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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 6:57 pm on March 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , amdgpu_bl0, amdgpu_bl1, backlight brightness, , , , drivers, , hardware, , kernel, , Linus, Linus Torvalds, , linux drivers, nouveau, , nvidia drivers, NVIDIA X SERVER, NVIDIA X SERVER Settings, , screen brightness, ,   

    AMD & NVIDIA: The Enemies Of Linux 

    I just can’t get a break from these dumbass computer hardware manufacturers and their stupid fuckups.

    One of the reasons I wanted a new laptop was to be able to run almost any Linux distro without any issues.
    But that doesn’t seem to be the case, does it?

    I’ve been waiting for several weeks for AMD to fix a backlight issue problem where the screen brightness is 100% on every boot.

    Here’s an example of the error:

    systemd-backlight@backlight:amdgpu_bl0.service – Load/Save Screen Backlight Brightness of backlight:amdgpu_bl0
    Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/systemd-backlight@.service; static)
    Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Tue 2021-03-02 05:41:00 EEST; 5min ago
    Docs: man:systemd-backlight@.service(8)
    Process: 331 ExecStart=/usr/lib/systemd/systemd-backlight load backlight:amdgpu_bl0 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
    Main PID: 331 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)

    Now this problem has been mentioned on several sites – on the kernel site, on AMD’s site, on systemd’s site, and on several distro forums.
    Nobody seems to be doing anything to fix this big fucking problem.

    So my question is, how long will I have to wait for some googley-eyed nerd to sort out whatever’s causing the problem?

    I don’t wanna be blinded by my screen when I turn the laptop on every dawn.
    Every week I checked the site for any updates, and all I see are more users having similar problems.

    So this is my understanding on the issue: Nobody is doing anything to fix a simple backlight issue. Several users have come up with their own hacks but I’m not looking for hacks. I want a perfectly running Linux OS when I do my upgrades.

    I’m not a patient man. Never was.

    Here’s my advice to anyone looking to purchase a laptop and run Linux on it – go for an Intel chip. Fuck it. But a laptop cooler or a mini fridge to put your laptop in, while you’re using it. At least you won’t be blinded by the fucking screen every time you boot or wake the damn thing up.
    Since both AMD and NVIDIA want to fuck around with the Linux users, fuck them both! Intel’s dropping their own GPUs soon. So wait for them and get an Intel CPU with an Intel GPU! How about that, eh?

    I want all the nerds from all sides to get together – have a meeting, and figure out what’s causing this fucking problem and fix it.

    Imagine my horror when I’d just got a brand new fucking laptop, installed my OS in it, upgraded the kernel and wallah! Blinding screen on every boot.

    This problem will have to be fixed. I’m stuck with this machine for the rest of the decade. I don’t want to endure a stupid fucking backlight brightness problem for 10 years.

    I’m raising awareness here.
    This is me, calling out all the nerds and stating the problem.
    This isn’t me, coming out, guns blazing, blowing craters up your asses.
    But my next article, will be a volcanic eruption. Linus Torvalds – that’s your cue.

    While I’m at it, here’s another problem: Why am I not seeing higher boost clock speeds on Linux? Is it AMD’s fault or the Linux kernel’s?
    I haven’t looked into it yet. But before I get down to it, I suggest ya’ll look into it first.

    Now, onto NVIDIA.

    Everyone says AMD GPUs just work on Linux.
    So why don’t NVIDIA’s?
    Why doesn’t the NVIDIA X SERVER Settings work?
    Now my laptop has a dedicated GPU that does fuck-all when running Linux.

    The nouveau nerds are saying NVIDIA has closed sourced their graphics cards. That’s why I’m unable to make use of them.

    Here’s my message to NVIDIA: NVIDIA you chinga a tu madre fuck you motherfuckers hija de su pinche, perra, aguanga, desgraciada madre!
    Open source your goddamn drivers and make sure they’re working like a charm on every goddamn Linux distro on this planet.
    Until that happens, I’m going to be writing an article every month, reminding the entire world just how much NVIDIA SUCKS.

    Linus, are you taking notes?

