Fix “Chrome OS is Missing or Damaged” Error

This error message is scary. Luckily, it does not take many steps to resolve and shall soon be nothing more than a distant memory, just follow the steps outlined below.

Solution 1

Power Off, Power On

If the error message persists, shut down the Chromebook by holding down the power button for 5 seconds.  Then, tap the power button to power it on. The Chromebook should be fully operational.

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The power button is labeled “3”.

Solution 2

Perform a hard reset

A hard reset is achieved by simeltaneously pressing the keys “Esc” + “Refresh” + “Power”.  The screen will go black as soon as all three are pressed. After 5 seconds, the Chromebook is safe to power on and resume normal activitites.

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1: “Esc”             2: “Refresh”           3. “Power”

Solution 3

Reinstall the Chrome Operating System

Warning: All local data will be lost in this process. However, all files stored in “Google Drive” will not be affected.

Excerpt from Google’s help page below:

What you need to create recovery media
Make sure that you have:

A USB flash drive that can hold at least 4 GB, and that you don’t mind completely erasing. You can also use an SD card if your Chromebook has an SD card slot.
An extra Chromebook, Windows, or Mac computer with administrative rights and the Chrome browser installed.

 

 

Step 1: Install the Chromebook Recovery Utility app
On the working computer (not the Chromebook with the error), install the recovery app.
Open the app.

Step 2: Identify your Chromebook
In the screen that appears, type in the model number of the Chromebook you want to recover.
You can find this number at the bottom of the error message on your Chromebook.
Click Continue.

Step 3: Insert your USB flash drive or SD card
Important: All the information on the USB drive or SD card will be deleted. Make sure you’ve backed up those files.

On the working computer, insert your USB drive or SD card into an open port. The recovery app will show all storage devices connected to your computer.
Use the dropdown menu in the app to select the correct storage device.
Click Continue.

Step 4: Create a recovery image

Click Create now.
The tool will create the recovery image on your USB drive or SD card. Don’t remove the storage device yet.
When you see a message saying that your recovery media is ready, remove the storage device from your computer.

If you are continuing to experience troubles, you can navigate to Google’s support page.


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Bio:

Cole Davis (@Cole_Davis64) is a student at Ash Grove High who attends classes at OTC for Computer Information Science. He dabbles in 3D animation in his spare time, and likes to help people make the most out of their computers. It’s not uncommon to find him browsing spicy memes, or making some internet.

Improved writing by Speaking!

Fast and Easy

Voice to text can be used on almost all phones nowadays but mainly just smartphones such as LG and iPhone’s.

Easy Texting/Typing

Many people type by hand ideas or thoughts in their head every day, whether its by phone or computer.

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Speak your mind to type

While typing its easy to get stuck and forget what popped into mind.

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A Quicker way to type

By using voice to text, this allows for someone to let their thoughts flow onto the screen just as fast as they think of them.

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Now there is an improved way of texting or typing up an essay, and its called voice to text! A way of being able to say everything without forgetting or getting halted. By using voice to text this allows an individual to speak what comes to mind first and not having to worry about the typing speed keeping up with the thoughts that are going through the mind.


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Bio: Riley Benton (@beefcakes39) is an Ash Grove high school student who loves sports and is also a member of FBLA, STUCCO and FFA.  He plans on going to a community college and learning multiple of handy skills and applying that to his future job.

How To Easily Replace A Chromebook Battery

 If your Chromebook is running through it’s battery faster than you are, it’s time to replace it . Here’s how:

*NOTICE*: All of these steps are being done on an Acer C740 Chromebook which means these steps may not match exactly with your current chromebook. Although, the steps will still be very similar.

 MATERIALS:

In order to complete this guide you are going to need the following materials:

  • phillps head screwdriver with a magnetic head (I recommend a small to medium size, nothing larger than a water bottle).

  • A new battery for your chromebook (of course)

  • OPTIONAL: A container to keep the differing screws seperate while deconstructing the chromebook

Powering Off The Chromebook:

First, power off your chromebook so you prevent corrupting any files or damaging your system. To do so, press and hold the power button for three seconds.

 

Removing The Back Cover:

Next, close the Chromebook and turn the bottom facing upwards. Here is where the phillips head screwdriver will come into use. The arrows on this image indicate the placement of the screws that need to be removed in order to access the interior of the chromebook.

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Once all of the screws have been removed I suggest putting them in a spot that is difficult for them to fall off or in a container. Your chromebook should now be looking somewhat like the image below.

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 Removing The Inner Screws:

Now you will need to remove the inner screws (as marked in the image below) and keep them separate from the previously removed ones.

