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2. THE RESULTS YOU'RE GETTING, INCLUDING ANY ERROR MESSAGES, AND AN ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF WHERE IT IS FAILING. IN THE CASE OF THE LATTER E.G. I PRESS ESC, BUT THE BOOT MENU DOESN'T APPEAR AND IT JUST SAYS "BOOTING FROM HARD-DISK ..."

3. THE FULL MODEL NAME AND NUMBER.

4. IF USING SEABIOS, THE VERSION STRING REPORTED BY SEABIOS WHEN SEABIOS RUNS.

ALSO NOTE, I GENERALLY IGNORE PM'S/INVITATIONS.

THE BASIC PROCEDURE FOR GETTING SOUND WORKING ON BAYTRAIL DEVICES, ON LINUX, IS AS FOLLOWS:

1. UPDATE TO AT LEAST KERNEL 4.x

2. IF YOU'RE MISSING THESE THREE FILES FROM /lib/firmware/intel

fw_sst_0f28.bin
fw_sst_0f28.bin-48kHz_i2s_master
fw_sst_22a8.bin

DOWNLOAD THEM FROM https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/firmware/linux-firmware.git/tree/intel INTO /lib/firmware/intel AND REBOOT

3. RUN 'amixer -c 0 sset "Left Speaker Mixer Left DAC" unmute' AND 'amixer -c 0 sset "Right Speaker Mixer Right DAC" unmute'

N.B. YOU MAY NEED TO SOURCE FIRMWARE FOR THE SOUNDCARD AS AT LEAST ONE DISTRO IS NOT DISTRIBUTING IT.

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https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-linux-linuxfoundationx-lfs101x-2#.VN3jAlWsXWU

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I just checked and mine is going strong after the last one got replaced about one year ago as well.
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Rasaki Solebo

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Hello John,
I have cromebook acer c710-2847 MFG date -2013/02/22.
Loaded SeaBIOS (version 021015-johnlewis.ie) on the system in october 2015 and has been working fine.

After not using it for a month, i tried last week and it just went straight to booting from CBFS...
Jeltka login: ata1: SATA link down SStatus 1 SControl 300)
ata1: EH Complete
more messages
00: Failed to IDENTIFY (I/O error, err_mask=0x100)
more messages

When I hit Enter it then goes to -

Welcome to buildroot
Jeltka Login:

How do I get back to the
Ubuntu installation on the HDD
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Matt DeVillier (Mr. Chromebox)'s profile photoJohn Lewis's profile photo
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Yep, drive/connection issue - get same errors on Ben's C710 sometimes because of dodgy SATA connection.
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long overdue, but finally done -- new website, new script, new firmware: https://mrchromebox.tech/
Constructive feedback is always welcome :)
MrChromebox.tech : Custom coreboot firmware and firmware utilities for your ChromeOS devicee
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It's just such a surprise after being told "probably never will happen"... and waiting months... Thanks Heaps! Will attempt to install later and will update whether it works 4 me :)
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Fran P

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Hi,

I installed Ubuntu in my Pixel (1), but I decided to go back to ChromeOS, so I used the Link Shell-ball John offers (thank you very much for all your work, John!).

However, I probably missed something, because now when I try to restart again the Pixel I see the message below (gbb.flags 489). I'm trying to use now a recovery USB for Link, but it doesn't work, and I'm not able to boot any other OS from the USB.

Can you give me some help?

Thanks!
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It took me a little to find a valid Hardware ID, but now everything is working well!

I really appreciate your help, Matt, you are THE MAN!
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Dave Horner

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I would like to continue the June 4th thread started by Benjamin Selzer regarding support for the Acer Chromebook 14 model CB3-431-C5FM Edgar. That thread was interrupted when Benjamin returned the Chromebook to the store. I have updated the RW_LEGACY slot on this Chromebook with SeaBIOS version rel-1.9.0-131-gd97c200-06/06/16-johnlewis.ie and have captured the remaining information that Benjamin was not able to supply (please see the links to the output files below). My hope is to someday be able to get a BOOT_STUB update for this Chromebook so that I can install Linux directly to the SSD. I am currently running Linux from a chroot with Ubuntu Trusty installed using Crouton, but would like to install Fedora natively using an updated SeaBIOS. The previous thread ended with the implication that it might be possible to create an updated BOOT_STUB which is why I am providing the additional information. Here are the links to the information requested in the original post:
Output from lspci -vvv
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pypfjn5j24qt6ll/lspci.txt?dl=0

Output from cbmem -c from a booted Linux live USB flash drive:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pg9ufprvdndkn2x/cbmem.txt?dl=0

Please let me know of any further way in which I might be able to help. Thank you very much for your hard work.