    AMD, lower your goddamn prices. Just because you’re making better chips than Intel doesn’t mean you should start raping your customers’ wallets.
    If AMD’s 6000 series chips aren’t priced appropriately, I’ll be posting a dozen articles discussing why AMD’s chips aren’t worth the prices, but not without a detailed description of Lisa Su’s adventures with a chimpanzee.

    Linus, the backlight.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 7:28 am on March 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , hardware, , , , LibreKrsnah Desktop OS, , ,   

    I Got A New Laptop 

    Bam!

    Here we go!

    I finally got a “brand new” laptop.
    I spent a lot of time procrastinating on the announcement because I was working on some other things.

    Like my previous netbook, I will not be revealing any specifics at this point.
    As far as I can remember, I’d never mentioned specific details regarding my netbook, until I was finally in the process of moving away from it.

    Now that I’ve switched devices, I can finally make the announcement.

    I know this sounds ridiculous but this is part of my privacy-security threat model.
    Writing articles in my no-nonsense, straight-forward, factual style is a dangerous hobby. It could get me killed.
    Don’t believe me? Just look at China, India, Thailand, Egypt and a dozen other countries where bloggers have been arrested, jailed, or assassinated.

    So I will not be discussing which laptop I finally managed to procure. At least not yet.

    I will say this – I had to hassle a lot to finally get my hands on this device.
    Had to go through a lot of hurdles to buy it.
    First of all, all the stores that I visited had Intel laptops.
    And once I mentioned that I wanted a dedicated GPU, they directed me to the gaming sections, with the Lenovo Legions and HP Omens.
    I was disgusted!

    It’s going to get worse from now on. Because laptop manufacturers have finally found a new way to scam consumers with yet another useless genre – laptops for creators, which are becoming increasingly popular in demand.

    Remember when they came up with the ultrabooks? Then they invented the convertibles.
    Now, they’ve invented laptops with microbials. Have you heard of this shit?
    Pretty soon, they’ll invent laptops with retractible silicon hands targeted towards the basement dwelling neckbeards.

    The first thing that I did was to look up the prices of all the laptops online.
    Then I went to all the stores in my area and gathered their prices.
    All the local stores had jacked up the prices by a significant amount compared to online stores.

    I’m not a rich bastard.
    And every online site I visited had some bad reviews from customers regarding opened packages and faulty devices and receiving devices with different specs…
    I didn’t have enough money to tolerate all these fucking problems, okay?
    I just wanted a brand new device with no problems! Delivered ON TIME.

    Now I did order a laptop online.
    But I did it directly from the manufacturer’s. Figured I’d have less problems in doing so. Buoyiyiyiyiy! Was I so wrong!
    But that’s a story for another day.

    And then I pulled a real gangsta move: I went to a couple of stores, showed them a different manufacturer’s laptop and asked them if they could get me one and for how much.
    Imagine going to an Apple store and asking if you could buy a Surface Pro.
    LOL

    They all agreed. All I had to do was pick the one with the lowest estimate.
    In doing so, I was able to avoid getting ripped off.

    Now I chose a 2 year old laptop model, because it’s the only one I could afford. And that really sucks because I spent 800 bucks on a 2 year old model that sold for really cheap in the US.
    In fact, I could get a refurbished laptop for 600 bucks with better specs!

    A part of me has some percentage of buyer’s remorse because the laptop that I bought has now been made obsolete by newer better models at the same price point.

    And I feel like an idiot because now, my new laptop is literally old and the only consolation I can give myself is that maybe it suits me because I’m a minimalist. But we all know that’s bullshit. I got conned.

    Had I waited until now, I could’ve got myself a hexacore brand new 2021 edition laptop or at least the powerful Ideapad gaming 3.
    And, on that line of thought, if I could wait a few more weeks or months, I could get an even more powerful laptop!
    Jesus Christ!
    Where does this all end?

    In the market today, CPUs get obsolete really fast! GPUs are likely to stay relevant for at least 2-3 years. But new CPUs are been churned out annually so it kinda sucks for people who don’t have money to buy a new laptop every year or so.

    So this machine has a quad core processor, a dedicated GPU, a single channel 8 Gig RAM and a slow ass HDD.
    That’s right folks, I couldn’t afford an SSD. And I couldn’t afford 16 gigs of dual channel memory either.
    BUT, it is upgradable. So in the future, I could add another RAM stick, an SSD and so on.
    The NVIDIA GPU wasn’t compatible with LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.1 beta. I did spend several days working on LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.2 beta but the GPU problem still isn’t fixed.
    So, I have to switch to Windows whenever I want to use the GPU.

