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.

Currently you'll need a second computer already running *nix. In the future If there's enough requests I'll create a way to install Arch without the need for a second computer. Much like the cr48-ubuntu script. If you're already running Ubuntu on your C7 then you can just skip to creating your own arch image.

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:

This enters recovery mode,
  • Now press Template:Keypress (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 Template:Keypress or wait 30 seconds to continue booting.

If you want to boot fromDirect_bootstrapping_Archlinux a chromium type usb drive you'll have to run "crossystem dev_boot_usb=1" from ChromeOS and reboot once to boot from USB drives with Template:Keypress. But we don't care about that.

Note: If you need to hard reset. Press the refresh/F3 and press the power button. This will hard reset the system. It's occasionally useful, but use it with care - it wont sync the disk or shut down nicely, so there's a nonzero chance of trashing the contents of your disk.

(all of this was stolen from [1]) Direct_bootstrapping_Archlinux

Re-Partitioning (coming soon)

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

Create your own Arch disk image (coming soon)

The following is a quick mockup to get you started. It's incomplete, be careful, you'll be left with an unworking system if you follow this guide!

Create img

  • Create a disk image to do things with. It's recommended that you use arch (because that's how I did it), but you can probably do this from any linux system.
truncate -s 1G arch.img

Convert image to a partition image


Install Arch onto this new image

I haven't tested this yet, and will verify soon but Direct bootstrapping Archlinux should "just work"

Problems AKA: Work In Progress

See alse