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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 6:57 pm on March 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , amdgpu_bl0, amdgpu_bl1, backlight brightness, , , , drivers, , , , kernel, , Linus, Linus Torvalds, , linux drivers, nouveau, Nvidia, 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, , , , , , Nvidia   

    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 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.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 11:12 am on February 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Apple M1, , , Graphics cards, , , , M1, Nvidia, , , SoC,   

    Apple M1: The Greatest Chip Of The Decade 

    The M1 is an ARM based SoC designed by Apple inspired by their ARM A14 chip.

    It has four high-performance Firestorm and four energy-efficient Icestorm cores.

    The Firestorm cores have 192 KB of L1 instruction cache and 128 KB of L1 data cache and share a 12 MB L2 cache.

    The Icestorm cores have a 128 KB L1 instruction cache, 64 KB L1 data cache, and a shared 4 MB L2 cache.

    The Icestorm “E cluster” has a frequency of 0.6–2.064 GHz and a maximum power consumption of 1.3 W.

    The Firestorm “P cluster” has a frequency of 0.6–3.204 GHz and a maximum power consumption of 13.8 W.

    The M1 comes with unified 8 GB or 16 GB RAM. The RAM and the SoC are combined into a single chip.

    The M1 has an integrated Apple-designed 7-core/8-core GPU.

    And that’s the specs sheet.

    This chip is faster than any Intel and AMD chip of it’s class.
    In fact, this chip is in it’s own class with it’s 5 nm architecture.

    This chip is also faster than any NVIDIA and AMD dedicated graphics card in a special way.

    The M1 can consume a maximum of 14W.
    In fact the M1 Macbooks don’t even come with a fan! My crappy Lenovo S20-30 netbook also came without a fan but it had a crappy slow piece of Intel garbage.

    The battery life for M1 powered laptops is the outstanding.

    The M1 Macbook Air was reportedly launched at the price of $999.
    At this price point, I’d say this was an acceptable deal, BUT the Macbooks aren’t great.
    Don’t get me wrong – the M1 chip is the greatest, so far. If I had the money, I’d buy a laptop with an M1 chip.
    But Apple Macbooks aren’t a great purchase for consumers. And for several reasons; one being, very poor maintenance, repair and upgradability options.

    The M1 is a trendsetter. It’s a spaceship in a world of supercars.

    I’m excited to see what the competition will now bring on the table.
    It’ll take AMD perhaps another 5 years to get their equivalent of an M1 chip.
    It’ll take Intel 10 years or more. Because Intel sucks and FUCK INTEL!

    Everyone was talkin’ about how cool AMD chips are. I mean, look at this! It’s more powerful than anything AMD came up wih and doesn’t even need a fan! If AMD is cool, then Apple’s M1 is ice-cold. And Intel – oh bugger! Intel may shut down by the end of this decade. Their CPUs are way overpriced and Intel HD Graphics is completely useless when the M1 is taken into consideration. And the Iris crap isn’t any better. No praise for Intel and their new generations of the same overpriced bullshit every year!

    I mean, look at the performance vs power consumption here, both on the CPU and integrated GPU.
    The Zen 3 products are the last great thing from AMD for the next few years. Because now they’ll have to go back to the drawing board, and redesign an entire new SoC that can compete with Apple’s M1. And compatible graphics cards that can go along with those.
    Because that’s where the money is.

    The M1 chip just falls short of AMD and Nvidia’s most powerful dedicated GPUs that were released late last year. That’s a big deal. Apple singlehandedly designed a chip with an integrated GPU that beat all the dedicated GPUs before it’s launch.

    Nvidia will have to go back to the drawing board as well. Every company that wants to survive will have to do something! And if they don’t, rest assured that Apple will gain a whole lotta new consumers. Well that can’t be good for AMD, Intel or Nvidia, right?

    Fanless SoC that runs like a beast! The entire motherboard is so small, they make desktop computers look like dinosaurs.

    Now I don’t like Apple’s tiny motherboards and terrible upgrading designs. I hope the other companies would make better choices.
    Imagine a 16 core M3 chip, with a fan and the same chassis as today’s average laptops. The thing would be a beast with the best cooling possible.
    And I hope there would be upgrading options with RAM slots in addition to the integrated RAM. That’d be nice.

    I think this new decade will bring along some of the most powerful chips we could ever have imagined. And the longer those are delayed, the larger Apple’s customer base will grow.

    Apple’s 8 core M1 chip is already here.
    Now we just have to wait and see when they’ll release a 12 core M2 and 16 core M3..
    By the time those come out, if AMD and Nvidia haven’t released something as good, then dedicated graphics cards will become obsolete.
    I mean, if there was an option for the M1 chip in a Lenovo, Asus or Dell laptop when the M1 Macbooks came out, I’d have bought one.

     
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