Toshiba Cromebook 2 (Bay Trail) no sound

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  • JCloud

    I have two of these have not tried CR on yet as not AUE until next year. What steps did you take to put CR on it? Did you remove write protect screw / update bios?

    Have you tried media plugins in settings?

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  • Julius

    Thanks for quick response

    Did you remove write protect screw - yes

    Update bios - just installed seabios

    Have you tried media plugins in settings - yes

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  • JCloud

    Got me stumped then, lol.

    What evidence is on google of people getting this model to work?

    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Install+CloudReady+(or+other+OS)+on+Toshiba+Chromebook+2+(CB35-C3300)/127415

    I forget how to tell which model it is

    Chromebook 2 Sep 2021
    Chromebook 2 (2015 Edition) Jun 2021

    which is yours? mine is Sep21 I think.

    I'll probably leave putting CR on mine until 2022 as it wont be that far behind updates also because hopefully be more guides on google about any issues.

     

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  • JCloud

    Have tried any linux on this to see if sound is just CR issue?

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  • Julius

    Mine "Chromebook 2 Sep 2021"  swanky baytrail

    With vlc linux on cloudready - unsuccessful.

    The only distro with working sound - gallium os

     

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  • JCloud

    Sucks, patience is probably our friend here. Please report back if you have any success.

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  • TVS

    This Reddit thread examines the various options for Toshiba Chromebook 2 models that have exceeded their AUE dates. The discussion covers Mr Chromebox replacement firmware, CloudReady, Ubuntu, Gallium, audio isues, touchpad issues, fixes and workarounds. There is lot of information to digest but the bottom line is that there are pro and cons for each option so take your pick.

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  • JCloud

    thanks for info :-)

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  • JCloud

    Just wondering what people are thinking of doing with this device? 

    Anyone put Cloudready on a Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)? : chromeos
    https://www.reddit.com/r/chromeos/comments/k7moux/anyone_put_cloudready_on_a_toshiba_chromebook_2/

    Cloudready vs. Gallium? : chromeos
    https://www.reddit.com/r/chromeos/comments/lydk6q/cloudready_vs_gallium/

    Seems like Gallium is best option though battery issues and slow performance. 

    I understand performance issues as this machine quite old now and never had Playstore or Linux Support.

    I'm tempted to just do nothing with them, run on proper Chrome OS even though no updates. Do that for a year or two and then just throw away. Seems to me that other than the odd security update no advantage to modding this machine. Any major CR / Gallium updates in the future are more than likely to slow it down to an unusable level. Just seems load of effort for little return.

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  • Julius

    By the way  - (any)buntu 21.04  - the sound now works correctly

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  • JCloud

    I had a suspicion it would be ok on buntus. What is performance like though? I doubt it any good for more than few tabs. Also it's my non tech family who using so Linux is last resort, lol, maybe just tell them to only use browsers on it.

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  • Julius

    Only second day on kubuntu: of course not a speed demon, but usable. And i have same problem with family :)

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  • Joseph Anderson

    Its unfortunate this chromebook doesn't seen to get much love. It runs the latest cloudready great.... just no audio. Just needs a driver and we'd be off to the races.

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  • JCloud

    Does the bluetooth work ok on CR? Will sound work to a bluetooth speaker? or usb device? guess the driver probably needed for that too.

    Neverware are never going to do the sound driver on this, intentionally anyway, so I probably just use out date date Chrome OS for a year or so, doubt will have performance for anything useful after that anyway. 

    It was a great little laptop and in a way the last true Chromebook because never had Playstore or Linux.

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  • Joseph Anderson

    Everything is working fine, bluetooth, touchpad, screen brightness and even power management. I was only getting 6-7 hours on regular chrome OS and the same is here. Just 1 peice in the puzzle with the speakers / audio not working. Its too bad. I know under linux I can definately get the audio working under something like ubuntu or arch. Tons of forums out there. I also understand from previous experience that Cloudready doesn't give us access to the underbelly so I probably can't route around to fix it myself either. I don't know if it would work, but this guy does have a script for those who decide to go with linux on this unit (or other bay trail devices) that fixes the keyboard layout + audio issues. He's installing ubuntu so your millage may vary:

    http://www.fascinatingcaptain.com/projects/automate-chromebook-fixes-for-linux/

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  • JCloud

    Julius above says sound works out box with kubuntu.

    I really hate Linux myself, I've never used it without thinking this is made hard on purpose. They reckon Linux is better these days and that's probably true, but they were working so far from anything an average user would use that there's still a long way to go. They have made it look more modern but once you actually try and do anything there is a steep learning curve, that just seems is made hard on purpose.

    That's my opinion and I'm very much mid level tech. There's no way I would Linux anything to family without expecting them calling me every 5 mins, just not going down that route. I'd rather give them a laptop with CR but no sound. But given I doubt this machine can handle much anyway these days I'm not really bothered.

