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Introduction

Outlines hardware and software steps required to turn this sunsetted chromebook into a real linux laptop.

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  1. How to turn HP Pavilion  Chromebook into linux laptop, Make sure you have required materials: step 1, image 1 of 2 How to turn HP Pavilion  Chromebook into linux laptop, Make sure you have required materials: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • You will need a couple of decent sized USB sticks. I used 16gb sandisk cruzer sticks. One for your desired live lubuntu image and one for taking a backup of your original chromeos supporting image. The second one is optional since you only need that if you ever want to go back to your unsupported chromeos image.

    • I did it just in case I bricked my laptop. Turned out to be unnecessary since the script worked perfectly. You can probably skip taking the chromeos flash backup since it probably won't be needed for yours either.

    • Download amd64 lubuntu LTS image or whatever flavor you desire of linux. Burn it on one of your USB sticks with software suitable for creating bootable USB sticks. Download: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releas... (note this url is unresponsive you should use whatever distros USB image you prefer)

    • Note that you may need a second computer to perform the above step. I was able to do it with my crouton chroot on my existing Pavilion chromebook. I use and recommend Etcher software for this step: Linux - Mac - Windows creating bootable images on USB keys - SD cards the easy way.

    • You are now ready to "unscroogle" your chromebook. Remember those silly ads? I actually loved my chromebook for five very productive years. If it was not unsupported, I would continue to use as is too.

  2. How to turn HP Pavilion  Chromebook into linux laptop, You need to disable the write protect switch!: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • https://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/dev...

    • Above link gives all the gory details about how to reach the write protect disable/enable switch and set it as required for the following steps. You don't have anything to lose except an unsupported chromeos device right?

    • Reassemble carefully. Since you have it apart this is a good time to upgrade to 8gb memory and a larger SSD if you wish.

    • See my other guide for details if you are unsure about those hardware upgrades. HP Pavilion Chromebook 14-c050nr RAM & SSD upgrade procedure.

  3. How to turn HP Pavilion  Chromebook into linux laptop, All chromebooks go to heaven!: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Press [ Ctrl ] [ Alt ] [ T ] to get to the crosh shell prompt on the chromebook.

    • Use the "shell" command to get to the shell prompt. Just type "shell" into the prompt and press enter.

    • Type the following (or cut and paste into a single command line). I include the full command in the next bullet point...

    • cd; curl -LO https://mrchromebox.tech/firmware-util.sh && sudo bash firmware-util.sh

    • You should get that menu (see graphic) with appropriate device data for HP Pavilion Chromebook etc. Press option 3 to flash a full UEFI capable rom onto your system. Note this is the end of your chromebook effectively once you pass the clearly identified "point of no return".

    • You can either perform the chromeos rom backup or not as the option presents itself (your choice). You will need that extra USB stick if you choose to backup the original rom. Do you feel lucky punk? Sorry :D

    • Once it is finished it will prompt you to power off and restart the device. At that point you can insert your new linux boot/install USB stick. From there you simply install like you would on any typical laptop.

    • I opted to go the full UEFI route on mine but it is optional. Follow the instructions under the FAQs (https://mrchromebox.tech/#faq) The fifth question there is answered with how to proceed to setup your UEFI boot option files correctly.

  4. How to turn HP Pavilion  Chromebook into linux laptop, Wrap up... or... The king is dead long live the king!: step 4, image 1 of 1
Conclusion

I probably should have done this before my HP chromebook became an unsupported device but I am intrinsically lazy.

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Thanks for the write up! I was able to install Peppermint 8 Respin-2 on my friends HP Pavilion Chromebook 14-c050nr. However, there are a couple of gaps in the procedure that may throw some people off. Between Steps 2 & 3 I had to enable developer mode as directed by <https://mrchromebox.tech/#devmode>. In Step 3 if you cut & paste the command you still need to change "util.s..." to "util.sh". Also, at the end of Step 3 to correct the location of the grub EFI boot stub as directed by the answer to the second question of <https://mrchromebox.tech/#faq>, the choices for selection where a bit more complicated than Mr Chromebox wrote. IIRC, I first chose the partition containing the bootloader (partition 1), then "ubuntu", then "grubx64.efi". After that the Linux bootable USB stick booted, I opened a terminal, and entered the three commands as directed using "ubuntu" as the distro name, not Peppermint. Hope that helps someone.

Lee - Reply

You are welcome! How about some reputation love? See the big blue button above? Also sorry about dropping the ball on the wiki markup. I have fixed my earlier omission on that front by surrounding the command to cut/paste in the step 3 bullet points by surrounding them with wiki markup tags and removing the useless quotes I had tried earlier.

tcagle53 - Reply

Blue button punched. Thanks again!

Lee - Reply

so i have the hp pavilion 14.c050us and this did not work on that pc. i took out the chrome drive put in a drive with fx11 on it and i have a thumbstick with that ios and dd on it and my cb will not boot to that stick. i flipped that slider switch so it should be now looking to the usb for a app. i do not want to mess with the original hd as that has all my files on it. so is it possible to get a hp pavilion to run another OS? i would like to try windowsfx11 on one. thanks. of do you know of a forum that has done this and has the steps.

bob palmer - Reply

Sorry I don’t know what the meaning of the following terminologies are:

1) fx11

2) thumbstick with that ios and…

Having said that, if you want to preserve the image of your original media you can easily dd from that device to a linux system to create an image backup of the current content of your original CB sdd. I have installed a windows image on this hardware and it is pretty worthless from a performance perspective. I would definitely recommend against that course of action.

tcagle53 -

There is another step between 2 and 3 which in my case was missing.

Step 2.5:

• Press ESC + Refresh + Power to enter developer reset mode.

• Press CTRL + D and wait for the next menu asking to press SPACE (don't press SPACE).

• Press CTRL + D and wait for another 3 or so minutes until dev reset is complete (until the next menu asks to press SPACE, don't press SPACE)

• Press CTRL + D one last time and then proceed to connect your Chromebook to your WIFI, log in, open a Chrome browser window

rad7even - Reply

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