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Consumer Advice Anonymous 04/25/2020 (Sat) 07:18:24 No. 4
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This could go in both threads. is there a site with a comprehensive list of CMR and PMR drives? I would like to avoid shingled drives and I would like to avoid spending a lot of time researching as well.
>>13 WD finally relented and admitted which drives are which https://blog.westerndigital.com/wd-red-nas-drives/ As a rule, if the price/capacity is too good to be true, or it's labeled "archive", then it's probably shingled. Most of my shucked externals appear to be shingled. I just don't worry because I do long-term media storage on them exclusively.
>>4 Im looking to enhance my audio listening experince, any advice, what shold i look into investing ? Keep in mind that prices shoud be in neetbux teir.
>>31 You'll want an external DAC. You can find budget ones that are reasonable. You could also just plug into your computer's audio jack, but your motherboard might have interference from electronic components, so a DAC is preferred. Definitely if you want to use a non-USB microphone you should use an external device. If you're looking at budget headphones then you can look at budget DACs; the only limiting factor is the resistance, and nicer headphones have higher resistance, so it's usually not a concern if you stick to ~35Ω As for the headphones themselves, you can shop around, but I'd recommend something with a detachable cable. Sennheiser is often praised but it's overhyped and overpriced. I like Beyerdynamic, and they've got stuff starting around the $150 range that's pretty good for the price. If you want cheaper than that, it's doable, but you may be better off waiting for a sale from somewhere. Avoid "gaming" headsets, even if you want to use it for that. Marks up the price.
>>32 Some of the PCI-E sound cards are nice. Asus used to have a good line, at least for the higher end cards, and there was that other company that was great too but I forgot the name. >$150 range The Audio Technica ATH-M50 were around that price and used to be really good headphones all around. I'm not sure if that's still the case though, as a few years ago I bought a new pair to replace my beat up old ones and the quality wasn't quite the same, but it was still reasonable. There are pages out there that have reviews and tiers for headphones, might want to check those out.
>>32 >>33 Thanks for recoms, i already use analogue output in my mobo and as i read it has ELNA audio capacitors, when i save up some money i will find some dac or better headphones.
>>33 I've had some weird experiences with PCI-E sound cards. They're more expensive than just a DAC, require drivers/software, and sometimes don't even have an amp because they're intended for home theater use and not for headphones. >>34 Honestly, you can live without a DAC for the headphones. I don't notice much. But the interference on the microphone line (in my case) is awful and this seems to be a common experience. Something to keep in mind if/when you run a microphone. If people complain about static then you should just get a DAC or look into standalone USB mics that have their own built-in.
which vpns should I consider? I bought a 12 month subscription to purevpn and I'm going to ask for a refund if I find a more trustworthy vpn. price not important as long as it's not obscenely expensive (no more than $15 a month)
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>>58 Some anon recommended Mullvad to me last year and I haven't looked back. It's locked at 5 Euros which isn't a bad deal. But the best part is account management. You generate a unique ID and can pay via bitcoin, mail, or however if you're really paranoid. Or just charge it to your card if you don't care. They also run their own DNS so you won't leak your real IP. As a rule, I definitely wouldn't use anything you see advertised commonly. If they have an advertising budget then it means they're for-profit and privacy isn't their only concern. Any VPN can track data and screw you, but Mullvad has done a lot to give me faith in them and to provide an extra layer of OPSEC that most VPNs just don't bother with.
>>35 I've had a pretty good experience with my Xonar STX. Even Linux has drivers for it incorporated into the kernel somehow so no config is necessary. It also has a good amp with exchangeable operational amplifiers if you're into that, and it drives my AKG K702s just fine. I'm surprised that external DACs are cheaper, I don't remember that being the case when I bought my card so many years ago, but maybe I didn't research them enough.
>>31 I think basically the number one change you can make is going to be your speakers or headphones. Other peripheral things can help, but my take is that even a low resolution mp3 will be more enjoyable to listen to on a nice speaker system, versus a high quality .flac file played on some crappy desktop speakers, even with a good DAC and stuff. so if you're on a budget, my recommendation would be to look for a used pair of Beyerdynamic DT770 headphones, this is just my personal recommendation because they're what I use and I really like them. They are expensive new but I paid $90 online for them which, since they have lasted me a few years already and will last many more, is a good price for me. However, if you can, I would look into a cheap 2.1 speaker system. 2.1 means you have 2 speakers and the .1 means you have a subwoofer as well. I will admit most of my equipment is almost poverty tier but it works well for me and should for you as well if you don't have a lot of money. I have a 2.1 system that I got as e-waste. pretty cheap logitech desktop speakers and a small subwoofer, but it is very enjoyable to listen to. it's not the best but it does a good job and because of the sub, and because I like strong bass, I like it better than my headphones. I'm not sure how much they cost used but I assume it won't break the bank. Or if you look around you might find it being thrown away like I did. I did have to do some minor work on it, I had to re-solder some wires because it was making strange noises and I had to clean up the contacts and switches but now it works great. but that's probably because this thing was just thrown on the street and was damaged. just my 2 cents, good luck finding something you will enjoy
>>58 Depends on what you're getting a VPN for. >>59 >I definitely wouldn't use anything you see advertised commonly. Good rule, but keep in mind that "for profit" is essentially a requirement to continue operations and not get all user data auctioned off when you go bankrupt.
What are good thin laptops/ultrabooks available? Current laptop is about one and a quarter inches tall when closed, looking for something smaller. Rather than getting just a thinkpad reccomedation, I'm askin for laptops as a whole. Much appreciated
>>161 Obligatory "buy a ThinkPad" If you absolutely insist on not buying a ThinkPad then your options are pretty much a Dell XPS or a Macbook. Not sure what Linux support on Macbooks is like these days, but good luck getting anything done on OSX. Dell XPS can be pretty good, but I've also seen used ones sell for more than they are worth. Frankly I think the price of any new laptops is overblown. You should absolutely buy used. Which XPS is right for you is down to screen size and battery life and such. Macbooks are pretty much only worth it if you get a Pro, and idiots think they hold value more than they do so expect to pay a premium for even a used one. Oh, and good luck if you get one that only has a single USB-C port for charging and I/O. I'd just get an x220 unless you have a workload that needs more power. You could also look at ThinkPad X1 Carbons if you must have a newer, thinner ultrabook. As a bonus, you won't get the best keyboard, but it won't literally just die like Apple's.
>>14 thanks lad
>>169 You should also look for dell latitudes. Look for models like e7440. Latitudes and Thinkpads have the best GNU/Linux support, even some dells come with GNU/Linux pre-installed.
>>238 In my experience with modern Thinkpads and Dells, Dells have much better GNU/Linux support. I always run into driver problems on Thinkpads.
NAS suggestions? I'm looking for something cheap but without horrible vendor lock-in (so that I may recover data when the machine kicks the bucket), only purpose would be backup on LAN to help my tech illiterate parents.
>>352 Would you be willing to build your own? You can find a case with a bunch of drive bays. You don't need a very powerful system. There's Ryzen chips that are $100. Dump the rest into either a better motherboard or a SATA PCI expansion card. Then either configure Linux to use ZFS or install FreeNAS if you can handle their faggotry. Then shuck some WD external drives. If you need fast write speeds then be on the lookout for shingled drives. I can't recommend any brands of prebuilt NAS personally. I just build my own.
>>356 The problem with building my own would be that it seems good only for a serious NAS and not the kind of ghetto solution I'm trying to put together. FreeNAS is far, far beyond the kind of reliability I need, and the kind of hardware it requires (RAM in particular) brings the price up significantly. For comparison, I was considering buying two shitty WD single bay NAS and have them both backup the same stuff (so hopefully they won't die at the same time), and that would cost less than 300 bucks for more storage than my parents will ever use (and infinitely more reliability than "who cares if I delete files, I can always mail Microsoft and they'll find them").
>>364 For a solution that small, you might want to just get some external WD drives. Can get at least 16 TB for about $300. Performance won't be amazing, especially writes. But unless you need actual network-attached storage that might be the best solution. And you can always just map it and make that computer network-accessible anyways. Just saying, if "that level of hardware" is out of your league then maybe a NAS is overkill for what you need anyways.
>>367 The idea is to do automatic backups as my parents spend a signficant portion of their day in wifi range, they can't be trusted to do backups manually, and they don't have (nor want) a desktop: that's why the "network attached" part is important, while speed and storage size (they don't have 1 TB of storage across all of their devices put together, maybe 10 GB of data worth backing up) are much less of a consideration. The issue with FreeNAS is not the price in itself, but the price/performance ratio going to shit as almost all the capabilities of such a device would go unused.
>>378 Well for pure budget, attaching an external to an old laptop can mapping that to the network can't be beat. Your main problem is that you can't avoid proprietary solutions, lock-in, etc. Your best bet for budget + ease-of-use would probably just be whatever you can find on Amazon. Seems like WD has a 4 TB for about $170, and there's some other vendors selling enclosures for a bit less than that which you can fill with any drives you'd like. I can't personally recommend any of them as I have little experience with off-the-shelf NAS solutions. But I wouldn't worry too much about vendor lock-in. Why? Because if the time ever comes where you have a great need for vast storage and a budget to actually afford it you'll probably want to just ditch the old one and build something from scratch. It's for your parents, it just has to work, you won't be around them to maintain it forever. Just but something like a "WD Cloud" device and call it a day.
>>384 >It's for your parents, it just has to work, you won't be around them to maintain it forever. Given their age, I might very well be around to maintain it for the rest of their life. Anyways, WD Clouds don't seem too bad in terms of lock in, did I miss something?
>>386 >did I miss something No real upgrade path, I guess. WD has a bad reputation mostly for shafting shuckers, so those of us wanting cheap drives to build our own have to do research and compare notes. If you just want a simple product that "just werks" then you're probably fine. As long as you don't need to use their backup software you should be okay. And you shouldn't, but I haven't used their "Cloud" products, just regular externals.
>>387 Thanks, I'll go for it then.
>>58 >>59 i'm really torn between getting TorGuard (it's cheap as fuck and supposedly pretty fast) and Mullvad. On the one hand, TorGuard "supports" Socks5 proxies, but recently their forums are filled with unhappy customers because they took down the IP list and want you to use the hostnames which have dynamic IPs and that causes a lot of connectivity problems for a lot of people. They seem to say they're working on it but their customers seem dissatisfied with the amount of clarity there. On the other hand, I like Mullvad's anonymity. However I think it's kind of moot since your VPN will see your Real IP anyway, no matter which service you go with. I would still pay in crypto though, just because IPv4 isn't exactly your identity like a credit card is. But it seems that every single VPN takes crypto. I just really want to find a fast, reputable VPN for a cheap price that has good Socks5 support. I like being able to configure my IRC client such that I will never accidentally connect with my real IP (because i already was an idiot and got my real IP g-lined, lmfao)
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I'm looking at getting a new keyboard to replace this stupid membrane garbage I've had for like five/six years. I'd like something mechanical, though im not entirely certain what sort of switch to get. I'm leaning towards Blue, but i haven't really used a mechanical keyboard before so i don't have the experience to know which is actually the "best". I primarily want this for programming, but also games. I'd like something full-sized, but could live without a numpad. Thank you for any recommendations. I'm also considering getting a quality microphone. As stupid as it sounds I've been considering getting into some minor voice acting work, and would like to be able to record clear audio. This is a separate thing and far less vital than a new keyboard though.
>>393 >I would still pay in crypto though, just because IPv4 isn't exactly your identity like a credit card is. You're right, your CC info needs a warranty to be acquired while all crypto transactions are public.