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  • Julius

    That's true, u(k)(x)(l)buntu audio now ok, but only the newest version 21.04 (manjato linux as well). Maybe  new linux kernel includes drivers, and maybe soon it comes to cloudready. 

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  • JCloud

    It could do but probably not for a while, I got two of these so I'll probably test one next year to see if it has.

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  • Joseph Anderson

    I'll be interested to hear how it goes. I returned this chromebook to stock for now and will keep tabs on how bay trail makes out.

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  • Andy

    Same here, I have a Swanky Chromebook (Toshiba Chromebook 2 2014) and sound doesn't work. It works fine on Xubuntu 21.04.

    Happy to provide any logs/system info/etc that would be helpful - if needed, just let me know how to get it and I'd be happy to share!

    I removed the WP screw and installed the full bios from MrChromebox.

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  • Guzman

    I have a Lenovo N21 (BayTrail) that has just hit AUE. I use it mostly to stream videos to my TV. For those of you that have tried CloudReady, did anyone try to see if there is sound with HDMI out? I assume the answer is no, but maybe there is a way to keep the device up to date for my uses.

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  • Bidwell Ely

    Forrest Smith , what is your take?

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  • epee sharkey

    Hi, 

    I actually just put the Chromium OS on top of the Mr Chromebox BIOS on a Toshiba 2 2014 (Swanky/Baytrail).

    Came here puzzled by the lack of audio. I did the alsamixer magic stuff, not really sure it made any difference. 

    What I did discover is: 

    - The HDMI sound works perfectly

    - Bluetooth audio to headphones works (seems a little quiet/underpowered, but maybe that is just how it is)

    - With the bluetooth (which has a mic attached), it looks like the microphone is working. However I didn't have a chance to test it yet.

    However, as noted the laptop speakers and microphone seem not to be working at all. 

    That one thing aside, the laptop is working well under Chromium/Cloudready. In fact the battery life seems as good if not better than before, and all other hardware is pretty much spot on. The only test I tried it on which didn't work was to join a test 'Facetime' call (via e-mail link of course). That didn't work well (even allowing for the lack of microphone), the lag on the video was super painful. I cannot rem if this CB managed to join any kind of video call in its pre-AUE Chromeos days, I guess it is a heavy load for a 6 year old process designed in the days before anyone heard of Zoom. 

    I would prefer if the speakers worked of course, but going to the pain of putting Gallium on there, to get working audio, but probably cause a bunch more pain seems a bit questionable. 

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  • Guzman

    Thanks for thatepee sharkey. I am glad HDMI out works, since that is what I would be using the old Chromebook for. My question for you is what is "alsamixer magic stuff" and did HDMI audio work without that?

    Thanks

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  • epee sharkey

    Hi the alsamixer magic is just my term for the instructions (given somewhere on neverware by Forrest Smith for dealing with 'no sound' generally. They go back a few years and there are 2 steps

    1) Open a crosh session, so into shell and type alsamixer to bring up a very basic interface to alsamixer. You can change settings like volume and if muted or not. You can do this for default or different cards. In my case I could only change settings for <default>

    2) in a separate crosh session, go into shell and save the state of alsa using somthing like alsctl, having created a suitable sub dir if one doesn't exit. 

    These steps more or less work for me, the alsastate file is in the proper place and persists on reboot (however I believe it will be destroyed on a ChrOs update). 

    I am uncertain if HDMI audio would work without the above steps since I didn't try eirther HDMI or Bluetooth audio until after. However, given the fact that my default state was 'not muted' on both and that the hardware volume controls work fine, I think I could have skipped the 'alsamixer magic'. 

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  • Guzman

    Well I installed CloudReady on my Lenovo N21 Chromebook using the Mr Chromebox script (I had done this with my HP Chromebook G1). Everything went well, but no sound as I expected, but as epee sharkey said, HDMI sound out works, so that is good as it was connected to my TV to send online content.

    Oddly it was on Chrome OS 93 (it's last update) and now it is on CloudReady 92 but at least now it will be getting updates moving forward. Performance seems identical to native Chrome OS.

    Another device saved from the recycle pile!

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  • epee sharkey

    And Guzman -- I assume you did NOT need to do any alsamixer magic for the HDMI to work? I did not check if the microphone on the (bluetooth) headset worked also. That would be interesting to check.

     

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  • Guzman

    I did not do anything other than install CloudReady. I will try the headphone port to see if that works as well.

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  • epee sharkey

    Guzman -- the regular analog (3.5mm jack) headphone port will not work (at least not for me). However bluetooth stream audio OK, and possibly the microphone will work too. 

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  • carlton palmer

    I have the same problem 🤨

    Come on Neverware. Use some of that lovely Google lolly to fix this.

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