Hardware Compatibility

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In order to install and run GalliumOS, your ChromeOS device needs firmware with Legacy Boot capability. This feature is typically provided by SeaBIOS, and included in coreboot.

Some Chromebooks and Chromeboxes have Legacy Boot enabled in the default factory firmware. Other models require a firmware update to add or enable the feature, and unfortunately some models will not work at all.

In general, ChromeOS devices fall into categories by the core architecture of their CPU:

  • Intel Haswell, Broadwell, Bay Trail, and Sandy/Ivy Bridge Chromebooks and Chromeboxes are supported by GalliumOS
  • Intel Braswell and Skylake models are newer and mostly supported
  • Intel Pineview models are older and not supported: they do not ship with compatible firmware, and custom firmware is not presently available
  • ARM models are not supported: they do not ship with compatible firmware, and custom firmware is not presently available

The table below lists all ChromeOS devices ever produced, and the vital details regarding their ability to support GalliumOS. If you find any errors or omissions, please let us know!

If you run into any issues not covered here, please check our issue tracker and submit a bug report.

Third party firmware updates for many devices are available from several parties -- see Firmware.

Additionally, some devices can support dual-boot (GalliumOS alongside ChromeOS) either with stock firmware or with updated firmware. See chrx for full details.

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GalliumOS Support by Model

Model Hardware ID[9] Released Processor Supports GalliumOS? … with factory firmware? … with custom firmware? … dual-boot with ChromeOS?[10] More Info
Acer AC700 ZGB 2011 Intel Pineview[1] No[1] - - -
Acer C7 PARROT 2012 Intel Sandy/Ivy Bridge[3] Yes No Yes[3] No
Acer C710 PARROT 2012 Intel Sandy/Ivy Bridge[3] Yes No Yes[3] No
Acer C720 PEPPY 2013 Intel Haswell[4] Yes Yes Yes[4] Yes[10] Installation
Acer C720P PEPPY 2013 Intel Haswell[4] Yes Yes Yes[4] Yes[10] Installation
Acer C730 GNAWTY 2014 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
Acer C910 YUNA 2014 Intel Broadwell[5] Yes Yes, with issues:
text display[11]
Yes[5] Yes[10]
Acer Chromebook 11 C740 PAINE 2014 Intel Broadwell[5] Yes Yes, with issues:
text display[11]
Yes[5] Yes[10]
Acer Chromebook 11 (CB3-111) GNAWTY 2014 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
Acer Chromebook 11 (CB3-131) GNAWTY 2016 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
Acer Chromebook 11/Olay (C735) GNAWTY 2016 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
Acer Chromebook 13 C810 (tbd) 2015 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
Acer Chromebook 13 (CB5-311) BIG 2014 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431) EDGAR 2016 Intel Braswell[7] Yes No Yes[7] Yes, after firmware update[10]
Acer Chromebook 14 For Work (CP5-471) LARS 2016 Intel Skylake[8] Yes, with issues: internal audio[8] Yes, with issues: boot video[8] Yes[8] Yes[10]
Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-531) BANJO 2015 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
Acer Chromebook 15 (CB5-571) YUNA 2014 Intel Broadwell[5] Yes Yes, with issues:
text display[11]
Yes[5] Yes[10]
Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532) BANON 2016 Intel Braswell[7] Yes No Yes[7] Yes, after firmware update[10]
Acer Chromebook R11 (C738T, CB5-132T) CYAN 2015 Intel Braswell[7] Yes, with issues: internal audio No Yes[7] Yes, after firmware update[10]
Acer Chromebook R13 ELM 2016 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
Acer Chromebox CXI MCCLOUD 2014 Intel Haswell[4] Yes Yes Yes[4] Yes[10] Installation
Acer Chromebox CXI2 RIKKU 2015 Intel Broadwell[5] Yes Yes Yes[5] Yes[10]
AOpen Chromebase Commercial 22 (WT22M) SUMO 2015 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
AOpen Chromebox Commercial (DE3255) NINJA 2015 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
ASUS Chromebook C200 SQUAWKS 2014 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
ASUS Chromebook C201 SPEEDY 2015 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
ASUS Chromebook C202SA TERRA 2016 Intel Braswell[7] Yes No Yes[7] Yes, after firmware update[10]
ASUS Chromebook C300 QUAWKS 2014 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
ASUS Chromebook C300SA TERRA 2016 Intel Braswell[7] Yes No Yes[7] Yes, after firmware update[10]
ASUS Chromebook C301SA TERRA 2016 Intel Braswell[7] Yes No Yes[7] Yes, after firmware update[10]
ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 CAVE 2016 Intel Skylake[8] Yes, with issues: internal audio[8] Yes, with issues: boot video[8] Yes[8] Yes[10]
ASUS Chromebox CN60 PANTHER 2014 Intel Haswell[4] Yes Yes, with issues:
USB init[14]
Yes[4] Yes[10] Installation
ASUS Chromebox CN62 GUADO 2015 Intel Broadwell[5] Yes Yes Yes[5] Yes[10]
ASUS Flip C100 MINNIE 2015 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
CTL J2 Chromebook for Education JERRY 2015 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
CTL J4 Chromebook for Education JERRY 2015 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