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>>394 I like full-sized keyboards with stiff keys. If you want custom keycaps you're basically locked into Cherry-compatible switches, in which case I recommend Browns, Greens, or Clears depending on stiffness and how loud you want clicks to be. Stiffer keys are considered better for typing but I've never had a problem gaming with them. I recommend buying one of those samplers so you can test them out. They're like $10 but it's better to do that than be stuck with a switch you don't like. If you don't care about custom keycaps ever, you can get a replica IBM Model M from Unicomp. Some people really like Das keyboard and I think they're Cherry-compatible if you want custom keycaps. Or you can try building one yourself, but most of the designs for building your own are memes (ergnomic, reeeaaallly tiny, etc). And you have to order from China and it's expensive for what you get. I would actively avoid any keyboard that squares the keys up, is missing most of its keys, or doesn't want to curve the keys at all. You're asking for carpal tunnel and a bad typing experience.
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>>399 Thank you for the reply, though i ended up getting a Redragon K551 on the recommendation of someone else before i saw your post. Its got "oetemu" blue switches, which appear to be a chink cherry knockoff. the keyboard was very cheap, however, and had good reviews, do i picked it up. After using it to type this message i find its certainly more pleasant to type on than my old keyboard, though it does have a strange bell-like quality, wherein it rings slightly when i type. the form-factor was exactly what i was looking for, however, and it otherwise feels very nice. the key switches are apparently user-replaceable, so theoretically i could replace these with cherries if ever i desire to. Oetemus are apparently clones, so PRESUMABLY they've got the same dimensions? Either way, so far im pleased with this, especially for the price. lets hope it lasts. It may take a little while to get completely used to it, as its a somewhat different shape to my old one, which is likely to interfere with muscle memory.
My old and barely functional phone needs a replacement. Matching all the right variables to get a good phone sounds like hell, can anyone advise? I don't need a very expensive phone but I'm willing to spend if it means getting a good device that will last me many years like my current one. Should I aim for something that has good support for LineageOS? Is there any other OSes I should be considering? Should I look for phones with a good modding community that can provide debloated ROMs or should I debloat them myself somehow? I definitely would like to root it, is there anything I should keep in mind? There's a shitton of other interesting things I'm seeing that I'm not familiar with, like /e/, F-Droid, Aurora, MicroG... any info on these (or others I still haven't gotten to) would be appreciated.
>>417 >identify requirements >>why do you need a phone >>what does it has to do >identify constraint >>budget? >>level of acceptable botnet? >educate yourself on your target, no spoonfeeding here >>hint: you don't seem to understand these: >>>OS >>>Program >>learn about them and apply to the Android instance of them You are responsible for your own choices, do your researches. Everything is out there.
>>417 Ideally you would get whatever phone the developers of LineageOS or other major ROMs use. If your main concern is custom ROM support then this is the best way to get it. Be careful of Samsung phones which have different locked bootloaders and ROM support by region because of their dual architecture model. If you just want a cheap phone with features and are willing to rely on new generic system images for custom ROMs, I've had good experiences with budget Motorola phones in the past. Last I checked, the Moto E still have a headphone jack, removable battery, and expandable storage (and you'll likely need to take advantage of the latter). You could also go for something a little more "out there". There's Planet Computers PDAs, the Librem 5, and the Pinephone. There's a lot of choices out there. Most of them a bit shit or with big trade-offs, but we're seeing a little more (((diversity))) return to phone choice. I have yet to find a phone I would consider "perfect", but I definitely have some devices that are more fully-featured than a $1,500 candybar at a fraction of the price.
>>417 Grab sone cheap phone with unlockable bootloader, install Magisk, don't use it for anything important. I did that with some crappy sub-200 dollar asus that still works perfectly after 4 years.
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Does there exist a device that only plays brown noise? It's the only reason I use my phone now and since it has more than 5 years the battery is all kinds of messed up and shuts down randomly around 70-85 percent. Can't be rooted either since the devkit is no longer mantained.
>>417 >>423 >>424 After about a week of doing nothing but research I'm still frustrated. The modding scene for devices is just sad compared to how it was in early/mid 2010s, everything is just deserted except for maybe 1-2 devices, most new devices are not supported and old devices are an awful value for the money and may be difficult to obtain (made worse because of where I need to buy from). I feel trolled having to purchase a new device for $200+ that has similar hardware specs as my old 7 year old phone, I'll try to squeeze some more life out of it for now. Wish the scene for alternative mobile devices like anon mentioned was a bit more mature, because between spending a stupid amount on a device I'm gonna hate or a stupid amount on a device that might actually be a good fit for me while also supporting these kind of endeavors, the choice is clear. >>467 If that's the only thing you're after then look for bargains for old phones. One of my friends told me he was able to get a Pixel for like $15, more than enough for playing brown noise. If you don't mind, getting an used or refurbished phone might also be an opportunity for you. If only the Pixel had a slot for an SDcard I would have gotten one too.
>>474 I've been buying obscure, alternative devices the past couple years (since my Galaxy Nexus, which I had for a long time, finally was becoming unusable) and it seems like most mainstream devices just rely on generic images now. If you have devices with Treble support, these should work. But as a consequence, results for how to modify them have dried-up. That and Google has done a lot to discourage fracturing the community. You'll find normalfag forums full of people who "don't feel a custom ROM is necessary anymore". They might be paid shills, considering the narrative being crafted. I'd argue anyone not installing a ROM is making a mistake. That being said, if you do get an altphone like a PlanetCom model, Pinephone, or Librem 5, you'll get a less polished experience but if you're comfortable enough making tweaks yourself it's generally not unbearable.
>>475 >Treble support I haven't really read much about it honestly. I found it mentioned a few times but that's it. It sounds too good to deliver what it promises and I'd be hesitant to drop cash on something on the premise it would work with a ROM for some other phone. >You'll find normalfag forums full of people who "don't feel a custom ROM is necessary anymore" Yes, I did. Bunch of blind idiots. On the other hand, something I've been asking myself as a result of this is whether I'd just use a custom ROM found on some obscure forum like I used to do. It's a bit shady isn't it? Doesn't have the same sense of legitimacy and peer review as mainstream FOSS. >you'll get a less polished experience I guess in part it depends on the use you give your phone. I don't really use any of Google's shit, I don't use their map apps, or any of their other apps, so I wouldn't mind if it just wasn't there. In fact I was planning on going full MicroG, which already sounds like a pain in the ass to make work so getting a device that (in a way) already has it implemented by default sounds like an advantage. On the other hand, I'm not sure what I could do about some applications that I need to use and can't opt out of.
>>475 >>476 Oh, also regarding the last point, using custom ROMs would already likely gimp the phone in various ways and take away from a polished experience, so in my opinion this also levels the playing field a bit.
>>477 I can't say I've had a phone gimped by a ROM basically ever. Only when running beta releases on unsupported hardware. Even then, experience was generally stable. Would imagine Treble support has improved this, since the drivers were the biggest barrier to feature parity and stability. If you want a polished experience then you could just stick with Google's poz. By going the FOSS route you inevitably sacrifice some of that. Is it worth it? I say "yes".
>>474 >The modding scene for devices is just sad compared to how it was in early/mid 2010s No shit, google and the other companies worked hard to kill it.
>>481 Well, on the other hand, I've always found that custom ROMs break some features of the phone. If you're using a LineageOS or AOSP based ROM chances are some of the peripherals are going to be fucked because those depend on blobs/closed drivers and don't have good support on ROMs which are not based on that phone's own stock ROM. Most notably this happens with the camera, which you always find people complaining about, but it can happen to other stuff too like bluetooth. CyanogenMod had (starting with CM10) for the longest time a bug where the caller would hear his own audio (echo), and I'm not even sure if it's not still around for some devices as I've found a few people having exactly that issue. Also device-specific features are probably a no-go. My current phone is using a customized stock ROM and has a few things which don't work, like wifi hotspots, and there's a bug where the app switcher would take a good while to open instead of being instant.
>>169 Yeah, I ended up getting an X series thinkpad afterall. I don't really need the power since I got a pretty beefy home rig. >>474 I'll second the other anons. If you're using a phone just for calling and texting, you can't go wrong with older phones and getting /e/ or postmarketOS or really on it. Here's a fairly extensive list for PMOS: https://wiki.postmarketos.org/wiki/Devices I've got zero direct experience with /e/, I've only heard from some friends who can vouch for it. Replicant hasn't seen much big progress in the past couple of years, but that is another possible option.
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Where can I purchase a CPU the cheapest? With the pandemic shit almost 5x'd the price it had
>>505 In the future, if you really need a CPU right now it will be expensive.
>>505 As a rule, if you have a Micro Center near you they discount the price of CPUs and make it up when people buy other parts. If you only get a CPU from them you can save a few dollars. Otherwise you'll want to wait for the market to normalize, or wait for the next round of product launches to pick one up secondhand.
>>505 >>510 There's always those combo deals that Newegg has if your only choice is e-commerce. Just like me. Our only choice for enthusiast computer parts is Fry's and the selection there is little to none because of dealer payment issues, making Best Buy the only available choice for anything tech.
I'm looking for the most powerful laptop available under $1300, preferably with at least 500gb ssd, 16gb ram, and an amd cpu. I plan on installing gentoo and playing games on windows in a vm.
>>534 If you want to play newer games you'll need a hefty GPU which is a big ask in a sub-$1300 laptop. For a given desktop build, laptops usually cost 2x for the same performance, so you'll get something, at best, on-par with a $750 desktop. I'd always recommend looking for a ThinkPad model that would meet your needs, since used ones are usually a steal, but finding one with a decent GPU is going to be hard, and you'll need a newer one (with all the problems that come with it) if you want a decent one. There are some Dell and Asus laptops for about $1k that come with decent budget GPUs. A 1650 or 1050 Ti will perform well enough for most new games. Your alternative, if you really want a solid GPU, would be to just buy whatever cheap laptop with a decent CPU is out there and then connect an external card. This is perfect if your goal is to have a functional laptop for work or school that can also play games, since you'll have full power when at a desk but it can still be light and efficient when on the move. You'll definitely get a better deal this way. I've tried the $300 used ThinkPad + external GPU combo before and it's a pretty good deal. Running Windows in a VM is perfect for an e-GPU configuration because Linux does not play not with hotplugged PCI hardware. Having a VM that will only be used when the GPU in connected resolves this issue. You mainly just want to be sure your hardware can do passthrough.
>>534 >gaming on a laptop >gaming in a VM To make things worse, Nvidia has all the best GPUs and those don't work well under linux. >>535 >eGPU A high-latency meme.
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Someone asked me to help build a Raspberry Pi for them. They want it purely for plugging into the tv and playing video games. Apparently the Pi 4 can run Dreamcast and PSP pretty well. Looking it up, it would cost like $150 Canuckbucks to get the 8GB Pi 4 with the fancy fan you need to keep it from exploding, plus the various wires and stuff. And that isn't counting a case or storage. Assuming they'd want storage to hold a lot of disc based games, that would be like another $100CAN. Now I don't actually know shit about computers, and my computer is a toaster since I only use it for shitposting and work emails, but PC Master Race people are always saying you can get beefy gaymen rigs for like $150 these days. I always thought they were clearly bullshitting, but I figured I'd ask before I helped someone spend that much money on a Raspberry Pi. I'm assuming not going for the Pi would allow us to get better performance for the same budget. By "better performance," I just mean "getting more games to be playable." Am I wrong? What kind of budget would need to be spent to get games running well on Dolphin? Don't care about things like upscaling or whatever. Just want them to run and not lag like hell. >tl;dr: Someone asked me to build a Pi 4 for them, but they only want it for games. Can I get equivalent performance for less money (or better performance for equivalent money) if I just build a PC for that price?
