Install Debian 6.0.3 (32-bit) on the Cr-48


The script created by Jay Lee to install Ubuntu Linux on the Cr-48 has been modified to allow installation of Debian Linux

  1. Put your Cr-48 into Developer Mode by following the directions here.

  2. Let the Cr-48 boot into setup. This could take 5-6 minutes.

  3. Select your wireless connection and accept the license agreement but do not sign in.

  4. Open a command prompt by pressing ctrl + alt + → (→ is the forward arrow where the F2 key would normally be)

  5. Type chronos then hit enter

  6. Type sudo su then hit enter

  7. Type wget http://goo.gl/OD3Ua; sh OD3Ua then hit enter. (Those are uppercase Os, not zeros.)

  8. The script will prompt you to enter the size in gigabytes you want to reserve for Debian. Enter a number between 5 and 9.

  9. Wait while the script re-sizes partitions on the hard drive and reboots. Chrome OS will then go through a short "repair" process and automatically reboot.

  10. Repeat steps 3-7 to download and install Debian. Be patient, this can take an hour or more. When the process completes, the computer will boot into Debian.

    • The default login name is user
    • The password is chromebook
  11. Open the terminal at Applications > Accessories > Terminal and type sudo cgpt add -i 6 -P 0 -S 1 /dev/sda then hit enter

  12. Type sudo reboot then hit enter

  13. Once Chrome OS reboots, open a command prompt by pressing ctrl + alt + →

  14. Type chronos then hit enter

  15. Type sudo e2fsck -f /dev/sda7 then hit enter

  16. Type sudo resize2fs -p /dev/sda7 then hit enter (This resizes your Debian filesystem to the size you specified in step 8)

  • To make Debian the default operating system:

    • Open a command prompt by pressing ctrl + alt + → (→ is the forward arrow where the F2 key would normally be)

    • Type chronos then hit enter

    • Type sudo cgpt add -i 6 -P 5 -S 1 /dev/sda then hit enter

    • Type sudo reboot then hit enter

  • To make Chrome OS the default operating system either:

    • Remove the battery and take the computer out of Developer Mode as described here or

    • Open the Terminal and type sudo cgpt add -i 6 -P 0 -S 1 /dev/sda and hit enter

    • Type sudo reboot then hit enter

  • The default root password is chromebook/linux.com

  • To create shortcuts to easily switch between Chrome OS and Debian, follow the directions here


The original Debian installation guide (written for the Samsung Chromebook) can be viewed at chromebook-linux.com here:

http://www.chromebook-linux.com/2011/11/how-to-install-gnulinux-debian-603-on.html