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 Removing Battery Connections:

Before finally removing the battery, make sure that the connections to the motherboard are unplugged (The connections are shown in the image below), then proceed to exchange the batteries. Then, just reverse the steps of this blog and you have successfully replaced a chromebook battery.

 

Bio:

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Zachary Bingham is a senior currently attending Ash Grove High School.His favorite after school activities are playing video games, watching  anime, and creating programs. Knowledge fuels his day to day life as well as exploring new ideas. Prior experience with technology he has had is taking OTC  Computer Information Science classes for 2 years. He also has had experience with programming languages such as Python,  C#, HTML, and CSS.

Twitter: @zbinghamAG

The Simple Guide to Replacing a Chromebook Screen

Have you ever dropped your Chromebook and had the screen break on you? Possibly shut the lid on something and cracked the screen? Luckily, you don’t have to take it to some expensive shop and get that screen replaced. In this simple guide I will show you where you can get a replacement screen and using only a screwdriver and about 15 minutes of your time you can have a brand new screen on your Chromebook.

What model do you have?

Today I will be replacing the screen for an Acer C740. You can find your model on the underside of your chrome book. There should be a small sticker that says the model number for the chrome book. Once you have the model number you can search for the right screen for your chrome book.

Screenshot 2017-02-23 at 1.31.29 PM.pngA great website to find replacement screens for a chrome book (or  other parts you might need) is www.chromebookparts.com . Just look up the correct screen for the model of chrome book you have and order it in. Most of them cost between $40 and $70  unless you have a touchscreen. A touch screen monitor costs around $150.

Getting the cover off

20170214_110256First you must peel off the black over around the screen. Start by getting your finger nail or a thin object like a flat head screwdriver under the bottom of the cover.

Be careful not to go to quickly while popping off the cover. The edges of the plastic can be sharp and can cut your hand/finger very easily.

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fingers under the cover and popping it out of place.

 

 

 

Removing the bad screen

Once the cover is off, there will be four screws holding in the screen. Below is a graphic that highlights the four screws that hold in the screen.

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Take out those four screws and make sure to place these screws in a location where they cannot roll away. They are very small and nearly impossible to find if dropped.

Once those four screws are out the screen can be genitally lifted from its place. Personally I like to set the screen down onto the keyboard in order to remove the plug that connects it to the base. Peel off the tape that holds down the plug and then remove the plug. The old screen is now free and ready to be thrown out.

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Next put the new screen on the keyboard upside down so that it can be plugged in. Make sure to get the pins all the way into the female side on the new screen. Once the new screen is plugged in and secured using the tape on the plug, the new screen can be set on the top half of the chrome book in preparation to be screwed in.

Before the new screen is screwed down, power on the chrome book and make sure that the new screen is working. If it is than you are ready to screw it down and secure it in place. If it does not, check the connection of the plug on the screen. If the plug is securely in place than it is possible that your new screen is not compatible with your chrome book or was damaged out of the box. Contact the customer support service of the site you bought the screen from in order to try and receive a refund or replacement.

Replacing the Cover

Once the new screen is secured down you can replace the black cover around the screen. Start by pushing in the grey hinge connector. Push the two connectors in like the image below shows.

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Once the two hinges are in place you and push the rest of the cover back into place. There will be snaps when they click back. Once the cover is all the way on the repair job is done. Congratulations on your new screen.

Bio

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Larry (@Larry_Fry_III) is 18 years old, from Bois D’Arc, MO; in his Senior year at Ash Grove High School. He loves everything that has to do with technology. He is also attending OTC’s Computer Information Science course. Larry plans to go on in life to become a programmer or a web developer. He consider myself an expert with google docs and “simi” coding expert in Python, C#, and HTML 5/Css.

How To Use Smarty Pins

What is Smarty Pins?

Smarty Pins uses Google Maps and gives trivia question that a player must pinpoint the location on the map.

How does it work?

A player is given a question such as, In what US state has the most Superbowl’s been played at? A player would pin a point on Florida. Say a player pins the point in Kansas City as many miles as the player is off are how many miles are taken away from your 1000 mile total given. 

How to play:

First choose either start a new game or choose a category.

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Choosing start a game allows a player to go straight into a game with a mixture of a bunch of questions from all categories. Choosing a category makes all the questions about that one topic. 

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Playing the game:

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Smarty Pins can be fun to play in free time while you learn trivia. Have fun!

Bio 

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Kyle (@PrattMaster1) is a Junior at Ash Grove High School and a student in the Assist Help Desk. He is on the Ash Grove track team and a member of FBLA. After High School he plans on going to college to become a physical therapist.

 

Quick, Draw with Google!

