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How to Install Linux on an Acer C720 Chromebook

Chromebooks are amazing little machines. They are a marvel of speed and simplicity. The Acer C720 Chromebook is certainly near the top of the list of Chromebooks to be purchased (next to the Chromebook Pixel, of course). It's speedy and it's inexpensive. But for some, the simplistic nature of the devices doesn't Acer c720 Chromebookoffer enough power or flexibility. For those who need more from this Acer platform, I have the answer – in fact, I have two answers:

  •  Install Ubuntu.

  •  Install Bodhi Linux.

Both solutions will land you with a full-blown Linux set up, ready to do what you need to do. But the process isn't exactly as simple as slapping a USB flash drive in, booting, and installing. There are a few tricks to get this working. In the end, you'll wind up with either a dual booting Chromebook (in the case of ChrUbuntu) or a single boot system (with Bodhi). With the dual boot, you retain the simplicity of ChromeOS, with the addition of the power and flexibility of Ubuntu. The Bodhi installation will give you more space for your Linux needs, at the cost of ChromeOS.

First things first

Before you install Linux, I highly recommend creating a recovery USB flash drive. Chromebook offers a simple solution for this. Just follow these steps:

  1. Boot up your Chromebook and login

  2. Plug in a spare ~2GB+ USB flash drive

  3. Open the Chrome browser

  4. Go to chrome://imageburner

  5. Follow the simple instructions.

When all is said and done, you'll have a recovery drive to use to get your system back where it was (should you not like either Linux install or something goes wrong).

Now, it's time to start the process.

Boot into Developer mode

  1. Make sure the Chromebook is turned off

  2. Hold Escape and Refresh and tap the Power button

  3. When the device reaches the recover screen, press Ctrl+d and then (after releasing Ctrl+d) press Enter

  4. The system will reboot (this will take some time)

  5. When the system finally boots to the set up, select a wireless connection and click continue

  6. Accept the EULA by clicking Accept and continue

  7. Once you reach the Google login screen, do NOT log in

  8. Press Ctrl+alt+ → (not the right cursor key, but the key where the standard F2 key would be)

  9. At the ChromeOS command login (not the usual) GUI login, type chronos and hit Enter (no password is needed) to finally enter Developer mode.

You are now ready to begin the installation process.

Install Ubuntu using ChrUbuntu

You should now be at the command prompt on your Chromebook. Here, type:

curl -L -O http://goo.gl/9sgchs; sudo bash 9sgchs

Make sure you get this command exactly right. Once you've done that, you will be asked to configure a size for the Ubuntu installation. This will obviously depend upon the size of SSD on your Chromebook. The recommended size is 24 GB. After you type the size and hit enter, the device will reboot a couple of times. This process is setting up the Stateful partition to make room for ChrUbuntu. Eventually it will come back to the Chromebook setup screen. Once again, configure your network and then hit Ctrl+alt+ → at the login screen. Log back in as chronos and then type the original command again:

curl -L -O http://goo.gl/9sgchs; sudo bash 9sgchs

This time around, the installation process will begin. Hit Enter (when prompted) and watch the fun begin! During the installation process (it will take quite some time), you may be prompted for:

  • encoding

  • locale

  • language 

You will also have to decide where to place GRUB. You must check the box next to /dev/sda, or the boot process will not work. NOTE: During my installation process, this step was skipped. I assume the install script has been updated to automatically set the location of GRUB.

After the Ubuntu files have been downloaded and installed, the script will finally prompt you to reboot. When you reach the developer screen, hit Ctrl+L and ChrUbuntu will start up (or Ctrl+d to boot Chrome).

To log into your Ubuntu system, use the credentials:

  • username: user

  • password: user

Your Ubuntu Chromebook should be ready to go, complete with LibreOffice and a number of other tools (Figure 1).

ubuntu on chromebook

Install Bodhi Linux

If you want to try a different flavor of Linux, Bodhi is perfect for the Chromebook. This installation will be done instead of the ChruBuntu. Why would you opt for Bodhi? This flavor of Linux is a very minimalist take on an already minimalist platform and will give you an incredibly fast and efficient machine.

