Google Chromebook Pixel (2013)

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This Chromebook went on sale in 2013 in two versions. The first version has a 32 GB SSD. The second version has a 64 GB SSD and a removable LTE modem. The SSD in both versions is soldered into the motherboard, so it is not upgradeable. Both versions have the same motherboard, so the first version also has the slot for the modem, but not the modem itself.


The storage memory can be increased by installing a Mini PCI-E to SD adapter in the slot designed for LTE modem. [1] [2]


Device Make/model Status Vendor ID / Product ID Kernel driver(s) Kernel version Notes
CPU Intel Core i5-3427U (dual-core 1.8 GHz) Works N/A N/A N/A
GPU Intel HD Graphics 4000 Works N/A N/A N/A
SSD SanDisk SSD i100 (soldered on-board) Works N/A N/A N/A
WiFi Atheros AR5BMD22 Works N/A N/A N/A
Touchpad N/A Works N/A N/A N/A
Touchscreen Atmel mXT224SL Works N/A N/A N/A


Device Make/model Status Vendor ID / Product ID Kernel driver(s) Kernel version Notes
LTE Modem N/A Not tested N/A N/A N/A



Installing the operating system on this Chromebook requires flashing custom firmware, as the stock firmware reached EOL. If for some reason it is still necessary to use stock firmware, there are two articles that may help: David S. Miller's article and Brock M. Tice's article. But it is highly not recommended to use the stock firmware because of bugs and lack of security updates. Proceed at your own risk.
You can follow this video to install the UEFI firmware provided by MrChromebox. The video also shows how to remove the screw.

To install the UEFI firmware, the hardware write protection must first be disabled. To do this, it is necessary to open the case and remove the special screw according to the manual. After that, the remaining steps must be performed.


Device Drivers  --->
  [*] Network device support  --->
    [*]   Wireless LAN  --->
      <*>   Atheros Wireless Cards  --->
        <*>   Atheros 802.11n wireless cards support
  Input device support  --->
    [*]   Touchscreens  --->
      <*>   Atmel mXT I2C Touchscreen 
  [*] Platform support for Chrome hardware  --->
    <*>   Chrome OS Laptop


FILE /etc/portage/make.conf
VIDEO_CARDS="intel i965"
INPUT_DEVICES="evdev synaptics"