Does a Dell Inspiron 3670 work with Neverware’s CloudReady?

Today I’ve decided to try out Chrome OS.

In particular, I’m going to try Neverware’s CloudReady Home version of Chromium OS.

The Dell Inspiron 3670 isn’t listed in their Certified Models List. So I’ll be testing everything out to see what does or does not work.

First Steps

  1. First, I check my network and hardware compatibility but, as I stated earlier, the Dell Inspiron 3670 isn’t listed. But, according to the text, “it does not mean that it won’t work with CloudReady”.
  2. Obviously, I’m running Windows 10, so I downloaded the CloudReady USB Maker.
  3. I ran the USB Maker and it told me that SanDisk is not recommended for the USB drive. Unfortunately, that’s all I have.
  4. Unexpectedly, it was the download of the image that failed with the USB Maker.
  5. I tried again and the download was a success.
  6. Now I’m waiting 20 minutes for it to finish creating the USB installer…

Next Steps

  1. It’s time to reboot. The USB installer has a live mode that lets me try it before I install it. So hopefully the next step will be written from the USB installer. We’ll see…
  2. I am running the CloudReady Home version of Chrome OS. Well, it’s really Chromium OS, but Neverware has gone a long way to make it very comparable to Chrome OS.

So far, I am very impressed.

What Works

Sound from the ports at the back of the desktop work just fine. I’ve been able to play YouTube videos and TuneIn Radio successfully.

Bluetooth seems to work. I’ve paired an Anker Soundcore 2 speaker, a Logitech mini-keyboard, and a Logitech mouse. Everything seems to be working okay. The speaker’s volume up and down buttons turn the Chromium OS volume up and down. I’m using Bluetooth devices now.

Given that I’m typing this, the Ethernet and Wi-Fi work. It is a bit more sensitive to other Wi-Fi devices being around it. By that, I mean the speed goes down drastically even if the connection strength is the same.

The display is working fine. If you’ve got a 2-in-1, you can rotate the screen 90, 180, and 270 degrees. I did test this, and it works, but it’s not relevant for a desktop monitor. The monitor’s native size isn’t changeable. There is a “tiny to huge” slider for screen size, but it is greyed out. There is support for multiple displays but, having only one monitor, I was unable to test it out.

I have a web camera connected and it is recognized. The microphone works perfectly and the video is awesome as well.

USB thumb drives bring up a notification to open the Files app. The Files app was able to see all the files listed and display the pictures on it. Microsoft Office files load up in the online version of Office if you have the extension installed in the web browser. The eject icon to safely remove the device works as it should.

Setting up my online printer went so fast that I blinked and missed it. Of course, everything prints just fine.

What Doesn’t Work

I’ve already mentioned that in Settings, under Devices and then Displays, the screen size slider does not move.

There’s a “Connected devices” setting, for connecting Andriod smartphones, but the on/off switch is greyed out and stuck to off. It also says that the administrator (I’m assuming Neverware) is enforcing this setting. Neverware’s support team is aware of this issue.

Of all things, shutting down does not work. The monitor turns off and you can even hear a noise like something powering down (maybe the fans). But the power light stays on.

Other than that, I wasn’t able to find anything. I’ll post here if I find anything else.

Conclusion

The Dell Inspiron 3670 works as expected save it not shutting down completely. So I’m probably going to end up getting an external hard drive to install it on and use it as a primary operating system for a while.

Have you installed and used NeverWare’s CloudReady, Home or otherwise? If so, how did it work out for you? Please answer in the comments because I would love to know.

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