My reborn Chromebook

By , December 4, 2014 4:52 pm

My Acer Chromebook

My Acer Chromebook

I’m a fan of Google Chromebooks – to a point. These devices run a very stripped down Linux-based operating system and essentially allow you to do just one thing: Run the Google Chrome web browser.

These days there is not an awful lot that you can’t do with a Chromebook. They are affordable too with cheaper models running around $200. They update themselves automatically, don’t require virus software, and generally just take care of themselves. Any documents or files you create are stored in the cloud.

I got one three years ago and have used it almost daily ever since. Yesterday I fired it up and it wouldn’t boot. The Chrome logo appeared, vanished, and the unit just sort of flashed every 15 seconds or so. I looked around on the web and decided to re-install my chromebook from scratch. This was very simple – anybody with half a brain could do it.:

  1. Insert a thumb/usb drive into your computer
  2. Download a utility from Google
  3. Run it and pick your model when prompted
  4. Boot the chromebook in recovery mode. Instructions for doing this vary from model to model but generally involved pushing a paperclip into a small hole to press a reset button while turning on the device with the power button.
  5. Plug in the thumbdrive when prompted
  6. That’s it.

Inside of 10 minutes the device was re-installed with a fresh clean version of ChromeOS and was running perfectly. Since all my documents were in the cloud there was nothing else to restore, no drivers to install, no nothing to do.

If you’ve ever needed to re-install your computer from scratch – you should appreciate how easy, convenient, and quick this process was.

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