    In hindsight, perhaps I should’ve chosen an AMD CPU – AMD GPU config since I primarily run Linux. AMD CPU – NVIDIA GPU configs have a lot of problems on Linux. AMD GPUs though, aren’t as powerful as NVIDIA’s.

    AMD CPUs just became faster than Intel. Up until 2019, Intel chips were still more powerful than AMD’s.

    So, how does my “new” laptop stack up against my old ones?
    Well, the CPU is at least 500% faster than my HP laptop and over 1300% faster than my Lenovo netbook!

    The integrated GPU is at least 900% faster than the integrated GPU in my HP laptop and over 1000% faster than the integrated GPU in my Lenovo netbook.

    The dedicated GPU is at least 2800% faster than the integrated GPU in my HP laptop, and over 3000% faster than the integrated GPU in my Lenovo netbook.

    So, is it an upgrade? Of course!
    But is it the best upgrade I could’ve made? No.

    At the time of my purchase, the Ideapad Gaming sold for around $850 which was already over my $800 baseline. I’m quite surprised that Lenovo dropped the prices so quickly. I think this only goes to prove how Lenovo pricks can’t be trusted. I’ve heard this from several reviewers as well – Lenovo keeps changing their prices all the time. If the Ideapad Gaming started selling so well, I bet they’d bump the prices up to $1000 the very next day!
    FUCK LENOVO! LENOVO SUCKS!

    I’ll be adding an additional RAM stick in the future, and get an SSD. That should significantly bump up the performance.

    It’s very weird that LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.1 beta took longer to boot on the “new” laptop than my old netbook. I think there will be some optimizations in the future.
    I do have a roadmap for the upgrades coming next year, so maybe I’ll write an article about that.

    Footnote: In explaining the details of the specs, I believe I’ve already doxxed my laptop. Oh well!

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 11:13 am on February 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Purchasing A Laptop: Considering The Specs 

    In the previous article, I talked about the options that I had.
    And I discussed the internals of those laptops.

    Now why would I review the internals first?
    Well, your typical consumer will look at the specs and the price and make their purchase based on those two points.
    But I, ain’t no typical consumer.
    As much as I wanted the best specs in any laptop, I also wanted a good repairability and upgradability, which is something most people overlook when making their purchase decision.

    So that was quite important to me. If something broke, I wanted to be able to fix it myself. If I wanted an upgrade in the future, I wanted to be able to do it myself.
    That’s the thing. If I know what’s under my hood, it makes me feel comfortable using the damn machine.
    If there’s a problem, then I’d know exactly what to look for.

    On that note, a few weeks ago I wrote an article about Apple’s M1 chip and I mentioned the architecture and specs.
    In that article, I mentioned how everything was so closely integrated and tightly baked, that even though the performance was on the next level, upgradability, was simply not there.

    About 3 days ago, I read an article about some M1 Users complaining of really high SSD usage. Now this isn’t a problem with regular laptops, in which, you can just replace the SSD and everything fine and dandy. Apple being the apple cunts that they are, soldered the SSD onto the motherboards. As if soldering the RAM wasn’t enough, those pricks soldered the goddamn SSDs into the motherboard.
    What’s next? Soldering the battery into the motherboard? Bet they’ll use gorilla glue to do it!
    Bunch of idiots.

    The next iPad will have the screens and battery soldered onto the motherboard. I don’t know how they’ll do it, but Apple as a corporate blackhole is expert at squeezing every last penny out of their fanboys.

    Anyway, fuck Apple.
    Let’s move on to my options.

    1. Lenovo IdeaPad L340

    CPU: Intel Core i5-9300HF
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    RAM: 8 Gb
    STORAGE: 256 Gb SSD
    Price: $673.70 + $28.10 + $152.98 = $854.78

    2. Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3

    CPU: Intel Core i5-10300H or AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
    GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1650Ti
    RAM: 8Gb
    STORAGE: variable
    Price: variable ($800 – $1050)

    Okay. Let’s just stop right there and declare this laptop to be the current champion for the price:performance, okay?
    This laptop is a beast. Now I could only wish that this laptop was cheaper when I was ready to cash out. But it wasn’t.

