Chrome OS devices
This article is to provide information on how to get Arch up and running on the Chromebook series of laptops built by Acer, HP, Samsung, Toshiba, and Google. Currently overhauling all of this and trying to get more specific model pages built with uniform methods listed here.
- 1 Model Specific Overview
- 2 General Chromebook Installation
- 3 Post Installation Configuration
- 4 Samsung Series 5 550
- 5 Chromebook Pixel
Model Specific Overview
|Dec 2010||Cr-48||1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455||2 GB
|16 GB SSD||12.1 in
|Not for sale.|
|Jun 2011||Samsung||Series 5
|1.66 GHz Intel Atom N570||3.06-3.26 lb
|Jul 2011||Acer||AC700||11.6 in
|May 2012||Samsung||Series 5
|1.3 GHz Intel Celeron 867
1.6 Ghz Intel Core i5 2467M
|Oct 2012||Series 3
|1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos 5250||2 GB
|Nov 2012||Acer||C7||1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847
1.5 GHz Intel Celeron 1007U
|320 GB HDD
16 GB SSD
|Feb 2013||HP||Pavilion 14
|1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847||14 in
|1.5 GHz Intel Celeron 1007U||4 GB
|16 GB SSD||11.6 in
|1.8 GHz Intel Core i5 3427U||32 GB SSD
64 GB SSD
|Oct 2013||HP||Chromebook 11||1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos 5250||2 GB
|16 GB SSD||11.6 in
|Nov 2013||Chromebook 14||1.4 GHz Intel Celeron 2955U||2 GB DDR3
4 GB DDR3
( 35.6 cm)
General Chromebook Installation
You should claim your free 100GB-1TB of Google Drive space before you install Arch. This needs to happen from ChromeOS(version > 23), not linux. This will sync/backup ChromeOS, as designed.
Developer Mode information on all models is at http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/developer-information-for-chrome-os-devices.
First, enable developer mode on your Chromebook. Although everything in the "Downloads" area syncs to your Google Drive account, this will delete data stored on the hard or solid state drive.
A script referenced from http://chromeos-cr48.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/chrubuntu-1204-now-with-double-bits.html points to the shell script at http://goo.gl/i817v and discusses repartitioning. The script should be run as the chronos user.
You'll save your self a lot of time if you understand this command before you attempt to install Arch on a chromebook.
This is NON-EXHAUSTIVE but it'll help most people reading this. cgpt --help is nice too.
cgpt create /dev/sda
Used to initialise a disk with GPT headers.
cgpt show /dev/sda
To list all partitions on disk with boot information for each.
cgpt add [options] /dev/sda
Used to modify boot options
cgpt add -i 6 -P 5 -S 0 -T 1 /dev/sda
Example: modify partition #6, set priority to 5, successful to false, and boot tries to once(1), on device /dev/sda
cgpt add -i 6 -t unused /dev/sda
Example: delete partition #6.
cgpt add -i 1-12
- Partition number to change
cgpt add -P 9-0
- Priority 9 > 1 (Higher number will try to boot first)
cgpt add -T 0-99
- Tries, used with the successful flag. Will try to boot this partition x times until tries = 0 then it will try next lower priority partition.
cgpt add -S 0-1
- Successful flag, if 1 will try to boot this partition forever. Be careful with this one! If 0 and tries > 0 it will try to boot this partition until it' out of tries.
If installing yourself, don't forget to copy this onto your arch partition!.
Post Installation Configuration
The Chromebook function keys recognized as standard F1-F10 by the kernel, it's preferable to map accordingly to their appearance.
See  for an example configuration in
There is another way to configure hot keys using xbindkeys. This requires amixer and . xvkbd is also needed for sending strings (key shortcuts) to focus windows. Some of the configuration comes from the thread vilefridge's xbindkeys configuration.
Alternate xbindkeys configuration
After saving the script, make it executable
$ chmod u+x ~/.local/bin/volchange
See  for a matching
Install .AUR, for more details visit
Power key and lid switch handling
Ignore using logind
Out of the box,
systemd-logind will catch power key and lid switch events and handle them: it will shut down the Chromebook on a power key press, and a suspend on a lid close. However, this policy might be a bit harsh given that the power key is an ordinary key at the top right of the keyboard that might be pressed accidentally.
To configure logind to ignore power key presses and lid switches, add the lines to
Then restart logind for the changes to take effect.
Power key and lid switch events will still be logged to journald by logind. See [].
Ignore by Gnome
Install , open the Tweak Tool and under Power change the Power Button Action.
Samsung Series 5 550
Reminder- Needs to be moved to its own page given the boatload of new development surrounding this model including with coreboot / seabios.
Developer mode on the Samsung Series 5 has two levels of access, "dev-switch on" and "dev-mode BIOS". With the first level you enable a command line shell, which lets you look around inside the GNU/Linux operating system, but does not let you run your own versions.
The second level of access installs a special BIOS component that provides the ability to boot your own operating systems from either removable (USB/SD) or fixed (SSD) drives. Both levels of access are completely reversible, so don't be afraid to experiment.
The second level (described above) is what we want in order to install Arch.
The switch is behind a little door on the right-hand side of the chromebook (as linked above). To enable the developer switch you open the door, use something pointy (paperclip or toothpick) to move the switch towards the back of the device, and reboot.
Suspending more than once causes a reboot unless the tpm module is enabled with specific options:
modprobe tpm_tis force=1 interrupts=0