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Old 04-19-2019, 09:06 PM   #1
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Installing to a 2011 chromebook

I've got a 2011 Acer AC700-ZGB I got for free. I'm using it as a backup laptop mainly for streaming. Google dropped support for it back in 2014 so using it is an absolute nightmare. It can barely handle Youtube. Other streaming services aren't even supported at all (Netflix, Hulu, etc. It's a firmware limitation with the old versions of ChromeOS).

Is Bodhi a good option for this machine? I just need something simple to turn it in to a decent streaming machine. I also don't know much about computers or linux, so if it's more complicated than just booting the installer off of a flashdrive, I'm lost. I think this generation of Chromebook requires messing around it a special developer mode to load custom operating systems. See the link provided.

Here's a link to the computer's specs and a compatibility chart for Gallium. Thanks for any help! (Please refrain from vomiting all over you keyboard when you read the specs)

Intel Atom 1.66 Ghz (NM10 chipset)
2 GB DDR3 ram
Intel GMA 3150 integrated graphics
Old 04-22-2019, 01:13 AM   #2
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Well based on what you linked, it's a little more complicated cuz it seems you have to flip a switch under your battery to get a command prompt and then execute a command to set your bios to allow other OS, but seems simple enough.... .

But the spec sounds fine to me. Worst case you might only get reliable 720p out of youtube. Even my P4 gets reliable 360p from youtube in a browser (and 720p with VLC). But dunno til you try. Assuming you figure out how to boot from USB, if the usb boots, you can test streaming before you install to your hard drive, although you'll probably have to quickly install a better browser than the one in the iso to use youtube/etc effectively. If it were me I'd try chromium since it's easy to install from repos (sudo apt install chromium).

I don't use netflix on my pc, but I recall someone mentioning they had to set their browesers useragent to windows for it to work, but that's fairly simple thing to do. You could also run something like kodi easily under bodhi, I think (not sure) there is a netflix addon, and 99% sure there's a youtube addon. Just ideas tho, no experience with kodi under linux.

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