Dave
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Matt DeVillier (Mr. Chromebox)'s profile photoDave Horner's profile photo
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Thank you for your suggestion, but it looks like I've really messed this up. I tried making recovery media on Toshiba, SanDisk, and Kingston USB flash drives, and on a SanDisk SD card using a SD to USB adapter since this Chromebook doesn't have a SD slot. All of them fail after about 5 minutes, so I think this pretty much rules out media issues.
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Ryan Mercer

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So I'm doing this https://wiki.galliumos.org/Installing/Baytrail for Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ

I'm in the 'install legacy boot capability' step.

I've downloaded the script https://johnlewis.ie/Chromebook-ROMs/scripts/update-RW_LEGACYs.sh (in home)

When I run it "bash ./update-RW_LEGACYs.sh I get:

- Line 6 var/www/sites/johnlewis.ie/Chromebook-ROMs/scripts/function.sh: No such file or directory

- Line 8 ipdate_rw_legacys: command not found.

Any ideas? I've been screwing with this for two hours now just to update the damn firmware so I can install GalliumOS and dual boot.
Installation on Baytrail ChromeOS devices can be performed in either a dual boot or standalone setup. A standalone setup is one in which GalliumOS is installed on the internal storage, replacing ChromeOS, or installed to external media (SD, USB flash, USB-attached SSD) leaving ChromeOS on the ...
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You need the script from this page:
https://johnlewis.ie/custom-chromebook-firmware/rom-download/

Provided you removed the write protect screw inside the laptop, it will do all the firmware work for you if you follow the directions when you run it. You can then load a custom linux distro when it's done.

If you are very new to linux, things might get difficult for you going forward.
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Hi There... I am attempting to get Custom FW/ Coreboot on my Chromebook (Acer CB3-111 Chromebook 11) and at the moment it is proving to be a huge pain in the ass. From not being able to remove the WP Screw cos someone screwed it up (pun not intended) to the FULL_ROM set not being available yet for my model (Baytrail BTW)

Is there a set date for the FULL_ROM to be released for my Chromebook (CB3-111) Model, and how delayed are we in this process?
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Sweet as. Thanks for the quick reply
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adam morgy

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I have just bricked Toshiba Chromebook Leon any help??
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Would you be able to send me a link to the instructions. Thanks
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KSound Kunal

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HP Pavilion Chromebook 14 - Butterfly Avocado Successful flash to Seabios using Butterfly Suspend rom Successful :)
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KSound Kunal's profile photoMatt DeVillier (Mr. Chromebox)'s profile photo
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I'd recommend it for most users since almost all hardware works right out of the box, and it includes many ChromeOS drivers that have been ported over
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al nippy

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Is it possible to change the gbb flag from linux? I have a M004U flashed with the johnlewis rom and the write protect screw is out, but chromeos is completely rerplaced by Arch. I would like to set the boot to legacy, but is this only possible from chromeos?
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al nippy's profile photoMatt DeVillier (Mr. Chromebox)'s profile photo
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+al nippy correct, that's true for both my and John's full ROMs. The dead battery issue is pretty moot anyway with Chromeboxes since they have a separate CMOS battery
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Ben Astane

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hi, sorry for my english, i have a chromebook hp14 i want to instal ubuntu, when i paste the script i have this message "ERROR: is not currently supported at all using this script."
what is the problem, i use this tutorial http://www.fascinatingcaptain.com/howto/install-ubuntu-on-the-toshiba-chromebook-2-in-5-steps/
thank you very much
For users who want more there is the option to install a more complete OS that gets rid of most of the limitations of Chrome OS. The idea of installing Linux is nothing new but the problem up till …
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I think if you look up Linux on the ASUS Flip, it will probably point you in as good a direction as any. Bear in mind that there almost certainly isn't graphics acceleration though, so even playing a video could be CPU intensive.
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Rinus Leeuw

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Donation.
I like to donate, but receive this error from Paypal (already a long time):
"Your request failed due to technical difficulties.Please try again after some time."
Please, if you want to receive donations, set your Paypal Private setting less strickt.
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Thank you. Exceedingly generous!
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Tancred Lindholm

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Unsuccessful lumpy (XE550C22) BOOT_STUB flash here. Chromebook now turns on, but no screen backlight beeps etc. Any advice is much appreciated.