    Talk about regrets! If I could’ve waited just a few more weeks, I could’ve got me a hexa core beast that would last for 2 decades straight!

    If you’re looking to buy a laptop right now, go for this machine. No hesitation.
    This advice is only valid for a few weeks or months at most. Because manufacturers are about to release the next gen laptops and by then, several other options will become available.

    But as of now, this is the king of cheap laptops.

    3. Dell G3

    CPU: Intel Core i5-10300H
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    RAM: 8Gb
    STORAGE: 256 Gb
    Price: $718.00 + $30.02 + $163.50 = $911.52

    4. HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    RAM: 8Gb
    STORAGE: 256Gb
    Price: $699.00 + $26.06 + $158.03 = $883.09

    Now this laptop has so many variations with different prices, you’ll have to decide your priorities. The one here has the best processor in my opinion. You can get Intel’s garbage if you like.

    I’d like to note that when I went out to buy my new laptop, this was one of my favorite considerations. But the price man… the price let me down. Just like the Lenovo Ideapad above.

    If I were to choose between the two, the Ideapad still wins.

    5. Asus TUF Gaming

    Now ASUS jackasses have so many configs, so I’ll choose the cheapest one here.

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    RAM: 8Gb
    STORAGE: 256 Gb
    Price: $723.00 + $28.84 + $163.83 = $915.67

    Now the 4600H model costs $1,084.67. That was already out of my budget. Sucks.

    6. Acer Nitro 5

    These assholes also have too many variants.
    I’ll list the cheapest one here.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-9300H
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    RAM: 8Gb
    STORAGE: 256 GB
    Price: $714.99 + $28.67 + $162.14 = $905.80

    7. MSI GF63

    CPU: Intel Core i5-9300H
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    RAM: 8Gb
    STORAGE: 256 Gb
    Price: $699.00 + $30.60 + $159.14 = $888.74

    8. MSI GF75

    CPU: Intel Core i5-10300H
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    RAM: 8Gb
    STORAGE: 512 Gb
    Price: $789.99 + $33.31 + $180.71 = $1,004.01

    If you’ve got 1000 bucks, this is the machine you want. MSI laptops have better quality than Lenovo. So keep that in mind.

    9. Asus Vivobook Gaming F571

    This piece of crap is only available in some markets, so don’t even bother.

    Why the fuck did I even include this piece of shit here? The worst laptop and it ain’t even available worldwide. Fuck Asus!

    10. Acer Aspire 7

    Another piece of crap from Acer. Only available on Acer stores.
    Buoiyiyiyi! Ain’t nobody got time to check on Acer stores! I gets my laptop infos on Amazon!
    If your laptop ain’t available on Amazon, it ain’t worth buying. Simple as that!

    Anyway, there’s the list of cheap laptops I’d compiled.
    Many of them will probably be phased out soon as the new laptops arrive with next Gen processors.

    One interesting observation here is that almost all laptops ship with the 1650.
    I’ve been looking at newer models too and they too ship with 1650. So if you have a GTX 1650 card, it’s safe to say you’re still on the current gen.

    The more expensive laptops now ship with RTX 2070 and so on. I think this is the last generation of the GTX series.
    From this point forward, all new laptops will ship with an RTX GPU. Because that’s where the big deal is.

    There’s still laptops on the market with the GTX 1060 graphics card. Those run really well.
    So if you want something cheap, look into the laptops released in the past 3 years. That’s where you’ll get the best bang for your money.
    I believe many of the laptops in this list were released within the past 2 years. The only giveaway is the processor, which can let you know how far back you’re riding.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 7:54 am on February 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Purchasing A Laptop: Considering The Options 

    In the previous post I’d talked about what kind of laptop I wanted, and my checklist.

    Today I’ll discuss some of the options I’d reviewed, what I liked about them, and what I disliked.

    Now I’d done some extensive research on laptops everywhere.
    An interesting phenomenon I observed was that some laptops were cheaper in some countries and quite expensive in others.

    For example, a laptop that cost $810 in Asia cost $1130 somewhere in Europe.

    Another peculiar phenomenon is that some laptop models that were the best sellers in Asia, didn’t exist in Europe!

