shell access in the EDU and Enterprise versions, but I think you'd need to look into actually changing your firmware on that machine if you wanted to avoid the need for dev mode going forward.

     

    That said - if you want to try to sell that x131e Chromebook and buy an x131e PC that runs Windows, you should have better luck. 

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  • C.E. Griffin

    At least after recovering Chrome OS I was able to move to the Dev channel and get version 69 installed before getting the notice from Google about no more updates. 

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  • C.E. Griffin

    Because I'm a glutton for punishment and now could do so in about 10 minutes, I reinstalled CR successfully.  I decided, with nothing to lose to try the Dev channel and ........... got the expected results, system frozen on CR splash screen.  Now back on stable I'm going to experience CR in developer mode for a bit.

    Wonder if it will pay nice with Dev install when 68.2 drops soon.  Guess I'll find about this and my Optiplex 745.

    I have the memory upped to 8 gigs and I replaced the 16 GB drive with a 60 GB 2.5 inch SSD, so this makes a pretty snappy Chromebook.

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  • J Chase

    Oh wow... you're in for some awesome!

    I'm running the current stable 66.4 release of CR on an 8-thread Xeon workstation and it's unannily fast. Things occur so quickly and smoothly, it feels as if the system is predicting my demands.

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