Does anyone know anything about a Chrome Book laptop (1 Viewer)

David Robbins

Ole Miss Rocks!
Joined
Mar 30, 2001
Messages
26,816
Reaction score
2,467
Age
56
Location
Jackson, MS
Offline
I have a friend who brought me a Chromebook laptop. It uses Amazon. Boots straight to a screen for signing into the internet. No Operating system like Microsoft or Linex. It also has no function keys on the laptop itself. And, when you start the bootup process, it has no screen where you can get to the BIOS to change the boot order where you can boot up from a Windows CD to format the HD, and install a normal OS.

Is there another way to do this? It has USB ports on it. If I were to get a USB CD drive, would that allow it to boot up with the CD over whatever OS Shell they have on this Chromebook? Or, is there something else I need to do to fix this problem. I'm an A+ Tech, but I have never run into this situation before.
 

Zack Lee

VIP Contributor
Joined
Jul 8, 2008
Messages
19,990
Reaction score
29,915
Location
a van down by the river
Online
I’ve had one that’s still runs great after six years. It’s a great machine but I’ve never tried to tinker with any of that and honesty I’ll be a little surprised if it can be done at all since all that stuff is server side.

I mainly only use mine for surfing and writing.
 

boutrous

the only way I know how
Joined
Oct 20, 2004
Messages
5,590
Reaction score
6,694
Age
43
Location
Kenner, Brah
Offline
It's a bad idea, but it can be done. A Chromebook is built to run web apps, so it generally doesn't have the HDD space or RAM to run Windows or store local files that you would use Windows to build. You can boot from a USB, but I've heard it takes a couple of steps to do so. Also, the keyboard really isn't configured to work with Windows. Again, it's just a bad idea. What specifically do you need Windows for? There might be an app that you can use instead.
 
OP
OP

David Robbins

Ole Miss Rocks!
Joined
Mar 30, 2001
Messages
26,816
Reaction score
2,467
Age
56
Location
Jackson, MS
Offline
It's a bad idea, but it can be done. A Chromebook is built to run web apps, so it generally doesn't have the HDD space or RAM to run Windows or store local files that you would use Windows to build. You can boot from a USB, but I've heard it takes a couple of steps to do so. Also, the keyboard really isn't configured to work with Windows. Again, it's just a bad idea. What specifically do you need Windows for? There might be an app that you can use instead.
It's a very nice little laptop. She has 2. She wanted to take the app that's on it now off, and put Windows on, if she could get a cheap copy of it. I told her she could always go with linux if she wanted to. Then, I looked at the laptop she brought me. There's no function keys, and it doesn't come up to a screen where I can get to the BIOS to change the boot order. I figured it didn't have a lot of RAM, and was wondering about the HD. Thanx. guys
 

superchuck500

guarding the potatoes
VIP Subscribing Member
VIP Contributor
Diamond VIP Contributor
Joined
Aug 9, 2004
Messages
54,029
Reaction score
79,343
Location
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Offline
I’ve had one that’s still runs great after six years. It’s a great machine but I’ve never tried to tinker with any of that and honesty I’ll be a little surprised if it can be done at all since all that stuff is server side.

I mainly only use mine for surfing and writing.
I had one too. Basically a highly portable web device I used when I was traveling a lot on the oil spill case. Needed a device to check out the BTL :hihi: and was already carrying heavy work-issued Dell.
 

efil4stnias

one lonely Beastie i be...
VIP Contributor
Joined
Jul 9, 2001
Messages
31,982
Reaction score
30,396
Location
Covington
Online
It's a bad idea, but it can be done. A Chromebook is built to run web apps, so it generally doesn't have the HDD space or RAM to run Windows or store local files that you would use Windows to build. You can boot from a USB, but I've heard it takes a couple of steps to do so. Also, the keyboard really isn't configured to work with Windows. Again, it's just a bad idea. What specifically do you need Windows for? There might be an app that you can use instead.
Maybe he wants to run "Linex"? :covri:
 

Zack Lee

VIP Contributor
Joined
Jul 8, 2008
Messages
19,990
Reaction score
29,915
Location
a van down by the river
Online
There are benefits to not having the OS on the units. The time from when you open it to when it’s ready to work is amazing fast. Plus you don’t have to worry about the antivirus stuff and constant updates.
 

Goatman Saint

Subscribing Member
VIP Subscribing Member
VIP Contributor
Platinum VIP Contributor
Joined
Apr 18, 1999
Messages
21,568
Reaction score
18,801
Age
48
Location
Between here and there
Offline
I’ve had a couple since they first came out. If you just want to surf the web or do stuff on google docs they are pretty cool. I like mine
 

FL_Saint

Subscribing Member
VIP Subscribing Member
Joined
Nov 7, 2006
Messages
1,755
Reaction score
2,049
Location
Southeast of Disorder
Offline
I really like the older Chromebook we have. Very basic, runs well even with several windows open. The only problem I have is that I do my household budgeting/billpaying organization with MS Access. I have found a way to manage it using just the Google Sheets, but it is not as neat. MS Access is probably the ONLY thing that I need windows for, though.
 

DaveXA

I love the Lord!
Staff member
Super Moderator
Joined
Sep 6, 2001
Messages
29,926
Reaction score
17,904
Age
49
Location
Vienna, VA via Lafayette
Offline
My son got a Chromebook from a friend a few years ago and for what it does, it does quite well. It's pretty useful and larger than most laptops, and quite easy to use. For quick browsing and creating word documents, it's great.

As others here have stated well, I wouldn't try modifying it.
 

MLU

Please respect my decision!
Joined
Apr 28, 1999
Messages
54,785
Reaction score
20,279
Location
Mesa, AZ
Offline
Good luck. Even if you manage to get a copy on Windows installed, you're probably not going to find the drivers for things like the trackpad, keyboard, etc since that is not a Windows laptop. It's not designed for Windows, so the hardware/software isn't going to support the things for which you would typically use Windows. A Chromebook is a glorified web browser and should be used as such.

If you still want to take a stab at it, then I would start here.
 

Create an account or login to comment

You must be a member in order to leave a comment

Create account

Create an account on our community. It's easy!

Log in

Already have an account? Log in here.

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)



Headlines

Top Bottom