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More Laptop Problems

So, recently my laptop has randomly displayed a blank screen in the middle of my work, out of nowhere.
Pressing any keys does nothing. I have to press the power button to shut down the laptop and boot it again.
I’m not sure how common of a problem this is. I’ve never experienced such an issue with any of my previous laptops.

Another problem I’ve faced is that sometimes the screen is frozen when I wake it up from sleep.
Again, no keyboard presses or touchpad scrolls does anything and I have to press the power button to shut down the laptop.

Another issue I’ve faced is that the bluetooth turns on every time I boot the laptop, even when I’ve turned it off previously.
Since I rarely use bluetooth, this is a huge pain in the ass – having to manually turn off the bluetooth on every boot.

Of course there’s the famous brightness issue. The backlight problem still hasn’t been resolved. Thanks AMD! And fuck you.

The NVIDIA Server settings still don’t work. I can’t switch the graphics at all. So I’m stuck with the inbuilt AMD graphics while using LibreKrsnah Desktop OS.

Oh! And the laptop battery capacity has already reduced to 98%.
I’m definitely going to need a battery replacement before the warranty is over.

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!

Laptop Standards: Display

One point that may have missed some clarification in my previous article was why I wanted a laptop with a dedicated graphics card.
I’m not a gamer. Never was, never will be.
I occasionally played some games in the past. But that was for a limited time period.

Now when I was a teenager, I would’ve definitely become a gaming nerd. I enjoyed playing games back then.
But gaming laptops didn’t exist back then. Not that I know of anyway.

But I’m looking at the future. I watch a lot of videos. My netbook couldn’t handle a 720p 60fps YouTube video. The best it could do was 720p.
The current standard is 1080p. I’ve come across channels with 1080p 60fps videos. So that’s going to be he new norm by the end of this year. All 30fps videos will be retired soon.

The current max resolution is 8K.
There are some 8K 60fps videos on YouTube.

So refresh rate is a thing now. Or has been for the past few years.
And it’s going to increase with the new screens coming into the market right now.

If I may make a prediction, then I’d say that 1440p screens with either 120Hz or 144Hz are going to be the next generation of displays everywhere.
That’s going to be the new baseline. And so that’s going to be the new standard for videos and movies everywhere.

What’s the next highest video resolution on YouTube going to be? I think 8K is enough for everyone. Recently, Samsung went back to 1080p screens on their phones. So we are not going to see higher resolutions in tech for a really long time. What we might see, are higher refresh rates and higher fps standards.

I’m quite surprised to see 1080p screens on modern laptops these days. It almost feels like manufacturers are squeezing out the last couple of crappy screens before everyone adopts 1440p as the new baseline.
Many laptops have 4K display options these days. But who needs 4K? Only the gaming nerds and professionals.
So 1440p is the sweet spot at this moment.
If you have a 1440p screen, you’re good for the rest of the decade.

Unfortunately, I haven’t seen many laptops with 1440p screens. Most companies offer either 1080p with higher refresh rates or 4K panels.
It’s weird. I’m not sure what they’re thinking.
I did a quick search on Amazon and most laptops with 1440p panels cost more than one grand with the specs that I would typically go for.

One weird phenomenon I’ve noticed recently is laptop manufacturers offering displays with weird refresh rates. e.g. 1080p 300Hz, 1440p 165Hz, 1080p 244Hz etc
What the fuck is this shit?
Anyone remember the good old days when everyone has 720p or 1080p displays with 60Hz screens?
Why can’t we have a standard set of refresh rates instead of everyone tweaking their numbers like a bunch of RETARDS.
I said it!
I said it!

You want facts – you come here. I ain’t got no baby gloves. This is the bare knuckles arena!

I was going to make this article about my options. But since I’ve gone on and on about displays and resolutions, I’ll make that a separate article.

This article however, has given me a new idea. So I’ll work on it first!

Now, back to the my point about the dedicated graphics card – why would I want it?
Since my netbook couldn’t handle a 720p 60fps YouTube video, I was thinking, what if there are higher resolutions and speeds in the future?
Let’s say 8K 144fps or 8K 240fps. Would there be such standards in the future? Maybe, maybe not.
So my question was, would the integrated GPUs that ship with all laptops be able to handle all those resolutions and speeds? Or would they crap out like the Intel Integrated HD Graphics in my Celeron N2830 did when I tried to play a 720p 60fps YouTube video?

Now if the laptop had a dedicated GPU, I’m sure it could handle the higher resolutions with higher fps without the spinning circles thing on YouTube.

The idea here is to be able to meet all these standards, if I could.
It’s like buying a house. Suppose you were looking for a house, wouldn’t you prefer one with a fenced perimeter and a backyard and front garden and a garage if it was available? Hell, you don’t have to own a damn car when buying that house. But in the future, y’know…
You don’t need the damn garage or backyard or garden out front. But you’ll prefer it if it’s available. Why? ‘Cause y’never know.

That’s my line of thinking with dedicated GPUs. It’s an option. One that I’d very much rather have because it’s the next big thing.
Just like a garage is the next big thing when buying a house, ’cause you might own a vehicle one day.

