[User-Submitted Instructions] Installing CloudReady in a ChromeBook

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  • Pedro Henrique

    Thanks my Chromebook is acer R11

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  • Willio 2000

    i try to run the installation script, and i get this error:

    initctl: Unknown instance:

    Error: source can not be the destination device: /dev/dsa

     

    this happened evrery time i tried running the installation script, even when i put in dsb and dsc instead of dsa. either im doing something wrong, or the command prompt thought i meant dsa when i said dsb...

    im not sure.

    do you think you know what went wrong?

    (I have an ASUS chromebox CN60)

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  • Forrest Smith

    Hi Willio 

    Can you show the exact command you're running?

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  • Willio 2000

    sudo /usr/sbin/chromeos-install --dst /dev/sda

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  • Forrest Smith

    ok - that seems right, and when you include --/dst/sda it makes sense that it would be failing since /dev/sda seem to be your USB installer.

    If you run "sudo fdisk -l" you can see all the devices and look for the right name of the internal drive - it could be a different type of device like emmc or nvme which would show up with a name other than /dev/sdb or /dev/sdc

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  • Willio 2000

    i dont know how to scroll up, the scroll wheel isnt working

    how would i scroll up

     

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  • Forrest Smith

    hold shift while pressing the up arrow

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  • Willio 2000

    What is it under?

     

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  • Forrest Smith

    Hi Willio

     

    I just don't know - it depends on your device. 

    If you can post a picture of the full output of sudo fdisk -l, I'd be happy to take a look and give you my best guess

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  • Willio 2000

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  • Forrest Smith

    Alright - that looks pretty clearly like /dev/sdb is your installer USB and /dev/sda is your internal USB (you can tell because CloudReady installer USB has many more partitions compared to the baseline 12 that Chrome OS has.

     

    So you want to run:

     

    sudo /usr/sbin/chromeos-install --src /dev/sdb --dst /dev/sda

     

    see if that'll do the trick, and post any differen error you see this time around.

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  • Willio 2000

    uh its not letting me type, i can scroll up and down, but cant type. I didnt enter the code yet.

     

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  • Forrest Smith

    Just reboot and try again, now that you know the device names and adjusted command you want to run.

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  • Willio 2000

    now it says:

    "flags:WARN getopt: unrecognized option '--src' --dst '/dev/dsa' -- '/dev/dsb'

    flags:FATAL unable to parse provided options with getopt."

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  • Forrest Smith

    I was mistaken - --src is not an option - sorry.

     

    Still, IU expect you can write:

    sudo /usr/sbin/chromeos-install --dst /dev/sda

     

    and the source will be /dev/sdb automatically - does this work?

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  • Willio 2000

    No, it says:

    initctl: Unknown instance:

    Error: source can not be the destination device: /dev/dsa

    this is what it said before when i tried the same command.

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  • SpacePiggy

    Hi Willio

    I'm assuming you're attempting to install Cloudready Home on your Asus CN60? I've been doing this for about a year (ever since it fell out of support June 2019).

    Have you successfully flashed MrChromeBox's firmware to the CN60? You need to have the write protect screw removed, and boot the CN60 to Chrome OS developer mode (not the same as developer channel). Once in developer mode you need to get to the terminal to run the firmware script command.

    To accomplish these steps I recommend you visit mrchromebox.tech and read his instructions.

    Once you have firmware successfully updated (and yes there is a risk of bricking your CN60) power off the CN60. You need a properly prepared Cloudready installer USB, plenty of instructions and options on neverware.com, Cloudready's home.

    Plug the USB into one of the front ports (opposite side from power/monitor ports), and then while powering up keep tapping the ESC key on your keyboard. This will bring you to the boot menu:

    Arrow down to the Boot Menu option and hit ENTER/RETURN:

    Arrow down to select the USB installer (in this case Sandisk, not SATA the internal drive nor UEFI the boot loader shell, and Cloudready already exists on my drive) and hit enter:

    Wait a bit for the installer to load and follow on screen instructions to connect to wifi. At this point if you want to install, click the clock tab in the lower right corner and select the install OS option. In a few minutes you're good to go by rebooting without tapping ESC as the boot grub is created and Cloudready is loaded. Finish set up per on screen instuctions.

    Good luck!

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  • Willio 2000

    i am spamming escape, but the boot screen isnt showing up. I tried going slower, that didn’t work, either. Is it supposed to be hard to do?

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  • JCloud

    Are you using wired or Bluetooth keyboard, wired would be better.

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  • SpacePiggy

    Its a basic [tap]-[tap]-[tap] as you press the power button until you get the boot screen. Easy. Both my Asus Chromeboxen respond the same. My guess is you don't have the firmware installed. Does the CN60 boot to any OS?

    If you've wiped the Chrome OS from the drive forget the developer mode of flashing the firmware. You may need to do a Google Chrome Recovery USB. That requires access to a Windows, Mac or functioning Chromebox/book. Recover to the outdated Google Chrome OS, then follow mrchromebox's instructions. Marco's original post is two years old and mrchromebox has provided more current instructions.

    https://mrchromebox.tech/#fwscript

    If you can boot using a Linux live boot, such as Gallium OS you can run the firmware script from Terminal.

     

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  • SpacePiggy

    Yes, as JCloud suggests definitely use a wired keyboard. Bluetooth isn't activated until later in the boot cycle. I'm using a Logitech K400 wireless keyboard but it is not Bluetooth, it has it's own receiver dongle which is powered up immediately from the USB port.

    And if you're using a Logitech device with a Unified Remote dongle don't connect your USB to the port next to the dongle. Weird radioactive interference happens and kills the USB3 ports on the same bus. Logitech knows, can't fix.

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  • Willio 2000

     

    i re-installed the firmware, but now it seems like my chromebox is having problems turning off. the off button doesnt work sometimes, and when i try the shut down button in the start menu, the screen fades to white but doesnt turn off. Also, i am using a wired keyboard.

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  • SpacePiggy

    What happens when you disconnect the AC adapter and then plug it back in? Does the power button come on/flash continuously or does it function normally to turn on the CN60?

    I've encountered that flashing power light twice: first time was a gift but bricked CN62 which I sent to mrchromebox for his unbricking service, and just yesterday when the SSD of CN60 became corrupted. See this thread for the latter issue and how to fix.

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