[Dev] Chromebook C201 eMMC

leestrobel at disroot.org leestrobel at disroot.org
Mon Jan 28 19:23:25 GMT 2019


@bill-auger: ok, thanks. I had actually seen that discussion, but it's a couple of weeks old and I was wondering if there's been any more developments since then.

@dfstorm: it looks like that firmware is for x86; however, the C201 is ARM. So, I don't think it will work. I know Libreboot has been ported to it, so I'll try flashing that and see if it makes any difference.
January 28, 2019 1:11 PM, "dfstorm" <dfstorm at riseup.net (mailto:%22dfstorm%22%20<dfstorm at riseup.net>)> wrote:
I did it with a chromebook c200 and I think the manipulation is about the same for the c201. 
To access the mmc memory, you have to install a new bios ^^' The one from google won't allow it. Here's a good tutorial with more information: https://www.maketecheasier.com/replace-chromebook-bios/ (https://www.maketecheasier.com/replace-chromebook-bios/)  
To summarize: 
1- Activate "developer mode" 
2- Disable "memory lock" (most of the chromebook partitions are "read only") 
3- Flash the BIOS for something that allow what you want (personally I use the one from johnlewis [https://johnlewis.ie/ (https://johnlewis.ie/)] ) 
4- Profits (Now install anything you want. Now lsblk command will return all the mmc drives on any good linux distribution). 
Good luck ! 
On Mon, 28 Jan, 2019 at 3:27 AM, Lee Strobel <leestrobel at disroot.org (mailto:leestrobel at disroot.org)> wrote:Hi, My name is Lee and I'm new to this mailing list (and Parabola). I'm a big fan of free software. I've been using Trisquel for several years, but thought I would try out Parabola, as I like the idea of the rolling release package model. Anyway, I recently bought a second-hand Chromebook C201, as I noticed that Parabola now supports it. So far, I have installed Arch on an external micro SD card, and it seems to boot up fine (I am going to migrate it to Parabola soon, but haven't made that step just yet). Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has had any luck installing on the internal eMMC? I haven't tried it myself yet. So far, I haven't been able to get the existing paritions to mount in Arch. If I do 'fdisk -l' on it, it tells me the primary GPT table is corrupt, but the backup is ok. However, if I try to use fdisk to repair the partition table, it gives me an i/o error. Has anyone else come across that? I haven't yet tried to create a new partition table. I'd be interested to follow any developments on using GNU/Linux on this Chromebook. Seems like a really nice, modern little machine :-) Regards, Lee _______________________________________________ Dev mailing list Dev at lists.parabola.nu (mailto:Dev at lists.parabola.nu) https://lists.parabola.nu/mailman/listinfo/dev (https://lists.parabola.nu/mailman/listinfo/dev)
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