Quick Draw is a game built with machine learning. It provides computers with the ability to learn without having to be explicitly programmed.

Machine Learning – It provides computers with the ability to learn without having to be explicitly programmed. Machine Learning focuses on the development of of computer programs that can change when new data/information is given.

How it works

Users are given approximately twenty seconds to draw a randomly selected object

While drawing a computer will start naming off things that the user might be drawing.

They will have six items to draw and extra time does NOT carry over into the next object.

Note: The computer does not base what you drew as a whole. It processes how you drew it by which ways (left, right, up, down) and which lines you started/finished with.

Other Features that can assist you!

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At this point there are 2 choices:

  1. Click the ‘X’ box to go back to draw more
  2. Click on you drawings
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Objects:

Some of the objects that could be drawn include:

Vehicles               Food

Animals                Land features     

Facial Features   Silverware

Tools                     Electronics

Clothes                 Toys

Why use Quick, Draw?

Quick Draw was created to give people a fun example of a how you can use machine learning.

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Tyler Howell (@thowellhelpdesk) is a senior at Ash Grove High School in southwest Missouri. He is currently involved with a plethora of extracurricular activities including: FBLA, FCCLA, Track & Field, and a former captain of the football team. Tyler loves helping out students with the google apps. He enjoys using the google applications to assist him in his school work also.

Photoshop for free? Pixlr is pretty close.

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Chromebooks do not come pre-installed with any sort of image editing software, and that is a major bummer. There is no need for fear. A website called pixlr has all of the functionality of Microsoft paint and, fortunately, more! Although this software does not have the functionality of Adobe Photoshop, it has many of the basic tools Photoshop has, for free!

Selecting and Opening Files into Pixlr

Step 1

 

Type      pixlr.com/editor     into the address bar of the chromebook and press enter.

 Step 2 (optional)

It is possible to create Free Account to have online storage for images. Go to the top left corner of the screen and click on File>>Open Image Library. This is where you can save and access your pictures anywhere with internet.

Step 3

Here is the largest step. Let us begin by finding an image.  Once a search is submitted, click on images. Then, click on any image. After that, click on view image. Once that loads, right click and select “save image as”. After that, the Chromebook’s file manager will appear. By default, the image will be in the “Downloads” folder of the Chromebook. Click “Save” and there have a saved file!

Tip: File Manager can be accessed by clicking the magnifying glass on the Chromebook’s keyboard and typing “files”. The logo looks like this:

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Step 4

To open our file in Pixlr, click on file in the top left corner. Then, click on “open image”. This will open the images in the Downloads Folder on the Chromebook. Select the cat photo, and it will open in Pixlr.

Making The Masterpiece

Now that the image is open, the next step will show some basic functions of the pixlr editor, such as adding transparency to images, and adding text to images.

Adding Transparency To Images

  1. Select the wand tool and left click areas of the image that is not going to be transparent. Tip: Hold down “Shift” on the keyboard have multiple wand selections simultaneously.

       2. Next, clean up the spots on the image that were not quite detected by the wand tool. Select the lasso tool and, while holding shift once again, select the rest of the spots that were missed. Here is the lasso tool’s logo: lasso-tool

       3. Now that the kitty is selected, invert the selection. This replaces the selection with every part of the image that currently is not selected. It inverts the selection.

       4. The final step is to copy and paste the current layer. This can be done by navigating to Edit>>Copy and then select Edit>>Paste. Then, deselect layer 0. From here, the image can be exported as a transparent PNG.

Adding Text To Images

This is a simple process. Click the “A” icon towards the bottom left of Pixlr’s screen. Then, click anywhere on the image. Then, simply type the text that is going to appear, and viola! The

Exporting Images From Pixlr

After the image’s edits are completed, there are multiple places to save the image.

-The chromebook

-Pixlr online storage

-Google Drive

Important: Save the transparent image in the PNG file format. If not saved as a PNG, the transparent sections will become white again.

1.  To do this, simply click “File” on the top left once again, and then click “Save”.  From there, choose the location where the new image will be saved. The picture can be saved in the Pixlr library, or on the Chromebook. In this example the pretty kitty is saved onto the Chromebook directly.

Hooray! A fully functional, online image editor on the Chromebook! There are a lot of different tutorials online for all of the tools Pixlr offers, so do not be shy and jump right in! Good luck and have fun!

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Bio:

Cole Davis (@Cole_Davis64) is a student at Ash Grove High who attends classes at OTC for Computer Information Science. He dabbles in 3D animation in his spare time, and likes to help people make the most out of their computers. It’s not uncommon to find him browsing spicy memes, or making some internet.