There’s a lot of GPU intensive applications in the world right now. GPUs aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. If you don’t have a dedicated GPU, your CPU will start smoking with the crappy integrated one.

A Business Idea

I woke up today thinking about the problems with the laptop manufacturing industry today.

One of the major problems I’ve seen are manufacturers building cheap plastic bodies that show wear and tear signs in a couple of years.
I understand this is a move to save cost.

Now what if someone with the resources made empty laptop bodies for 11-inch, 14-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch laptops?
The bodies would come with customizable parts for the screen, the vents and ports.

This isn’t a far-fetched idea.
It’s very practical.

Now the manufacturer can make plastic body shells or aluminium body shells, perhaps even add customizable logos, extra fans and LED strips.

I wouldn’t hesitate buying a thick laptop body shell that’s twice the thickness of my original laptop body, but has let’s say, 2 or 4 additional fans at the bottom?
So the fans can sit at the bottom, then he motherboard and all it’s components would be transferred on top, with it’s own fans sitting at the appropriate locations.

This would eliminate the need to buy laptop cooling pads, ’cause your new laptop body would come with inbuilt fans in addition to the standard fans.

The port and vents sides should be swappable, coming in multiple configs to accomodate different vendors.

I think it’s a neat idea.
This idea is copylefted by LibreKrsnah!
Everyone copy this idea and start building laptop shells!
And price them appropriately!

Be sure to send me samples for testing.
Y’know what? Just hire me for cool ideas and quality testing.

Thank you.

My Lenovo Netbook Review

I have a Lenovo S20-30 netbook.
Yep!
It’s time for the grand reveal!

When my HP laptop was dying, I asked someone to buy me a new laptop.
At the time, Windows laptops with a touchscreen were a big hype so I really wanted one.
And of course I wanted a bigger screen, faster CPU and more RAM than my HP laptop.
But this is the surprise I got.

An 11 inch netbook with Windows 8.1 with Bing preinstalled.

CPU: Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core processor (Bay Trail-M Series)
Clock Rate: 2160 – 2410 MHz
Level 1 Cache: 112 KB
Level 2 Cache: 1 MB
Number of Cores / Threads: 2 / 2
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power): 7.5 Watt
Manufacturing Technology: 22 nm
Max. Temperature: 105 °C

GPU: Intel Integrated HD Graphics
Codename: Bay Trail
Architecture: Gen. 7 Ivy Bridge
Pipelines: 4 – unified
Core Speed: 311 – 750 (Boost) MHz
Memory Bus Width: 32/64/128 Bit
Shared Memory: yes
DirectX: DirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Technology: 22 nm
Supported Technologies: Wireless Display, Quick Sync, Speedstep

RAM: 2048 MB, DDR3, Single-Channel, Soldered

Ports: 1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 headphone jack, SD Card reader

Display: 11.60 inch, 16:9 display ratio, 1366 x 768 pixel, Chi Mei N116BGE-L32, TN LED, reflective

Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0, 500 GB, 5400 rpm

Networking: Realtek RTL8102E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet (10/100MBit/s), Broadcom BCM43142 (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0

Soundcard: Intel Valleyview SoC – HD Audio Controller

Battery: 36 Wh Lithium-Ion, lasts 3 hours max,
Lifespan: 1 Year

Camera: Potato webcam

Speakers: Stereo

Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no

Preinstalled bloatware: Cyberlink PowerDirector 10, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial version), MS Office (trial version), Nitro Pro 9, Superfish

Price: $300

Now, I’ve listed the specs according in order of priority. I’ve tried to be as civil as possible, without making this personal.

And now I’m going to critique this piece of crap. Are you ready?

CPU: This is the worst CPU that I’ve ever used in my entire life. Like what year was this made for? 1978?
Intel, I’ve got some words for you.
Intel, Fuck You! Fuck you Intel! Fuck you for producing this garbage processor that is slow as fuck and can’t even run Windows.
Do you know how fucking slow this is? I had to install Linux on the damn thing! I had to learn Linux. I tried and tested like a dozen distros over and over and over, again and again, every year. And at the same damn time, I had to learn how to create my own distro, a slick and smooth and fast one that could run on this piece of crap that you MONKEYS dare call a processor.

When was this piece of junk created?
Now I’m curious. I wanna know what year it was that Intel thought was a great year to create a dual core CPU with only 2 fucking threads.
2014.
Oh gee! It’s the year 2014! Everyone’s running computers with quad core CPUs with 2.4Ghz min. base clock and 4.0 Ghz boost clock.
I wonder what kind of processor we could create that would please our customers?
N2830!

Cache? Who needs cache?! Let’s put a 1Mb cache and call it a day!
What was this processor designed for? Running a fridge? Opening and closing your doors? Beeping an alarm when the intruders break your windows?
What the fuck, can a CPU with 1Mb cache, accomplish by the modern standards?

Y’know back when I was a Windows nerd, I saw these Windows for embedded systems. These are the systems that ran on things like vending machines and billboards.
Hey Intel! Is that what you designed the N2830 CPU for?
Then why the fuck did you sell that processor to laptop manufacturers?!