    I wanted a laptop that was internationally known. If I wanted replacement parts or an upgrade, I didn’t want to hassle for them. That could be the case if you bought a piece of crap like Asus Vivobook.

    Some of the laptops in this list merely exist for me to bash and pound on ’em. They’re no good. I wouldn’t recommend ’em to anyone, an fuck the companies that manufactured ’em, eh?

    But all of them had to qualify to get on this list – and that’s by the specs. If it looks good on paper, maybe I’ll take it into consideration, eh?

    1. Lenovo IdeaPad L340

    This is by far, the most famous laptop in terms of performance:price ratio.

    It has a big battery, which is always nice to have, even if it can only power the laptop for 3 hours.

    It only has 1 upgradable RAM slot.

    Storage is good with one m.2 slot and a SATA drive bay.

    2. Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3

    This laptop is almost identical to the L340. Except, it has two upgradable RAM slots and 3 storage slots.
    Two m.2 slots and one SATA drive bay. You can only use two at a time, since one of the m.2 slots shares the same space with the SATA drive bay.

    3. Dell G3

    This laptop has cooling fans on opposite ends, which is always more efficient than two fans stacked on the same side.

    It has 2 upgradable RAM slots.

    2 storage options: one m.2 slot and a SATA drive bay.

    4. HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15

    This laptop’s motherboard is so huge, yet the battery is small.

    HP Pavilion has always had a quirky design.

    This one’s fans are paired at the centre.
    A big ass HDD is right next to ’em.

    Two upgradable RAM slots.
    One m.2 slot next to them.

    It’s alright if you’re a HP fanboy. The hinges look weird. I bet they have the same issue as my first HP Pavilion laptop.

    5. Asus TUF Gaming

    Now ASUS has so many TUF gaming laptops that have identical specs at different prices, that it’s getting ridiculous.

    The fans are on the opposite ends, which is good.

    It has two upgradable RAM slots, one SATA drive bay and one m.2 slot.

    The battery is small, similar to the HP Pavilion one.

    6. Acer Nitro 5

    These laptops are identical to ASUS TUF series. There’s too many damn laptops and all of them have some difference in specs.
    Instead of having one laptop with different specs at different price points, these assholes have different model numbers for each spec at a certain price. Ridiculous!

    The fans are either paired together or on opposite ends. There’s no way of knowing because Acer is a company full of retards.

    It has 2 upgradable RAM slots.

    Has 3 storage options with 2 m.2 slots and one SATA drive bay.

    The battery is a tad bit bigger than ASUS TUF and HP Pavilion’s but I doubt it lasts any longer.

    7. MSI GF63

    Now this laptop has a different unique design. It looks professional, okay?

    It has only one fan location on one end of the laptop.
    That’s a bummer.
    It’s very obvious that this machine will experience thermal throttling.

    Also, if the fan fails, you gotta replace it immediately. Whereas laptops with two fans could probably run with one fan and not burst into flames. Probably! Let’s not test that theory.

    It has 2 upgradable RAM slots.

    Storage has one m.2 slot and one SATA drive bay.

    8. MSI GF75

    Now this laptop is a beast.
    Two cooling fans on opposite ends.
    2 upgradable RAM slots, one SATA drive bay and one m.2 slot.

    It’s also the most expensive on this list.

    9. Asus Vivobook Gaming F571

    This piece of trash is the ugliest laptop I’ve ever seen.

    This is the probably the cheapest on this list.

    It has one upgradable RAM slot.

    Storage has one m.2 slot and one SATA drive bay.

    Battery is small.

    The fans are small and on opposite ends and the two heat pipes are shared by both the CPU and GPU.

    If this piece of crap was put against the MSI GF63, who would win? The MSI GF63 would kill this machine a 1000 times and still live to tell the story.

    Build quality is absolutely terrible. ASUS didn’t even attempt to make the plastic look good. One look at this laptop and it instantly reminded me of my netbook.

    This is the cheapest-looking laptop of all the laptops on this list; and believe me, all the laptops here are cheap.

    10. Acer Aspire 7

    This is a rebrand of the Acer Nitro 5.
    Same specs as the Nitro series. Internals look the same and the prices are the same.
    Which begs the question – why the fuck did Acer waste so much time in replicating an entire line of products?