The first thing you need to do is enable the Legacy Bios Mode – this will allow you to boot from a USB flash drive.

  1. Follow the steps above to boot into recovery mode

  2. Log into your Chromebook as normal

  3. Open a crosh window (the ChromeOS shell) with Ctrl+alt+t

  4. At the crosh prompt, type shell and hit Enter

  5. Become the super user with the command sudo bash

  6. Enter the command crossystem dev_boot_usb=1 dev_boot_legacy_1

  7. Exit out of bash with the exit command and then close the Chrome browser.

Now you can boot your Chromebook from a USB flash drive.

The next step is to create a USB flash drive with the proper Bodhi image. The developers (specifically Jeff Hoogland) have created an Acer 720-specific image that you can download here. Once you've downloaded that file, insert a USB flash drive, open up a terminal window, change to the directory where the Bodhi iso is located (with the command cd ~/Downloads – assuming you downloaded the .iso to your Downloads directory), and issue the command:

dd if=bodhi-c720-chromebook.iso of/dev/sdX

(Where X is the drive letter of your USB flash drive).

Unmount and remove that flash drive (using the command umount /path/to/drive – Where /path/to/drive is the exact path of the mounted flash drive) and insert it into one of your Chromebook's USB ports. Boot the device and then, at the startup screen, press Ctrl+l to boot from the legacy BIOS. When prompted, hit Esc to enter the boot menu and select 1 for the USB drive. At this point, boot the Live Bodhi instance and then walk through the standard installation process. You can allow Bodhi to take the entire drive, or set it up to dual boot (Figure 2). Should you decide to keep ChromeOS on the device, you'll want to give Bodhi a minimum of 3 GB (16 would be ideal).

bodhi on chromebook

You will need to hit Ctrl+l every time you boot – there is no work around for this at the current time.

Restoring

Should anything go wrong, you have your restore USB drive. To use this, follow these steps:

  1. Boot the machine

  2. When you see Chrome OS is missing or damaged, insert the USB flash drive

  3. Wait for the Chromebook to boot from the flash drive

  4. Follow the instructions for recovery.

If you're looking for a way to supercharge your Acer C720, you now have the means. Whether you want a stripped-down, lightning-fast, Bodhi-based Chromebook, or a full-blown Ubuntu-based Chromebook, you can stretch the limits of that device or even go back to the original set up. If you do opt to stick with either Bodhi or Ubuntu on your Chromebook, you might want to invest in a 64 GB SD card for some extra space.

 

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  • rajesh Said:

    please give me more details about working with linux........ please please

  • dexternepo Said:

    Great article, Thanks! Can the Bodhi image be used in other Intel powered chromebooks, or is it only for this acer model?

  • jon Said:

    I would assume you can run it on any chrome book but I would research any specific device beforehand. Linux is powerful and flexible supporting more hardware than any other OS or kernel.

  • Jeff Hoogland Said:

    I can confirm the Bodhi image should work with any Haswell based Chromebooks that offer a SeaBIOS option. This includes the Toshiba 13" and the HP 14" Chromebooks in addition to the various Acer C720x models.

  • Tyrin Said:

    Christian, I had difficulty with the Mint installation, both 64-bit and 32-bit. It would not recognize the touchpad, so I had no mouse. Also, it would not connect to the network, though it *did* detect the network device because it saw my router's SSID. I plan to buy a cheap USB mouse and try again.

  • Juggaar Said:

    Yes you can install many Linux distributions. Check out Unetbootin a great tool for installing Linux from a USB flash drive. Some distros give you the option of running Linux without installing so you can try them out in real time before installing your preferred choice. Google for tutorials on using Unetbootin

  • gemis Said:

    My chromebook only has a 16 GB hard drive will this still work or is it not recommended for the Ubuntu install

  • ed Said:

    I have the same question. Will it work with a smaller partition?

