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Preparing dell Inspiron 7486 14 Chromebook for alternate OS

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Post by jj1j1 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:59 pm

The Dell Inspiron 7486 14 2-in 1 is a newer Chromebook that has some respectable specs. I want to remove Chrome, and install Linux, but I'm uncertain if its in the list of supported devices that can be configured to accept a Linux install. I hoping for some input that will help me make this conversion happen. A good review of the Chromebook is here.
https://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-Insp ... 516.0.html
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Post by KBD » Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:17 pm

Will be interested to see how this works out for you. I currently have 2 converted Chromebooks and it is nice having full Linux installs on them. I may be somewhat limited in aiding you because your Chromebook is much newer than mine, but will help where I can. Having intel hardware on that machine is a big plus.

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Re: Preparing dell Inspiron 7486 14 2-in-1 Chromebook for alternate OS

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Post by jj1j1 » Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:10 pm

I guess as a first thought in attempting this I should consider worst case scenario, which leads me to this site. https://wiki.mrchromebox.tech/Unbricking . With that in mind I am choosing Gallium as Linux distro. https://galliumos.org/ . It's made especially for Chromebooks, and seems an appropriate choice. A few sites that show feasibility of OS: For specific models, https://wiki.galliumos.org/Hardware_Compatibility . For specific architectures, https://wiki.galliumos.org/Firmware . The Inspiron 7486 14 has Kaby Lake architecture, and support for this is not up to par yet, (I'm told there are still sound issues,) but legacy firmware is available. :rock:
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Post by KBD » Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:22 pm

Gallium always seemed a little buggy to me, but might be good to start with as all your keys should work just like they did on ChromeOS--brightness, volume, etc.
But once you get the new firmware on it you can run any Linux you want. I don't remember if that model will install legacy bios, but if it is the efi bios here is some info about setting it up for that:
https://askubuntu.com/questions/743095/ ... for-ubuntu
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Re: Preparing dell Inspiron 7486 14 2-in-1 Chromebook for alternate OS

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Post by jj1j1 » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:23 pm

I emailed mrchromebox about what I wanted to do. This is some of what he said.
I currently offer RW_LEGACY firmware for it (see my supported devices page) which allows you to boot whatever distro you want. I do plan on offering UEFI Full ROM firmware for it as part of my next release, but that won't change anything compatability wise (other than fixing sleep/resume). Audio is still unlikely to work without major effort. BTW, I have this device myself so it's well tested...I'm on the GalliumOS team. There's little improved compatibility with it outside of the top row keys working out of the box. The stock firmware has some serious issues running Legacy Boot Mode, and while my UEFI firmware mitigates that, upstream support for the audio in newer Chromebooks is nonexistent. We don't have audio or anything working either.
So while it sounds promising it's also a little disappointing there's no sound. Also, I'm not sure what "or anything", referred to yet.
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Re: Preparing dell Inspiron 7486 14 2-in-1 Chromebook for alternate OS

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Post by KBD » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:29 pm

jj1j1 wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:23 pm
I emailed mrchromebox about what I wanted to do. This is some of what he said.
I currently offer RW_LEGACY firmware for it (see my supported devices page) which allows you to boot whatever distro you want. I do plan on offering UEFI Full ROM firmware for it as part of my next release, but that won't change anything compatability wise (other than fixing sleep/resume). Audio is still unlikely to work without major effort. BTW, I have this device myself so it's well tested...I'm on the GalliumOS team. There's little improved compatibility with it outside of the top row keys working out of the box. The stock firmware has some serious issues running Legacy Boot Mode, and while my UEFI firmware mitigates that, upstream support for the audio in newer Chromebooks is nonexistent. We don't have audio or anything working either.
So while it sounds promising it's also a little disappointing there's no sound.
If it were me, I'd give him more time to work out the bugs. Your machine may be a bit too new for a good experience doing this. But it does sound like he is focused on getting it to work, maybe just too soon to do it now.

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Re: Preparing dell Inspiron 7486 14 2-in-1 Chromebook for alternate OS

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Post by jj1j1 » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:38 pm

Agreed. I waiting for the UEFI firmware. Maybe they will have other stuff sorted out by then too. Until then I'll just kick back and chill . :fishing:
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