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Thinkpad chromebook 13 - developer mode?

2017-10-04, 3:10 AM

Hi all,

I'm trying to get my thinkpad 13 into recovery mode so I ccan enter development mode. I do the usual Esc, Refresh, power and all it does is reboot instead of entering the recovery screen. I've tried it from powerd off, I've tried it after a powerwash, and always the same result.

this was pretty kep in me buying a chromebook, and the thinkpad 13 checks all the boxes but this one. I emailed support and they were no help...

anyone out there had any success?


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Re: Thinkpad chromebook 13 - developer mode?

2018-07-06, 2:55 AM

I was having trouble with this as well, but I found the service manual and figured it out. Here's what I did:


  1. Unplug anything connected to the chromebook and shut it down.
  2. Plug in the charger.
  3. Press ESC, refresh (F3) and the power buttons simultanously. For this part, the manual doesn't mention holding down those keys, but I had to hold them down for 1-2 seconds, then I saw the white recovery screen.

Hope this helps!


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