Intel processors with Broadwell cores are very popular in newer higher-end ChromeOS devices.
Factory firmware support for coreboot and SeaBIOS is spotty, but custom firmware is also available for all Broadwell models from John Lewis: https://johnlewis.ie/custom-chromebook-firmware/rom-download/.
Only one firmware update option is currently available for Broadwell models:
- Leaves all stock functionality intact, including the white "OS verification is OFF" screen
- Allows device to dual-boot GalliumOS alongside ChromeOS
- Some models ship with this feature enabled and including a working SeaBIOS
- On some models, includes bugfixes and enables additional functionality such as booting from SD card/eMMC
Acer C740, Acer C910 and Acer CB5-571 (auron_paine and auron_yuna)
- Full ROM flash is possible
A full ROM is available from CoolStar: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nFZmoRzQ03btPCGVSa4ku6JPQik-SxD__zOd1CoB2yg/edit
(for running Linux, you can follow the flashing instructions and install Linux instead of Windows)
- Bypasses the white "OS verification is OFF" screen
- Installs a complete ROM containing a coreboot build and a working SeaBIOS
- Removes the ability to run ChromeOS natively, creating a small risk of bricking your device
- Will wipe out all product data
- This option is the most invasive and may include bugs or idiosyncrasies that the stock firmware does not
- Fixes Graphics issues associated with the RW_LEGACY
- Fixes several issues related to ACPI
- Allows booting Linux, Windows and even Mac OS!