Cracking open the Google Cr-48 Chrome notebook
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I was given this device from my previous employer when we were testing them for students. The CR-48 no longer turns on and i want to get it repaired. Can anyone tell me who i would call in order to get it repaired?
How large is the screen? It looks netbook sized, and I was hoping for something larger. Is Verizon the only option for cell network data? Can 3g be turned off, to use available WiFi only? Thanks GT
Thank you, Bill, for your article. BTW, I cant' find any clue on this matter... Didn't you check out lcd maker at all??
I guess you put it all back together and it worked just fine, also cool that they are giving away quite a few of them for people to test. Gives me the impression that this is a prototype cr-48 being unstable and all.
Boring. Another Linux distro on a netbook that will ultimately fail because the consumer doesn't know Linux and want Windows.
What? What a waste of time. You cracked open an underwhelming laptop like you would find anything interesting inside.
hmm, I'd rather see it able to run Linux variants well. There is no shortage of Windows capable low-end machines.
This article is over 2 years old. Try posting your question in the Q&A forum with complete details of your problem and the specs of the device.
sd flash and download to it too. otherwise than that im on the net and thats basically all i need. my other computer is a gateway 866 pc with an sd card for such. boots up in 10 min. get the pic? no they didnt cause 2.4mb doesnt go into the net that quickly. i really dont think this is asking much.
Most consumers don't "know" Windows any better than they know Linux. Ask them what an OS is, and most would be clueless. They just want a comfortable GUI. I think the smart phone generation will eat this up. And why is anybody even talking about loading an alternate OS on this thing? It's just an appliance.
That's just it, isn't it. You don't KNOW what's inside until you open the case. And although our Cracking Open galleries do serve as a showcase for the latest in IT hardware, they also IT pros decided whether a machine can be serviced in-house, how durable a machine is, and whether the machine looks like piece of hardware their company should adopt. Before your company buys 1,000 Google laptops, or any laptop for that matter, don't you want to know if you can replace the storage media or upgrade the RAM after purchase?
I find these cracks mildly amusing, but most posters have evidently missed the point that this is supposed to be a minimalist device - one that kids, grandma, or security concerned enterprises could use for the cloud.
it is able to run Linux variants, as Chrome OS is a Linux based operating system itself.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Chrome_OS
shame.. This is of course another attempt by Google to get control of the market. Hopefully they and Steve Jobs will get exposed soon enough.
Maximum PC did a review of this device a couple of months ago and, as some have stated in previous posts, their conclusion that this device would be a nice complimentary device but would not be a replacement for the computing power of traditional machines. I think that the power of this device lies in its lightweight implementation of web apps and the like. What I can't seem to come to grips with is the push towards the online storage of user data and accounts. In my opinion, part of the appeal in, and the reason I love computing, is because I can get my hands on a machine, upgrade its components, install/uninstall software, implement different backup ad storage solutions, etc. To me this is all part of the experience of computing. With this device it seems as if everything is connected to the Web so there isn't much active computing to do other than turning the machine on and typing. Lastly, I just don't get why anyone would think that storing their files on some server in the cloud is a good thing. If you know anything at all about computer systems security then you know that with time, patience, and motivation, nearly any system can be broken into. I would have to think that some service provider's SAN which houses a large number of individuals personal files would be a nice target for those with malicious intent.
Most of you seem to be missing the point of this device entirely. It isn't to run Windows, Linux, or OSX. It is a web appliance, period. It isn't mentioned in this article, but my understanding is the USB port doesn't even work and you can't save files to the internal drive, so there isn't a way to store any data locally. You are supposed to work entirely in the cloud. Therein lies the point of this device, to break the paradigm of traditional PC use. Google is trying to prove that all we need is the web and that the current PC concept is an outdated dinosaur. Whether that is true or not is the real topic for debate. If you want hardware to load another OS on, go get a netbook. There are a lot more remarkable devices out there in that category.
The point of a Google device running Chrome is to use Linux, which is what Chrome is. No point in going back to outdated garbage operating systems like windoze.
What consumers really want is easy access to the applications that they use. For people who predominantly use web apps, this device might make sense. For anyone who needs locally installed applications it won't. It's not rocket science. I agree about installing an alternative OS. There are much better devices to use if that is what you want to do.
It's always a great idea to pop open a laptop and check out how expandable it is. The more part you can replace by yourself, the better. Some companies however, are not too good at this. *coughdellcough* And if the only OS it can run is Google Chrome... then meh. I don't like the idea of my data being in a cloud unless I want it to be there. At least the hardware itself looks cool, and there's NO CAPS LOCK KEY! Finally, someone has realized that Caps Lock on a keyboard is just there to make capitalization mistakes. :P I have a feeling though that this laptop is going to be like a Mac; A pain-in-the-you-know-what to get a different OS on it, and a custom BIOS that only can run a Google Chrome bootloader. At least the laptop itself looks pretty cool and sleek. Love the idea of the rubberized casing, much better than glossy.
I'm not ready to settle for a minimalist device and trust my data to google's cloud. I don't trust google. So you guys have fun with that. I'm not ready to bow down to google...
Exactly!!! This "network appliance" is pointed preciesly a the vast majority of people who don't know or care what an operating system is.
You must type letters... that is all Linux is good for ... certainly not video or audio editing ... I still run XP 64 bit as nothing else out there comes close in my 35 years of computing...when a programmer writes something useful for the Linux platform , I shall be attentive ... until that day, I await with baited breath... regards Fitvideo Fitvideo
'Rather than "the grammar police was," try one of the following. "the grammar police are" "the grammar policeman was" "the grammar policeman is"' I'm not particularly interested in correcting anyone's grammar, unless it is so bad as to render their communication incomprehensible or at least ambiguous, but my use of 'police' as a singular noun was acceptable. It is an older use of the word (though I have certainly heard it used that way contemporarily), but its rarity does not make it incorrect.
Rather than "the grammar police was," try one of the following. "the grammar police [b]are[/b]" "the grammar police[b]man[/b] was" "the grammar police[b]man is[/b]" We now return you to your regular programming.
'"Windows is crap, Linux is crap." This would be a "comma splice" rather than a "common phrase." It's always fun, as an ordinary person, to be able to catch the "grammar police" in an error!' That was my grammatical error above, but the grammar police was someone else. So close, but yet so far.
Perhaps your old English teacher should have taught more spelling and less grammar. Two a's, no e's in the word. Add in your typo in "graive" and the poor soul is very likely now spinning instead of rolling in her grave. I shudder to think of the poor children in Lower Spuzzum who were unable to comprehend your post due to that error.
AHAHAHAHA!!!!! "Windows is crap, Linux is crap." This would be a "comma splice" rather than a "common phrase." It's always fun, as an ordinary person, to be able to catch the "grammar police" in an error! Oh! This could have worked using my second favorite punctuation mark, the semicolon: "Windows is crap; linux is crap." (Guess what my favorite punctuation mark is!) hehehe!
I enjoy these juvenile Windows vs. Linux vs. OS-X schoolyard arguments, but not at the expense of the English language. Your entire post is invalidated by your uneducated use of a common phrase. So there. Now, back to your pettiness.
Windows is crap, Linux is crap. If I say that OS X is crap, can we move on from the formalities and actually discuss the article?