Chrome OS devices/Chromebook

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Main article: Chrome OS devices.

Introduction

First generation of Chromebooks

The first generation of Chromebooks: Google Cr-48, Samsung Series 5 500 and Acer AC700 use Insyde H2O firmware and not Coreboot firmware. There are three approaches how to install Arch Linux on these devices:

  • Flash a custom H2C firmware (only available for Google Cr-48) and install Arch as on any other UEFI laptop.
  • Take the ChrUbuntu approach which uses the Chrome OS kernel and modules.
  • Build and sign your own kernel, see [1].

Hardware comparisons

Warning: The availability of SeaBIOS does not promise device compatibility for Linux or that the pre-installed SeaBIOS works properly. Before purchasing a device visit its page on the ArchWiki and look for Linux users' posts about that model.
Chromebook Models
Available Brand Model Processor RAM Storage Upgradable Screen Resolution SeaBIOS Remarks
Dec 2010 Google Cr-48 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455 2GB
DDR3
16GB SSD mSATA 12.1 in
(30.7 cm)
1280x800
(16:10)
Unavailable for
1st generation
Custom H2C
firmware available
Jun 2011 Samsung Series 5
XE500C21
1.66 GHz Intel Atom N570 mSATA Unavailable for
1st generation
Jul 2011 Acer AC700 mSATA
Mini
11.6 in
(29.5 cm)
1366x768
(16:9)
Unavailable for
1st generation
May 2012 Samsung Series 5
XE550C22
1.3 GHz Intel Celeron 867
1.6 Ghz Intel Core i5 2467M
4GB
DDR3
mSATA 12.1 in
(30.7 cm)
1280x800
(16:10)
In custom
firmware only
Custom firmware
available
Oct 2012 Series 3
XE303C12
1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos 5250 2GB
DDR3
16GB eMMC No 11.6 in
(29.5 cm)
1366x768
(16:9)
Unavailable
on ARM
Supported by
Arch Linux ARM
Nov 2012 Acer C710 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847
1.5 GHz Intel Celeron 1007U
2-4GB
DDR3
320GB HDD
16GB SSD
SATA
2.5" 7,9.5mm
In custom
firmware only
Custom firmware
available
Feb 2013 HP Pavilion 14
Chromebook
1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847 SATA
2.5" 7,9.5mm
14 in
(35.6 cm)
In custom
firmware only
Custom firmware
available
Lenovo ThinkPad X131e
Chromebook
1.5 GHz Intel Celeron 1007U 4GB
DDR3
16GB SSD mSATA 11.6 in
(29.5 cm)
In custom
firmware only
Custom firmware
available
Google Chromebook
Pixel
1.8 GHz Intel Core i5 3427U 4GB
DDR3
32GB iSSD
64GB iSSD
No 12.85 in
(32.6 cm)
2560x1700
(3:2)
Yes Custom firmware
available
Oct 2013 HP Chromebook 11 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos 5250 2GB
DDR3
16GB eMMC No 11.6 in
(29.5 cm)
1366x768
(16:9)
Unavailable
on ARM
Unsupported by
Arch Linux ARM
installation identical to
Samsung XE303C12
Nov 2013 Chromebook 14 1.4 GHz Intel Celeron 2955U 2GB DDR3
4GB DDR3
16GB SSD
32GB SSD
42mm M.2
NGFF
14 in
( 35.6 cm)
Yes Custom firmware
available
Acer C720/C720P
Chromebook
1.4 GHz Intel Celeron 2955U
1.7 GHz Intel Core i3-4005U
42mm M.2
NGFF
11.6 in
(29.5 cm)
Yes Custom firmware
available
Jan 2014 Toshiba CB30/CB35
Chromebook
1.4 GHz Intel Celeron 2955U 2GB DDR3 16GB eMMC No 13.3 in
(33.8 cm)
Yes Custom firmware
available
Apr 2014 Dell Chromebook 11 1.4 GHz Intel Celeron 2955U
1.7 GHz Intel Core i3-4005U
2GB DDR3
4GB DDR3
16GB eMMC No 11.6 in
(29.5 cm)
Requires stock
SeaBIOS patching
Custom firmware
available
Jun 2014 Lenovo N20/N20P
Chromebook
2.1 GHz Intel BayTrail-M N2830 2GB DDR3 No 11.6 in
(29.5 cm)
Requires writing
SeaBIOS
Custom firmware script
only writes to BOOT_STUB
Asus Chromebook
C200/C300