>>550 Best place to start is always Logical Increments. https://www.logicalincrements.com/ Their cheapest option is $250, and it will have less RAM and probably less storage. SD cards aren't fast but will beat an SSD. The size is also an issue. Micro ATX is still pretty "big". A Pi will sit in a tiny case. The Pi is cheap because they have negotiated good contracts (primarily with Broadcom) and provide the product nearly at-cost so it can be used in education. PC manufacturers need to make a profit. I think you can build a full gaming PC that will compete with modern consoles for $400, but those type of parts don't scale well towards the budget end because there are fixed costs the Pi Foundation do not have. Should probably just go for the Pi. Be sure to add at least a heatsink and maybe an active fan. There are kits available and it will be worth the price. Or get a case with one. Pi 3 and 4 tend to overheat. The only limit of the Pi, really, is the CPU (especially when it throttle) and the fact that it's ARM, but for emulation these aren't big concerns since it's beefy enough to outright emulate old hardware and you get little benefit for surpassing the minimum.
I thought I would've gotten an ASUS motherboard but ended up getting an AsRock. The store didn't define them, it just said A320 chipset MOBO, should I ask for a refund?
>>554 Why did you buy a motherboard without knowing the brand? If they didn't lie then it's on you to verify. If it's the right chipset then it probably doesn't matter, unless you want slightly less Chinese poz and slightly more irregular USB implementations.
>>554 The store is shady as shit and should probably be shut down, you're an idiot for buying an unlabeled product, you're probably not getting a refund because milking idiots is profitable and also cool thanks to the US normalizing it.
Is the Radeon 5700 XT still a decent buy for rendering in Blender? Are drivers less shitty under GNU/Linux? It seems like all of the non-XT models are completely out of stock.
>>707 >Is the Radeon 5700 XT still a decent buy for rendering in Blender? It's not a top tier card (as the price should have made clear), so don't expect the same performance a 2080ti can put out, but it's still fairly high end so things shouldn't take too long either. That said, the specific answer depends on which rendered and options you're using in Blender: it's very easy to 100% your CPU with a denoise filter on an Eevee render (which normally uses almost exclusively the GPU), for example. >Are drivers less shitty under GNU/Linux? LOL no: as a general rule Linux doesn't have better drivers, there's a few exceptions but not for halfway popular or recent PC hardware.
>>707 State of drivers is pretty fucked for graphics, but if you are just interested in OpenCL then it might be fine, although I think CUDA generally outperforms OpenCL for tasks like this. One thing worth considering is that an RTX 2060 (or Super) also has raytracing. This should lead to a bigger performance boost in rendering versus other tasks. Then again, this isn't my wheelhouse. I don't do renders and I haven't compared performance between AMD and nVidia cards for this purpose. My card does not support raytracing. But that's the route I'd go down.
>>708 >LOL no: as a general rule Linux doesn't have better drivers, there's a few exceptions but not for halfway popular or recent PC hardware. That's blatantly wrong, you retard. Do you even have an AMD card? Have you seen the opinions of people who have one? AMD's OpenGL Linux drivers are way better than their Windows ones, and their hardware is plenty stable, especially Polaris. I've personally got Polaris and Navi, and the latter did get some GPU hangs, but that's because of ACO, which is still not completely fleshed out on that arch. Using LLVM is flawless.
>>720 >loonixtard still trying to shill Your developers care so little about the users that they break wifi drivers on stable kernel releases, not even MacOS reaches those levels of open contempt for its users.
>>720 What OS are you using that you got a Navi card to fucking work? I spent weeks trying to troubleshoot why I couldn't get my 5600XT card recognized by blender, and I hit a dead end at "llvm uses static linking and rocm doesn't like that".
>>730 Not that anon but just for curiosity and future reference what distro did you try that on? For what it's worth I have Vega and also have had 0 issues.
>>740 Gentoo, and my process of troubleshooting this went: >opencl device not shown in blender >must be missing opencl >recompile everything with opencl support >opencl still doesn't work >AMD has a newer implementation of opencl for navi cards called ROCM >build ROCM for system, recompile everything >blender now just crashes when opening it >check numerous things and all leads to same answer >llvm uses static linking, rocm can't work with that, no solutions found and I just couldn't sink any more time into trying to find a fix or workaround
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>>730 >>744 >rocm Navi cards like the 5700XT and the 5600XT still don't support it yet: http://archive.md/gyraz It might be better to Just Wait™ until ROCm officially supports all of the Navi-based GPUs, including Big Navi. If not, get a Vega/Polaris card or NVIDIA if you want proprietary shit like CUDA/Optix, which works better for >>707 since Blender has better performance on even the 2060. Might be better to also wait for Ampere as well since it's coming in a couple of months.
>>750 Well shit, so if the 5600xt doesn't even support rocm yet it should at least support opencl, so I'm still in the dark about why blender wouldn't recognize it with system-wide opencl compiled in.
>>720 >linux has better drivers >AMD like a few others have mentioned, opencl on linux sucks. Currently my only way of using opencl is through the depreciated dev-libs/amdgpu-pro-opencl hack around, which just adds amdgpu-pro drivers ontop of free drivers. It sucks and is often prone to random crashing. Getting anything to render on blender is basically a coin flip.
>>730 >>740 >>764 When I wrote that post, I was thinking mostly about OpenGL and Vulkan drivers not being shit. OpenCL drivers specifically are a mess, yes, but that doesn't mean all of their drivers are shit. Maybe the faggot I replied to shouldn't make such sweeping statements.
>>4 will it be cheaper for me to buy an expensive graphics card ?
>>779 Sure, if you find it used/on sale.
>>352 >>356 Also looking to set up some kind of NAS using free nas and a raid z setup. I'm currently wondering whether I should use regular PC parts and stuff I have and save money, or buy a 19" server. The smaller ones aren't that expensive on their own and offer a shitload of drive bays. The sas hdds themselves are kinda expensive. I wouldn't really care about SAS in terms of speed but I wonder if I wouldn't pay just as much if I cherrypicked SATA drives that don't use SMR.
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Anyone know of any good, high quality, VHS players? I have a lot of recorded tapes at my house, and all that I have left as far as players is an old foot-high CRT and some VHS/DVD combo players that work only half the time. Despite the tech being long forgotten at this point, have there been any good high quality players that released, preferably something with an output better than S-Video?
>>839 This is a question I have asked myself a lot over the years, and I don't have a good answer. In short, you need something produced no later than the mid-90's, after which point manufacturers stopped trying to innovate and started trying to go cheaper. They stopped dumping money into R&D and fancy components. Japan started their economic slump. You'll want something old, bulky, and Japanese. There is no gold standard player that I am aware of, and if it exists then enthusiast forums and collectors have probably made them scarce. Just have to troll eBay for some good finds.
i wanna evga 2070 zooper for on the cheap you know what i mean best advic plZ
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>>968 Save your money and wait for the niggerlicious Ampere GPUs.
>>968 Unless you find someone selling it out of a van, your best bet is to wait for the next release and then pick up a used one. That or try stuffing it down your pants and walking out of a store.
I have got a mid-tower case and 32GB of system memory (two 16GB kits). Should I get the processor first, the motherboard or wait until I have money for both. Keep in mind that my state has 8% sales tax I'm trying to make an editing computer (it's going to serve multiple purposes, I'm trying to build for my toughest workload, which is video editing) and already have a power supply, a whole bunch of mechanical hard-drives (one's in use right now), a DVD drive and a graphics card that I can port over to the new build from my old one.
>>1087 There's never any reason to buy now when you can buy later. New products usually cost the same as what they replace, give or take. The old product usually gets a slight discount and buyfags with too much money will upgrade immediately and ditch the old ones, used, for cheap. Buying now just ensures you'll end up with an old part to match with a new part, and it'll cost just as much. The only exception to this rule would be if you knew there'd be a price spike, but usually these occur because of natural disasters. Flooding, pandemic, etc have all raised prices out of nowhere. You cannot usually predict a price increase. And currently, prices are inflated for this reason. At this point in the cycle I would wait for AMD to release their new chips. Their current B550 chipset motherboards should be forwards-compatible, but if you can't use it now, why spend the money? You can then get their newest Ryzens or expect the current ones to be cheaper. You only end up with more options and more prices. These are probably the best options for an editing rig right now; the threadcount is insane and it'll get work done.
>>1087 I would buy the motherboard and get everything installed and ready, so that when you get the CPU you just have to install that and you're good to go.
I'm looking for suggestions for a good 2.5'' SATA hard drive enclosure for external use.
>>1099 My brother liked my clear plastic Orico enclosure so much he changed the subject when I asked for it back. Personally I mostly use a dock instead, which also happens to be Orico branded. Not sure who the ODM is.
What's a good access point that supports OpenWRT or another FLOSS firmware?
>>1242 While I can't give you a specific recommendation, they maintain a table of supported hardware currently available for sale https://openwrt.org/toh/views/toh_available_16128 I will say, as a rule, to avoid Broadcom chipsets. These are difficult for developers to write drivers for because of poor documentation and I've hit a wall on a number of projects simply because of Broadcom chips. It's the reason Raspberry Pis are not used much for network wizardry even though they'd otherwise be an ideal platform.
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>>417 Update: phone's dead. From that post until about two weeks ago it kept gradually losing even more functionality and working erratically until I started finding it turned off in the morning after it failing to wake me up. Then I realized that if I turned off the wifi, the phone would die, and after that it also started dying if the screen even got turned off, and it'd be very difficult to get it to turn on again. Having already tried to get a new phone back then and failing, mfw. By pure chance I ended up taking a look at the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8, and by some kind of miracle that phone actually has pretty much everything I wanted! >4gb ram >audio jack >sdcard slot >seemingly good camera >notification light >a way to install a pretty stable and clean lineageOs >a way to install microg >cheap as all fuck Overall it's not a 10/10 but man it's pretty close, I'm very happy. The note 8 pro is an ever better bang for your buck but the scene behind it is much weaker due to the amount of bullshit it throws your way if you want to play with custom ROMs, so I didn't end up getting it. Went from Android 5 to Android 10, and a lot of the useful features the retards at Google removed between Kitkat and Lollipop make a comeback. Feels unreal that I managed to get a modern device that runs on open source shit and has even better functionality and features than the last one.
Would a Banana Pi or something similar be suitable for a one-person home server to install Nextcloud on? I need a file synchronization with backup system, which I could also expand to it having NAS functions.
>>1316 Depends on how much storage you need. I know the RPi has some major limitations on expanding storage. Your options are generally limited to buying large SD cards (not always the best read/write but will have space) or connecting an external drive via USB (which can be slow and might consume all the bandwidth of the controller). There is a hack for the RPi that lets you connect PCI cards, and there is PCI storage, so that might also be an option if you need size and speed. But if it's just to host files and backups then I don't see why it wouldn't be suitable. You don't need a lot of power to run something like that if you're the only one using. I would definitely stagger backup times, though. You don't want everything trying to write at once.
I want a cheap e-reader that just reads book. Suggestions?
>>1370 Your phone, the Librera PRO app from f-droid, and a shortcut to libgen. Bonus: android gps lady reads you books as you fall asleep.
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Does anyone have a Surface Book, the kind that has the heavy keyboard/battery thing? If so, is it any good? Taking notes is going to become my thing for a while.
Does anyone have experience with the Pinebook Pro? Do you recommend it? I am planning to install OpenBSD on it.
>>1428 I know someone who does, and they use it pretty much exclusively for note-taking. However, they have said they wouldn't buy one, at least not new. They got it as a gift. When they're at home and have a desk, they use a beefier laptop and a wacom tablet for notes, drawing, etc. So it's fine, but you do have other options. You'll also be stuck on Windows if you want that touch support. I think touchscreen ThinkPads have decent Linux support, though. >>1430 I haven't had one, but I would caution you that it's ARM. Perhaps this is a non-issue with BSD, but I don't know the state of the ecosystem. The specs of the Pine board are very competitive with the Raspberry Pi, especially for the price, and and I would assume it's a functioning laptop. But for $200 new I'd expect build quality closer to a Chromebook than a Mac or a ThinkPad. What is your primary use case? What makes something like the Pinebook preferable to you over a "regular" laptop? Is it just the price and the promise of open source driver support?
