25 posts • joined 8 Feb 2016
Re: BIOS update
Not the first time this has happened... A while ago, a few Bay Trail tablets were borked by a firmware update performed by a windows update. In this particular case, the hardware ID pulled from the firmware was incorrect. i.e. a poorly modified firmware derived from a "parent" firmware..
Every time I see David Beckham's name I think of this one:
Re: @ ZSn
I'm totally sick and tired of all of the anti EU rubbish that is spoken..
Try http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/ECintheUK/euromyths-a-z-index/ for info on "bendy bananas".
Brexit - We are truly fu&ked !
I've done something similar ""twice"".
First time: Drilled through a wall straight into a gas pipe..
Second time: Drilled through a wall straight through a 200 pair cable which was being fixed up the external wall **at the same time**..
My nickname at the time was "lucky Bob"
Re: geez, the ignorance about systemd here is astounding
Yep, some "lies and misunderstandings".. but many, many truths.
Systemd. A solution to a non-existent problem.
Please let it die before a major F.U. occurs.
Yay.. A good way to kill a chip family.. How many board manufacturers state the stepping/revision number of any chip that is fitted to a particular board?
Won't most folk just avoid any hardware that contains the description "atom" or "C2xxx" ?
Re: use sysvinit instead
** Slackware (for example) comes with blackbox, fluxbox, fvwm2, kde, twm, wmaker and xfce. Gnome can be added fairly easily with Dropline. Mate can be had with mateslackbuilds at github. All without systemd.**
The same applies with Cinnamon..
Systemd... just FOAD!! **PLEASE** !!!
Have you seen the Orange Pi Plus 2?? It has wifi, gigabit ethernet and sata.
CPU is a H3 Quad-core Cortex-A7 H.265/HEVC 4K. 2GB DDR3 ram. USB is only 2.0, unfortunately (four USB 2.0, one USB 2.0 OTG).
I've bought a couple to play with..
MS have previous form with this sort of shite..
Not quite on the same scale.. but some baytrail tablets have been bricked by MS updating the firmware on the device.. Reboot.. dead tablet.
The only way to recover the tablet is to reflash the firmware with an external hardware programmer.
One guy has had MS pay for the repair.
Just ***YES** to this.. I couldn't put it better myself!!
I've just moved my main kit to Slackware this week.. I've been looking at systemd free distros and have settled on Devuan, Arch (systemd removed) and Slackware.
I've found Slackware to be the best so far (for me) but I still would recommend Mint to ex-windows users etc.
All good stuff!!
Please don't mess with these little bits of paper.. I know of someone who was pranked in this way... with a shower of hole punch "residue".
He had to go to hospital to get one of the little paper circles removed from his eye.. It was stuck fast!!
HP are on my shit list..
HP have been on my "shit list" (i.e. don't buy **anything** from them!) for quite a while now..
This just reinforces my opinion of them!
Just... don't! You know it makes sense!
Back in the early days of decent sized LCD monitors I bought a few 27" ones for the family (and me).. 9 in total. A short while after this I was offered a "job load" of "industrial" UPS's. These contained hugh batteries and weighed a ton. Just perfect for a household full of desktops..
Anyway, about 6 months later we had a power outage in middle of the day. Each UPS kicked in as required. Unfortunately the "pure sine wave" UPS output wasn't at all pure (more like a lumpy triangle wave when I 'scoped it). This resulted in smoke pouring out of each monitor after 30 seconds or so.
Yep, 8 monitors that were powered at the time were destroyed.. bummer!
Moral: If buying a "pure sine wave" UPS or generator, ask for proof that the output really is "pure".
Re: Windows 10 in general
Thing is.. most modern machines don't actually have a "bios", even if the manufacturer describes it so. More recent machines have firmware. These are often as buggy as heck (e.g. poor ACPI esp. buggy DSDT's).
The OS do use these. This is one of the reasons why manufacturer supplied drivers for certain hardware often work better than either the MS "certified" ones or other more generic ones.
If you wish to try the testing release...
Replace your /etc/apt/sources.list with this:
# This includes the non-free repositories
deb http://packages.devuan.org/merged/ ascii main contrib non-free
deb-src http://packages.devuan.org/merged/ ascii main contrib non-free
deb http://packages.devuan.org/merged/ ascii-security main contrib non-free
deb-src http://packages.devuan.org/merged/ ascii-security main contrib non-free
deb http://packages.devuan.org/merged/ ascii-updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://packages.devuan.org/merged/ ascii-updates main contrib non-free
deb http://packages.devuan.org/merged/ ascii-backports main contrib non-free
deb http://packages.devuan.org/merged/ ceres main contrib non-free
If you wish, add yourself to the sudoers group with
adduser <username> sudo
Logout & login again.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get autoremove
Now reboot to a systemd free system...
With idiots such as these still around.. be very afraid for the future.
When I see stuff like this, I say to myself "is it me??".. Then I come to the conclusion "No, it really isn't me!!"
What I don't understand is why more people don't just boot the live iso from a flashdrive.. You then have the best of both worlds.. a rescue system that you can also install from.
I've started a guide covering 64-bit installation on 32-bit UEFI systems.
See: http://linxtablet.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=2024 if interested..
Not quite these distances, but still a PITA
Not on the scale of flying a measurable percentage around the world..
I once had to drive from 20 miles north of Newcastle (the Geordie version) down to Cardiff on a Sunday morning to plug in a brand new desktop PC. Specifically to fully push the kettle plug into the psu, an extra 10mm or so.
The "custard" was the head of IT for a "quite large" company.
Many moons ago I spent a short while working for a micky mouse company that had the contract for warranty repairs for some of the (slightly) bigger PC names at the time.
One home visit was to look at a large tower system that cost nearly £3,000 . It was packed full of very expensive kit.. state of the art goodies that just made me drool when reading the spec.
The tower was totally dead and I couldn't fail to miss the three "horse sized" Great Danes as I arrived.
Can you see where this is going yet??
I removed the tower side panels and was physically overwhelmed by the stench that emanated.
Yep.. The dogs had been relieving themselves over the back of the tower.
The urine had rotted out most of the copper tracks on everything inside.. and no, the warranty didn't cover it!
Re: TP Link
Re: I've got a bit of a soft spot..
I think that the AOA 532h takes DDR2 and your CF-53 is DDR3?
I just use the best value for money that Ebuyer sell, faster speed ram is fine and is often cheaper as it's more "current".
I've got 4GB sticks in all of my netbooks and am working on bios mods to allow a 64bit OS on the HP minis.
All good fun!
I've got a bit of a soft spot..
...for netbooks, esp. Acer D255, D270 and the HP mini 210 4000 series. I'm looking for a good used Asus 1025 C with an N2800 CPU for coreboot experiments..
One thing I have discovered is that the given spec. for these is "a little inaccurate".
For example, the HP mini 210-4xxx is quoted by HP as supporting only 1GB of ram (WRONG!). Intel quote a max of 2GB for this chipset. The motherboard will actually take a 4GB stick with just over 3GB usable. The same applies for the Acer D270.
Linux runs very well on these, especially with a SSD fitted.