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Old 05-19-2018, 06:09 AM   #1
Ektifson
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Kali on Acer Chromebook R13 (arm) not working


Hello everyone,

I've tried to install Kali on my Chromebook (Arm) and it failed.

First I tried to install it via Crouton and I booted into Kali with a XFCE4 desktop but I have no tools and so I need to run
Code:
sudo apt-get install kali-linux-full
But I've got this error:
Code:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 kali-linux-full : Depends: beef-xss but it is not going to be installed
                     : Depends: hexorbase but it is not going to be installed
                     : Depends: set but it is not going to be installed
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
Then I've tried to follow this instruction: https://docs.kali.org/kali-on-arm/ka...-chromebook-13
Instead of a SD card I used an USB stick but it won't boot from it. My Chromebook makes a beep sound when I try to boot from the stick and it doesn't work (Yes, I've enabled USB-Boot)

Next I tried to use Kali via qemu in my Ubuntu chroot but it also won't let me boot from the stick. I installed the image a second time to be sure I've done nothing wrong after the first time failed.

I hope anyone can help me.
 
Old 05-20-2018, 03:47 PM   #2
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First several questions:

How much experience do you have with Linux?

Is there a specific reason you're trying to use Kali?

The reason I'm asking is, Kali is an advanced distro and not very user friendly. Check this thread for more info: https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...ad-4175614092/

If you're new to Linux, I highly recommend starting with a beginner friendly distro such as Mint until you figure things out.
 
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Old 05-21-2018, 11:27 PM   #3
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So, if Kali is on a USB drive, but you can boot into it, but you can't boot the USB drive, what are you booting Kali from? On thing, Chromebooks are not all x86 machines, so read here: https://www.howtogeek.com/185039/4-t...ook-for-linux/
 
Old 05-22-2018, 05:31 AM   #4
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(Yes, I've enabled USB-Boot)
Ok. Sounds like you have the john Lewis Bios. My guess is all you need is arm based kernel and distro to boot on it when you enable the above quote.

https://www.offensive-security.com/k...ux-arm-images/

I usually use dd when in doubt on making my live usb pen drives.

https://docs.kali.org/downloading/ka...ve-usb-install

My Acer C710 Chromebook runs AntiX now instead of ChromeOS Parrot. Thanks to john Lewis and Company. I donated because I was so jazzed.
 
Old 05-22-2018, 06:58 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Mill J View Post
First several questions:

How much experience do you have with Linux?

Is there a specific reason you're trying to use Kali?

The reason I'm asking is, Kali is an advanced distro and not very user friendly. Check this thread for more info: https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...ad-4175614092/

If you're new to Linux, I highly recommend starting with a beginner friendly distro such as Mint until you figure things out.
I have experience in using Linux. I've started using Ubuntu a couple of years ago.

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Originally Posted by AwesomeMachine View Post
So, if Kali is on a USB drive, but you can boot into it, but you can't boot the USB drive, what are you booting Kali from? On thing, Chromebooks are not all x86 machines, so read here: https://www.howtogeek.com/185039/4-t...ook-for-linux/
It's a 16GB USB drive and I used an official .img file for arm devices. Like I said, I followed the official tutorial for my device (https://bit.ly/2LjtOVa) and it doesn't work for me.

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Originally Posted by rokytnji View Post
Ok. Sounds like you have the john Lewis Bios. My guess is all you need is arm based kernel and distro to boot on it when you enable the above quote.

https://www.offensive-security.com/k...ux-arm-images/

I usually use dd when in doubt on making my live usb pen drives.

https://docs.kali.org/downloading/ka...ve-usb-install

My Acer C710 Chromebook runs AntiX now instead of ChromeOS Parrot. Thanks to john Lewis and Company. I donated because I was so jazzed.
I've already used the right distro for my device but it doesn't boot and yes, USB boot is enabled (unless it has reseted itself for some reason)


EDIT:
Okay, I found out that I probably need a CrOS formatted image. How can I find out, if an image is CrOS formatted?

Last edited by Ektifson; 05-22-2018 at 07:11 AM. Reason: update
 
Old 05-22-2018, 01:22 PM   #6
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ChromeOS Formatted Image? You got me there.

Mine I put in developer mode. I disabled the write protect switch physically. Checked it was disabled in ChromeOS using CROSH Terminal.

Then installed John lewis Bios. Which gave me the boot from USB,

You sound like you want a Kali image that runs inside ChromeOS like Ubuntu does with a chroot enviroment.

I am not hip on running via Crouton inside of ChromeOS. Let alone a Kali image that is a choice for Crouton and arm netbooks.
 
Old 05-27-2018, 05:53 PM   #7
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ok, I read the tutorial. It looks like you're using several different methods to get Kali. This method: https://docs.kali.org/kali-on-arm/ka...-chromebook-13 boots off of the USB flash drive. If you follow that method, without mixing in any steps from other tutorials, it should work.

Make note that you have to use the specific image file they supply. Also make note that the 'dd' command is not a typical dd command line, because it uncompresses the image using xzcat and pipes it to dd. It also says that after booting from the USB flash drive, at the developer prompt press CTRL+U, which should boot you into Kali Linux.
 
  


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