Around a year ago I picked up an asus flip chromebook (c100pa). For a while it worked great but a few months ago it started to develop an annoying freeze. Worth noting I have the 4GB memory so whilst the laptop is a little under-powered it should have been ok to handle a couple of tabs without video but it consistently would freeze up, after 30 seconds the cursor would sort of play ‘catch up’ and gradually come back or I’d get a black screen followed by a restart.
Seems I’m not the only one who had these problems. I tried most the suggestions on the forums (reset, developer mode, power wash etc) but nothing fixed it. About now I was thinking hardware problem and with it being out of warranty was resigned to it becoming a paper weight.
The only other thing to note is that I did at one stage move from the ‘stable’ channel to the ‘developer’ channel and then back which could have caused some problems given the fix I stumbled upon which was as follows:
The solution was to restore the firmware.
- Grab this chrome extension
- You’ll need a USB stick with at least 4GB capacity.
- Worth noting that I couldn’t actually unzip / create the firmware on the asus flip and had to complete the procedure on another laptop. If you do this make sure you look for the the right firmware version.
- Once you’ve got the USB boot firmware image created, restart (esc, refresh & power key) and then boot from the USB drive.
- After doing this you can set-up your account again and then check the “About” tab in the settings to upgrade to the latest firmware.
I’ve been using it for several days now and haven’t had a freeze or crash so fingers crossed its sorted.
Hopefully this helps someone else out who might be experiencing problems with the asus flip.