A friend of mine recently was struggling to install Linux Mint on his Acer C720 Chromebook.
I took on the challenge and succeeded.
Here’s a summary of my steps I performed to succeed at this:
- Setup the system for developer mode using google’s documentation
- Create a Linux Mint bootable USB
- Login to chromebook with your google credentials
- Get to a shell by pressing CTRL-ALT-RightArrow (basically the former F2 key)
- Login with root (use root as the password)
- Type in crossystem dev_boot_usb=1 dev_boot_legacy=1
- Type in reboot (system will reboot)
- Once it comes to life, you’ll see the regular “Yellow Exclamation” screen, during which you can press CTRL-L
- You’ll get a prompt asking you to press ESC to change boot sequence, go ahead
- At this point you should see the Linux Mint boot screen, press TAB
- replace — with mem=1G
- Continue with the installation of Linux Mint as normal
- Once its setup, every time you boot up the system you will have to press CTRL-L on login screen on the Red Exclamation screen to boot from the hard drive and skip the chromeos check up front
The key I found was in the mem=1G and the crosssytem commands.
I also read that Google’s newer models will have better support for installing other distros.
But since my friend had an older model, I thought I’d give it a go. I’m glad I did.
He now has a full blown Linux system on his chromebook and is happy as a clam!
- peppy c6a-v3c-a86
- acer c720 chromebook (7077.95.0)
- memory: 1988M 9767 MB/s
- SeaBIOS version -20131018_145217-build121-m2
- SC2 M2 SSD ATA-10 Hard-Disk (57241 MiBytes)
Thought I’d write this up for the other 100s of folks that would rather stick with their working chromebooks and enjoy Linux Mint on them 🙂