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Old 07-13-2013, 10:33 AM   #1
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Removing Chrome OS?


Hi, i have a Samsung series 3 Chromebook. I was wondering if it is possible to completely format the ssd and install a new lightweight linux distro for ARM?

I tried dual booting and wasn't too fond of it. I just want one lightweight Linux OS, but not chrome.

I've also heard that there is some sort of BIOS protection, how would i go about flashing the BIOS if this is the case?


Tanks.

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Old 07-13-2013, 01:01 PM   #2
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Hey there,

Welcome to LQ! Glad to have you around, and you push the boat in deep with your question. Chromebooks may not be lock-ins but I assume there's a reason for a Chromebook to be (relatively) cheap: reduced stuff...maybe this page can help, it's on Ubuntu, but I asume others will be as valid...
Luck!!

Thor
 
Old 07-13-2013, 01:12 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums!
Like Thor, I also have heard good things about the Crouton project for Chromebook. If I ever get my hands one one, I might give it a try myself!
 
Old 07-13-2013, 07:21 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Thor_2.0 View Post
Hey there,

Welcome to LQ! Glad to have you around, and you push the boat in deep with your question. Chromebooks may not be lock-ins but I assume there's a reason for a Chromebook to be (relatively) cheap: reduced stuff...maybe this page can help, it's on Ubuntu, but I asume others will be as valid...
Luck!!

Thor

Thanks but i've tried Crouton before, and again earlier today. I experience problems. Such as when it initially asks me to set a password in the crosh terminal, it wont let me input anything. I've heard of the input password sometimes being invisible but i cannot input anything whatsoever, invisible or otherwise. Then after hitting enter a few times it just goes and boots without a password being set.

Once booted I can't set a password in the terminal through passwd because i don't have a current password to change. If i restart the Chromebook, the only option it gives me on reboot is to turn on OS Verification; formatting the ssd partition, and being back with Chrome OS again.

What i'm after is how to completely remove Chrome OS off the hardware, and replace it with another OS suitable for the architecture.

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Old 07-13-2013, 07:43 PM   #5
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Might help. Might not.

http://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDeb.../ARMChromebook
http://archlinuxarm.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=5496
http://archlinuxarm.org/platforms/ar...ung-chromebook

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Old 07-13-2013, 08:47 PM   #6
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I once was going to buy a chromebook just to replace it with another distro. After a google research the process of doing this is easier said than done. Since I'm not a rich person I couldn't take the risk of turning it into a 250 dollar paperweight. So I didn't buy one.
 
Old 07-13-2013, 09:49 PM   #7
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Since I have zero experience with Chromebooks, please forgive my ignorance with this obvious suggestion.

Can you boot from a live usb with another OS? If you can, I'd load up Partition Magic on a USB stick and nuke the Chromebook drive. Partition Magic has dd, shred and DBAN available for such tasks.

I have a feeling it's not that simple though. Apologies for stating the obvious suggestion, but I'd be curious to hear the end result in this matter, if such a solution is possible?

In case you're successful in wiping the drive clean:

http://archlinuxarm.org
http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu/arm
http://www.debian.org/ports/arm
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Archit...ARM#Fedora_ARM
http://en.opensuse.org/Portal:ARM
http://www.linaro.org/
http://www.thunderst.com/
https://www.tizen.org/
 
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:54 AM   #8
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...or, just thinking out loud here...why go for a lock-in like a chromebook? How about a second-hander? I buy all my PC's second hand...never missed with that...
 
Old 07-18-2013, 01:26 PM   #9
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If you want to have a full feature linux experience don't get a chromebook. The chromebook was solely designed for cloud computing, nothing more nothing less.
 
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