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SD card “disappears” after HP Pavilion 14 wakes from sleep.

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This is helpful, being able to bookmark, browse and use “save as” with the external SD card.

This is a partial work around for the “disappearing” SD card issue. (ChromeOS is the problem not the hardware, as I can still see the SD card from the chroot).

Fortunately, the web browser does support the file: URI scheme allowing access to the File Shelf and External Devices directories.

Directory URL
File Shelf file:///home/chronos/user/Downloads/
External Storage file:///media/removable/External%20Drive/

To copy a file from one directory or device to another, use the URL listed above to locate the target file, then right click on the file and select “Save link as…” to copy the file to a new location. (via William Shotts)

The other workaround is to use the command line which still allows for access to the SD card, once you use “shell”.

cp ~Download/somefile ‘media/removable/External Drive/’


SD card “disappears” after HP Pavilion 14 wakes from sleep.

My newest Chromebook is the HP Pavilion 14, the older, black model. Fully updated. Today, I purchased a SanDisk SDHC card. The HP Chromebook recognizes it as “External Drive” and I can add files to it just fine. Just one problem: when this Chromebook wakes from sleep, and I click the Files icon, “External Drive” is no longer listed. Any ideas why? Removing and re-inserting the card forces Chrome OS to “see” it again.


Written by SilverWav

February 24, 2014 at 2:25 am

How may Chromebooks run Crouton?

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Where Are All The Chromebooks?

Crouton has 171,342 users?… hmm interesting

Google URL Shortener - Google Chrome_023 stats


More interesting still the ratio of Chromebook users to Crouton installers…

1 in 10? then 1,713,420 Chromebooks

1 in a 100?  then 17,134,200


Chromebook shipments in 2014 are expected to increase to 4-5 million units, the sources indicated.


Hmm that Linux Web Growth looks like the Crouton affect – using Xfce on your Chromebook.

This is exactly how I use my HP Pavilion 14.

Hmm that looks like Crouton – using Xubuntu on your Chromebook

Chitika, an online advertising network and Yahoo partner, recently concluded a five-month study of Chrome OS and Linux Web usage growth. The company found that the Chrome OS drives 0.2% of desktop Web traffic in North America.

That represents a doubling of Chrome OS traffic in September 2013, when Chitika’s study began. But in the overall scheme of things, Chromebook-generated Web traffic remains insignificant. Chrome OS Web traffic is about a tenth of desktop Linux Web traffic in North America.

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February 23, 2014 at 1:49 pm

HP Pavilion 14-c002sa Chromebook a steal at £199

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HP Chrombook and 24in external

From me on Amazon:

Very nice and quiet – 4GB of RAM and good build quality for the price

By SilverWave

I wanted a quiet replacement for an existing PC, so I bought this for £199 and can’t believe how good it is.
I have connected it to my 24in Samsung monitor and it automatically configured its self :-)

Loads of ports so I have connected all my external kit from the old PC:
A Saitek keyboard (USB) Note: Media keys work!
A Logitech mouse (USB).
A Logitech 3.1 sound system (headphone socket).
24in Samsung monitor (HDMI).

Preparation: I enabled Chrome syncing on my main Google account, so when logging on to the Chromebook for the first time, everything came across automatically (Extensions, Passwords, Tabs etc.,).

Network: Has WiFi but also Ethernet which is convenient.
Video: Happy to report that Netflix, BBC iPlayer and YouTube work fine.
Screen: The 14inch screen is quite nice, and can be used at the same time as an external.
Sound: Fine for watching Netflix etc..
Trackpad: Nice and responsive.
Software: Obviously you should know that you are getting Chrome and web apps, that’s fine for me.
Summary: All in all no idea how they produce this for £199.

GeekNote: Long term I’m going to use Crouton to install Xfce which uses the chroot command to run Xfce on top of the Chrome OS, which is already based on Linux. Unlike dual-booting, that means you can switch between Chrome OS and Xfce with a quick keyboard shortcut, no reboots necessary.[ Edit 20.08.13: This works great:) ]

Note about Amazon Title: Processor Type is an Intel Celeron also no DVD-RW.

Note 20.08.13: Also redeemed the Google Drive storage offer of an extra 100GB for 2 years (normally $4.99 a month). After the 2 years your data is still available you just cant add more.

I used the Google Ninja support form, as the File manager Offer button kept saying “Invalid”.

Note: The battery may not last all day as some Chromebooks do, but as I’m using it as a desktop replacement that is not a issue, YMMV.

From HP:

The HP Pavilion Chromebook gives you fast and easy access to the things you love and depend on, from a world of Google apps and services to your photos and social networks. And since it’s the first Chromebook with a 14-inch diagonal design, you get full-size comfort without giving up full-on mobility.

  • Google Chrome OS
  • Intel® Celeron® 847
  • 35.5 cm (14″)
  • 4 GB Memory
  • 16 GB SSD

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August 23, 2013 at 5:29 pm

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Microsoft, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

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We are witnessing something truly remarkable, the end of Microsoft and Intel’s Wintel strangle hold on consumer computing.

Take a moment and consider that.

Yeah we are so busy doing day-to-day things that you sometimes miss the huge sea changes, because they are incremental, and not at all obvious from ground level.

But zoom out to 40,000 feet and… Wow just wow.


The PC market is tankingWindows 8 is proving to be a disaster. Dell is hoping to go private. HP is flailing. But not every “personal computing” company is suffering. In the past few years, Apple has sold more than 500 million iOS devices – not licenses, devices – and is selling an additional 75 million iOS devices (iPhones and iPads, mostly), each quarter. At this rate it could be only a few years before the iOS installed base surpasses the global Windows installed base.

A Theory about the Office on iPad Schedule

Office for iPad, launched at the same time as Windows 8/RT, would most likely have killed the market for Windows 8 and RT devices. As it was, that market was already severely diminished and below expectations. But with a viable alternative tablet, it could have been game over. And the ramifications of that decision would have impacted far more than just Windows 8/RT: The PC market could have literally collapsed, much as the videogame market did in 1983. The fallout would have included PC makers going out of business/being sold, a serious and potentially permanent hit to Microsoft’s bottom line and the ouster of Steve Ballmer. I’m talking tech Armageddon here.

It’s actually happening, we all wondered and speculated on, if, and when, and how…

Well people here it is! Microsoft THE END.

Too weird.


The Churchill Society London.

This battle was not fought for the sake of gaining positions or so many square miles of desert territory. General Alexander and General Montgomery fought it with one single idea. they meant to destroy the armed force of the enemy and to destroy it at the place where the disaster would be most far-reaching and irrecoverable….

There Are 1.25 Billion Windows PCs Worldwide Matt Rosoff|December 06, 2011

The race to a billion—2012 Update

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April 13, 2013 at 8:35 am