Hacking The Chromebook Pixel (Intro)

In February 2013, Google released the Chromebook Pixel. This was the first non-Apple branded laptop that got my attention. From my time in the hackintosh scene, I've primarily focused on laptop devices, although i'm not sure why - I've never found a non-Apple laptop that caught my attention, until Google released the Chromebook Pixel.

So, shortly after the google announcement, I purchased the Pixel with the intent to convert it to a true mac clone. I must say, after receiving the machine, it's the only machine that has a touchpad that I've ever preferred over a mac. The build quality on the machine is excellent, and the form-factor and screen size a re perfect for me.

From a hackintosh standpoint, there are a few benefits and drawback: For the drawbacks:

  • Soldered on SSD (32GB or 64GB)
  • Soldered on (unsupported) WIFI card
  • I2C attached touchpad
  • I2C attached touchscreen

And the benifits:

  • Supported GPU
  • Supported CPU
  • mini-PCIe slot (USB only though)
  • Supported card reader
  • Open-source bios (coreboot)
  • I2C attached touch-devices (because, you know, I like writing kernel extensions...)

Stay tuned for Part 1 where I'll go over my initial attempt at hackintoshing the machine (it's been a while, so it might be lacking at details), and the issues I ran into with it. Part 2 will go over bios modifications that were made to improve the experience.

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