  • rabbott Said:

    Yes - My Chromebook only has 16 GB also and it worked fine. I used 9 GB when asked to configure the Ubuntu installation.

  • Tam Said:

    How do I make it take up all of the 16GB SSD?

  • isabella Said:

    mine does not reach the recovery screen. it says (god i wanted to remember)... the recovery something is missing or corrupt and i have to restart normal. anyone else had this?

  • Josh Said:

    After logging in with chromos and typing the script it starts doing what it does then gives me an error: this Chrome device does not seem to support CTRL+L Legacy SeaBIOS booting. Use the old ChrUbuntu script please... What is the work around for this. I can't find the old script anywhere!! Please help. Thanks

  • Lawrence Hordy Said:

    i want pictures of screens a few at every page part ( link to picture name )

  • Lawrence Hordy Said:

    could you put the 64 g on the botom line in big flashing print this editor do not let me make half inch or 3/4 inch print to emphasize that !!!!!!

  • Tomas Said:

    Good tuto ! Thank's ! Canada sell and Buy

  • dan Said:

    Does the bodhi install support drive encryption?

  • P0lym0rph3 Said:

    Hello I was able to install Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon 64 bit on the ACER C720 by following this tutorial to fix the various problems (Touchpad, Wifi, ...) http://www.reddit.com/r/chrubuntu/comments/1rsxkd/list_of_fixes_for_xubuntu_1310_on_the_acer_c720/

  • grimrod42 Said:

    Hi I have been trying to get the touchpad to work on the c720 with Mint, I tried with those instruction then the mouse stopped working. Can you tell me how you did it?

  • P0lym0rph3 Said:

    Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon 64 bit on the ACER C720 It's great!!!!!!!!

  • josh Said:

    do these instructions work for the previous model: Acer C710?

  • tom Said:

    Hi, is there a option to dd a google chrome os on a x86 laptop? for my childs to use old thinkpads?

  • Jared Said:

    If you have ever used Virtual Box or something like that to run VM's, I know that they have ChromeOS and you can set it up like you would any other VM. the .iso or .vdi for Chrome can be found with a simple google search of course.

  • Bob Said:

    Can I use the dual boot idea on a 720 with 16GB onboard, or do I need the 32GB version? The ChrUbuntu instruction recommend allocating 24GB

  • holmes Said:

    You're missing an equals sign in your dd command in the Bodhi section, i.e.: dd if=bodhi-c720-chromebook.iso of=/dev/sdX

  • Azendale Said:

    Does anyone know if this will work with the touchscreen version of this? (I really want to try Unity with touch, especially multitouch!) http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Chromebook-11-6-Inch-Touchscreen-Moonstone/dp/B00H7WF22K/ref=sr_1_6/177-4212931-3801058?ie=UTF8&qid=1396576927&sr=8-6&keywords=acer+c720

  • mark Said:

    this was the most comprehensive set of instructions I found, and what's more, they worked! Thanks.

  • adam Said:

    Thanks. This worked great. Only major thing I need to fix is the sleep mode not working :)

  • Alan Said:

    Hopefully a simple question - which is the 'Refresh' key (as in 'Hold Escape and Refresh and tap the Power button')?

  • Justin Said:

    Is there anyway to install this exact setup but with cinnamon instead? i have the acer c720p

  • mike Said:

    Installing Bhodi cd: asks me "unknown command: 'cd'" how do I find out what number my sd drive is?

  • Dylan Said:

    Before plugging in your flash drive type: ls \dev\sd* That will list the current drives. Then plug in your flash drive, wait a few seconds, then type the command again. The new drives are your flash drive.

  • grablife Said:

    It's a miracle anyone is able to install this with the errors on this write-up. The write-up by Jeff Hoogland here is much better. http://jeffhoogland.blogspot.com/2014/01/howto-bodhi-linux-on-acer-c720.html Specifically, 1. Step 6 of Bodhi section reads Enter the command crossystem dev_boot_usb=1 dev_boot_legacy_1 The correct line is Enter the command crossystem dev_boot_usb=1 dev_boot_legacy=1 2. As mentioned already, dd if=bodhi-c720-chromebook.iso of/dev/sdX should be dd if=bodhi-c720-chromebook.iso of=/dev/sdX where X is the usb device name. To get the usb device name, enter df at the command prompt. It will typically be sdb1. Finally, it should be clarified that CTRL l is not CTRL i but CTRL lowercase L.

