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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 5:54 pm on June 10, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , gaming, gaming laptops, , , Jensen Huang, laptops, , , Lisa Su,   

    Linux Nerds: Don’t Buy An AMD/NVIDIA Laptop 

    Do you love Linux?
    I love Linux.

    But Linux has a problem. Well, there are 2 problems.
    One, you cannot access the NVIDIA X Server Settings.
    And two, the laptop reboots with the screen at maximum brightness.
    Supposedly this has something to do with Linus Torvald’s new screen brightness scheme. But I’m blaming this on AMD. Well, the error itself blames AMD.

    Since NVIDIA doesn’t want to make it’s Linux drivers open source, my NVIDIA graphics card is essentially useless.

    I’ve waited for months for someone from these companies to fix these issues. But it’s all been crickets.

    Instead of patching their drivers and ensuring their chips provide a wonderful user experience, both AMD and NVIDIA have been pumping out chips with insane performance digits.
    Now what the fuck am I, as a user, supposed to do with these digits, if the chips are shitting bricks on Linux?

    My AMD chip is stuck at the base frequency on Linux. There is no option for boost. It is not supported.

    LibreKrsnah Desktop OS currently runs slower than Windows 10.
    It lags on boot times, it lags when opening applications, it lags when loading media, it lags in everything.
    And the issue here, isn’t the OS. I have fine tuned this OS to the point where it could boot within microseconds on an Intel chip.

    I have tested so many Linux distros on this laptop, and all of them have been slower than LibreKrsnah Desktop OS.

    At this point, I’ve given up hope that either NVIDIA or AMD will fix their problems. Both companies are only concerned with pumping out more chips and making big bucks. But at what cost?

    I’m never buying an AMD/NVIDIA laptop again. Ever.
    In fact, by the time I buy my next laptop, I’m pretty sure Intel will have perfected both their CPUs and discrete GPUs.
    Am I an Intel fanboy? Nope!
    But I was caught up in the AMD hype and forgot to research on just how terrible Linux runs on their chips.

    Now one may argue that this may just be an issue with my device.
    A quick duckduckgo search reveals all gaming nerds who bought an AMD/NVIDIA laptop, have faced similar issues when running Linux.
    And if there’s any who haven’t experienced any problems, feel free to donate your laptops to me. Thank you very much.

    I said I was going to write an article every month until these issues were resolved.
    But I’ve got something better in mind. Or worse, if you’re AMD or NVIDIA.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 10:19 am on May 28, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Framework, Framework laptop, , laptops, modular laptop,   

    Framework Laptop – The King Of Modular Design 

    Okay! I was planning to write an article about the LibreKrsnah Laptop – the greatest laptop to be ever designed.
    But then I stumbled onto a YouTube video showcasing “Framework’s fully modular laptop”.

    I’ve talked about the Fairphone in one of my previous articles. It’s a fully modular phone with a great design. I fully approve it.

    The Framework laptop shares a similar design philosophy with Fairphone; all the components are modular, and if the user wants to upgrade or replace a component, it’s quite easy.

    Framework is headed by an Indian guy named Nirav Patel. Finally an Indian with the brains and the capacity to make an impact in the tech world!

    The Framework laptop looks great. I wish I could get my hands on one so I could test it myself.
    It has swappable I/O modules, upgradeable RAM, SSD and replaceable keyboard, touchpad, screen, speakers, motherboard, laptop chassis, fan, battery and WiFi card.

    The only component that doesn’t seem replaceable is the CPU, which appears to be soldered onto the motherboard. Quite understandable.

    Is this laptop perfect?
    No.
    For starters, I’d have liked to see 15 inch and 17 inch models. They’re probably going to come out at some point when the consumer demand increases.
    The current Framework laptop is a 13 inch model. Quite frankly, I would find a 13 inch display just a lil bit too small for my taste. It’s better than an 11 inch laptop though!

    Another deficiency I noticed is that the laptop is obviously missing a dedicated GPU. It’s 2021 for Christ’s sake! Having a discrete graphics card, no matter how low tier, is a must!
    They could’ve added an MX130 or MX150, at the bottom tier.

    To follow up on that, I would’ve liked to see a bigger heatsink, and bigger fans, maybe 2 fans? 3 fans for a dedicated GPU for sure!

    Now these may not all fit into the 13 inch model. That’s why I like bigger laptops. And thicker laptops! I don’t need a slim design. Make the laptop a thicc buoy and give it some room to breathe and cool properly.

    The Framework laptop uses Intel chips. I think they’d be cooler with AMD configs.
    I would’ve liked to see removable CPU and GPU chips instead of the soldered chips. It’s been done on other laptops. So why not do it on this one? There may not be much of an upgrade in the future, but they would be replaceable. So if the GPU had a problem or the motherboard had an issue, those could be easily swapped as well.

    So, while the Framework laptop has some deficiencies, they only come up at the expert level of users, y’know, someone like me.
    I love the swappable I/O ports. I love that the laptop comes with a screwdriver.
    The laptop prices are quite on par with the current market. The Framework laptop costs 1000 bucks, while the DIY version is configurable from 750 bucks. I presume that would be the basic version running Intel’s 1135G7 chip. It’s a pretty decent quad core which is faster than my new laptop. Argh! I am jealous!