CTL NL6 Education Chromebook ENGUARDE 2014 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
CTL NL61 Chromebook RELM 2016 Intel Braswell[7] Yes No Yes[7] Yes, after firmware update[10]
Dell Chromebook 11 WOLF 2014 Intel Haswell[4] Yes Yes Yes[4] Yes[10]
Dell Chromebook 11 (3120) CANDY 2015 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
Dell Chromebook 13 LULU 2015 Intel Broadwell[5] Yes Yes, with issues:
text display[11]
Yes[5] Yes[10] Installation
Dell Chromebox TRICKY 2014 Intel Haswell[4] Yes Yes Yes[4] Yes[10] Installation
Google Chromebook Pixel LINK 2013 Intel Ivy Bridge[3] Yes, with issues: HiDPI[12] Yes, with issues? Yes[3] Yes[10]
Google Chromebook Pixel SAMUS 2015 Intel Broadwell[5] Yes[13] Yes Yes[5] Yes[10] Installation
Google Cr-48 MARIO 2011 Intel Pineview[1] Possibly[1] No Possibly[1] Possibly, after firmware update[10]
Haier Chromebook 11 JAQ 2015 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
Haier Chromebook 11 (edu) MIGHTY 2015 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
Haier Chromebook 11 G2 HELI 2015 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10]
HEXA Chromebook Pi EXPRESSO 2014 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
HiSense Chromebook 11 JERRY 2015 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
HP Chromebook 11 G1 SPRING 2013 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
HP Chromebook 11 G2 SKATE 2013 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
HP Chromebook 11 G3 KIP 2014 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
HP Chromebook 11 G4 KIP 2015 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
HP Chromebook 11 G5 SETZER 2016 Intel Braswell[7] Yes No Yes[7] Yes, after firmware update[10]
HP Chromebook 13 CHELL 2016 Intel Skylake[8] Yes, with issues: internal audio[8] Yes, with issues: boot video[8] Yes[8] Yes[10]
HP Chromebook 14 FALCO 2013 Intel Haswell[4] Yes Yes Yes[4] Yes[10]
HP Chromebook 14 G3 BLAZE 2014 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
HP Chromebook 14 G4 KIP 2015 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
HP Chromebox ZAKO 2014 Intel Haswell[4] Yes Yes, with issues:
USB init[14]
Yes[4] Yes[10] Installation
HP Pavilion Chromebook 14 BUTTERFLY 2013 Intel Sandy Bridge[3] Yes No Yes[3] No
LG Chromebase (22CV241) MONROE 2014 Intel Haswell[4] Probably Yes[4] Probably[10]
LG Chromebase (22CB25S) MONROE 2016 Intel Haswell[4] Probably Yes[4] Probably[10]
Lenovo 100S Chromebook ORCO 2015 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
Lenovo N20 Chromebook CLAPPER 2014 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
Lenovo N20P Chromebook CLAPPER 2014 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
Lenovo N21 Chromebook ENGUARDE 2015 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
Lenovo N22 Chromebook REKS 2016 Intel Braswell[7] Yes No Yes[7] Yes, after firmware update[10]
Lenovo N42 Chromebook REKS 2016 Intel Braswell[7] Yes No Yes[7] Yes, after firmware update[10]
Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox TIDUS 2015 Intel Broadwell[5] Yes Yes Yes[5] Yes[10]
Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook GLIMMER 2015 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook G3 ULTIMA 2016 Intel Braswell[7] Yes No Yes[7] Yes, after firmware update[10]
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook SENTRY 2016 Intel Skylake[8] Yes, with issues: internal audio[8] Yes, with issues: boot video[8] Yes[8] Yes[10]
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga GLIMMER 2014 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga G3 ULTIMA 2016 Intel Braswell[7] Yes No Yes[7] Yes, after firmware update[10]
Lenovo X131e Chromebook STOUT 2013 Intel Ivy Bridge[3] Yes No Yes[3] No
NComputing Chromebook CX100 JERRY 2016 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
Samsung Chromebook (XE303C12) SNOW 2012 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
Samsung Chromebook 2 (XE500C12) WINKY 2014 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
Samsung Chromebook 2 (XE503C12) PIT 2014 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
Samsung Chromebook 2 (XE503C32) PI 2014 ARM[2] No[2] - - -
Samsung Chromebook 3 (XE500C13) CELES 2016 Intel Braswell[7] Yes No Yes[7] Yes, after firmware update[10]
Samsung Series 3 Chromebox STUMPY 2012 Intel Sandy Bridge[3] Yes No Yes[3] No
Samsung Series 5 ALEX 2011 Intel Pineview[1] No[1] - - -
Samsung Series 5 550 LUMPY 2012 Intel Sandy Bridge[3] Yes No Yes[3] No
Senkatel Edu ENGUARDE 2014 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
Toshiba Chromebook CB30 LEON 2014 Intel Haswell[4] Yes Yes Yes[4] Yes[10]
Toshiba Chromebook CB35 LEON 2014 Intel Haswell[4] Yes Yes Yes[4] Yes[10]
Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB30 SWANKY 2014 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 SWANKY 2014 Intel Bay Trail[6] Yes No Yes[6] Yes, after firmware update[10] Installation
Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 GANDOF 2015 Intel Broadwell[5] Yes Yes, with issues:
text display[11]
Yes[5] Yes[10]
Model Hardware ID Released Processor Supports GalliumOS? … with factory firmware? … with custom firmware? … dual-boot with ChromeOS?[10] More Info