What's a good portable HDD to buy, preferably 500GB-1TB and around 5400RPM-7200RPM?
>>1440 Hard to go wrong with any of the WD ones. You can get a 1 TB HDD for $100 or less and it will be pocket-sized.
>>1427 I want an e-ink screen, not a glorified PDF reader.
What's a good domain registrar to buy my domain(s) from?
>>1541 Do you need one with loose terms of service, or do you just want something cheap?
>>1550 Loose terms of service, but not too expensive or scammy
>>1553 here At this point, I found out about https://njal.la/ for domains. Seems pretty good despite the minimum 15 euro price.
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Anyone have experience with or own one of these compact thinkpad boards (0B47190 KU-1255)? Considering getting one but I'm a bit concerned over the key roll over. Some reviews say it has 6KRO and others say its KRO depends on which keys you're using but "gamer" keys like WASD work fine. I've been hunting for a reasonably priced rubber dome TKL low profile keyboard with 5+KRO for years and am thinking on settling on this one.
Should I get a VPS that doesn't have a IPv4 address in the plan and only has a IPv6 address?
>>1586 Doubt anyone would benefit from the information but I went ahead and bought it based on reviews saying it had roughly 6 key roll over. It's actually 4 key roll over for the standard QWERTY rows, then 5 key roll over including modifiers. 2 key roll over for the rest of the board that isn't surrounding WASD. I've yet to test it with a USB to PS2 adapter but I suspect that won't change much as it hasn't in the past with other boards. Acceptable key roll over that likely won't ever cause an issue in any game, but would have been nice if it was true 6 key roll over for the price.
>>1601 You run the risk that those without an IPv6 address cannot access your site. But if you have one and just need to be able to access it yourself then there's probably no harm and it should be cheaper. >>1602 Thanks for the update. Sorry to hear it's not full 6 key, but it sounds like they cheaped-out where it probably won't be noticed by most.
>>1603 Yeah I kind of got fucked by retarded reviews not understanding key roll over. It's basically just standard 2 key roll over like any other keyboard. Most basic key combinations can go up to 5 key roll over but small unlikely clusters like A,W,Q or A,S,Z are 2 key roll over. Kind of a shame considering how much I spent on it but since it's otherwise a quality keyboard I'll probably just tough it out since the likelihood of those combinations are incredibly low anyways. Tested it with a PS/2 adapter and it just doesn't register at all so that idea was a bust. The state of rubber dome keyboards is abysmal. It's a shame retards created this marketing craze around loud as fuck mechanical keyboards. This was the only rubber dome low profile compact board I could find with any claims of 6KRO that didn't have ridiculous pricing and even those claims were bogus.
>>1605 I agree the hatred of membranes and praise for mechanical is a meme. I bought into it and while I have eventually adapted I don't feel nearly as comfortable with my current keyboard and I did with my old Logitech membrane one. What I hate in particular is how much wiggle various keys have. I've never had a membrane keyboard that I can flap back and forth like a tree in a hurricane, but it seems standard for mechanical boards. Model Ms and similar didn't have these issues, because they're a different design. Cherry switches and similar are just flimsy beanpoles with caps on top. Unfortunately, if you want any customization options. mechanical + Cherry is the only real way to go. But you need to go for ultra-stiff switches and add extra stabilizers to get anything approaching a Model M or similar. Not to mention the absolute joke that is common kits and boards aimed at the mechanical crowd. No numpad, sometimes not even Function and Number keys? Aligned in a grid? Ultra-tiny? Surely the minimalist aesthetic isn't worth making the keyboard unusable. Removing markings and going with a Das Keyboard is one thing, but some of these keyboards look like torture devices meant to induce carpal tunnel. Personally I cannot stand the new ThinkPad keyboard style, simply because of chiclet keys. They're less bad than other laptops, but that doesn't make them good to use. Old ThinkPad keyboards weren't amazing but they are far better than anything since. I am used to battleship keyboards, and I want to smash keys without breaking my fingers. Maybe the fads will die, laptops will go back to having full-sized keyboards, and someone will eventually realize mechanical is great in theory, but their implementation can be improved by breaking from tradition. For what it's worth, if rollover is important to you or you want a proper keyboard, you should probably just buy used. The cleaning stage is a pain but they (mostly) don't make them like they used to.
>>1606 Mechanical keyboards are really only customizable in theory. In practice building one from scratch costs you 5 times the amount. Keycaps are ridiculously expensive, anything that isn't a 60% PCB will immediately increase the cost at least 3 times. And as you said the 60% keyboard standard is fucking shit. It's a retarded consumerist hobby to make anything even slightly customized, and all the mass produced boards use the 3 shittiest fucking switches known to man. If you want to get anything or build anything with an actually good switch you get to spend anywhere between $200 and $400. I don't think key roll over will actually end up causing me any problems. It's just an autistic thing that bothers me in the back of my mind knowing I may end up pressing some combination of keys that might not register, which gives my retarded brain mild anxiety. I'm stuck with it now and the typing experience and space on my desk is more convenient than the peace of mind of 6KRO that my full size keyboard has. Plus despite the chiclet keys being inferior to the previous lineup it's still a rather satisfying and quiet typing experience. I fucking hate the keyboard market.
Should I bother with installing Urbit, or is it shit?
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what's the best laptop for around 1k?
>>1609 Urbit's only purpose is to pander to a specific flavour of lolbertarians, it has zero practical use.
What's a good flip-phone that will work on Verizon? Preferably one that I can use as a hotspot, and FLOSS friendly if even possible
>>1640 Your best bet is probably going to be finding a "flip phone" that's running Android and then rooting it. No idea if any of them support hotspot. But you're certainly not going to buy an off-the-shelf FLOSS phone that has all of these things. >>1611 Find a ThinkPad in your budget on eBay. Although anything around $300 is probably good enough.
Anything on >>1370 >>1523
Any advice on a basic headphone cable? When I try to research for a simple durable one I get autistic audiophile bullshit that costs an arm and a leg. I just need a simple headphone cable from a reputable brand.
>>1698 V-Moda sells some "rugged" ones, although they can be broken if you're rough enough. But they hold up a little better. But all audio cables eventually fail, and you should probably just go with Monoprice or Amazon Basics. I'd lean towards Monoprice. If you buy in bulk, you can save (the biggest cost is shipping) and they generally avoid manufacturing in China. Keep a dozen replacements on hand and stop worrying about if one breaks.
>>1698 Imagine not making your own cable. $10 box of 3.5mm tips, dirt cheap harbor freight soldering iron, some solder and you are set for life. Most "cable" dying are actually just the connector. You may not even have to solder a new connector, if that's only bad connector. Cable broke in the middle and don't care about audio quality? Solder them back or snap two cables from trash and solder. Holy fucking shit, you retarded zoomers.
>>1708 *only a bad contact.
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What for? Miners will take them all again.
>>1716 Have you been in a coma for three years or something, faggot? The Ethereum craze is long gone. All cryptos eventually become too hard to mine by GPUs and ASICs are needed to keep mining profitably. It happened to Bitcoin all the way back to 2014/2015, and it happened to Ethereum in early 2019, I think. Or 2018. So, no miners will pick those up. Just scalpers.
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>>1731 If you don't know a shit, just don't post anything. Alright, kiddo?
>>1741 Ok mister smart ass, who the fuck is mining nowadays? I've seen the news about AMD making a "blockchain" card, but honestly I have no clue who could that be for. Maybe it's just a compute card or whatever. AMD is looking to get into compute quite hard, well they've always been doing it, it's just that their software is garbage in more ways than one comparing it to CUDA.
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>>1751 >who the fuck is mining nowadays? Obviously anyone with cheap or even free electricity. Cheap — picture related including CIS. Free — enterprises with privileges and government benefits.
What's a good 5G USB wifi adapter to buy that has OOTB Linux drivers?
Are Kobo e-readers any good? I want something relatively cheap and small to read public domain and stolen e-books with on an e-ink screen.
>>1798 They're not bad. Better than anything Amazon offers. If you want a FOSS reader then they aren't it. Japs don't go in for that. If you just want something to load with tons of pirated e-books then it's perfect. I think they operate a store but don't try to upsell you the way Amazon does. Lots of options for screen size and most of them are waterproof. >>1790 Knew someone with a TP-Link nub once and it worked out of the box apparently. Heard it has issues on newer kernels and might need drivers now? Maybe they have newer models that don't suffer from the same problem.
>>1799 >If you want a FOSS reader then they aren't it. Are there FOSS readers with e-ink screens?
>>1803 There's a dedicated thread >>608 with some discussion of that, and I maybe some requests for the same earlier in this thread.
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What exactly wrong with modern HDD's and SMR? Should i avoid any of hard drives with cache bigger than 64MB because of SMR? Requesting for something silent (5400RPM) with at least 2TB storage. Up to ~70$
>>1919 It depends on what you're using them for. How often will you be writing data? I use shingled drives for cold storage. Back up all my big files and then leave them for years, reading when needed. The write performance can be shit but I never write to them after I fill them up. For best value and maximum silence you should probably get a WD Elements. If you want to access them over USB they have portable ones. 2.5 inches, ultra quiet, 2 TB for like $60. Not sure if those are shingled. If you want a full-sized internal you can probably grab a MyBook and shuck it. Not sure they offer those as small as 2 TB anymore, but you can probably get a 3 TB for like $90. Maybe better with holiday sales. But at that point, just spend $150 for the 8 TB and never buy another drive again. Will almost certainly be shingled, though.
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>>1921 I'd like to use it as cold storage only, so i can free my 2'5 500Gb and 3'5 1TB HDD's and use them for gayming with Primo Cache on. I didn't knew about MyBook and MyPassport tho. In my country it costs 120$ for 4TB and 60$ for 2TB respectively. I see it in stock, wich is awesome. Considering that i use Windows 10 (i'm retarded a gaymer) it is perfect solution for me. You know it randomly reads HDD's even when you don't ask for it. So i'll get this one, thank you for comprehensive answer.
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>>1923 Glad I could help. Good luck with your data migration! I would recommend giving dual booting a try. Gaming was a barrier for me initially, but Steam+Proton has changed the game entirely. I can play almost any game, even new DX12 titles, on Day 1 with few issues. The only thing I cannot play is online-centric multiplayer games with strong anti-cheat. But giving up Red Orchestra for Linux was worth it, and if I get desperate I can dual boot or spin up a VM. There's a learning curve, but I think it's worth it. I remember installing games 20 years ago which would fail to install correctly. You'd have to hunt down installers for extra codecs and drivers, or tweak a .bat file. If your drivers weren't updated you might just be out of luck, or need a new GPU entirely. Proton is easier than all of that. The hiccups are worth it to get away from Microsoft.
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>>1926 I was about wiping C disk and installing Fedora, but there is no support for Genshin Impact. The developers are beware of cheaters, so they don't share any data. >The only thing I cannot play is online-centric multiplayer games with strong anti-cheat Perhaps the era of competitive games is coming to an end and collaborations with players for a common goal will replace the meaningless temporary destruction of 3d models. I meant look at any modern online FPS, it's mostly filled with cheaters and people who have no idea what is going on and what to do. >installing games 20 years ago Agreed. Installing games was pretty much pain in ass before Steam and other launchers, like i had to hot swap two disks with a single game, and writing could took like hour or so. I kinda heard about Proton, but didn't paid enough attention, and since my GPU is RX 570 i'm really interested in forcing Vulkan API, despite majority of games running well, Deep Rock Galactic as example of good performance and Planetside 2 as bad one. I hope GOG.com will join Proton. And EGS... is EGS, it's DRM'd so deep it's not even working without internet connection. tl;dr I'll give it a shot. Thanks for additional advices.