    This looks like the uglier brother of Nitro 5.
    If you want a cheap laptop that is ugly but not Asus-ugly, then the Aspire is for you.

    So this was my list of potential laptops that I could buy.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 4:30 am on February 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Purchasing A Laptop: Considering My Requirements 

    I’ve wanted a laptop to replace my Lenovo S20-30 netbook for about 2 years now.

    During the first 2 years of the netbook, I kinda pushed myself to accept and deal with it. But then, I got tired of optimizing my OS to run on the netbook.
    Multitasking was a nightmare, and it was just a terrible terrible netbook.

    Last year, I finally considered getting another laptop.
    But first, I needed to get my requirements right.

    So what were my requirements?

    I’d like to consider myself a moderately informed person. I’m not a nerd, but I do know my way around computing devices.

    Now I’m a minimalist on a tight budget. That was my first consideration. I didn’t want to buy a laptop that was overpriced.

    So here’s the key points I thought of, when considering my next laptop:

    1. An octa core CPU, no older than Intel’s 8th Gen, with hyperthreading

    2. A decent GPU that could run GTA V smoothly. Why GTA V? Because it’s the only game with decent graphics that I watched on YouTube.
    I wasn’t going to play GTA V. I wanted a GPU that would help with video editing. And I figured, if it could run GTA V, it can edit videos, right?

    3. 16 Gigs of RAM, dual channel, upgradeable

    4. 500 Gigs of m.2 NVMe/PCIe SSD storage

    5. Dual fans to keep it cool. I’d seen a lot of laptops with 2 fans, and I thought, why not get one myself? It’s better than 1 fan, I’ll tell you that!

    6. Simple design, easy repairability, and upgradability

    7. Full metal body – aluminium, magnesium alloy, or carbon

    Now these are a perfect specs for a powerful machine that could push through a decade.
    In my opinion, any laptop that can’t last a decade isn’t worth purchasing.

    So I’d decided my specs. Now it was time to start hunting for the perfect laptop.

    Here’s what I found out:

    1. There weren’t many laptops with 8 core processors, especially older ones. The new ones were quite expensive.
    Most laptops came with 4 cores or 6 cores. New 8 core chips were too expensive.

    2. Intel’s chips seemed to run hotter than AMD’s. They often experienced thermal throttling and cooling issues. They were also more expensive.

    3. NVIDIA’s GPUs don’t have a proper naming system. It’s all over the place. If you’re looking for the fastest GPU, you’ll have to look it up manually and compare the results.

    4. Any laptop with 16 Gigs of RAM was overpriced. Most laptops shipped with 8 gigs that you could upgrade later. Since I was coming from a 2 Gigs soldered RAM package, 8 Gigs looked pretty good to me.

    5. Many laptops came with multiple storage options. You could get an SSD and add a HDD later and vice versa.

    6. Design, upgradability and repairability varied with each laptop. Before purchasing, make sure you looked ’em up on YouTube.

    7. Most laptops were made of plastic. Metal framed laptops were either terribly-spec’d and cheap, or incredibly-spec’d and expensive. There were no middle grounds.

    8. Most sellers think a dedicated GPU means gaming laptop. That’s how they price their products and will often con you. Beware! Just because a laptop has a dedicated GPU doesn’t make it a gaming or content-creator’s laptop. The branding is just the manufacturer’s way of robbing people.
    Any laptop can be used for gaming or content creation, as long as it’s spec’d properly.
    When I went to the stores and asked for a laptop with dedicated graphics card, the salesmen immediately jumped on the gaming laptop section, which was, of course, overpriced.

    9. A lot of stores still showcase Intel’s laptops. AMD is still not popular in the market. Sometimes, and especially if you’re explicitly asking for an AMD laptop, the stores may quote a higher price. Beware!

    10. When looking at a CPU, pay attention to the TDP. It’s a good indicator of how powerful a modern CPU is, especially when you consider how U-series processors are everywhere. U-series and Y-series processors aren’t for people with serious computing requirements.

    Here’s what I wish I’d known earlier:

    1. NVIDIA GPUs don’t run well on Linux. If you’re a privacy oriented guy who uses Linux, look for an AMD CPU & AMD GPU combination.

     
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