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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 6:57 pm on March 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , amdgpu_bl0, amdgpu_bl1, backlight brightness, , , , drivers, , , intel, 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 4:31 am on February 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cooling, , , intel, processors   

    Laptop Standards: CPU 

    In the previous article, I rambled about displays and GPUs.

    I’d like to talk about CPUs briefly.

    If you’re getting a new laptop, go for a hexa core or octa core.

    The current standard on laptops is quad core. Most of the laptops you’ll see around have a minimum of 4 cores.
    But this bar has already been raised.
    By the end of this year, 6 cores and 8 cores will be the new baseline.

    If you’re making a purchase decision in 2021, let 6 cores be your baseline, if you want to be future-proof.

    Dual cores are dead and gone.
    If your laptop has a dual core, you’re living in the past.

    Quad core is being phased out by 6 core and 8 core chips.
    Every new laptop will now have 6 cores or 8 cores.

    Hyper-Threading is a thing.
    It was a thing when I got my first laptop, and it’s still thing today.
    Always select a CPU that supports hyper-threading. So a 6 core processor will have 12 threads and an 8 core will have 16.
    It’s better and faster than a 6 core with 6 threads or an 8 core with 8 threads.

    Always choose a higher TDP. It means you’ll have more power to run your chips at higher clock speeds.
    15W TDP is a damn shame. Always go for a 35W or 45W CPU.
    Now all this info is only for CPUs that were made in the past 4 years or so.
    And I’m making recommendations based on AMD’s site, because it’s simple and they make good valued CPUs.

    When I looked at Intel’s website, I was bewildered by the sheer number of processors they had. It left me confused and thought about seppuku.
    When it comes to Intel, you never really know which processor is the best because there is no simply and easy way to find out.
    And I guess this has been Intel’s way of conning people and robbing them of their money.

    If you’re getting a laptop with a CPU only, then one fan will suffice.
    But if you’re getting a laptop with a dedicate GPU, you’ll need at least two fans to provide an optimal cooling solution.

    Most laptops with dedicated GPUs now have 2 cooling fans, while some new ones have 3.
    If your laptop has only one fan with one or two cooling pipes, chances are, it’ll overheat and you’ll experience thermal throttling.

    Intel’s chips are said to run hotter than AMD’s. So unless you live in Siberia, you might wanna go with AMD.

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