Chrome OS

Can I install ChromeOS on an old computer?

Episode 1387

Eric from Hutchinson, KS
Neverware

Eric would like to put ChromeOS on an old PC. Can he do that? Leo says there are some ways to do it, but they really aren't that easy to do. He could install Chromium OS using NeverWare's CloudReady. It won't work on all computers, though, so he should read carefully what computers it supports. Another option is to put Linux on it. Xubuntu or Zubuntu could work.

Can I use Android apps on my Chromebook?

Episode 1325

Dan from Cypress, CA
Dell Chromebook

Dan is a Nexus user and he recently bought a Chromebook from Dell. Leo says Dell makes a really nice Chromebook. Can he mimic the phone to his Chromebook? Leo says he won't be able to make phone calls on his Chromebook, but he will be able to get the Google Play store for the Chromebook which will support any Android app. It should happen pretty quickly too, as Google said they will do it this month. He'll want to have a Chromebook with a touch screen, though.

How can I make my laptop lighter?

Chad from Cedar Rapids, IA

Episode 1296

Chad has installed Cloud Ready Chrome on his old laptop to create his own Chromebook. Leo says he's tried to install it on a Mac and it hasn't worked. If he can do it on a PC laptop, then it's a great choice. Leo loves the idea, and for a lot of people, it's far better than Windows.

Chad wants to know how he can make his laptop more lightweight. He's already put in an SSD. Leo says that's a huge start, but a great deal of the weight is in the battery. Given the design of the laptop, there's not much he can do about that either.

Should I buy a Chromebook?

Malcolm from Canada

Episode 1290

Malcolm broke his laptop and instead of buying a new Windows machine, he's thinking of going with a Chromebook. Leo says that more and more software companies are putting their software online and with Google Docs in the cloud, as well as saving data to Google Drive, a Chromebook is an ideal option for most people. Dell, HP and Acer are great options for Chromebooks and some are very tough and durable. If he wants, he could even put Linux on it. That would be a little less secure, but it runs fast and gives him an alternative operating system.

Is the Asus Chromebit a good way to turn a TV into a computer?

Episode 1250

Bob from Santa Barbara, CA
Asus Chromebit

Bob wants to buy a Chromebit for his TV and turn it into a computer. Is it legit? Leo says it is, but he'll need a keyboard and mouse to use it, and after buying that, it's almost as much as buying a dedicated Chromebook. Leo recommends checking out Anker for inexpensive peripherals. They have one for $20 that includes keyboard and mouse. Any Bluetooth keyboard will work, though.

Can I put Google Chrome on a Nexus Player?

Episode 1144

Ronnie from Anchorage, AL
Google Nexus Player

Ronnie is thinking of getting a Google Nexus Player and he saw a video where someone side loaded Google Chrome on it, making it a $99 computer. Should he get one? Leo says no. First, he'd have to unlock it to side load and hack it via USB.

But it's interesting and could turn the device into a $99 Android device for the TV. He may have had to modify it to do that. Leo advises going to XDA Developers and look it up. Now Leo has to look at it again!

Should I buy a Chromebook?

Episode 1142

James from The Road, Colorado
Acer C720

James is thinking about getting a Chromebook. Leo likes them, now that he understands them. The Chromebook is a laptop that uses a browser based operating system that's very simple to use. James would just have to turn it on, and he'd have a browser. Then he could use Chrome extensions that give him access to a wide variety of applications. And everything is stored in the cloud.