  • anonymous Said:

    I am having trouble installing ubuntu on my chromebook. i put in all the commands, press all the button thiningies, and it says it is installed, then i reboot my chromebook, and i press control and l, and nothing happens. someone please reply on how to fix this error. Thanks!

  • anonymous Said:

    I accidentally put my email and password in. Is there anyway to still install Ubuntu or Linux.

  • David Said:

    Yes. Simply start over from the beginning. You're still in developer mode. Restart and go from there.

  • Alexey Said:

    Hi, all! Is Chromebook haven't standard BIOS like PC? And boot from USB is able only with Chromebook applications?

  • rogermash Said:

    I know the macine has secure boot but is there any way around it.I don't want to run mint using crouton/line command.Instead i'd like to just run linux mint & completely erase chrome os.Is there any way to do this? Everyone talks about running ubuntu or mint alongside chrome os but not replacing it? Although i like the chromebooks i'm starting to think i should have just bought a laptop & slapped in a ssd & extra ram & then installed mint.

  • rogermash Said:

    Damn bios.Understand why just wish there was some sort of hack around.Not interested in running both.Think i'll let my mother use the chrome book & invest in a new pc with mint on it.

  • INEEDHELP Said:

    SeaBIOS (version -20131018_145217-build121-m2) Press ESC for boot menu. Booting from Hard Disk... Its been fucking stuck on this forever!! what's going on?

  • edem Said:

    guys i have an acer chromebook and want to have windows 7 on it...how do i go about it. thanks for your help

  • jt Said:

    when i boot chroubuntu from the developer screen it goes to a terminal. what am i doing wrong??

  • Alex Said:

    I'm getting the same thing. It's excepting user user but then still in terminal...

  • Core2 Said:

    This worked great for me on a C720. One question, does ChromeOS stay updated on it's own, or do I need to do some manual steps? Thanks...

  • young_nolly Said:

    mine is different because i followed one video i downloaded and tried installing windows on my acer chromebook but after all the command to flash the bios setup, it did flashed but when i insert my usb drive with windows8 in it it doesnt load setup, it will just stop on the way when ever the windows logo comes out... please some one should help me out because for now my chrome book is usless..it has no operating system in it..# youngnolly@gmail.com

  • young_nolly Said:

    mine is different because i followed one video i downloaded and tried installing windows on my acer chromebook but after all the command to flash the bios setup, it did flashed but when i insert my usb drive with windows8 in it it doesnt load setup, it will just stop on the way when ever the windows logo comes out... please some one should help me out because for now my chrome book is usless..it has no operating system in it..# youngnolly@gmail.com

  • Core2 Said:

    From what I have read, Win8 does not have drivers that work with the Acer - you need to use a separate keyboard/mouse. Here is the support doc for recovering a chromebook: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/1080595?hl=en (sent an Email as well)

  • Claes Said:

    Make sure that you make the recovery image BEFORE you do the install. I made the image onto a flash drive and I've done about a dozen different variations on installs since and used the same recovery image each time to get the factory Chromebook back. You just plug in the flash drive and voila - less than 5 min later you're back to where you started and easily able to either go from factory back to regular use or try another distro/install.

  • David Said:

    I've done this a few times now, using Chrubuntu and the Ubuntu DE runs a little slow on my Acer C720 and I'm wondering if you can use Chrubuntu to install a Gnome DE or a 2D Unity?

  • Core2 Said:

    So is Bodhi that much faster than Ubuntu? I really don't need to run any native Apps, I simply want to run a Java webpage now and then. Looks like it requires less space as well.

  • Claes Said:

    Bodhi is lightning compared to Ubuntu ;) I've tried the install on both.

