Breath Life Into An Old Laptop With Chrome OS Flex

Source: Bjorn3D Breath Life Into An Old Laptop With Chrome OS Flex

You Can’t Change The Hardware, So Change Your OS

There are ways to revive older laptops that are too painful to run under Windows, and you don’t need to go full Linux unless you want to.  That older CPU and motherboard will run fairly well on an OS with a lighter footprint and that is exactly what Chrome OS Flex specializes in.  Bjorn3D has posted a guide to help you on your way to transforming your old laptop into a Chromebook.

For their guide they used a decade old Lenovo B575e, with a Zacate age AMD E2-1800 with a HD 7340 iGPU and 4GB of DDR3.  The laptop can technically run Windows 10 once you swap out the original HDD with an SSD, but even with that upgrade it is painfully slow.  It does however meet the requirements to run Chrome OS Flex, and though it doesn’t appear on the official list their experiment was successful.

Drop by for a look at how to try this on your own.

Laptops on the other hand are quite limited in the way they can be upgraded, especially the cheaper ones. That does not mean they are unusable and in today’s article I will show you how to turn your old laptop into a Chromebook using Googles Chrome OS Flex.

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Jeremy Hellstrom

Call it,, or PC Perspective, Jeremy has been hanging out and then working with the gang here for years. Apart from the front page you might find him on the BOINC Forums or possibly the Fraggin' Frogs if he has the time.

1 Comment

  1. willmore

    Or, you know, just throw some Linux distro on it and skip the Google spyware.


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