What I did
Initial state: have previously installed chrbuntu and upgraded to 14.04. Didnt work well for me (but was functional)

1) Opened up and disabled write protect
2) Booted into chrbuntu (have this installed since previously)
3) Ran the flash_chromebook_rom.sh as advised on https://johnlewis.ie/custom-chromebook-firmware/rom-download/
4) Script was successful, said you can reboot
5) sudo reboot yielded a constantly blinking screen
6) power on + off yields blank screen (no text etc)

Additional info:
- 4Gb ram model
- left the write protect off (tinfoil jammed in jumper connector) if this has any relevance
This page contains a command to download and run a script, which will flash custom firmware with a SeaBIOS payload on 38 distinct models of Intel based Chromebook, allowing you to run an alternative OS such as Linux. The script will work with ChromeOS or pretty much any Linux distro (at least no ...
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You can try disconnecting the internal battery connector for 30 seconds.
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Joshua Whiteneck

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Hiya,
So, I have a question, Im an amateur, and successfully flashed my Acer CB3-531. And much to my dismay and afterwards reading, the seabios doesnt support eMMC. Has there been any success in subsequent files to get this fixed?
Thanks
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Matt Devo - youre mr. Chromebox. Thanks for that easy to use interface 
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Josh Timmer

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Is there any way to change settings usually managed through the bios such as wake on lan or the amount of shared memory reserved for the GPU? I'm running your full rom image on an Asus Chromebox (Panther) if that matters. I'm not missing a configuration menu somewhere during boot, am I?
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+Matt DeVillier
Alright, good to know, thanks!
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Ems Mendez

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i want to reinstall chrome os.. but this appear:


"A factory error has been detected

Unfortunately, your computer is configured with a malformed hardware ID. This prevents ChromeOS from updating with the latest security fixes and your computer may be vulnerable to malicious attacks.

Please contact your hardware manufacturer immediately to send your computer to a repair facility.

Skip for now"

since there is a 'skip for now', click it to keep going..
then when i sign-in (for so many times.. use another email and creating it on the spot), this error appear:

"Sorry. Your email or password could not be verified. Please try again. Hit Control-Shift-Space to switch keyboard layout."



pls help how to fix it..
thanks in advance..
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i tried so may times..
and now it will load here..

"your system is repairing itself. please wait..."

then reboot again..
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Michael Keyes

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Hi all!
I accidentally erased my bios.bin and don't know the HWID for my Link (Pixel 2013). Any ideas on how this can be or if this can be recovered? At the moment, I'm unable to update my device.

Thanks for any help you can provide!
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Good luck!
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Paul Mathews

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I have bricked my acer c710 and can't seem to recover it. I had it working before on a rom from https://johnlewis.ie/Chromebook-ROMs/parrot/, but there was an issue with sata-III failing and not falling back to sata-II on boot. It would eventually boot, but it might take many many attempts before it would succeed. Seeing there was an option to force sata-II in coreboot, I pulled out the config from my rom, and built my own image. The config varied some from build options in coreboot, as build options had changed, but it built. Unfortunately, since then I deleted the vm I had built it in, so I don't have the config I used :(. Despite my cautiousness in building, I built something wrong and bricked it. On my custom build, I used to get something on the display about being unable to find something (?) - sorry, I don't remember what it was, and I don't have a picture. I have now hooked up a bus pirate and have tried re-flashing several of the parrot roms, among which is the one for the intel 1007u processor (which my c710 has); none of which have worked:

sudo flashrom -VVV -p buspirate_spi:dev=/dev/ttyUSB0 -c MX25L6406E/MX25L6408E -w [rom]
eventually fails with:
FAILED at 0x00051700! Expected=0x73, Found=0xff, failed byte count from 0x00000000-0x007fffff: 0x1d8e
Your flash chip is in an unknown state.
Please report this on IRC at chat.freenode.net (channel #flashrom) or
mail flashrom@flashrom.org, thanks!
programmer_unmap_flash_region: unmapped 0x0000000000000000
buspirate_sendrecv: write 1, read 0 Sending 0x00
buspirate_sendrecv: write 0, read 4 , receiving 0x42 0x42 0x49 0x4f
buspirate_sendrecv: write 0, read 1 , receiving 0x31
Raw bitbang mode version 1
buspirate_sendrecv: write 1, read 0 Sending 0x0f
Bus Pirate shutdown completed.
Command exited with non-zero status 255

I have tried the latest, as well as a few of the older roms (and verified the md5sums of all of them prior to writing), as well as making sure that the usb device and the eeprom type are correct. I am using the pinout shown here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bzig09VSdjW1TURUOFB5RnAxdkE/, and have verified that I am using the correct pin 1. Currently, I get nothing on the display when it powers up. I've tried the flying blind press esc then 2 option to try and boot to usb, but it doesn't seem to be booting at all.
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To anyone in the future who may come across this issue - the eeprom had failed. I bought a replacement from digi-key and was able to successfully write the image to the new eeprom. Alas, as I was desoldering the failed eeprom, I wasn't watching my movements closely enough, and bumped the eeprom. The remaining pin's trace on the motherboard (still soldered to the pin) uprooted and it looks like I have truly bricked it now.
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augusto pelaez

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I would like to install Galliom os in my Acer C710, somebody try it before with out problem? please send me the steps. 
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I did on my c710...
As they said, install John's custom firmware... Then a normal Linux install. 
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Anna Stewart

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Successfully flashed a full rom to my swanky toshiba chromebook. Thank you Matt Devo! Everything works aside from the microphone.
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