Opened up case again to see if screw I mentioned previously is hardware write protect for BIOS. Looks like it is indeed.
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- I was able to pass that issue "only linux mint 17" but I switch to lubuntu and the boot up time improved incredibly and also got the mousepad back, but no sound. However, when I installed to SSD, installation went without problem, but I'm not able to boot from the ssd. chromebook can't find a bootable disk. I think could be grub. Have you had any problems like this? I'm doing a search online looking for this kind of problem..
thanks for your helpNov 27, 2015
- So, question 1: do you have the 2015 Chromebook 2 (CB35-C series) or the older Chromebook 2 (CB35-B series)? I seem to recall reading of issues with grub on the CB35-B series because of the eMMC SSD being unsupported by SeaBIOS. I think there was a work around that involved booting an SD card, and chain loading linux on the SSD. However, as I have the newer model, I have not personally tackled that problem. On the CB35-C series... well I can affirm that Ubuntu 14.04 installed without much issue, and everything save the keyboard backlight is working, and that it runs quite well with xfce4.
Actually I tried running lxde (lubuntu) and had issues with sleep wake locking up the window manager (not the OS, just the window manager, so it's a lxde bug). I also played with unity, and kde plasma. I liked kde alot, but it was too battery hungry. I settled on xfce4, and am overall happy with it.Nov 28, 2015
- CB35-B seriesNov 28, 2015
- Yeah, so the B series is different than what I am working with. It should still work tho:
You might try pinging the author and see if he has any suggestions.Nov 28, 2015
- Hello, , . I opened my chromebook and navigated to what I thought was BIOS' hardware write protect screw, but did not find any sticker in between the screw and the board. Am I missing something here? I have the latest 2015 version with an i3. Thank you in advance.Feb 22, 2016
- The "sticker" is a really more of a metallic "o-ring" that sits between the screw and the contacts (see the second picture). It doesn't look like a sticker, and it doesn't peel off easily. I had to scrap it loose with a flat screw driver. The other possibility is that the sticker was missing due to a manufacturing error. The screw by itself is metal and should short the circuit the same as the sticker, so it's plausible that it just wasn't there. The last possibility is that you're looking at the wrong screw. In the picture above, it's the one that is slightly right, and a bit above the screw for the SSD, and is just to the right of the yellow tape covering the wifi card. If you remove the screw and cover the copper semi circle contacts seen in the third photo up with a square of electrical tape, your bios should become writable, even if there was no sticker there in the first place.Feb 22, 2016
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