Notes

  1. Pineview models do not ship with compatible firmware, and custom firmware is not generally available. MARIO (Google Cr-48) might be an exception. See Support/Pineview.
  2. ARM models do not ship with compatible firmware, and custom firmware is not available at this time. See Support/ARM.
  3. Sandy/Ivy Bridge models are supported. See Support/SandyIvy.
  4. Haswell models are well-supported. See Support/Haswell.
  5. Broadwell models are well-supported. See Support/Broadwell.
  6. Bay Trail models are supported. See Support/BayTrail.
  7. Braswell models are mostly supported. See Support/Braswell and Braswell Platform Validation.
  8. Skylake models are mostly supported. See Support/Skylake and Skylake Platform Validation.
  9. Hardware ID: Each Chromebook/box/base model is identified by a hardware ID. Some manufacturers reuse model names for different hardware IDs (e.g. Samsung), and others market several versions of the same hardware ID (e.g. HP). For purposes of support questions, hardware ID is the most important identifier for your model. You can check your Hardware ID from the Developer Mode boot screen ("OS verification is OFF"), from the Terminal (dmidecode -s system-product-name) or from inside ChromeOS by navigating to chrome://system, where it's called hardware_class.
  10. Dual-Booting with ChromeOS is possible where the factory firmware supports legacy booting (SeaBIOS), or the custom firmware installs legacy boot capability without removing ChromeOS boot functionality. Currently, dual-boot setups are installed via chrx.
  11. Text Mode: The factory firmware of this model fails to display text-mode output, so messages printed to screen during the early boot process will be invisible. This can be functional, but very difficult to debug if problems arise. Updated FULL ROM firmware fixes it. See Firmware.
  12. HiDPI: This model has a 2560x1700 display. GalliumOS (Xfce, Gtk2, xfwm4) will work at this geometry, but GUI elements will be very small (possibly unusably small), since they are not scaled appropriately. You can install the galliumos-hidpi package for better settings.
  13. SAMUS (Google Pixel, 2015) See Installing/Samus for some notes on audio and HiDPI config.
  14. PANTHER/ZAKO (ASUS Chromebox, 2014 / HP Chromebox, 2014) have a broken factory legacy boot payload that fails to initialize the USB3 ports; custom firmware is the only resolution. See also Installing/Panther.