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Shickley
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Boot issues with Chromebook

Postby Shickley » Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:47 pm

Hi guys, I am new to the Linux Mint Forums so if I get something wrong, please let me know.
I have an Acer c720 that I am trying to boot Linux Mint 17 on to. I have followed this guide
Turn the C720 in a permanent linux laptop Tutorial 1/3
step by step and everything seems to be working. When I turn it on, it goes to OS verification by Google, then switches to SeaBIOS, as it should. It then goes to Linux Mint from my live USB, and displays a message which says "Automatic boot in 10 seconds" and counts down from 10 to 1. After it gets to 1, it says "Not enough memory to load specified image
boot:"
I have run a memory test and the result is that Linux Mint does not recognize any memory at all.
I have looked all over the internet and what I have as the only solution is to fix a so called "memory hole" in the BIOS. I do not know if that is possible with SeaBIOS, and if it is, I do not know how to access it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

EDIT: For any of you who have had the same problem, I did find a fix. After letting it boot into the Linux Mint screen, press tab, scroll to the first option, press tab again to edit the code, and at the end of the code, put a space and type "mem=1024M" and press enter. It will take you to a blank screen, but have no fears! After maybe 30 seconds, it will boot into Linux Mint without problem.

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Re: Boot issues with Chromebook

Postby bglippit » Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:35 pm

Does the "mem=1024M" addition further reduce the amount of ram the os sees? I am pretty new at this and when I look at system details under the settings tab it says the computer has only 1 gig of ram. Is it only using half of the ram hardware availible?

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Re: Boot issues with Chromebook

Postby bglippit » Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:50 pm

So I just tried it with "mem=1980m and it seems to be working. I think that is almost all of the ram it has. I tried 1988m and it failed giving a "Kernal Panic" message and a bunch of scary terminal crap. When I had Ubuntu on the computer previously it only indexed 1.9 gigs of ram so I think 1980MB is perdy close to all the RAM the beastly little machine has.

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Re: Boot issues with Chromebook

Postby Leafy » Sun Jan 11, 2015 6:08 pm

Bit of an old post, I had this same problem on my 4gb i3 c720 and used 1980M just to get the live cd to load so I could install and everything went fine till I realized that even after its installed and updated that its only recognizing that much ram now. Suggestions?

*Edit

Well I already figured it out. I had to open the grub config and find the command line entry that kept mem=1980M and delete it.

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Re: Boot issues with Chromebook

Postby shock486 » Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:06 pm

How did you edit the config file? I went into /boot/grub/ opened up the config file, deleted all instances of mem=1024 but cannot save the file

edit: pm'd the last poster and he confirmed if you use a file manager --> right click and change permission user to sudo or go via command line to the folder and use sudo gedit filename and the file will save after you edit it.

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Re: Boot issues with Chromebook

Postby Teigrgwyn » Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:10 pm

Figured I might as well post on the same problem, I do everything the OP says correctly. Press enter after entering the RAM amount (32bit version of Linux Mint, but I tried values 4048, 2000, and 1024, all to no avail), it still returns a 'not enough ram' message with the boot line popping up next. Help appreciated.

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Re: Boot issues with Chromebook

Postby joesken » Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:36 am

I found an answer to this here (http://www.reddit.com/r/linux4noobs/com ... oad_image/)

This worked for me. Press tab on the startup menu to bring up the startup command line and then put in

Code: Select all

mem=1G
BEFORE the --

HTH

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Re: Boot issues with Chromebook

Postby Teigrgwyn » Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:50 pm

No fix, same problem. I wondered, if Linux Mint isn't able to detect the ram before using the command, how would it be able to after? Would trying an ordinary Debian 7 install for example work, then install Cinnamon on top of that, isn't that essentially the same as LMDE?

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Re: Boot issues with Chromebook

Postby Leafy » Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:27 pm

Teigrgwyn wrote:Figured I might as well post on the same problem, I do everything the OP says correctly. Press enter after entering the RAM amount (32bit version of Linux Mint, but I tried values 4048, 2000, and 1024, all to no avail), it still returns a 'not enough ram' message with the boot line popping up next. Help appreciated.


Are you using the c720? That seems to be everyone in the thread so far, myself included. I know I used the 64bit version of mint though.

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Re: Boot issues with Chromebook

Postby Teigrgwyn » Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:54 am

Indeed, http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/NX.SHEAA.018, testing with x64 Linux Mint (http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=102).

I packed the .iso file downloaded into a 8gb USB drive with Rufus (I heard somewhere the UNetBootin bootloader was incompatible with Chromebooks somehow).

Results are: ISO extraction falure.

Using x32 instead: Exact same solution in the end, not enough memory.

Trying UNetBootin with x64 .iso: Whether I enter a specific amount of memory or start Linux as default, the computer restarts to bring up the boot options again, though not telling me there isn't enough memory.

All in all, still nothing worked.

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Re: Boot issues with Chromebook

Postby Leafy » Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:47 am

Odd, I just put the mint iso onto a flash drive using the boot disk creator utility that comes loaded with linux mint on my other linux laptop, just had to declare the amount of memory in the boot options and that was it.

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Re: Boot issues with Chromebook

Postby Teigrgwyn » Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:51 am

Honestly, is there anything else at all I can try? I've done this fresh a few times now, following a few guides and I now have it down by heart, the only reason I could've missed something is because everyone is omitting something that they think isn't important thus I'm not doing it.


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