Family is inquiring about gift requests. It's been a year or two since I last checked, but have SSDs improved significantly in terms of reliability? Last I heard a lot of them had high failure rates, particularly the more full they got. Any brands that have solved those issues? Other caveats I should be aware of? What are your recommendations?
>>1936 That issue has been "solved" for years. Modern SSDs can be written to fully a couple thousand times. The firmware has improved massively in the last 5 years. I've used a 500 Gb from a few years ago as a boot drive with no issue. Unless you're using an SSD as a dedicated cache for another drive, or a scratch disk for large media projects, I doubt you'd encounter SSD end of life. By the time you get there, you can replace it with a much bigger drive on the cheap. At this point, the biggest problem is the bandwidth limit of SATA. If your motherboard supports M.2 you should look into those and check out benchmarks, assuming you care about speed.
Good FOSS firewalls for Windows?
Good budget phone that has 4G and will work with T-Mobile? >mainly interested in emulating retro games on the fly, bonus if it has bluetooth to connect controllers to.
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>>417 In case anyone else is looking for a Lineage phone, don't go with Samsung. I thought a used S9 would be good for the price/features I wanted, but it wasn't worth the hassle. I wish I just spent the extra money on a different phone. >only (some) international phones are supported >US, chink, and some spic models won't work at all >even the supported models still have bullshit time locks for OEM unlocking >the official Lineage guide has no FAQs on various issues like SecureBoot >my old 1+1 was natively supported by Cyanogen and had no issues doing any of this shit I just wanted a newer rootable phone with an aux port. Is that too much to ask?
>>2023 >I just wanted a newer rootable phone with an aux port. Is that too much to ask? In [Current Year + 6]? Yes. Total bullshit. I've actually had okay luck with low-end phones. How is it Motorola can make a $150 phone with removable battery, 3.5mm audio jack, and expandable storage, but a $1,000 phone can't do any of that? How are people this stupid? If you just want dev support, find out what phones the biggest contributors to LineageOS use. Guaranteed best compatibility since they'll autistically tune the project for their hardware. Or just go for a Librem 5 or Planet Computers PDA instead and run GNU/Linux instead of Android. >>2015 My Moto E6 (mentioned above) has held up remarkably well aside from the power button being "sticky". It feels like it goes down but get stuck and doesn't actually trigger, which can be frustrating, but it works from the right angle. It was $150 for decent horsepower, perfectly fine cameras, and all of the above. Certainly beats flagship phones for the price. As far as I know, it supports T-Mobile. Don't most phones now support all carriers?
>>2023 Nigger you should have gone with the Note 8 like I commented in a reply to that post. It's less than $200 new, how much did the S9 cost? >Samsung My previous phone was a Samsung and the modding on that phone was shit. I was eager to avoid them after that. >>2024 >How is it Motorola can make a $150 phone with removable battery, 3.5mm audio jack, and expandable storage, but a $1,000 phone can't do any of that? That's something that I found super weird too, but it seems it's just Motorola (not counting the Chinese companies). And it's not just this, the specs on their phones are great. There's definitely something fishy.
>>2024 I'm just pissed because there was a phone in the UK that would have been great for me, but they wouldn't ship to the US. (Fairphone?) I was even willing to spend the extra money because I use my phones as long as possible. Only this year I'm ditching my 1+1 from 2014 because it's starting to have glaring issues. Researching replacement phones and the bullshit I dealt with for my "new" Samsung made me just want to fix my old phone. Looking up your Moto specs, that's not bad for the price. >How is it Motorola can make a $150 phone with removable battery, 3.5mm audio jack, and expandable storage, but a $1,000 phone can't do any of that? How are people this stupid? People are retarded and believe the "supposed reasons" for dropping features: >no removable battery <Waterproofing and low quality off-brand batteries because they can't seal a battery compartment properly that can be opened. >removing audio jacks <Phones are getting too thin and people "mostly use bluetooth headsets anyway". >removing SD slots <People pull these out during phone usage and corrupt files, or install apps to them and complain of bad performance. Some of these are true, but it's mostly kikery fluff. They're excuses to force changes rather than work around them. >>2025 >how much did the S9 cost? I spent about $170 used, but they're closer to $250 typically. >Nigger you should have gone with the Note 8 like I commented in a reply to that post. It's less than $200 new <6.3" phone I want a phone that fits comfortably in my pocket, not a fucking tablet. I'm sick of these huge phones.
>>2024 The Moto e6 certainly looks promising, thank's for the recommendation! >Don't most phones now support all carriers? They should now, but it mainly depends on the network bands they have. >Or just go for a Librem 5 or Planet Computers PDA instead and run GNU/Linux instead of Android. The Planet Computer PDA has piqued my interest but it doesn't seem to have as many network bands as the Moto. <Planet Computer PDA LTE bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 20, 41 <Moto LTE bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, 38, 41, 66, 71 I assume with the 4GB of RAM the PDA has and with it having Linux, it'll be enough for running Virtual Machines?
>>2026 >I want a phone that fits comfortably in my pocket, not a fucking tablet. I'm sick of these huge phones. I was also bothered by this and was surprised that most phones seem to be so big these days when only certain models were back when I got my previous one. Unfortunately it's tough to get a perfect match and I had to compromise on the screen size.
>>2027 >it'll be enough for running Virtual Machines? In theory, sure, but I never did that. I owned one for a bit but it was unceremoniously run over one day, so I didn't get to test its true potential. I was hoping to pick up a Cosmo Communicator eventually which looks like a big improvement. They do have less bands but I think it would be sufficient. >>2026 >>2028 Phones are definitely way too big. In my opinion, phone design peaked with the Galaxy Nexus. 5.5" display, a little bit bigger because bezels still existed but you could either shrink that or make the screen slightly bigger today. The back was gently curved for your hand, not like the flat pieces of shit today. For all their talk of ergonomics and "beauty" they can't make anything functional.
>>2027 The number of bands isn't really as important as ensuring your phone carrier uses enough of the bands your phone has. Typically more bands is better to increase potential compatibility, but that's not always the case. If a phone isn't advertised to run on your carrier, research the bands used to ensure you'll get the best connection/speeds. I didn't learn this until years later when I realized my international phone was only using 1 T-Mobile band, while other phones at the time could use 5.
I broke my hdmi cable and I my dad has a shitton of hdmi but it doesn't fit. My dad only has the normal ones in bulk, should I get mini or mirco hdmi cable? How do I know what will fit before buying? For now I putting the cable on the intel HD card port instead of the gpu port.
>>1754 >below 5 cents per kwh on average You are better off living in the Dakotas or Kansas if you live in the US. Cheap electricty here
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I am looking for a screwdriver set fit for electronic repairs. I would like a set that... >has the special bits. For instance, the Y wing commonly seen on Apple products, the gamebits seen on nintendo consoles pre-wii, and the special torxs that have holes in the middle for the xbox 360 controllers. >isn't made out of cheap chinkshit metal that breaks easily I'm conflicted with ifixit because while their manta kit has the largest amount of bits usable, I'm skeptical of the reviews so I don't know if they're good for my needs. Wiha is said to be good as their stuff is made to last, being that it's in germany, and they have a modest selection of usable drivers, but they are very pricey compared to ifixit. What does /t/ suggest?
>>2056 >Y wing commonly seen on Apple products My friend has a set that includes bits for Apple. I don't think it was iFixit, so I'll double check which set he has. >bits seen on nintendo consoles pre-wii >the special torxs that have holes in the middle for the xbox 360 controllers Were those proprietary bits or just really niche? I've never seen them on a toolset before. I don't even know if my friend's set has them. Nintendo's tri-wing was niche enough that I couldn't find one in any local hardware store. I ended up buying one on Amazon last year specifically to fix my GBC/DS.
>>2057 >Were those proprietary bits or just really niche? I've never seen them on a toolset before. I don't know what constitutes as a 'proprietary bit', but beyond being used for nintendo consoles, the gamebit was also used for IBM PS/2 computers. Besides those, I haven't seen any further information of it beyond it being a japanese system. Maybe it's both? For the special torxs with holes, they appear to be a variant of the torx screws. I haven't seen other devices using the same screw as the xbox 360 controller, so I wager the special variant being niche.
>>2059 Oh wait, I think you mean 'proprietary bit' as in the physical tool stores don't carry those gamebits in which case, yeah they are proprietary.
>>2056 I have the smaller iFixit kit (Mako) that was bundled with spudgers and I've been very satisfied with it. Makes most electronics work a breeze. You can hold the top and rotate the rest independently, and everything is magnetic which makes it much easier to insert and remove most screws. It's also useful for some non-electronic work, but it really wasn't designed for that. I understand the impulse to be skeptical. I can't say definitively if an iFixit kit is better than any of their competitors. But if you had your eye on the Manta kit because it has the bits you need, and you just want to know if the product holds up? Yeah, it does. It's not made of Chinesium. It doesn't feel cheap. It hasn't broken or failed on me. I feel like I work faster with it than with most modular screwdriver kits. It works as advertised and I've been satisfied with its performance. If I lost my kit in a fire, I'd probably buy another one to replace it. If you're still skeptical, it looks like Amazon has it, and their return policy is usually generous.
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>>2061 >I can't say definitively if an iFixit kit is better than any of their competitors. That's one part of my skepticism with ifixit is that the competitors it has as far as I know of are the cheap chink shits sold on places like amazon, such as ORIA which I contemplated on getting, but I didn't want to take a chance with it because I don't want to buy any more cheap chink shit that breaks easy and have to get a new one. Another small part of the skepticism in ifixit would be the e-celebs who shilled for them in their videos. My main skepticism isn't really targetted at ifixit but more at sifting through online reviews and finding out if the reviewer(s) know what they're talking about or if they're blowing smoke because they're idiots who made a big mistake. Ifixit's lifetime warrentary seems cool to have, but I'm also not certain that it will still be honored in the later years because there could be a change of hand or someone sabotages them. Can the ifixit bits be used on a non-ifixit screwdriver that magnatizes the bits or are they proprietary? Is there also a point in the repair business toolkit? Couldn't one get all those supplies from other places for much cheaper instead of paying $200?
>>2065 >That's one part of my skepticism with ifixit is that the competitors it has as far as I know of are the cheap chink shits sold on places like amazon If you're considering the cheap "modular" screwdriver kits competitors, I've got a stack of 'em in my garage. Half gifts, half Home Depot impulse buys. They feel cheap, often break, parts go missing, and I spent more time fiddling with the tool than working on actual projects. iFixit hasn't let me down yet, nor threatened to, which gives me great peace of mind. >Another small part of the skepticism in ifixit would be the e-celebs who shilled for them in their videos. iFixit is a tool for enthusiasts and beginning professionals. Someone who refurbishes Amigas on their weekends will get a lot of mileage out of their toolkits. But the marketing is aimed squarely at Applefags who want to replace their iPhone batteries, so the extent that most of the spudgers are specifically for iPhone screen removal and are included in most of their kits. Note how the proprietary drivers for shit like Nintendo are in the expensive, standalone toolkit? It's because iFags just want enough to make small repairs and feel like they didn't buy a single use kit. But if you get a proper kit, it will last and get the job done for most electronics. Never trust e-celebs, but them shilling a product doesn't mean it's bad. Most reviews now are either sponsored or bots, unfortunately. >Can the ifixit bits be used on a non-ifixit screwdriver that magnatizes the bits or are they proprietary? Aside from some inherited Craftsman tools that predate most of the magnetic bit standards, and my pile of chinkshit, I don't have any other screwdrivers or bits. The bits and the socket they slip into are about a quarter inch diameter and hexagonal. I wouldn't be surprised if something else fit it. >Is there also a point in the repair business toolkit? lolno >Couldn't one get all those supplies from other places for much cheaper instead of paying $200? More importantly, you can pick and choose what tools you want and get quality ones. If you really need a multimeter, you either already own one or you should do research and pick the right one for your needs separately. Want calipers? Do research, pick the best ones. The spudgers and tweezers that come with some toolkits are nice, but you can also buy comparable ones elsehwere. The screwdriver and bits is the meat and potatoes of all these kits, and you should put your money towards that and worry about the rest as you need it. I mainly bought a "kit" with spudgers because friends often ask me to drive to their house and fix this laptops and it was convenient to have it all in one roll. If you just need something around the house, a standalone Manta kit is pretty ideal. Hell, I'd consider buying one for the extra bits and tossing my current kit in the car permanently.
