#Foreword

Since the Chromebook Pixel 2013 is no longer supported by Google, the last version of Chrome OS that is avaliable on the device is 69 and does not include Android subsystem or Linux (beta).

FydeOS for You - Chromebook Pixel 2013 brings a new possibility for this device, offering a fresh brand of Chromium that follows the upstream project and full support for ancillary features, including the Android subsystem as well as Linux (beta).

It is important to note that the stock firmware for the Chromebook Pixel 2013 is pretty outdated and thus does not support the hardware virtualization interface required for Linux (beta). If you wish to enable it in FydeOS for You - Chromebook Pixel 2013, you will need to flash a third-party firmware provided by for this device.

This tutorial will show you how to flash MrChromebox firmware for Chromebook Pixel 2013 that carry the stock firmware.

Attention! Writing firmware could be dangerous! Although this tutorial has been tested by the FydeOS team, but there is still a chance that it might fail. Should this happens, the device might not boot up and data may be lost permanently. Fyde Innovations cannot be held responsible for the potential risks. Please think twice before proceeding, as all following actions will be at your own risk.

Attention! You will not be able to boot the Chrome OS and all data saved on the system will be completely lost after the procedure. Please back up everything and be prepared to install a new system before doing so.

#Hardware requirements

  • Chrombook Pixel 2013 with stock Chrome OS

  • A USB storage device with 8GB or more (for installing FydeOS for You Chromebook Pixel 2013)

  • A USB storage device (for backup of stock firmware)

#Switch your Chromebook Pixel 2013 into developer mode

  1. Back up the data you need and say farewell to your old Chrome OS.

  2. Press esc + + Power keys on the keyboard at the same time, the system will then reboot and switch to "System Recovery" mode, and a yellow exclamation mark will appear on the screen.

  3. Press the keyboard ctrl + d keys, the system will then display a warning message that it is about to switch to "Developer Mode", press the keyboard enter key to confirm, the system will restart immediately.

  4. After rebooting, the system will display a warning message that it is currently in "Developer Mode" with a red exclamation mark icon. You will need to press ctrl + d on your keyboard at the same time to skip the warning before you can start the system.

  5. After the system boots, press ctrl + alt + t with the Chromium browser open to open the Crosh command line page. If the prompt shows a green chronos@localhost / $ then the developer mode is successfully enabled and you have successfully entered the command line session, as shown below.

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#Unlock the firmware write protection screw on Chromebook Pixel 2013

#Excute the script

  1. Ensure the Internet is connected, and under the previously opened command line session, copy and paste the following command:

    cd; curl -LO fydeos.com/firmware && sudo bash firmware
    

    This command will download and execute the latest version of the MrChromebox firmware rewrite script from the mirror server hosted by FydeOS, presenting the following menu options. shell

  2. Make sure Fw WP is disabled in the above menu prompt, otherwise the firmware flash will definitely fail.

  3. Select "Install/Update UEFI (Full ROM) Firmware": Type in the corresponding option number and press Enter to confirm.

  4. Type y to confirm the two risk prompts.

  5. The script will then give a prompt to back up the stock firmware, and it is highly recommended to follow it here. If you do not want to back up, type n to skip it.

  6. The script will starts downloading and automatically executes the firmware flashing process, which normally takes about 90 seconds. A green success prompt will be displayed after a successful flash. Press enter to return to the main menu and reboot the system.

  7. If there is any error during the process that interrupts the process, **do not disconnect the power or reboot the device, otherwise it may become a brick. **Please retry the process from step 1. If the error persists, please contact us or MrChromebox for help.

  8. After a successful reboot you will see a Coreboot logo that looks like 🐇. At this point the system with the new firmware will not load the previous Chrome OS and will be stuck looking for a supported OS, which is normal.

#Install FydeOS for You - Chromebook Pixel 2013

  1. Download the latest version of FydeOS for You - Chromebook Pixel 2013 and burn it to the USB you prepared.

  2. Insert the USB into your Chromebook Pixel 2013 that has been flashed with MrChromebox firmware and reboot.

  3. Press the esc when 🐇 logo appears to bring up the boot menu and select Boot from USB storage.

  4. Go to the USB-booted FydeOS and execute the Installer program to complete the installation of FydeOS.