    I think with an AMD lineup and some powerful NVIDIA chips, the Framework laptop could easily cater to serious users and gamers as well.

    Will we see more powerful Framework laptops in the future? Well, that depends on how the current sales go.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 7:08 pm on May 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , electronics, , laptops, Louis Rossmann, Right to Repair, smart devices   

    Louis Rossmann, Right To Repair & My Laptop 

    Hello!
    I was gone for a while for several reasons, one of them being that my new laptop had a problem.

    I’ve talked about my new laptop here, and I’m a tad bit obsessed with it; well, because it cost me too much money, I like how much faster it is than my netbook, and, I still haven’t solved the backlight issue or figured out how to make NVIDIA drivers run on LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.3 alpha.

    That being said, I’m running behind on a lot of articles because there have been some big changes in my life.
    I just wrote about this in my last journal entry before things got worse.
    I wrote an entry on May 6th and had a problem on May 7th. Come to think of it, I might just have jinxed myself because I was thinking about it at the time too.

    The laptop problem wasn’t a complete mystery. After doing some quick research online, I think I had pretty much pinpointed the source of the issue and a possible fix.
    But, since the laptop is still brand new and I had a warranty on it, I couldn’t open it up myself to try any fix. If my solution didn’t work, I would’ve had to return it for a repair anyway and it would’ve cost me money.

    So, the sensible thing to do was return the laptop and let the company fix it.
    It took them 2 weeks to resolve the issue.
    And it was a miserable two weeks for me as I pulled out the wretched old netbook and struggled to daily drive it once again.

    Yesterday I came across the Right To Repair videos by MKBHD and Linus Tech Tips, and I was steered towards Louis Rossmann.
    I watched a couple of his videos and his voice reminded me a bit of Philip DeFranco.
    Now I don’t give a rat’s ass about YouTube politics and drama so I haven’t watched Philip in a long time.

    I think I may have seen a few videos titled “Right to Repair” but never watched them or, quite frankly, gave it much thought.
    Now, if you’ve read my laptop series articles, then I believe I’ve mentioned the importance of choosing an easily upgradable laptop, so it can be future-proof for at least a decade.

    Upgradability is a subset of repairability. If you can’t repair components in a laptop, then chances are, you can’t upgrade them either.

    I see Louis Rossmann runs a company that does repairs on phones, computers and laptops. Although I don’t have as much expertise in the field of conducting hardware repairs, I do know the basics.

    Louis Rossmann is the legend that went under the radar in the last decade.
    I believe he launched the Right to Repair movement for electronics some time in 2018?
    How did I not read, see or hear anything of him anywhere on the internet?
    If it weren’t for Linus and Marques, I still wouldn’t know who Louis Rossmann was.
    And that says something about the world we live in right now.

    I believe Louis Rossmann is doing works on the level of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. But, since he’s doing everything legally and trying to work with the government through all the proper channels, his identity has been stifled by the corrupt government, crooked media and thieving corporations who want to maintain a monopoly to continue making big bucks forever.

    It’s been 3 years since Rossmann’s Right to Repair initiative, and there has been zero legal progress so far.
    The US government still hasn’t admitted any wrongdoing since the Snowden leaks. Neither has the government given Julian Assange any credit for exposing their dirty secrets.
    What are the chances that Louis Rossmann will get the bill passed?

    The automotive bill was passed in 2012. But a lot more people care about repairing their own cars than they do about their laptops and smartphones.
    If you conduct a survey, I’d bet more people know how to fix simple problems in vehicles than they do for smartphones or smartwatches or laptops.

    I believe the Right To Repair movement will only gain traction if enough people take interest in repairing their own devices. Most people don’t have the knowledge, time, patience or tools for that. They’d rather drop the items off at a repair store than try to fix things themselves. Most of them don’t know if and when they’re getting ripped off, which happens quite frequently in the business of electronic repairs.

    At the same time, the world has seen an exponential growing interest in electronics within the past decade. Even small kids are playing around with smartphones and tablets. People are becoming increasingly familiar with electronic devices as they use them more often. So I think it’s just a matter of time before electronics repair becomes general knowledge; at which point, the Right To Repair bill for electronics will have to be passed.

    When I bought my laptop, I’d already decided, I’d upgrade it myself. But I never thought it’d break down or that I’d have to send it back to the company to get it fixed.
    At this point, I really wish I had the tools, skills and knowledge to fix anything wrong with my laptop. But since I didn’t study electronics engineering, I don’t think I could try any repairs that didn’t constitute of a simple upgrade. And that’s a damn shame.
    Maybe in the future, that might change. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get a soldering gun or attempt a water cooling solution for my laptop!

    I believe in Louis Rossmann’s work. I support his cause, so I’m going to link his gofundme where you can donate to help pass the Right to Repair legislation, through a direct ballot initiative.

    If you like watching someone with a no-fucks given attitude and no bullshit style of talking, then check out his YouTube channel as well.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 6:57 pm on March 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , amdgpu_bl0, amdgpu_bl1, backlight brightness, , , , , , , , kernel, laptops, 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 11:13 am on February 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Dell, , , laptops, , ,   

    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.

     
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