>>2068 Sounds like iFixit is the way to go then. I'll look into the manta kit and hope that'll do its job for my repairs. I also realized the manta also has the thinner driver along with the fat one, which I hope will also work ok when it comes to removing screws in areas where it's hard to reach with a thick or short driver. Do you have any advice in regards to cleaning the devices once they're torn down? I've been using rubbing alcohol to get the dirty grim off the contacts and the edges of the shells because I assume water will mess up the contacts and circuts.
>>2056 I have pic related, which is their older screwdriver kit. I don't know how it compares to their new kits, but I would imagine the quality to be pretty much the same. I am very satisfied with this kit for personal use, it does what it's supposed to do reliably, none of the bits have worn out and they haven't stripped any of my screws. A couple of points of note: - The bits are too small to be used in a regular screwdriver, but there is an adapter included in the kit - Keep the length of the bits in mind if you need to go into a deep hole. For example, the triwing bits cannot access all the screws of a GameCub controller, so I use a cheap standalone screwdriver off eBay for that - The old set has an amazing feature which is missing from the new sets: you can take the extension piece of the screwdriver off, stick it through the butt of the screwdriver and get a T-shaped lever for extra torque. It's an amazing feature When you buy random chinkshit you are taking a gamble. You might buy literally the same thing iFixit is selling, minus the branding, or you might buy cheap shit that is just going to cause more problems than it solves. If you are not short on cash I would recommend buying the iFixit tools and have peace of mind knowing that you can at any time rely on your screwdrivers.
>>2071 My kit came with the thinner screwdriver and also an ultra-thin extender for reaching deep inside things. So they definitely make a proper extender, I just don't know if they bundle it with their largest kit. Kind of gay if true, but at least such a thing exists. I've never used the fatter one. I assume it's at least as good. Nothing I've worked on required much torque. >Advice for cleaning Alcohol (isopropyl/rubbing) is recommended mainly because it evaporates quickly, although you can also trust it not to leave much sediment behind. Distilled water is just as good, but then you have to air it out before plugging it in. You'll also want something to wipe with that won't leave fibers behind. Mechanic shops sell lint-free rags for wiping down cars. Coffee filters work for some residue. I'd also recommend some form of tweezers, short and long, for removing debris that might be jammed down inside or under stuff. I cleaned my mouse recently and there wheel was clogged. Required something needle-thin to remove some of it. Less of an issue for the inside of sealed electronics, but keyboards, mice, and possible phones must build up hand residue and debris, which is gross. You want to be able to reach them with minimal disassembly, and have the ability to grab and yank small stuff. Tweezers are also great for dropped screws or releasing ribbon cables. A lot of it depends on what you're trying to clean. For basic maintenance, a good cloth and some alcohol is plenty. For spills, garage sale finds, and hands-on items you might need a different approach. >>2072 God damn, that budget kit looks just like the chinkshit in my garage. Glad I went with the larger, nicer kit. I guess you gotta hit the budget segment of the market, too, but suckers need to learn a tool should be an investment. Wouldn't surprise me if that one was just rebanded. I've never seen any kits in stores that look like the Mako or Manta.
>>2073 The extender isn't included in the manta kit, it must be bought separately for $7. Do you also have any advice when it comes to painting the shells and buttons of the devices? Beyond retr0brighting them, I want to paint them in custom colors. Would using spray paint cans be ideal or is there a better method like dipping them in paint?
>>2076 I'm the wrong guy to ask about paints and dyes. I'm incredibly inept at repainting stuff. You'll probably need to do some research on what paints bond well to that kind of plastic, do some prep work, and consider how even different coatings turn out. I've had bad experiences with spraypaint. It "works" but usually looks bad and doesn't hold up well. Acrylic works better but I'm not sure how to best coat something evenly.
>>2073 >God damn, that budget kit looks just like the chinkshit in my garage. Glad I went with the larger, nicer kit. I guess you gotta hit the budget segment of the market, too, but suckers need to learn a tool should be an investment. Wouldn't surprise me if that one was just rebanded. I've never seen any kits in stores that look like the Mako or Manta. I think it's the other way around, chinks copied the iFixit kit but worse. I really can't complain about my kit, and have had my share of cheap bit sets. actually it was my dad who used to buy cheap shit, I learned the lesson from him
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>>2077 Not a problem! I'm just about covered on searching for the best repair tool kit and am ready to find some junk devices to repair and restore.
My iFixit manta kit arrived. Tested it on the xbox 360 controller and it was able to get the nuts out with ease. I first used the bigger screwdriver but it wasn't able to reach deeper spots, so I used the thinner one instead which worked better. No need to buy extender Both the screwdrivers felt good to use and they didn't feel like they were made out of cheap chink shit, the material reminded me of those little metal flashlights. I was able to connect a phillips screw from the kit into another screwdriver because I wanted to see if it's compatible on other makers. The smaller bits didn't work, but I can guess that they too can be put on other toolmakers. I don't see why I would use other toolmakers though when iFixit seems pretty good enough. Whether or not they are durable or will last longer than the average toolkit will be a mystery, but I am pleased to say that it seems to be a good investment.
Are there any Single Board Computers, that can run Office stuff without lagging and needing cooling? I have a lot of time at work and look for something small and light that can help me get into Linux, while alternativly being able to do some paper work/writing.
>>2108 A cheap thin client running Windows/Office 2000. Thank me later.
>>2109 Not finding what you mean. I look for something the size and price range of a Pi. Things with a Via Eden CPU are either too big or cost thrice the price.
>>2108 >>2114 Does a Pi not perform adequalely? Or is the dealbreaker there the cooling? Pine boards are a little more powerful than a Pi (sometimes, depending on release cycle) but a Pi is probably the best deal for the money with best developer support. If it's overheating, get a cheap heatsink with fins and attach it. That usually solves it. Barring that, would a tiny fan kill you? Outside of that, you're looking at overpriced NUCs from Intel.
>>2108 Odroid boards have better performance than Pi, so you could look into that. (See if anyone's tested LibreOffice or similar programs on Youtube.) I use one for some programs and small game servers, and it runs around 50C typically. Otherwise you could try the NUCs from Intel/AMD if you can afford to spare a little extra space.
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>>2114 Not necessarily, I got one of these for $20 and it's x86 so it'll run pretty much everything.
>>2121 >Or is the dealbreaker there the cooling? >Barring that, would a tiny fan kill you? Cooling and noice are the dealbreaker. I need something that is silent so the colleagues aren't disturbed, but it also has to be small&inconspicuous so that a random visitor dosn't notices that its a computer.
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Any benefits/drawbacks to 144hz+ monitors beside quicker response time and Freesync/G-SYNC? I'm curious if they can be useful for applications other than gaming.
>>2137 Some say it makes the desktop feel smoother, I don't really notice much. It's mostly just a gaming thing practically speaking.
>>2137 90/120Hz can probably make general usage feel smoother, but to me the difference is marginal
>>2137 It's probably easier on the eyes in general. CRTs could run in 60, 75, and 80 FPS mode if I remember correctly and I realized when I had mine accidentally running at 60 FPS because my eyes would get teary. Despite the eye candy of things being more fluid in games, after switching to LCDs I remember having (further) issues in games because splashes like weapon fire and blood started taking too long on the screen or had deeper color instead of being just a flash like with higher refresh rate CRTs, so when I was getting shot I couldn't see shit. Having said all this, it all happened some 15 years ago and I imagine my dumb eyes couldn't distinguish anything anymore. In terms of drawbacks since 60 FPS became the standard I have no idea how prepared every application and desktop manager is to run at a different (or even variable!) refresh rate.
How to make a stiff membrane keyboard softer? I bought an used lenono keyboard because i thought "hey its lenovo so the keyboard must be great" and the thing is so much harder to press compared to the typical laptop keyboard that I am so used to. Am I supposed to adapt to it or what? I'm getting used to it though.
>>2162 I don't think you can. Maybe with lots of use it will start to wear out? But it seems like you'll adjust before you break it in.
What kind of lubricant should i apply to my laptop fan? The thing is like 7 years old so I guess it's dying or something. This shop I went to apply sewing machine oil and it lasted for 2 weeks. I have gone to it twice and every time the fan was only quiet for 2 weeks or so before it started sounding like a machine gun again. Is there any option better than sewing machine oil?
>>2170 Easiest solution would be to spritz some WD-40 in there and hope that solves it. Pulling it apart to lubricate the ball bearings properly isn't really worth it compared to just replacing the fan.
What would be a good replacement for a Samsung Galaxy Note 4? I've been trying to degoogle for months and my current goyphone doesn't seem to support LineageOS not to mention that the battery keeps busting and the shit I used to tape down the replacement screen isn't working that well anymore, mainly due to the battery bulge pushing against the screen. Ideally it should be not manufactured by those who pay lip service to subversives, and doesn't have any business with chinks; similar specs to my current goyphone would be nice as well, but as long as it can play local videos without shitting itself, I could probably use whatever.
>>2328 If you want to run LineageOS you should see what the devs have. Those phones are usually the best supported. Beware of Samsung phones, which differ in hardware between regions. Some phones are unlockable and have good driver support while others are locked down. It's not simply enough to pick a Samsung model that is "supported", it must be from the right region. Or just look for anything with an unlockable bootloader. Motorola phones had an open unlock policy last time I checked. You void the warranty but can freely unlock it. Some of their cheaper phones don't have explicit support, though. Shame, because the Moto E and Moto G still have a headphone jack and are ridiculously affordable.
>>2328 New phones are almost certainly not going to be supported by LOS because it takes time to add support, unless it's some sort of deal where the phone manufacturer actually pays someone to add it at launch or something. The better supported phones I think are the OnePlus ones because you can unlock them without voiding the warranty so a lot of developers get them, but last I checked their hardware is mediocre for the huge price they command. I think they're also Chinese. The best place to start researching is the LOS supported devices list: https://wiki.lineageos.org/devices/ However be advised that it's very hard to find a good LOS phone and even if you find a supported phone that you like, the support may be mediocre and not all the functionality may work. Additionally some phones have unofficial support, check XDA to see if anyone's maintaining a LOS ROM if you see a phone that might be a good candidate. I had to change my phone a few months back and I got a Xiaomi Note 8, see >>1308. I run it completely degoogled (I use MicroG and F-Droid) and the sucker lasts a good week of time with light use before I need to plug it back in. Funny story, this phone didn't have official LOS support back when I purchased it but someone was maintaining an unofficial ROM that worked pretty well, but then someone decided to create a different ROM and make it official which made the unofficial dev cancel his own ROM, however it seems the official devs didn't know what they were doing and their ROM has a lot of issues which the canceled ROM didn't have.
>>2328 If you really want to degoogle, you could check out GrapheneOS (no Google at all) or CalyxOS (has the option of microG or none at all). Somewhat ironically they only work on Pixel 3 and 4 including variants because of hardware (CalyxOS has a tiny bit more coverage), but they're more secure than Lineage and you can relock your bootloader. GrapheneOS is probably the most secure mobile operating system that there is. You could buy a used one to avoid giving money to Jewgle.
