This page contains information about the Dell Chromebook 11 that is interesting and/or useful to software developers. For general information about getting started with developing on Chromium OS (the open-source version of the software on the Chrome Notebook), see the Chromium OS Developer Guide.
Caution: Modifications you make to the system are not supported by Google, may cause hardware, software or security issues and may void warranty.
Details for working with developer mode can be found on this page.
Before you start fiddling with your own builds it is strongly recommend to create a recovery USB stick or SD card. As long as you don't disable hardware write protect on the system & EC firmware, you can get your machine back into working order by entering Recovery Mode and plugging in your recovery image. You can create a recovery image from Chrome OS by browsing to chrome://imageburner or follow instructions for other OS on the Chrome OS help center site.
You can build and run Chromium OS on your Dell Chromebook 11 (versions R31 and later). Follow the quick start guide to setup a build environment. The board name for Dell Chromebook 11 is "wolf". Build an image and write it to a USB stick or SD card.
To boot your image you will first need to enable booting developer signed images from USB (or SD card). Switch your machine to Developer mode and get to a shell by either via VT2 (Ctrl+Alt+F2) and logging in as root or by logging in as a user (or guest mode), starting a "crosh" shell with Ctrl+Alt+t, and typing "shell". Now run "sudo crossystem dev_boot_usb=1" and reboot "sudo reboot".
Plug your USB stick or SD card in and on the scary "OS Verification is OFF" screen hit Ctrl+u to boot from external media. If all goes well you should see a "Chromium OS" logo screen. If you want to install your build to the SSD, open a shell and type "sudo /usr/sbin/chromeos-install". Note: This will replace EVERYTHING on your SSD. Use a recovery image if you want to get back to a stock Chrome OS build.
Caution: Modifications you make to your Chromebook's hardware or software are not supported by Google, may compromise your online security, and may void your warranty....now on to the fun stuff.
Taking apart your Chromebook is not encouraged. If you have hardware troubles, please seek assistance first from an authorized center. Be advised that disassembly might void warranties or other obligations, so please consult any and all paperwork your received first.
The location of the firmware write protection disable screw is indicated by the red arrow below. Remove the screw, boot the system and run "flashrom --wp-disable" to enable writing to the write protected regions of flash.