Posts Tagged hardware
📅 March 29, 2018
Do you need a small, portable device to read SD and MicroSD cards that is also compatible with Linux?
The Anker USB 3.0 Card Reader is turning out to be a handy device to have on hand. It supports SD and MicroSD cards, dual mounting with one device, plugs into USB ports up to 3.0 for faster data transfers, and best of all, it is compatible with Linux.
📅 February 27, 2018
“I wanted to build a new computer, but RAM and video cards are too expensive!”
Given the ridiculous skyrocketing costs (as of the time of this writing) of RAM and GPUs due to cryptocurrency mining, you might feel dismayed at the prospect of building a new computer system. Whether it be a fancy SLI gaming system or a virtualizing system hosting servers, the current costs will make it more expensive than it would have been a few months ago.
But does this mean give up and wait for prices to fall before doing anything?
There is plenty to do with your current system right now. In fact, learning to work with what you have and improve it to the best of your ability will increase your skills and knowledge.
For hardware and software, here are a few tips that will make your system more pleasant to work with and seem faster than it actually might be.
📅 February 12, 2018
“What can we expect from a 256GB microSD card in Linux? Is it truly as fast as the box claims?”
MicroSD cards are increasing in capacity. The latest consumer-friendly capacity available at a somewhat reasonable price (as of the time of this writing) is the 256GB card. Yes, 256GB on an itty-bitty card so small you could lose it in a vacuum cleaner, accidentally dump it in the trash, and wonder where it went…and given its cost, you would probably cry in the meantime.
Today’s microSD card is the Samsung EVO+ 256GB with a UHS speed class of 3 (U3). The box claims “up to 100MB/s read and 90MB/s write speeds.” Hmm, we shall see. Box claims always tend to be exaggerated — especially when the fine print on the back indicates that the actual transfer speed might be lower for whatever reason.
Nonetheless, this card does produce decent results, and it is 100% compatible with Linux. Let’s look at a few benchmarks.
📅 December 5, 2017
Linux Mint 18.3 was released a few days ago!
Despite being a superb Linux distribution, some fundamental problems remain. One such problem is the suspend/resume feature.
After installing Linux Mint 18.3 MATE, I found that if I assign a keyboard shortcut to suspend the system, the Linux system will go into suspend mode but immediately resume.
Power management issues, such as suspend and hibernation, have plagued Linux systems with a variety of distributions across a variety of hardware that I have tried, but since Linux Mint is my preferred distribution, this it the one I am focusing on.
Windows does not have this problem from my usage. Given the same hardware, I have found that Windows will suspend/hibernate/shutdown without any of the problems that are apparent with Linux, such as blank resume screens (requiring a system reset button press), no resuming, dead hibernation (never waking up), or immediate resumption following a suspend.
This article shows a quick way to fix the suspend issue so that we can assign a keyboard shortcut that will suspend Linux. Pressing the power button on the computer will wake up the system.
📅 September 9, 2017
“Does the Predator X34 ultra widescreen monitor work with Linux?”
Ultra widescreen 21:9 displays are increasing in numbers. Most reviews focus on games and Windows, but how well does a 21:9 aspect ratio monitor work with Linux?
Specifically, what can we expect with the top-of-the-line Acer Predator X34 display with a 100Hz refresh rate? Will the picture be stretched? Can we achieve a refresh rate higher than 60Hz in Linux? Will G-Sync truly produce smoother gameplay? Are there any unknown issues to be aware of when using Linux?
Yes, there are issues. Here are my results when testing the monitor with Linux Mint 18.2, Xubuntu 16.04, and Windows 7.
📅 July 3, 2017
Here are three more items that have stood the test of time:
Let’s compare how well they have performed over time with Linux.
📅 June 30, 2017
How have past hardware devices held up over time when used with Linux?
Time proves what works and what does not. Having used a variety of hardware with Linux, do these devices still perform today?
Here are a few devices that I have used used along with a few comparison notes between then and now.