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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.
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This page is a work in progress guide to running [[Arch Linux]] on the Acer C7 [[Chromebook]].
  
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.
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Over seven [http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/models/chromebooks/chromebook-c models] exist.
  
== Installing Arch onto an Acer C7 Chromebook ==
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== Installation ==
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! ===
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Go to the [[Chromebook]] page, read the [[Chromebook#Introduction|Introduction]] and continue by following the [[Chromebook#Installation|Installation]] guide.
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
 
  
{{Warning|'''*BACK UP YOUR DATA.*'''}}
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== Post Installation Configuration ==
  
Off device too, the hard disk gets wiped clean by design when you enter Dev Mode.
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For information on general Chromebook post installation configuration (hotkeys, power key handling ...) see the [[Chromebook#Post installation configuration|Post installation configuration]] on the [[Chromebook]] page.
  
=== Enabling Dev Mode ===
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== Disabling The Hardware Write Protection ==
First step is to enable Dev mode on the system so we can run some unsigned code. '''This will wipe all your data!'''
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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.}}
  
To enter Dev Mode:
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You would need an aluminium foil to short the hardware write-protection jumper.
* Press hold down the {{Keypress|Esc+F3 (Refresh)}} keys, and press the {{Keypress|Power}} button.
 
::This enters recovery mode,
 
* Now press {{Keypress|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 {{Keypress|Ctrl+d}} 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 {{Keypress|Ctrl+u}}. But we don't care about that.
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=== Disabling steps ===
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* bridge write protect jumper
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** disconnect power cord and battery
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** void warrenty by removing base cover screw (pictured)
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** bridge jumper with tin foil (pictured)
  
{{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.}}
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=== Enabling steps ===
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** remove power, battery, base cover and foil, replace base cover, battery, power
  
(all of this was stolen from [http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/developer-information-for-chrome-os-devices/acer-c7-chromebook])
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== See Also ==
Direct_bootstrapping_Archlinux
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* [http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/developer-information-for-chrome-os-devices/acer-c7-chromebook Official developer information, straight from Chromium.org]
=== Re-Partitioning (coming soon) ===
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* [http://github.com/jay0lee/chrubuntu-script The ChrUbuntu script official Github]
Next you need to make room for Arch by re-partitioning the Chromebook.
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* [http://chromeos-cr48.blogspot.com/2013/05/chrubuntu-one-script-to-rule-them-all_31.html The official ChrUbuntu script site for the older script. It has tips on cgpt commands and other info.]
 
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* [http://johnlewis.ie/neutering-the-developer-mode-screen-on-your-chromebook/ Source for BIOS modification (for different device, this page shows correct procedure for C7)]
=== Create your own Arch disk image (coming soon) ===
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* [http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/developer-information-for-chrome-os-devices/acer-c7-chromebook#TOC-Entering-Developer-Mode Acer C7: Entering Developer Mode]
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!
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* [https://johnlewis.ie/mediawiki/index.php?title=Flashing_stock_firmware_to_a_coreboot_build_on_Acer_C7_(C710) Original C710 flash guide]
 
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* [https://johnlewis.ie/mediawiki/index.php?title=Flashing_coreboot_build_to_stock_firmware_or_different_coreboot_build_on_Acer_C7_(C710) Return to stock guide (untested)]
==== Create img====
 
* Create a disk image to do things with. It's recommended that you use arch, but you can probably do this from any linux system.
 
truncate -s 1G arch.img
 
 
 
==== Convert image to a partition image ====
 
TODO
 
 
 
==== Install Arch onto this new image ====
 
I haven't tested this yet, and will verify soon but [[Install_from_Existing_Linux#Method_2:_Direct_bootstrapping_Archlinux|Direct bootstrapping Archlinux]] should "just work"
 
 
 
== Problems AKA: Work In Progress ==
 
{{Stub}}
 
 
 
== See alse ==
 
* [http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/developer-information-for-chrome-os-devices/acer-c7-chromebook Developer information on Official site]
 

Latest revision as of 21:21, 29 November 2017

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Notes: This article is merely collection of links and talk page (Discuss in Talk:Acer C710 Chromebook#)

This page is a work in progress guide to running Arch Linux on the Acer C7 Chromebook.

Over seven models exist.

Installation

Go to the Chromebook page, read the Introduction and continue by following the Installation guide.

Post Installation Configuration

For information on general Chromebook post installation configuration (hotkeys, power key handling ...) see the Post installation configuration on the Chromebook page.

Disabling The Hardware Write Protection

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

You would need an aluminium foil to short the hardware write-protection jumper.

Disabling steps

  • bridge write protect jumper
    • disconnect power cord and battery
    • void warrenty by removing base cover screw (pictured)
    • bridge jumper with tin foil (pictured)

Enabling steps

    • remove power, battery, base cover and foil, replace base cover, battery, power

See Also