I'm trying to piece out an upgrade, will 9400F and 750Ti/1030 be enough for Yuzu/Ryujinx and lighter RPCS3(weeb JRPGs and such, I'm not interested in western hard to run AAAs like Last of Us or Skate 3). >>1606 >Unfortunately, if you want any customization options. mechanical + Cherry is the only real way to go. If you know a bit of Japanese, you'll find some options for low profile Chocs(but still nowhere near Cherry unfortunately) in places like Pixiv BOOTH. I'm planning to build a custom myself with them in the future, probably one piece like a Revivung but with a numrow.
>>2550 9400F seems to be on the lower end. CPU horsepower is important when it comes to emulation. If this is strictly an update of those two parts, I'd at least look through listings for a used i7 that will fit your socket. If you're upgrading the motherboard, too, you'll probably get more bang for your buck with Ryzen. 750 Ti is fine, if a bit on the low end. A 1050 Ti can be had for under $100, which is roughly the same price range as a 750 Ti is going for right now. There's a lower end to PC part prices, and you're better off finding the newest component that has hit the bottom tier. Going older just loses your performance and only saves you a few dollars.
Is there any good reason to build a system with 32gb of ram instead of 16gb, provided that they're both the same speed and have similar timings? Is there anything that would take advantage of the raw space other than compiling large programs and video editing? Would I be falling for the future-proofing meme if I did?
>>2682 You can do meme stuff like run software on a ramdisk. I've had 32 Gb in my builds since 2012 and I'm not going back. Browsers eat a ton now, although more RAM seems to help very little on the upper end. You can also do scientific computing with more RAM. Ryzen is timing sensitive so the money might be better put to that. >future-proofing There will never be a need for 32 Gb of RAM any more than there is a need for more than 8 Gb of RAM. Expect developers to optimize less over time. Easy solution would be to buy 16 Gbs now and add more later if needed, but DDR4 is only going to get more expensive.
>>2682 Depends on your operating system, the various programs you run, your workflow, and how long you go between upgrades. In 6 years every fucking program on the planet will be some bloated electron app, and a windows install will probably take up 1TB of space and 8 gigs of ram at boot (hyperbole)). In 5-6 years a game might need more than 16gb of ram, or at least might see a performance hit with less. But this also assumes you even play modern AAA games at all. I use virtual machines every day to compartmentalize things so personally 32gb of ram is a no brainer. But if you don't utilize any virtual machines, and don't run a ridiculously bloated software suite, 16gb is probably adequate. It's pretty annoying that there aren't any halfway points between ram upgrades. The case could be made for 24gb of ram rather than 32.
Trying to find a new phone for Lineage. (or similar ROMs) I wanted something slightly better than my old OnePlus, but everything is either a tablet or has no headphone jack. The Moto G7 Play is the right size, although slightly to noticeably worse in all specs. It's usable, I was just hoping for something at least equal. https://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_moto_g7_play-9532.php Are there any issues with bootloader locking? I might just buy this if there's nothing better specs-size for the size.
>>2682 >Is there any good reason to build a system with 32gb of ram instead of 16gb For most people no. 8GB is fine for light browsing and 16GB for most games on high settings. You might need more for less optimized AAA games or ultra settings, but you'd also need to invest in a better GPU for that. I ended up getting 32GB RAM as a gift, so I'm a bit more generous with VM settings, file compression, and even RAM disks. If you want to future-proof, instead of buying 2x8GB RAM, you buy 1x16GB and leave slots open to upgrade. Don't buy parts you don't need unless you know there will be issues getting them in the future.
>>32 >>68 >Headphones for 90$ Is there a average Headphone whose sound quality isn't too shit in the 50-60$ range?
>>2682 Depends on your use case. I sometimes run 3 browser sessions (so 3 different browsers pretty much) and 3 VMs at the same time, so 32 GB is necessary. It also allows some nice tricks with the memory like mounting RAM disks. Before I upgraded I had 8 GB and it was a humiliating experience, fucking GPUs had more VRAM than I had RAM by the time I did the upgrade.
I just want a device for storing music on that's portable. One that's relatively inexpensive (<$150). I want it to have: 1. Long lasting battery 8+ hours 2. Either expandable storage (micro sd) or lots of storage space 3.I don't need any FLAC files on it, but I atleast would like it to support 320kbps .mp3 files. 4. Good audio quality. 5.Small, portable, and light Most of you guys are probably going to say get a phone, but I'd like a dedicated player instead. But if it ends up that I can't find one that I like, I'll just purchase a phone.
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>>2899 This is the best mp3 player in my opinion (with the Rockbox.org software installed). Very long battery file, expandable with SD to fuckhuge storage (with some cons because of fat32 restraints), flac, mp3, gapless playback, built-in radio, can run doom. It's why I got 2 of them right when they were discontinued. You could trawl your local craigslist and equivalents for them. Otherwise, try searching for audio player specific forums (although most of them care about flac stuff and portability less so)
>>2903 Thank you. I was thinking of getting this, but I was unsure. I looked more into rockbox and now I know I will definitely be getting this, or any one that supports rockbox software. I think an acquaintance of mine still has his. If he doesn't have it, I'll just look for one. Thank you so much once again.
What's a good, modern(ish) computer to get that can be debotneted (or at least, has it debotneted by default; for the record, I mean the Intel ME and the AMD PSP), can have libreboot installed, and can ideally have at least the normal level of hassle that comes when installiing Gentoo on it? And, if possible, what storefront I could get it from that didn't give even platitudes in support for the Chimp-out of 2020?
>>2962 Pretty sure purism computers ship with ME as neutered as possible and might even come with libreboot.
>>2963 Correction, it comes with coreboot as their laptops need some proprietary blobs still. <Our coreboot currently contains the following blobs: > * memory/silicon initialization blob (FSP) — there are some rumors Intel might release source code for this, so our work on this is currently on hold. > * CPU microcode updates — microcode updates are uploaded to the CPU at boot time, which patch the built-in microcode and disables buggy parts of the CPU to improve reliability. In the past, these updates were handled by the operating system kernel, but on all recent Intel systems the system firmware is required to perform this task (though it can still be updated by the kernel after the fact). > * Intel Management Engine (ME) firmware — we disable and effectively neutralize this blob by removing most of its code and setting flags to disable the ME coprocessor at boot time.
I'm looking for a general-purpose (but mostly stationary) laptop under 1k, preferably able to run some 5 year old games on medium settings. I've looked into Thinkpads, but their GPUs seem quite underpowered. Any recs?
>>3211 https://pcpartpicker.com/products/laptop/ This and just watching jewtube reviews for products in your budget is probably your best bet. https://www.ifixit.com/laptop-repairability And maybe consult this page and it might have something on how easy the laptop is to work on. But for the most part if you want a gaymen capable laptop you're probably just going be accepting that you're burning $1000 on something that will probably shit itself in one way or another in a few years.
>>2170 Machine oil (duh!), i'd suggest the Singer one. But, if the bearing is struggling to work properly, the only thing you can do is replace the fan. >>2194 Please, no! WD40 is a solvent, NOT a lubricant!
>>3356 If the fan is full of gunk, as it probably is, WD40 follwed by an actual lubricant would be better.
>>>/v/278826 I would trawl local sales first anon. Monitors don't usually tend to die gradually they just stop working, so finding something on craigslist or whatever has a good chance of working well while being cheaper.
>>3211 Get a used enterprise (Dell is one of biggest/best brands) laptop from ebay. They're usually pretty cheap and can be in pretty decent condition. And if anything breaks they're usually pretty simple to repair.
What kind of HDD model should I be buying if I need more storage space, are the variants with more than 2TB space worth it? I would prefer buying from a firm with the least likely chance of HDD failures, I'm not sure if its still a concern because I heard there are still some models out there that tend to fail often than other types.
>>3493 Mostly the same problem as with Thinkpads - weak GPUs. I did manage to find a new laptop that seems to fit my needs in terms of performance and price (Dell Vostro 15 3500), but I can't find any reviews of it outside of pajeets on jewtube.
Is there a USB Bluetooth adapter that I can use with a controller that doesn't suck? So far every one I've used has latency issues. Using the same controller on a PS4 that's next to my PC works just fine. >>3494 I use 12TB WD Reds in my ZFS server. Been running 24/7 for a couple years now without any issue. If you need something external Easystores are pretty much the same drives as Reds.
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>>3545 >look it up on jewmazon >WD Red Plus 12 TB NAS 3.5" Interne Festplatte – 7.200 RPM Class, SATA 6 Gbit/s, CMR, 256 MB Cache >356 yurop buck for a single unit You're killing me.
>>3611 You can either get something cheap or something good, not both also don't buy from amazon, you never know what you're gonna get. Buy directly from WD
Is there a good tablet that you can use to read books without having to jailbreak or root it?
>>3696 What does /t/ think of the Kobo Aura?
>>3696 You can get a Nexus 7 for like $50 or less and they bootloader is unlocked. You can just flash a stock AOSP image + root and it's totally free. If you don't give a shit, just buy something cheap. For the most part, all the ads and malware are targeted at high end devices. Personally, I don't like reading on tablets. The screen is too big and the LED screens are harsh. Either get an eBook reader or use a super cheap phone so your eyes don't need to move as much.
>>3697 I was looking at Kobo eReaders. If you're not going to build your own and want to avoid Amazon's poz they're probably the best choice. Not sure what the benefit of an Aura is over a Forma or Libra, though.
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>>3697 I have a Clara HD instead of an aura, but regardless, Kobo's are a good investment. You can mod them to increase the storage capacity and do other things. Calibre also has support for it, so you can upload your books from you harddrive onto the kobo.
https://www.csl-computer.com/k/w997h8UO Improvements to this desktop build? More cost effective, better performance etc. Can't exceed €1700. Give absolutely no shits about RGB or noise. Mix of work and play. Not using windows.
Are there any mid-tier GPUs to look forward to? I was looking forward to the new GPUs because of cost/performance then sand got expensive, but now my coil whine is getting considerably worse so I'm looking for one again.
>>3795 >mid-tier GPUs Eventually. >to look forward to? Not any time soon. Most of nVidia's silicon is going towards their high-end models, and their others are significantly delayed. At this rate, there might not be a decent mid-tier you can buy for another year or two. You could look at used mid-tiers from previous cycles and see if there's any deals. Someone with a 2060 might stick it out, but someone with a 1060 would probably ditch it if they can get a 3000 series.
>>3820 I looked around for old cards and it's not really worth it. It's either retards thinking an used GPU is still worth 96% of the original price or the shittiest cards. Though from looking around for specs it seems the 3070 isn't really that better from the 3060, I figured it would be the poorfag GPU but it's really good even when compared to the 20 series. I'll just hope my GPU doesn't explode and try and wait it out for a cheap 3060.
>>3824 Unfortunately the silicon shortage has broken the entire market. People are selling early-cycle 2060s for above MSRP. It's a great time to sell but an absolutely terrible time to buy.
>>3824 >>3845 Since desktop parts are in no sight, should I get eluktronics or whatever named laptop? I heard they are the better ones in value, I don't want pre-built which being expensive and have trouble upgrading anyways.
>>4083 I'd just wait for parts to become available. CPUs should come down in price in the next few months, and GPUs some time next year.
Have any one heard or used Trust.zone VPN? I searched for different options using this comparison chart https://www.safetydetectives.com/best-vpns/#comparison and looking at the information here: https://torrentfreak.com/best-vpn-anonymous-no-logging/#trustzone Is it trust worthy/secure? Does it usually have downtimes? My main usage is to protect my privacy, use torrents and use it to bypass certain website blocks my ISP placed on my end. Normie usage you could say. Privacy for me is fully required but is not tinfoil levels of avoiding the government or being persecuted. I'm not going to do anything ilegal. Also just for reference, I'm not in US or 1st class country. I'm in a 3rd world country but don't have to worry of gov censorship.
