Acer C710 Chromebook

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The following is a work in progress, of getting arch working on Acer's new C7 200$ Chromebook. From opening the box to an arch linux command line.

Installing Arch onto an Acer C7 Chromebook

Currently Archlinux does work on the C7 but the install process is a bit odd. Currently I have no way to replace the chromeos kernel, and I'd really like to. If you manage to figure it out PLEASE let me know how. In the mean time the system does work really well (for a chromebook) with Arch.

Backup all your data!

I'm assuming you're buying the system to install Arch, and that there's no personal data on the device. But if that's not the case




Off device too, the hard disk gets wiped clean by design when you enter Dev Mode.

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:

  • Press hold down the ESC and Refresh (F3) keys, and press the Power button.

This enters recovery mode,

  • Now press Ctrl-D (there's no prompt). It will ask you to confirm, then the system will reboot into dev-mode.

Dev Mode will always show the scary boot screen and you need to press Ctrl-D or wait 30 seconds to continue booting.

You'll have to run "crossystem dev_boot_usb=1" from ChromeOS and reboot once to boot from USB drives with Ctrl-U. But we don't care about that.

An unrelated note: Holding just Refresh and poking the Power button hard-resets the machine without entering Recovery. That's occasionally useful, but use it with care - it doesn't sync the disk or shut down politely, so there's a nonzero chance of trashing the contents of your disk.

Re-Partitioning (coming soon)

Next you need to make room for Arch by re-partitioning the Chromebook.

Create your own arch image via a VM (coming soon)

  • install vbox
  • create img
  • convert img
  • install arch into vbox
  • unconvert img

Problems AKA: Work In Progress