  • Core2 Said:

    Thanks Claes, that's what I am going to try now.

  • Claes Said:

    It's FAR less flashy and ostentatious. You're sacrificing aesthetics and depending on your needs some functionality for speed and space. However if you don't need much, Bodhi is a great distro. Since the recovery image allows complete and hassle-free regression back to factory settings I very much suggest trying each distro. I went the Bodhi route but eventually went back to Ubuntu. There is so much more developed for Ubuntu at this time, and the Acer runs it alright. Not perfect - I get some slowdown when running 4+ tabs in a browser, but other than that I am loving it.

  • David Said:

    Agreed. Ubuntu for me works far better than Bodhi. However I get the slowdown as well; wondering if someone can direct me toward ways to speed up Ubuntu and/or slim it down. Assuming those directives are met at this time I find it near perfect for my needs on the Acer. Also wondering, in addition to speeding up Ubuntu and/or slimming it down if someone knows how to use Chrubuntu to install... say, Ubuntu with the GNOME desktop instead of Unity. Seems that that would be the best of both worlds. The functionality of Ubuntu with the 2D speed of the GNOME DE. Anyone?

  • Core2 Said:

    For Bodhi install #6 Enter the command crossystem dev_boot_usb=1 dev_boot_legacy_1 should be crossystem dev_boot_usb=1 dev_boot_legacy=1

  • Core2 Said:

    I really did not like Bodhi, going back to Ubuntu.

  • Claes Said:

    Same process I did ;) Welcome back. You wouldn't have ever known unless you tried it though! As an aside I did a Cinnamon/Mint install as well, and there are others out there. But I just came back to Ubuntu each time.

  • CG Said:

    Interesting, so this method completely allows you to install Linux directly on the Chromebook, not a dual boot circumstance that has previously been discussed and implemented before. (Chrome and Ubuntu). Has this yet been tested on a Samsung Chromebook yet?

  • Paul Said:

    I did ChrUbuntu on my C720 and get a black screen any time it wakes from standby. Anyone see this before or know a fix?

  • Core2 Said:

    I get the same blank screen. Have not researched it much yet.

  • Core2 Said:

    For me, yes. I typically have to power it off/on to recover.

  • David Said:

    interesting; I never ran into this - I'm using the Chrubuntu method for my Acer C720 and everything runs perfect ;( Hope you get it fixed.

  • Paul Said:

    yea its 14.04. Do your brightness key's work? Mine do not and i've heard speculation that it is related. Might try a reinstall if other's aren't seeing the issue

  • David Said:

    The key bindings for my brightness and volume are still set as the standard function keys F6, F7 etc... but I just did a quick search: (google: brightness keys chrubuntu) and it seems like a relatively easy fix: http://www.reddit.com/r/chrubuntu/comments/1k7o1t/how_to_enable_the_volume_and_brightness_keys_on/ http://www.reddit.com/r/chrubuntu/comments/1crefd/how_to_get_shortcut_keys_to_work_on_chrubuntu/ And so on... let me know if you choose to try to re-assign the fucntion keys and tell me how it goes.

  • pete Said:

    very ..very nice. My brother in law is laid up in the hospital(leukemia -- long haul) and is trapped with shitty CTV(CRT monitor on a swing arm) and was asking me for a way to watch video's. Picked up a Chromebook , loaded Bohdi , connected a 1tB portable HDD w/~200 MKV's -- they play perfectly. One odd thing ... the USB2 port (on the left side of the machine) supplies enough power to play the movies --- the USB3 port(on the right side of the machine) does not. I am just happy that it works.

  • David Said:

    I'm not an expert but from what I read about the new Chromebooks coming out, like the ones with 3 USB ports, two of them have charging capabilities and one does not. So I believe that might be just the way it is.

