Working custom coreboot ROM on HP Chromebook 14!

Because I am so hopelessly addicted to hacking Chromebooks, and because the ASUS Chromebook users who couldn’t boot USB got me into hacking mode, I have *finally* managed to get a working custom ROM on the HP Chromebook 14.

As noted, it breaks power-saving even more than it was already. But, on the plus side, it boots a few seconds faster, and I think it runs a bit faster too (but that could be car wash syndrome either).

Without further ado! Please see the pre-built firmware page!

11 thoughts on “Working custom coreboot ROM on HP Chromebook 14!”

    1. No, and it’s not being worked on either. The necessary missing Windows ACPI information would need to be put into the ROM, and someone would have to write a driver for the Google i2c device (which the mouse and keyboard work through).

    1. You would think so, but, I made my backup *after* removing the write-protect screw, and all it would do when I flashed it back was go into the recovery screen! Don’t know what’s going on there. I ended up using the shell-ball ROM.

  1. Do you know anything about why Grub [CentOS/Fedora] sees only sees 15MB of RAM on this model? I saw postings indicating it is related to a typical 15M BIOS memory hole…

    How do people actually boot Linux on the HP Chromebook 14 [Falco] ?

    1. That problem is actually with syslinux, and although the fix says mem=1600M, you can actually go as high as 1952M before it craps out. So, if you’re booting from Live DVD/USB you’ll have to stick it in. Once installed, you don’t need to.

  2. John

    I have a HP chromebook 14 (falco) and have opened it but have no clue as to where this write-protect screw is. As far as I could search there is not a single picture on the web as to where this screw is located for the Falco board. The official HP “repair manual” I have the machine opened up and am at a loss as to what to do. Could you please provide a link to a picture or provide instructions on where this write-protect screw is and how I can disable it? Any help or feedback you may give is much appreciated.

    PS: I have managed to dismantle the machine based on the following link, which has no marker for the write-protection switch:

    PS2: The official HP “service guide” for the HP chromebook 14 (falco) makes no mention of this write-protect screw! (or any alternative jumper etc):

  3. John

    It is very generous of you to respond so quickly. I will plod along and report progress hopefully within the week.

    It is simply amazing what you are doing (especially with supporting the community) and hope it continues to be recognized.

    1. Thank you Mickey, that’s very kind of you to say. I’m just trying to make a contribution, something people can benefit from. I know it’s only a small thing but I am quite proud of it, underneath it all. :)

      There is also a community on G+ if you look in the menu. There are people there who have expertise, if I’m ever incommunicado for some reason.

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