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LMDE On Acer C7 Chromebook.....

Postby rover on Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:20 pm

I just recently bought an Acer C7 Chromebook, because it was only $199 and it has 2 G.B. of ram memory it is expected to be shipped to my house in 4 days and I want to replace Chrome OS with LMDE Xfce......or Cinnamon....is their any way I can do this .....please help me.....
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Re: LMDE On Acer C7 Chromebook.....

Postby KBD47 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:19 pm

rover wrote:I just recently bought an Acer C7 Chromebook, because it was only $199 and it has 2 G.B. of ram memory it is expected to be shipped to my house in 4 days and I want to replace Chrome OS with LMDE Xfce......or Cinnamon....is their any way I can do this .....please help me.....


Not sure about Mint, but I know you can put Ubuntu on it:
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/12/ ... hromebook/

I bought one recently and really like it. Might wait and give Chrome OS a shot to see how you like it. Simple OS but good on the battery and if you have another machine for heavy lifting you might find Chrome OS does most everything else, that is my experience.
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Re: LMDE On Acer C7 Chromebook.....

Postby rover on Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:05 pm

Maybe by making the read-only BIOS into a read-write BIOS.....or replacing it completely with Coreboot could it done...... on an Acer C7 Chromebook..
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Re: LMDE On Acer C7 Chromebook.....

Postby nooby on Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:16 am

Rover have you read these two texts?

http://liliputing.com/2012/11/how-to-install-ubuntu-12-04-on-the-199-acer-c7-chromebook.html
and
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/12/how-to-install-ubuntu-on-acers-199-c7-chromebook/

That allow you to enter developer mode and that allows you to boot from USB?
I have not read the texts because I am a true noob. i fail to get out of noob level
I drown in such technical texts and fail to remember all the details.

It seems to say that the hardware is so different that it maybe need special versions
of linux for to boot why else would they need a special version of Ubuntu

I got curious and started to read up on it.
wow much more difficult than I ever though.

Here is good advice?
http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/developer-information-for-chrome-os-devices/acer-c7-chromebook

They warn that it is easy to do something wrong if one try to open the machine.
So to start using the Ubuntu CroUbuntu seems to be a good start to learn how them do it first.
One important detail is that one can restall the recovery if it hangs by taking out the battery and
let the machine rest long enough to allow for a restart that do the recovery properly.

Another thing is that if one put it in Developer mode for to boot from USB then
one have to restore it to standard default if one want to boot Chrome the usual way
but Chrome does work in Dev mode too so maybe such is only needed if others
in Family want to access it in a way them used to.

It says that you lose your files if you go into Dev mode so that is important to do back up on first.



I want to buy this computer now coming Sunday the 15April2013 because it is
the cheapest where I live in Sweden. But if it can only boot Ubuntu then
I am not interested. Linux Minti would be good to boot. Both the ubuntu version
but even better the LXDE version LMDE? Debian version being light or lite

But me not having the knowledge I feel unsure what to do.

Hope you are motivated to ask the Ubuntu people if their special version
can allow one to boot LMDE too by keeping the needed hardware files
but changing Ubuntu files to LMDE files instead?
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Re: LMDE On Acer C7 Chromebook.....

Postby nooby on Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:42 am

Here is a LinuxMint on ChromeBook description.
http://www.chromestory.com/2013/02/how- ... #more-8048
How To Install LinuxMint on Your Chromebook Pixel

That is a more expensive version of Chromebook the one I want to buy is a
cheaper version. But maybe that one are compatible with this way of booting it?
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Re: LMDE On Acer C7 Chromebook.....

Postby nooby on Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:43 pm

Seems that I am alone to want to use LMDE or LM on that computer.
I only have a Car Driver each 14 days so tomorrow is the big day.

Shall I buy it and it will not word due to some hardware quirks of the CromeBook?
or should I trust that that will be fixed within some months or so?
Any suggestions?
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Re: LMDE On Acer C7 Chromebook.....

Postby KBD47 on Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:27 pm

You might want to check with the Google Groups Chromebook group. Maybe someone knows of Mint running on that computer there. I don't think it is an issue of no one wanting Mint on that Chromebook, it's just that no one has done it yet, at least not that I know of. In time I suspect it will happen, Chromebooks are just starting to gain traction.
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Re: LMDE On Acer C7 Chromebook.....

Postby nooby on Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:10 am

KBD47 thanks

yes maybe that would work better. I give it a try.
Only three hours to my travel
so I maybe will not manage to get the info today
have a lot of packing to do for the travel.
So I need to buy it next fortnight when I have a Driver.
but then it cost me 200USD more they have a special intro price this week.
maybe this link [url]https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/chromebook-central/SqeOMiC99fo/discussion[1-25-false][/url]
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Re: LMDE On Acer C7 Chromebook.....

Postby rover on Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:37 pm

This looks interesting....on how to get LMDE or any other Linux Distro on the C7
http://chromebooklinux.blogspot.com/
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Re: LMDE On Acer C7 Chromebook.....

Postby nooby on Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:52 am

rover wrote:This looks interesting....on how to get LMDE or any other Linux Distro on the C7
http://chromebooklinux.blogspot.com/


Thanks rover very good find that one.
Haha had I known about it yesterday at the shop
then I would most likely had bought it but I get a driver
only next fortnight and then they have sold out the Chromebook.
I can maybe buy it online and them send it by Delivery service.

But I don't find it likely me can follow all those instructions and get what them say.
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Re: LMDE On Acer C7 Chromebook.....

Postby rover on Mon May 13, 2013 3:06 pm

I'm going to upload screenshots on this thread........later on this week, hopefully if I get stuck on a problem, a fellow gnu/linux guru may help me.
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Re: LMDE On Acer C7 Chromebook.....

Postby Julio Prada on Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:27 am

rover wrote:I just recently bought an Acer C7 Chromebook, because it was only $199 and it has 2 G.B. of ram memory it is expected to be shipped to my house in 4 days and I want to replace Chrome OS with LMDE Xfce......or Cinnamon....is their any way I can do this .....please help me.....


Could you do it? I am running Ubuntu 13.04 32bit now, but it has several issues, I think Mint Mate would work much better on the C7.
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Re: LMDE On Acer C7 Chromebook.....

Postby KBD47 on Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:11 pm

It seems there should be an easy way to do this. I mostly lost interest after nearly bricking my Acer C7. I tried partitioning and doing a full install of Chrubuntu, but it locked up my machine. It installed correctly, booted the first time into Ubuntu 12.04, but upon reboot it would only boot into ChromeOS, and when I tried to boot into Chrubuntu it froze every time on restart. I thought it was toast. Finally I pulled the battery, got back into developer mode, and completely reinstalled ChromeOS from a usb stick.
People seem to be having better luck with Crouton. But unless I find a more straightforward way to install Linux, I'm probably done experimenting. I'd like Mint LMDE or Mint Xfce or even straight Debian. I will watch and wait at this point.
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Re: LMDE On Acer C7 Chromebook.....

Postby rover on Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:34 pm

I did succeed on installing it on the Acer C7 Chromebook......
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Re: LMDE On Acer C7 Chromebook.....

Postby KBD47 on Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:58 pm

rover wrote:I did succeed on installing it on the Acer C7 Chromebook......



Don't keep us in suspense, tell us how you did it :-)
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Re: LMDE On Acer C7 Chromebook.....

Postby rover on Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:39 am

It's not that difficult after all more information on this site http://chromebooklinux.blogspot.com/ it just takes effort......
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