  • Lennart Said:

    Okay whats going on here: I ran the process as written but got some errors in the end.. seemingly some patches were not installed... chrubuntu is now up and running but I can't use the touchpad.. someone had the same issues and knows a way to fix it? regards

  • Andrew Said:

    From my very limited experience of Ubuntu, I know it can be booted from a dvd (not relevent here) but also on systems that support it, a live USB. So, as we need to turn on USB booting here, could be in theory create a live usb ubuntu drive to use instead of installing to the internal ssd. If I only want to use Ubuntu occasionally, then it seems this would be easier and cheaper than replacing the 16GB SSD, which seems a little small for dual booting.

  • nekko Said:

    What happens of the internet connection is interrupted on the download for the dual os? restart over again or start from where it left off?

  • tanstaafl Said:

    I just did this with C720 (no touch screen). After CTRL+L and the SeaBIOS screen, there's a completely black screen for around 1 minute before the Ubuntu Username/password screen finally shows up. Is this normal? How to fix? Thanks

  • young nolly Said:

    you guys should just try linux mint 14

  • Tyrin Said:

    young nolly, Mint 14 was not a long term support release and has been obsolete since May 2014, so that is not a good idea. Mint 17 is the current LTS release. If you're going to install an older version of Mint (though I can't imagine why) then install 13 which is supported until 2017.

  • Kye Said:

    I have ubuntu but only now I found out you can't download .jar or linux files on it and I know about wine but it dosent work for some reason on my chromebook, I was just curious to see if bodhi linux can download those files ( I am mainly interested in minecraft but I would like to download other stuff aswell)

  • JHONNY Said:

    ME SALE: have fun and send patches! localhost login: ya no se que hacer no se como escoger el espacio para la instalación

  • Ed Mollat Said:

    I just received an email from Google when I contacted them for another reason. They warned me that loading Ubuntu Linux on my newly purchased HP 14 1.4-4GB ram may cause the chip set to die on me. They advised me that Google receives many emails telling them that installing Linux on a Chromebook will kill the chip set. I have never heard of such a danger/problem to any Chromebook by loading Linux. Is this a known phenomena to Chromebook & Linux users or is Google being overly cautious. Thank you. Ed

  • sean Said:

    The command for the C710 (which just ran on my C710 a second ago) is: curl -L -O http://goo.gl/s9ryd; sudo bash s9ryd C710 apparently needs and loads a different script than the C720 version... ...my C710 is re-partitioning as I type this. Found it here: http://chromeos-cr48.blogspot.com/2013/05/chrubuntu-one-script-to-rule-them-all_31.html

  • sean Said:

    Well loading ChrUbuntu on my C710 worked... but it was too slow to use. The script loaded the April 2014 version. Since it doesn't immediately script the bootloader to load Ubuntu by default permanently... instead nicely giving instructions (also on these helpful webpages) on how to make it permanent... it was therefore easy to switch Chrome OS back to its normal "OS Confirming" boot and get back to what I had. The C710 running Chrome OS works decently both as a simple laptop and hooked up to my TV to act as my TV computer. Maybe another day I'll try Bodhi... or another leaner distro.

  • alainmarion Said:

    There is a mistake in section "Install Bodhi Linux" "6. Enter the command crossystem dev_boot_usb=1 dev_boot_legacy_1" should be: "6. Enter the command crossystem dev_boot_usb=1 dev_boot_legacy=1"

  • julialloyds45 Said:

    that you cannot backup anything up that is stored on the cloud. For this you need to put the Chromebook in the Developers Mode. 1. The press and hold the Esc and Refresh keys together and press the power button while still holding the two keys. To reboot the chromebook in the recovery mode. 2. As soon you don’t see the recovery mode pop-up on the screen with yellow exclamation point then press Ctrl+D which will prompt you to developer mode. 3. Then press enter to continue which will pop up with a new screen for a few moments, then reboot and go through the process of enabling Developer Mode. 4. When it finishes return to the screen with the red exclamation point. www.androidbulletin.info/how-to-take-a-screenshot-on-a-chromebook

  • chris Said:

    i know it sounds stupid, but I copied the bodhi iso to the download folder, but I have no idea how to switch to the download folder with cd command. please, help

