General Computer Thread

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Amaris, May 26, 2016.

  1. Gingerbread Demon

    Gingerbread Demon Stealer of all the cookies in time and space Premium Member

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    Pity it doesn't come with a picture of a Vanessa haha OK I'm out of here I still use an older version of Mint and it's been stable and good.

    I tried Linux FX but didn't really like it that much went back to my old version of Mint
     
  2. Santaman

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    Installed Mint 21 on the machine with the H510 chipset, the 20.x series of Mint didn't support it, Mint 21 didn't have any problem with it, everything worked out of the box, will switch over the other machines I have one or two at a time now and then.
     
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  3. think

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    I might still have mint 17 or 18 on a spare hard drive in my desktop.. I have not worked in mint in years though. I was broadcasting visualizations and music in mint.. It's just easier to stay in win10.

    I am looking into cuda programming for my desktop video card in Julia.. I am progressing slowly.. I like Julia's handling of differential equations and matrix processing. Maybe it will allow me to define some fractal differential equations?? For a kind of new visualization series.. Because FFT visualizations have become boring and fractal design is still very slow.. :(
     
  4. Santaman

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    17.x and 18.x are no longer supported/updated, 19.x will be updated until april 2023 20.x until april 2025 and the 21.x version until 2027.
    I've got two Pentium Gold 6400 machines running the new version and it runs fine, no issues, I'll probably try and update an older machines in a week or so when the heatwave is gone..
     
  5. Gingerbread Demon

    Gingerbread Demon Stealer of all the cookies in time and space Premium Member

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    Hey sort of computer related but what are people's opinions here of hardware like the steam deck which can run linux and such with a bit of prodding?
     
  6. KamenRiderBlade

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    It's still WAY too early to consider the Steam Deck.

    We don't know how long Valve will support the Steam Deck or the Steam Dock OS.

    So I'd rather wait to see if Valve will support it past the 3rd generation.

    There's ALOT of early bugs and it's constantly being updated. (Almost daily updates)
     
  7. Gingerbread Demon

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    Oh OK. So despite the hype this one is something one should keep waiting on. The hardware seems good for what it is. I mean it's purely aimed at gaming but even so yeah I wonder if they'll get a stable version of the OS.

    BTW Holo ISO is the same OS but for PC hardware
     
  8. KamenRiderBlade

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    If they want to keep bringing these 1K (720p) gaming portables, they really should just bring back the "Netbook" format of PC's and just tell the customer to BYOC (Bring Your Own Controllers).

    All that Custom Controller crap isn't worth it, they're just shitty controllers on a heavy portable gaming unit.

    I'd rather have a decent "Gaming NetBook" with 100 wHr of Battery (FAA Battery Limits) and a custom chasis optimized for gaming / performance with a ergonomic setup.
     
  9. Gingerbread Demon

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    That would be neat if that could be done a small form factor netbook just for gaming but then you have other handhelds like the Switch which seem to have found a spot in the market.
     
  10. KamenRiderBlade

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    Nintendo will walk to the tune of their own music, they always have, they always will.

    SteamDeck is literally a first for PC gaming, a truly "Portable HandHeld" PC gaming machine.

    The problem is that they cloned the Nintendo Switch and is heavier & bulkier than the Switch.

    I'd honestly rather have a custom Gaming Netbook with swapable batteries that allowed me to game while I'm on the go.

    BYOC (Bringing Your Own Controller) solves the problem of manufacturers making crappy controllers for their device that isn't easily repairable.

    And honestly, a dedicated controller is FAR lighter.
     
  11. Gingerbread Demon

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    Oh yeah and the steam deck has a problem with controller drift
     
  12. KamenRiderBlade

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    BYOC, that'll make controller drift easier to fix in most cases.

    Linus from Linus Tech Tips talks about installing a "Halls Effect Sensor" Analog Stick.



    That basically eliminates controller drift, shrinks your dead zone, and is way more accurate / precise.



     
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  13. Gingerbread Demon

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    Yep but using potentionometers is way cheaper and doesn't eat into the bottom line. I've seen those videos. Linus does some crazy stuff.

    I love Framework laptops but they are way pricey
     
  14. KamenRiderBlade

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    You get what you pay for, cheapo Potentiometers = Crap Durability.
    Halls Effect Analog Stick = LONG Durability.

    I'd gladly pay more if I knew it was going to last for decades on end.

    Less "OverAll Waste" for the environment.

    FrameWork LapTops are relatively niche & small volume at the moment since the company is a young startup.
     
  15. Gingerbread Demon

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    Everyone would most likely prefer to pay a little more for an item that would last longer but that's companies like Sony won't do that when they can make their controllers the same way and shave cents off the cost.
     
  16. KamenRiderBlade

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    -_-
    I guess I'll have to solder it myself.
     
  17. Gingerbread Demon

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    Good for you if you can. No way I'll tackle that.
     
  18. KamenRiderBlade

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    I think you can do it, have faith in yourself.
     
  19. Gingerbread Demon

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    OMG no.... No I can't I looked at the innards of a couple of my controllers and there's no way I could desolder the pots and resolder hall effect devices to replace them. Thank you for the encouragement though it is appreciated.
     
  20. KamenRiderBlade

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    Why can't you? Disassembling a video game controller is amongst the easiest of electronics repair/modification.

    Learning to Solder is a basic first step.

    It gives you access to so much more modding capability once you get pass that first hurdle.

    And the "Halls Effect Sensor" analog stick is one large entire unit, you literally desolder the old Potentiometer unit and just solder on the new "Halls Effect Sensor" unit.

    They're designed to be "Drop In Replacements".