Chrome OS installation on a Intel Atom x5-Z8300

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Patrick Pfister

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Oct 1, 2018, 8:04:48 PM10/1/18
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has anybody installed a Chrome OS and created a "Chromebit" on an Intel Atom X5-Z8300, Asus VivoStick TS10 Z8350 or similar? 
The Asus Chromebit CS10 only has 1 USB port and connecting a USB port replicator kind of defeats the purpose of a small classroom "computer".
I am playing with the idea of creating simple and cost effective computing for Primary Classrooms on a "non mobile" desktop.
any hints would be appreciated


Jake Wills

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Oct 2, 2018, 2:30:46 PM10/2/18
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We've got a lot of Asus Eee PCs running Chrome OS (Neverware CloudReady)... which is working great for us, but they all have more than 1 USB port.
You could always get a keyboard with a built in USB port to connect the mouse to?

Patrick Pfister

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Oct 2, 2018, 3:18:25 PM10/2/18
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Eee PCs are little netbook though aren't they? we only have of those left, so am not trying to "refurbish" hardware but finding a slick "stick" solution.
Thanks for the hint on USB port on keyboard


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We've got a lot of Asus Eee PCs running Chrome OS (Neverware CloudReady)... which is working great for us, but they all have more than 1 USB port.
You could always get a keyboard with a built in USB port to connect the mouse to?

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Jake Wills

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Oct 2, 2018, 5:03:32 PM10/2/18
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Sorry... wasn't clear... we have the EeePC Boxes:

ASUS does make a chromebit stick already though:
Note this is a link to the US store (not sure if you can get them in NZ)
Again, only has one USB Port though

Patrick Pfister

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Oct 2, 2018, 5:32:38 PM10/2/18
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ahh, that makes more sense... I have never seen the Eeeboxes, but thee EeePCs were a runner many years ago!
The CS10's are really cheaply available in NZ, PBtech e.g. sells them for around $164+ but in order to future proof I would like 4GB of memory and preferably 2+ USB ports directly from device, and there are Asus stick PCs out there, but could not find any confirmation that you could squeeze a chromium OS on the one without OS (Linux works I know) or take the W10 stick and reformat it.
thanks for your suggestions
Patrick

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Jake Wills

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Oct 2, 2018, 7:29:45 PM10/2/18
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Let me know how you get on... agree less than 4GB of RAM is not ideal.

Supported models for CloudReady can be found here:
Some of the ASUS devices have the Intel Atom N455 Processor

This page has a list of some models with the x5-Z8300 processor:
But I couldn't find any of them on the supported list... doesn't mean it won't work though... the model of EeePC we are using wasn't on the list when we started.

Patrick Pfister

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Oct 8, 2018, 3:18:09 PM10/8/18
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good morning
just wanted to let you know that I have been in contact with several suppliers of chrombits and stick-computers and came off the idea of using them. Apparently they are very nifty and wonderful for quick and temporary use, such as quickly create a online meeting environment with limited hardware - but they are unreliable and burn out (heat) if used and plugged in for a long time... such as in a classroom.
Am now experimenting with cloudready on HP 20" AIO and quite happy - apart of the cost per machine it seems to be a viable way to maybe get a year or two more out of these old computers
thanks for sharing your thinking
have a great day
Patrick

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Steve Smith

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Hi Patrick,
A good solution for you may be to use Neverware which installs Chrome OS on pretty much any machine.
Information can be found at https://www.neverware.com/edu#cloudready-for-education Neverware are very keen to support NZ educators so have a look.
Best regards
Steve Smith
Google for Edu NZ

Ben Aghion

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Feb 6, 2020, 11:04:11 PM2/6/20
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Thanks for the shout-out Steve!

Patrick, you're already familiar of course from the computers you converted, but we should talk about this. 

A lot of folks have used SFF desktops or even Intel Compute Sticks for small-footprint desktops. Others choose to use regular desktops, and the list of certified models is here for your review: guide.neverware.com/supported-devices

Email me directly if you have any questions or need any further help. 

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Patrick Pfister

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Feb 6, 2020, 11:23:11 PM2/6/20
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Thanks everyone - this challenge is already quite some time ago... we since found neverware and are using it successfully!
All good
Cheers
Patrick

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