  • Chris W Said:

    First: On my c720 the terminal opened at the root, and I had to cd to /chronos/user/Downloads. You can get there one at a time using "cd chronos" then "cd user" then "cd Downloads" if you aren't comfortable with typing the whole path at once. Next, the Bodhi tutorial is missing a couple '=' signs.. "crossystem dev_boot_usb=1 dev_boot_legacy_1" should be "crossystem dev_boot_usb=1 dev_boot_legacy=1" and.. "dd if=bodhi-c720-chromebook.iso of/dev/sdX" should be "dd if=bodhi-c720-chromebook.iso of=/dev/sdX"

  • John L Said:

    Once you download linux does it keep all of your files because I have school work on my laptop and I can not lose it.

  • Roger Said:

    I have bought a C720, installed Ubuntu following another guide, and totally regret it. I don't regret Ubuntu, but I regret buying this laptop. At startup anyone can erase Ubuntu and restore ChromeOS with only two or three keystrokes, no login or password needed. I'm going to try to return this thing and buy the Windows version, even if that means paying for Windows...

  • John L Said:

    after I type in chronos it says chronos@localhost ~ $. Please help!

  • Roger Said:

    Proceed with the Linux install. Type the curl command and see what happens. Follow the guide, so you have to do this twice!

  • Krystal Said:

    Okay, so I'm a photographer...sorta, and I have no idea what I need to do to get it to where my Acer will not only allow me to open my photos, but edit and print them off as well. I was told this was a great laptop and it's smarter than me, I'd greatly appreciate some help!

  • HLingren Said:

    Hit up this easier install URL for chrubuntu if you're interested. http://tinyurl.com/installchrubuntu

  • Grimrod42 Said:

    Has anyone gotten the touchpad on the C720 with Mint to work? if so how please :-) Thx

  • edog5665 Said:

    how long should load on script take because the screen went black and i don't know if i should turn the screen on

  • Mali Said:

    does this work on the samsung chromebook???

  • jeffrey412536a Said:

    sign this pittion and get the exuctuion of exe files so you can get like minecraft without hassle http://www.change.org/petitions/google-inc-allow-execution-of-exe-files-that-run-through-java-on-chrome-os

  • Susanne Said:

    Some other places I've seen you can switch between Chrome and Ubuntu using CTRL+ALT+left arrow/right arrow, but it doesn't seem to work when you install it this way - any take on how to switch easily between the two?

  • TheDoorman Said:

    Didn't work, couldn't get to the command page. I was stuck at the login D:

  • Rocky Said:

    I've installed Lubuntu next to ChromeOS via crubuntu but soon after, my Lubuntu OS get's whacked (corrupted) along with ChromeOS. I re-enabled OS verification, disable Dev mode, and redo ChomeOS settings. After which, ChromeOS is happy again. Seems like dev mode causes corruption. Is it the dev mode or something I'm missing? Should I be adding this? "crossystem dev_boot_usb=1 dev_boot_legacy=1"

  • Seabass Said:

    I just really want to play steam on my Chromebook Acerc720. Thats all i ask. Does anyone know how i can do it?

  • mo Said:

    I have a problem. I installed chrubuntu on my Acer c720. Twice after installing and working well, it converts back to only booting to Chrome. When I boot and hit Control L, it still goes to Chrome. Does anyone know how to switch it back to chrubuntu? Is there a command?

  • Tyrin Said:

    Kye, I think you have a misunderstanding. A .jar file is a java application. You need to install a java runtime environment to run them, regardless of operating system or distribution. There is no such thing as a specific "linux file" and file types have nothing whatsoever to do with whether or not they can be downloaded.

  • dherrenvt Said:

    when I boot, I get a Chrome related screen that says that OS verification is off and that I can turn it back on if I want to. Do I want to? Will that disable the dual boot set up? Things are working just fine right now. At that screen, I Ctrl-Alt-L for Ubuntu or Ctrl-Alt-D for Chrome. I went ahead and sprang for a 128GB SSD to replace the 16 GB, so now I have 64 gig for each OS.