The N2830 CPU cannot run modern applications on Windows. It can barely run the Windows OS.
And to think that Intel engineers would come up with this garbage processor is a disgrace to humanity.
To think that Intel would release such a CPU into the consumer market is utterly despicable!

I’m glad AMD has taken the consumer market.
I’m glad AMD is whooping Intel’s ass like the little bitches they are.
Good!
It’s a thin piece of comfort, but it’s comfort nonetheless!
You know I hope AMD takes over the entire planet, and I hope Intel goes bankrupt and shuts down and I hope all the Intel engineers go fuck themselves for designing this piece of shit processor.

GPU: Intel Integrated Graphics has been a running joke for a decade. And if AMD hadn’t stepped up and pulled out that Vega card, Intel would still be fucking everyone over with their piece of crap Intel UHD.
Intel UHD is a joke.
If anybody has a computer with Intel UHD alone, they just got smacked in the eyes by Intel’s nutsack.

The S20-30 can’t play 1080p YouTube videos. The best you can watch is 720p.

Now, onto Lenovo.
Lenovo, get your asses ready. You know it’s coming. It’s coming down hard!

2GB of soldered RAM!
Can you believe this shit?!
Who came up with the idea of pairing 2 gigs of soldered RAM with Intel’s pile of crap?
Who is it?
Give me a name!
Who is the Lenovo engineer, that came up with this marvelous idea?
I wanna know his name. I wanna know his address. So I can pay him a visit an solder his asshole shut.

If you design this kind of garbage, you do not deserve to be called an engineer.
You should be called a monkey. A retarded monkey.
This was 2014, you stupid moron! You knew this kind of shit wouldn’t run Windows OS!

2 USB ports on either side of the netbook.
What was this netbook supposed to run? Chrome OS?
Put everything in the cloud? Google cloud storage? Microsoft OneDrive?
Y’know the laptop had Microsoft OneDrive. But it was so slow, it was unusable.

The SD card reader didn’t work.
It detected my card like twice when I was using Linux and that too disappeared.
But the SD card on my HP laptop was flaky too, so I’m not gonna blame ya’ll. These SD card readers all seem to be crap.

The display was terrible. This was hands-down the worst screen to be ever put on a laptop. The worst!
The touchscreen was laggy, so that was a useless feature too.
The screen was so reflective, I could use it as a mirror.
Absolutely terrible!
The resolution was terrible and you could count the pixels if you stared at the screen.
Who put that screen on there? Who the hell approved such a screen? That screen was so terrible, it could make people go blind.
Lenovo! Are you smelly jerkoffs trying to blind the world?
Shame on you!

The storage was okay.
My HP laptop had a similar storage setup so I’m not mad about that.
But if these pricks from Lenovo had put in an SSD, it would’ve made the netbook run a little faster.
But oh no! They had to cheap out on everything! Sons of bitches!

The WiFi card gave me a lot of issues on Linux. Bluetooth didn’t work on any of the distros.
Thumbs down for that.
And fuck you!

The sound was okay, I guess. I’m no audiophile.

The battery lasted for about 3 hours when it was new.
When you think of the hardware it was powering, Lenovo may have as well just popped a cell phone battery in there.

The speakers were terrible. Tiny sounds that made it seem like a cell phone from the late 00’s was playing.

The webcam was terrible. Then again, all laptop manufacturers still use potato webcams. That’s shameful. In this decade, if you put a 720p webcam on a laptop, you’re evil. You should be shot in the leg for pixelating people’s faces. That’d bring you back to your senses real quick.

The keyboard was okay. A little hard to get used to in the beginning but I managed to make it work.

The bloatware was unnecessary.
When you design a laptop that can barely run Windows, adding a bunch of garbage software only makes it worse.

The netbook came with Lenovo superfish. I guess that’s because all their moms’ vajayjays smell like fish.

The build was plastic. I don’t mind the plastic except that the screw holders broke off and I had to use cellotape to keep the laptop together.
The hinge lasted surprisingly well. even though I left the display open for about an year. That faired pretty well compared to HP.

Overall, this was a terrible terrible netbook. I wouldn’t recommend it to my worst enemy. It was that bad. I wouldn’t give it to ISIS. I wouldn’t want Kimmy Jong Un to use it. I wouldn’t even give it to a child to play with it as a toy.

Hey Lenovo! Hey! LENOVO! ARE YOU READING THIS?
‘Cause I have one more thing to say to you.
FUCK YOU!
Fuck you for manufacturing this piece of crap.

And that marks the end of my rant.
I would never ever purchase another Lenovo laptop, just as a matter of principle. Even if it was a $2000 X1 Carbon. Wouldn’t do it.
And I wouldn’t advice anyone to buy one either. Doesn’t matter if it’s a thinkpad or thonkpad or thotpad. If it’s Lenovo, stay away. While you may get a good product, there’s some consumer that probably got fucked over by Lenovo. And that doesn’t sit right with me.

I wouldn’t buy a HP either. Just putting that out there. I’m not going to talk about my HP laptop experience here. But maybe sometime, if someone wants to hear it.