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Old 04-03-2019, 10:29 PM   #1
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Exclamation Trying to install linux os to replace chrome os without usb, hdd or cd/dvd!!!! HELP !!!!

hey im wanting to replace chrome os with linux mint, without the use of usb's,hdd's or cd/dvd's. I've looked every where i can think of figure out how to do this with absolutely no luck. if anyone has any information about this it would very be appreciated. im not worried about the difficulty of the process. i just need to know how if it is possible

i dont know if it helps but im using an Acer Chromebook 11, Celeron N3060 with 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM and have 16gb eMMC
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Not sure why you have no ability to use common boot means but all that is left would be pxe/gpxe/ipxe but I don't have one of those to guess from.

It's possible maybe to change up the loader or to chain to some new loader that can boot an iso or a directory.

Could be that there is a virtual machine that could be installed.

Any other connections on that box?
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As jefro wrote, PXE should be available.

Not sure if you can do what I do with Mint, but its upstreams Debian and Ubuntu allow to download the kernel and initrd used by the netboot iso, then load them using a custom stanza in Chrome's bootloader to initialize installation. e.g.:

This is how I install Debian and *buntu, and very similar to how I start most installations. Writing to OM or USB is not necessary with most major distros if Grub is already on a target disk.

You could install a minimal Debian or Ubuntu, then add the Mint repos to apt sources and do an apt dist-upgrade.


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