  • Nick Said:

    If I have 32gb, do I still want to specify the Ubuntu size as 24gb? What would be the benefits/detriments to specifiying 32gb as the size instead of 24 and vice versa?

  • Hugh Said:

    I got an acer c720 chromebook and spent a ton of time configuring Ubuntu on it just right. So, I started this site: distroshare.com to share distros for specific devices. I have three Ubuntu based distros preconfigured for the acer c720 on that site now. You still have to follow the directions to install linux, but use one of the distros on distroshare.com instead of the default Ubuntu one.

  • jake Said:

    how to change directory to cd downloads...when i type "cd downloads" it shows "the system cannot find the path specified"

  • tudza Said:

    Glad someone mentioned the error in the "crossystem" command given in the article. Figured out the error in the "dd" command line by reading the man file. No joy booting from the result. I ended up using the Universal USB Installer from the pendrive site to get something I could boot from.

  • Hopper Said:

    I like to occasionally switch between Bodhi and Xubuntu with cairo-dock on my Acer C720. I use UNetbootin on another PC to create a bootable image of Bodhi-C720. Bodhi takes up the entire solid state drive and boots up pretty fast. For anyone new to Linux, Bodhi may be a preferred choice. At any rate, it's really great that there are some Linux distros that run with pep on the C720, a low-price lightweight long-battery-lasting PC that has modern architecture. I'm grateful to the kind people who make it possible! The Acer 13 Chromebook coming out in September sounds phenomenal. See: http://www.omgchrome.com/acer-chromebook-13-tegra-k1-price/ I hope to purchase the best one of them (there are several models) if I can get the money somehow.

  • kwame Said:

    my accer chrome book says chrome os is missing therefore i cant boot into recovery.and when i try downloading the os on my SD it stops after reaching 99% with the error message

  • kwame Said:

    my accer chrome book says chrome os is missing therefore i cant boot into recovery.and when i try downloading the os on my SD it stops after reaching 99% with the error message

  • karim Said:

    litlle help please? i was installing Ubuntu using ChrUbuntu and the this happend... can't find file to patch at input line 5 perhaps you used the wrong -p or--strip option? the text leading up to this was: ------------------------------------- diff --git a/drivers/i2c/busses/i2c-designware-pcidrv.c b/drivers/i2c/busses/i2c-designware-pcidrv.c index f6ed06c..81cbd1 100644 --- a/drivers/i2c/busses/i2c-designware-pcidrv.c +++ b/drivers/i2c/busses/i2c-designware-pcidrv.c ------------------------------------- files to patch:

  • karim lavaerts Said:

    litlle help please? i was installing Ubuntu using ChrUbuntu and the this happend... can't find file to patch at input line 5 perhaps you used the wrong -p or--strip option? the text leading up to this was: ------------------------------------- diff --git a/drivers/i2c/busses/i2c-designware-pcidrv.c b/drivers/i2c/busses/i2c-designware-pcidrv.c index f6ed06c..81cbd1 100644 --- a/drivers/i2c/busses/i2c-designware-pcidrv.c +++ b/drivers/i2c/busses/i2c-designware-pcidrv.c ------------------------------------- files to patch:

  • tudza Said:

    Warning, probably unnecessary for many folks here. I was pleased to find that my trackpad worked after the install. However, when I did an update it stopped working. The solutions all seem cumbersome, so I'm going to have to start carrying a mouse around with me if I intend to use this setup.

  • James Said:

    Please fix the error with dd command: of=/dev/sdb Thanks

  • tracey Said:

    When it says system recovery is complete. It doesnt work then I press crlt d and enter any help ?

  • Joe Said:

    I've got ubuntu working nicely on my 2gb 16gb c720, but is there a way to get it to boot straight into ubuntu? also boot up is taking about a minute from pressing ctrl+l, can this be expedited? Thanks

  • Bill Said:

    Maybe this: https://plus.google.com/+PedroLarroy/posts/YWuxKoxJ98M


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