>>4107 Never heard of it. Just stick to Nord or Mullvad or something else with a reputation.
>>4108 Thanks. I get what you mean and i'll check more on Mullvad but I have another question: Isn't it better to avoid VPN services that could comply with the 5/14 eyes ?
>>4117 Even if they're not active participants, you're going to be routed through networks that are sniffing all kinds of data. In theory, if it's encrypted and the provider is uncooperative you're as safe as you can get. If they don't keep logs, like many claim, then there's no real legal basis for taking action against you. Your only real option to guarantee avoiding 5 eyes would probably be a Russian or Chinese VPN, which will almost certainly record and steal the data themselves. With 5 eyes, your risk is limited to unconstitutional national security letters or their willing cooperation. I'll take that over Russia any day.
I find it tough to pick a headset. I want something with good audio input and output so I can be a g a m e r but I read that "gaming headsets" are just an excuse to drive up the price. I see the opinion that beyerdynamic is good, but all the mic-attached headsets are labeled gaming. Maybe gaming is just a red flag if you're in the market for headphones only? No mic? I want a headset that will last as long as a gaming PC, roughly 10 years, but so far plantronics, turtle beach, and... spellond? have failed in my PC's lifespan. 11 years and also needing a replacement The worst was turtlebeach.
>>4151 If you have the space and patience, consider getting a boom mic along with a decent set of headphones. I thought everyone giving me this advice was just a memelord, but after getting some Sony MDR-7506 headphones and a cheap Audio-Technica mic, along with the bits and bobs it needs, I realized two things: >combined, the cost was only slightly more than your average Logitech gaymer headset >the individual quality of both my incoming audio and outgoing voice were orders of magnitude more satisfying Granted, I have a ton of desk space and my own office/computer room, so the real estate required to have a larger mic setup don't affect me as much as they may affect you. But I'm completely satisfied with the setup I have; those headphones are really good for the price and the rare times when I need to use voice comms I always receive compliments on my mic quality.
>>4152 I'm too mobile with it. Ideally I have a really long cord and be able to sit outside with it, 5 feet from my computer, but it's not that big of a deal. Might be worth getting an extension cord. Anyway, point being a mic that I have to physically carry would be a bother. I do appreciate the input, but it doesn't seem right for my situation.
>>4153 >physically carry By that, I mean in my hands, rather than it being attached to the headset
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>>4153 >>4154 By "boom mic", I meant a heavier microphone that is secured to your desk via a boom/scissor mount (pic related; not mine but illustrates my point). There are also little tripod mounts for microphones - many come with them, in fact - but they transmit way too much desk noise in my experience. Definitely not your standard newscaster-style hold-it-in-your-hands microphone, obviously, because that kinda defeats the purpose.
>>4155 but I'd have to hold it in my hand to take it outside
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My moto G5+ is falling apart so i need a new phone sim/sd tray no longer works so i'm making do with the 32GB it came with and no phone data, 2GB RAM isn't enough for anything these days, 3.5 jack is busted so i'm forced to use wireless buds and the battery duration is pitiful, barely 3 hours, 5 if i just use it for music, budget is $200 because i live in a place where theft while commuting is common and i am an absolute retard who drops his phone frequently and doesn't use it for anything outside of the alarm and wasting time at work. >what exactly do you need Something with an acceptable SoC and amount of RAM (midtier snapdragon and 4GB at least), expandable storage (i can overlook this one as long as it has 64GB at the very least), 3.5 jack and custom ROM support, i don't mind importing or using old phones. Locally i've considered the following: >Moto G7 Plus SoC is a little weak but everything else is alright, the only problem is that the fucking thing is made entirely out of glass and i don't trust myself not to break it in under a month, plus it's still kinda expensive for being nearly 3 years old ($200). >Pixel 2 Great specs, $150, almost bought it until i took a closer look and saw it had no expandable storage nor 3.5 jack. >HTC 10 Basically my dream phone, the store was selling it for $100 but the back was all scratched and the battery duration was bound to be ass since it's a phone from 2015.
>>4191 If you like Motorola phones then I'd stick with them. Their low-end devices are the only ones I know of with decent build quality, headphone jacks, and removable batteries. Are they perfect? No. Is storage sparse? Yes. But they're affordable and not gimped to be more like Apple, and they let you unlock the bootloader. >SoC is a little weak I don't think a single phone released in the last 5 years is underpowered. You don't need that many resources to run most apps. Maybe if you want to use it for shitty VR, or emulation, you might want a little more oomph, but even the Moto E can handle a lot of that now.
>>4215 I'm not really a fan of motorola, but i've used their phones since forever (razr>g1>g4p>g5+) because they're reasonably cheap and have good enough specs, but this time i want something that will last me a lot longer, thus why i want a phone with a more powerful chip and at least 4GB of RAM, preferably 6GB. >moto E7 The specs suck and mediatek SoCs never get many custom roms, the E7 Plus however does look a little more interesting, 4/64 with snapdragon chip, expandable storage and a 5000 mAh battery, and it would cost me around $160 if i were to buy it locally. I guess i'll go take a look at it tomorrow and buy it if i end up liking it.
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Not your usual consumer advice question, but does anyone know of a good source (Like a book or documentary) that details the rise and continued demise of IBM and AOL?
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I'm the guy who asked for a $150 phone, i ended up buying a galaxy S7 since it has everything i could ever want and more (SD820, 4GB RAM, 1440p super AMOLED screen, expandable storage, no camera bezel shit and fucking physical buttons). Was a little worried about the battery, but then i realized i was not going to get anything better for 150 dollars, and i can get around the SoT by flashing a more battery efficient rom+kernel+micro G, plus it's not like i don't have a power outlet right next to me 24/7. The only downside is that it uses micro USB, but it's not like i expected anything else on this price range. Pretty happy with my purchase, let's hope it doesn't explode or anything, because it had no warranty on the store and samchink no longer manufactures these things.
>>4320 >phone not even once
>>4320 Happy for you anon, researching phone purchases is hard work. I'm surprised such an old model has features that good (and also that you were able to find one). If you're going full degoogled with MicroG do tell us how it works for you, I'm curious about other people's experiences. >The only downside is that it uses micro USB Why is this a downside? I've only seen people complain about USB-C, though mostly because of not having cables available since everyone still mostly uses Micro USB.
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>>4321 >>4325 Welp nevermind, turns out i wasn't thorough with my research, as the variant i bought (G930T) cannot have its bootloader unlocked AND it can only be rooted if it's on stock nougat (it's not), the battery duration isn't terrible considering it's 4 years old, but unless i lower the screen resolution to 720p it gets so hot that it can legitimately burn a hole in my pocket (this can be fixed, however it requires a kernel manager, which needs root, which i cannot have), no wonder it was so cheap, to top it off the store i bought it from has a "no refund/returns" policy, and if i were to pawn it off somewhere else i can only expect between 70 and 100 dollars (i paid $140). A damn shame because something newer with the same specs would set me back at least $400 and it would be brick sized, have a ugly camera hole on the screen and no physical buttons.
>>4320 >>4334 nigger its a phone. You are not going to do anything more than take calls, search google and watch porn. Considering you're a poorfag you have a great device. Use it well and it will serve you well. s7 battery can be replaced, though its a lot harder. Use it few years and sell for $50.
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Thinking of buying a laptop since gpu's are gone and looked at Asus g14 and lenovo legion 5. I will be needing a webcam (job) and enough gpu to run at 120/144hz. Is rtx 2060 worth over 1660ti, not considering rtx? Is 4800h good enough for loaded task? Around $1000 budget.
>>4340 Mobile gpu performance is a clusterfuck to generalize because the difference in cooling solutions and power target variance. A mobile 2060 in one system could have drastically worse performance than another system. https://invidious.snopyta.org/watch?v=s9jS1c4H5lk See basically all of this channels (Hardware Unboxed) laptop related content for good context and advice. The video I linked in particular seems to specifically mention the gpu's you're interested in, but I only skimmed it. It might answer your question.
I'm looking for a way to allow me to remotely connect into a PC on my local network. Kind of like a KVM switch, but while still being able to use my main PC. VNC or similar won't work because I want to control the PC on bootup as well to make BIOS changes. I guess it'd be like connecting by VNC/RDP into a KVM switch? I could use a regular KVM switch if nothing else works, but I'd prefer to be able to use something to connect to the device from another room if possible.
>>4334 I'm in the same boat as you. I had to settle on a Moto G7+ because I got screwed on phones I couldn't flash either. I figured I could get something similar to my OnePlus, but 6 years later there's still no phone with similar features/performance for the price. I either had to spend a lot more for features while losing others (aux port), or spend less and lose stuff anyway. I was close to giving up and just finding another OnePlus in better condition to replace my dying one. It works well enough for the most part, but there's a lot of little features I'm still getting used to not having (RGB notification, double tap to wake screen, a case that fits properly, a full taskbar without the fucking front camera in the way, actual buttons, etc). Seriously, this model phone for some reason has 0 cases designed properly. My camera has an oval bezel while every case has a circle cutout. Even in the pictures on Amazon they all show oval cameras in a circle hole. It's the biggest complaint on every case but they're still designed wrong. How do they all fuck up and no one fixes it? spoiled for rant
>>4338 I don't think it's going to be worth more than $10 in a few years, but yeah it's a pretty good phone if i'm willing to put up with the shitty battery life and the fact that it gets uncomfortably hot sometimes. I am not planning on replacing the battery though, because i'm 100% sure i will fuck it up and i don't want to sink even more money on this thing, so i i'll just use it until i save up a bit of money, then i'll buy a moto g/redmi note phone, brand new this time. >>4363 It sucks that they completely fucked up phone design somewhere around 2017, the moto G line was my favorite due to being cheap and still offering things that even $500+ phones of the time didn't (expandable storage and removable battery), and starting from the G4 they let you completely hide the onscreen buttons and use the fingerprint sensor to navigate even on the stock rom, too bad they got bought by lenovo and we got nothing but shit phones after the G5 line.
>>4362 There's KVM over IP but those might be pricey or huge since they tend to be only for rackmounted equipment. Maybe there's a chinese 1 pc kit out there who knows
>>4373 >KVM over IP >those might be pricey or huge That looks like what I want, but you're definitely right about expensive. I might just settle with a normal KVM switch + long USB/video cables if nothing else is reasonable.
>>4378 You can get some used ones for pretty cheap on ebay. A quick search pulled up a few switches for ~$40
>>4371 I can get the sealed battery - hot air and pry tools and is out. But what about the shitty camera cutout? The useless dual cameras? Shitty UI with updates to fuck it more up? Not to mention all glass front and back that 90% just put a case on anyway.
Gonna update my blog real quick, hope you guys don't mind. I was able to sell the S7 for $110 to a coworker the potato he'd been using was even worse than the one i previously had, SD410/1GB, mine was SD625/2GB, i asked for the $150 i paid for it, but when he took a good look at the phone he noticed a scratch near the logo (probably my keys) and cosmetic damage on the fingerprint sensor (this one was 100% my fault, i tried to clean it and i ended up scratching the paint), so i had to lower the price because i simply didn't want it anymore. Luckily he doesn't mind the shitty battery life because his phone is always plugged, all he wants is a phone that can handle porn, music and gacha shit at work.
Best dirt cheap web host? I can code my own site up from Linux is need be
>>4437 Just go with DigitalOcean or Linode or something like that depending on your needs. You can get a shared core for $5 a month and for low-traffic static sites that is plenty, especially if you put Cloudflare in front of it to cache pages.

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