Chromebit File Corruption Issues

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Hey guys,

We got our hands on a Chromebit last week. I want to LOVE it. It's super small and seems to play our content well.

So far though, it's got me frustrated. Initially, I had a problem with the device hanging on "Waiting for application window..." during boot..

It seems maybe I wasn't giving it long enough to provision under my domain. The solution I arrived at was to wait and give it plenty of time the first run.

Whilst trying to figure out that issue, I noted a repeating (related) issue with the alert "Kryptonite! The cryptohome for the kiosk application could not be mounted."

From what I gather, the file system was becoming corrupted. Perhaps because I did not wait very long for the provisioning and unplugged / replugged the Chromebit..

I got back in the office today and noted the Chromebit seemed to have run well over our holiday weekend. I did play around with it a bit learning how to set Static IP on Chrome OS, etc.. anyway I only used it a little while, but I'm getting another error today:

"Your profile could not be loaded correctly"

This error is popping up above my running Presentation and I can't even click to get rid of it.

The few posts I have found on the web indicated that the file system has become corrupt, and I will have to powerwash.

The links above suggest this maybe happening because of unclean shutdowns. I'm curious though how one would cleanly shut down a Chromebit, with no power buttons? Further, I imagine the digital signage world would see a lot of unclean shutdowns with businesses turning off power at the end of the night.

Does anyone see these issues on Chromeboxes? We've had a handful of them for several weeks and never had any problems with them. This Chromebit though seems to be temperamental.

Anyway, there's my two cents with this device so far. I really do want to LOVE it.. but for now I'm off to powerwash again..
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Hi Wendi, 

Thanks for the input on the Chromebit! I hate to hear that it's being finicky. 

Unfortunately, I will have to echo what you've heard elsewhere. A power wash or complete wipe of the device is probably the direction you'd need to go. I haven't seen this happen on a Chromebox, so it's interesting that it's happening with the Chromebit. I would be interested to hear about other's experience!
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My thanks also to Wendi for this excellent report about Chromebit.
It sounds like the device is somehow a bit fragile and may be corrupted due to an inappropriate hard shutdown. As you mention, by definition, a Chromebit (as any Chrome OS device for Signage) is plugged in the HDMI port of a TV screen and not connected to an UPS ;-)
Anyway, I will test also the ChromeBit once it will be available in Europe in a couple of days.

My idea is to equip the Signage content editor with a cheap ChromeBit so that they may check their content when played back with the Rise client. Indeed, the Rise preview is not 100% Wysiwyg especially with some MP4 encoding that don't render well on Chrome OS.

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Thanks for sharing these reports Wendi! Just had another query from a user investigating Chromebits and forwarded them to Community.