2GB DDR3
4GB DDR3
16GB eMMC
32GB eMMC
No 11.6 in
(29.5 cm)
13.3 in
(33.8 cm)
Requires writing
SeaBIOS
Custom firmware script
only writes to BOOT_STUB
Lenovo ThinkPad 11e
Chromebook
1.83 GHz Intel BayTrail-M N2930 4GB DDR3 16GB eMMC No 11.6 in
(29.5 cm)
Requires writing
SeaBIOS
Custom firmware script
only writes to BOOT_STUB
ThinkPad Yoga 11e
Chromebook
No Requires writing
SeaBIOS
Custom firmware script
only writes to BOOT_STUB
Samsung Chromebook 2
XE503C12/C32
1.9 GHz Exynos 5 Octa 5420
2 GHz Exynos 5 Octa 5800
No 11.6 in
(29.5 cm)
13.3 in
(33.8 cm)
1366x768
(16:9)
1920x1080
(16:9)
Unavailable
on ARM
Supported by
Arch Linux ARM
Jul 2014 HEXA Chromebook Pi 2.1 GHz Intel BayTrail-M N2830 32GB eMMC No 11.6 in
(29.5 cm)
1366x768
(16:9)
No Custom firmware
not available yet
Aug 2014 Acer CB5-311
Chromebook 13
2.1 GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 2GB DDR3
4GB DDR3
16GB eMMC
32GB eMMC
No 13.3 in
(33.8 cm)
1366x768
(16:9)
1920x1080
(16:9)
Unavailable
on ARM
Unsupported by
Arch Linux ARM
Sep 2014 Toshiba CB30/CB35
Chromebook 2
2.16 GHz Intel BayTrail-M N2840 16GB eMMC No Requires writing
SeaBIOS
Custom firmware script
only writes to BOOT_STUB
Acer CB3-111
Chromebook 11
2.1 GHz Intel BayTrail-M N2830 2GB DDR3 No 11.6 in
(29.5 cm)
1366x768
(16:9)
Requires writing
SeaBIOS
Custom firmware script
only writes to BOOT_STUB
Oct 2014 C730
Chromebook 11
2.16 GHz Intel BayTrail-M N2840 2GB DDR3
4GB DDR3
16GB eMMC
32GB eMMC
No Requires writing
SeaBIOS
Custom firmware script
only writes to BOOT_STUB
HP Chromebook 14
G3
2.1 GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 No 14 in
(35.6 cm)
1366x768
(16:9)
1920x1080
(16:9)
Unavailable
on ARM
Unsupported by
Arch Linux ARM
Chromebook 11
G3
2.16 GHz Intel BayTrail-M N2840 16GB eMMC No 11.6 in
(29.5 cm)
1366x768
(16:9)
Requires writing
SeaBIOS
Custom firmware script
only writes to BOOT_STUB
Samsung Chromebook 2
XE500C12
2GB DDR3 No Requires writing
SeaBIOS
Custom firmware script
only writes to BOOT_STUB
Feb 2015 Dell Chromebook 11
3120
2GB DDR3
4GB DDR3
No Requires writing
SeaBIOS
Custom firmware script
only writes to BOOT_STUB
Acer C740 (EDU)
Chromebook 11
1.5 GHz Intel Celeron 3205U
2.00 GHz Intel Core i3-5005U
16GB SSD
32GB SSD
42mm M.2
NGFF
Requires writing
SeaBIOS
Custom firmware script
only writes to RW_LEGACY
CB5-571
Chromebook 15
16GB
32GB
42mm M.2
NGFF
15.6 in
(39.6 cm)
1366x768
(16:9)
1920x1080
(16:9)
Requires writing
SeaBIOS
Custom firmware script
only writes to RW_LEGACY
Mar 2015 C910 (EDU)
Chromebook 15
1.5 GHz Intel Celeron 3205U
2.00 GHz Intel Core i3-5005U
2.2 GHz Intel Core i5-5200U
4GB DDR3 16GB SSD
32GB SSD
42mm M.2
NGFF
Requires writing
SeaBIOS
Custom firmware script
only writes to RW_LEGACY
Google Chromebook
Pixel 2
2.2 GHz Intel Core i5-5200U
2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-5500U
8GB DDR3
16GB DDR3
32GB
64GB
No 12.85 in
(32.6 cm)
2560x1700
(3:2)
Yes Custom firmware script
only writes to RW_LEGACY
Lenovo N21
Chromebook
2.16 GHz Intel BayTrail-M N2840 2GB DDR3
4GB DDR3
16GB eMMC No 11.6 in
(29.5 cm)
1366x768
(16:9)
Requires writing
SeaBIOS
Custom firmware script
only writes to BOOT_STUB
Haier HR-166R
Chromebook 11
1.8 GHz Rockchip RK3288 2GB DDR3 No 11.6 in
(29.5 cm)
1366x768
(16:9)
Unavailable
on ARM
Unsupported by
Arch Linux ARM
Hisense Chromebook C11 No Unavailable
on ARM
Supported by
Arch Linux ARM
June 2015 Asus C100PA
(Chromebook flip)
2/4GB No 10.1 in 1280 x 800
(16:10)
Unavailable
on ARM
Supported by
Arch Linux ARM

notes

See also