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==== Preparation ====
 
==== Preparation ====
  
==== Enable Developer mode ====
 
  
==== Flash SeaBIOS ====
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===== Suggested reading =====
  
==== Install Arch ====
 
  
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===== Backup Data =====
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{{Warning|Backup any data you care about! Data partitions will be erased, and then probably deleted!}}
  
  
=== ChrUbuntu Method ===
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==== Enable Developer mode ====  
This Method is not currently detailed here, but it can be done if you're willing to spend the time.
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We need shell access so we need to enable Dev mode on the system. '''This will wipe all your data!'''
 
 
 
 
=== Cleaning up ===
 
 
 
{{Warning|'''*BACK UP YOUR DATA.* All of it, somewhere else(Cloud, USB, another machine). The entire data partition will be purged many times.'''}}
 
 
 
=== Enabling Dev Mode ===
 
First step is to enable Dev mode on the system so we can run some unsigned code. '''This will wipe all your data!'''
 
  
 
To enter Dev Mode:  
 
To enter Dev Mode:  
 
* Press and hold the {{ic|Esc+F3 (Refresh)}} keys, then press the {{ic|Power}} button. This enters recovery mode.
 
* Press and hold the {{ic|Esc+F3 (Refresh)}} keys, then press the {{ic|Power}} button. This enters recovery mode.
* Now, press {{ic|Ctrl+D}} (no prompt). It will ask you to confirm, then the system will reboot into Dev Mode.
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* Now, press {{ic|Ctrl+D}} (no prompt). It will ask you to confirm, then the system will wipe partitions to protect your privacy reboot in Dev Mode.
 
::Dev Mode will show the white boot screen. Press {{ic|Ctrl+D}} or wait 30 seconds to beep and boot.
 
::Dev Mode will show the white boot screen. Press {{ic|Ctrl+D}} or wait 30 seconds to beep and boot.
  
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See Also: [http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/developer-information-for-chrome-os-devices/acer-c7-chromebook#TOC-Entering-Developer-Mode Acer C7: Entering Developer Mode]
 
See Also: [http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/developer-information-for-chrome-os-devices/acer-c7-chromebook#TOC-Entering-Developer-Mode Acer C7: Entering Developer Mode]
  
=== Finishing Up ===
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==== Flash SeaBIOS ====
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{{Warning|This section is a work in progress following it while this warning still exists will probably leave you with a non working system.}}
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==== Install Arch ====
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The following is an abbreviated version of [[Installation_guide]], with some added notes and hints. X86_64 works well, so if 32bits just won't cut it for you, it's time to upgrade!
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===== Partition =====
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You can choose any partitioning scheme you'd like, take a look at [[Partitioning]] and make your choices. If you use [[Partitioning#Using_GPT_-_modern_method|GPT]] (recommended), you'll need a BIOS Boot Partition! Follow the instructions [[GRUB#GUID_Partition_Table_.28GPT.29_specific_instructions|here]].
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===== Install base system =====
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===== Install GRUB boot loader =====
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=== ChrUbuntu Method ===
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This Method is not currently detailed here, but it can be done if you're willing to spend the time.
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* Reboot and enjoy your Arch install! Note that ChrUbuntu's installer only told cgpt to boot to the Linux partition one time, so if anything is hosed, a reboot will send you back to ChromeOS. If all went well and you are happy with everything, you can reboot to ChromeOS, drop to the {{ic|Ctrl+Alt+F2}} console, and run a `sudo cgpt add -i 6 -P 5 -S 1 /dev/sda` to make the Chromebook always boot Arch.
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=== Cleaning up ===
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Reboot and enjoy your Arch install!
  
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==

Revision as of 19:53, 22 September 2014

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Reason: misleading, this will not end with fully arch installation as it doesn't use arch kernel packages, consider adding remarks about the limitations and disadvantages. it might worth taking the guide out of the c7 chromebook and into a generic solution for having Arch rootfs on Chromebooks without SeaBIOS payload. (Discuss in Talk:Acer C710 Chromebook#)

This page is a work in progress guide to running Arch Linux on the Acer C7 Chromebook. See these Acer_C720_Chromebook for the Acer C720 Chromebook.

Over seven models exist, starting at $199, less if used. These laptops make a great side laptop to jump into linux with!

For now you need another computer running *nix. If you're already running ChrUbuntu on your Acer C7, skip to creating your own Arch image.

Installation of Arch Linux

Arch runs well on the Acer C7, but there's some work that you need to put in if you want a real Install, it will also void your warranty and might brick your device. There's a safer option (not yet covered here) but it has way too many caveats making it not recommended.

Coreboot/SeaBIOS Method

Warning: This section is a work in progress following it while this warning still exists will probably leave you with a non working system.

Preparation

Suggested reading
Backup Data
Warning: Backup any data you care about! Data partitions will be erased, and then probably deleted!


Enable Developer mode

We need shell access so we need to enable Dev mode on the system. This will wipe all your data!

To enter Dev Mode:

  • Press and hold the Esc+F3 (Refresh) keys, then press the Power button. This enters recovery mode.
  • Now, press Ctrl+D (no prompt). It will ask you to confirm, then the system will wipe partitions to protect your privacy reboot in Dev Mode.
Dev Mode will show the white boot screen. Press Ctrl+D or wait 30 seconds to beep and boot.
Note: To hard reset, press Esc+F3 (Refresh). This acts like a reset button on a desktop PC. The same warnings apply - The OS cannot save itself from this, and data loss is possible.

See Also: Acer C7: Entering Developer Mode

Flash SeaBIOS

Warning: This section is a work in progress following it while this warning still exists will probably leave you with a non working system.


Install Arch

The following is an abbreviated version of Installation_guide, with some added notes and hints. X86_64 works well, so if 32bits just won't cut it for you, it's time to upgrade!

Partition

You can choose any partitioning scheme you'd like, take a look at Partitioning and make your choices. If you use GPT (recommended), you'll need a BIOS Boot Partition! Follow the instructions here.

Install base system
Install GRUB boot loader

ChrUbuntu Method

This Method is not currently detailed here, but it can be done if you're willing to spend the time.


Cleaning up

Reboot and enjoy your Arch install!

See Also