Google is sending out the CR-48 netbook through their pilot program for free. Many users have already received their netbooks, including me; do checkout some unboxing and hands-on pictures of Chrome OS CR-48 netbook. However, Google’s Chrome OS based CR-48 has a hidden Easter egg and it is called developer mode.
Why is it an Easter egg? Because it takes time to find it and it is hidden inside the battery chassis of the laptop. To enable developer mode, you will have to remove the battery and then remove a sticker next to the battery connector and flip the switch towards the battery connector.
Once you do that insert your battery back in and then reboot Chrome. You will see a scary screen as shown above, it shows a message saying:
Chrome OS verification is turned off. Press space to begin recovery
Don’t worry, just press Ctrl + D and you will on your way booting into your Cr-48. Also, you will always see this screen when you restart the machine, so remember to use the hotkey above.
When you boot into developer mode for the first time, Chrome will delete some data and your older profiles, however, you have nothing to worry about since your data is always stored in the cloud.
I was able to use this developer mode to figure out what is behind Cr-48, there are few things I found out which include:
- Cr-48 has a 16GB SSD
- Cr-48 has 2GB Ram
- Cr-49 has Xorg package installed.
Phew, I will continue my hacking around with the Cr-48 and update you’ll whenever I come across new and interesting things, so stay tuned.
h/t All Credit to the folks at Chrome OS Site for pointing this out.