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ASUS X540S notebook.
« on: June 16, 2019, 02:01:44 am »
Hi everybody.  8)

Been absent for a bit because of a change in job (so less on-line time) and I've been without internet connection for about 2 weeks due to a freak lightning strike which affected the whole village I live in. The latter was the cause that I've lost ALL my old school hardware which s*cks!

So after some research I went out and bought the ASUS X540S notebook.

I wanted to give W10 (shipped with it) a serious chance but upgrading failed and got stuck at 97% so before throwing my new machine against the wall I burned a Linux Mint Cinnamon version. Linux, can't go wrong right? Well it can, during install I got a warning that said "broken package" (IN A NEW INSTALL). So I fixed that and ran the system
To my utter dismay I couldn't et the right resolution for my monitor AND the video felt very, very wonky and didn't play well at all.

So guess what?!?!?!! Peppermint to the rescue. Made a USB installer, plugged it in, installed without testing (it's called trusting an OS!!!), updated, put my old setting and documents back AND WAS READY TO GO WITHIN 40 MINUTES and NO problems, quirks, or hiccups...

Thanks a lot Peppermint devs and magicians!! :)

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System:    Host: me Kernel: 4.18.0-21-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Ten
Machine:   Device: laptop System: ASUSTeK product: X540SA v: 1.0 serial: N/A
           Mobo: ASUSTeK model: X540SA v: 1.0 serial: N/A
           UEFI: American Megatrends v: X540SA.210 date: 04/13/2016
Battery    BAT0: charge: 29.7 Wh 96.4% condition: 30.8/33.2 Wh (93%)
CPU:       Quad core Intel Pentium N3700 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2400 MHz 1: 1423 MHz 2: 1502 MHz 3: 1705 MHz
           4: 1649 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor x5-E8000/J3xxx/N3xxx Integrated Graphics Controller
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.20.1 )
           drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1024x768@60.00hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
           version: 4.5 Mesa 18.2.8
Audio:     Card Intel Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor x5-E8000/J3xxx/N3xxx Series High Def. Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.18.0-21-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL810xE PCIE Fast Ethernet controller driver: r8169
           IF: enp2s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath9k
           IF: wlp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 2000.4GB (45.1% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: TOSHIBA_MQ01ABD1 size: 1000.2GB
           ID-2: USB /dev/sdb model: BUP_Slim_BK size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 916G used: 33G (4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 50.0C mobo: 39.0C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 3400
Info:      Processes: 204 Uptime: 1:24 Memory: 2111.2/3849.1MB
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Re: ASUS X540S notebook.
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2019, 02:10:29 am »
Glad to see you're back online, Pepper9.

Have fun!  :)







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Re: ASUS X540S notebook.
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2019, 02:16:19 am »
Thanks. Good to BE back!  :)
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Re: ASUS X540S notebook.
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2019, 06:11:50 am »
Hi everybody.  8)

Been absent for a bit because of a change in job (so less on-line time) and I've been without internet connection for about 2 weeks due to a freak lightning strike which affected the whole village I live in. The latter was the cause that I've lost ALL my old school hardware which s*cks!

So after some research I went out and bought the ASUS X540S notebook.

I wanted to give W10 (shipped with it) a serious chance but upgrading failed and got stuck at 97% so before throwing my new machine against the wall I burned a Linux Mint Cinnamon version. Linux, can't go wrong right? Well it can, during install I got a warning that said "broken package" (IN A NEW INSTALL). So I fixed that and ran the system
To my utter dismay I couldn't et the right resolution for my monitor AND the video felt very, very wonky and didn't play well at all.

So guess what?!?!?!! Peppermint to the rescue. Made a USB installer, plugged it in, installed without testing (it's called trusting an OS!!!), updated, put my old setting and documents back AND WAS READY TO GO WITHIN 40 MINUTES and NO problems, quirks, or hiccups...

Thanks a lot Peppermint devs and magicians!! :)

me@me ~ $ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: me Kernel: 4.18.0-21-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Ten
Machine:   Device: laptop System: ASUSTeK product: X540SA v: 1.0 serial: N/A
           Mobo: ASUSTeK model: X540SA v: 1.0 serial: N/A
           UEFI: American Megatrends v: X540SA.210 date: 04/13/2016
Battery    BAT0: charge: 29.7 Wh 96.4% condition: 30.8/33.2 Wh (93%)
CPU:       Quad core Intel Pentium N3700 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2400 MHz 1: 1423 MHz 2: 1502 MHz 3: 1705 MHz
           4: 1649 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor x5-E8000/J3xxx/N3xxx Integrated Graphics Controller
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.20.1 )
           drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1024x768@60.00hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
           version: 4.5 Mesa 18.2.8
Audio:     Card Intel Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor x5-E8000/J3xxx/N3xxx Series High Def. Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.18.0-21-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL810xE PCIE Fast Ethernet controller driver: r8169
           IF: enp2s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath9k
           IF: wlp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 2000.4GB (45.1% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: TOSHIBA_MQ01ABD1 size: 1000.2GB
           ID-2: USB /dev/sdb model: BUP_Slim_BK size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 916G used: 33G (4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 50.0C mobo: 39.0C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 3400
Info:      Processes: 204 Uptime: 1:24 Memory: 2111.2/3849.1MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56
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Welcome back Pepper9, weird you only got 1024x768 resolution, is it a really old monitor?  ;D
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Re: ASUS X540S notebook.
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2019, 06:51:04 am »
@  clatterfordslim.

Nah, the monitor is about 5 years old and is actually a medium sized HD-TV with a VGA and a HDMI (haven't tried that yet) connection among others. Have been using it for that period of time as a monitor only.

I can choose from other resolutions too in Peppermint (1200-something and 1300-something) but that messes things up so I stick with the current configuration which works quite well.

I'm not picky lol.
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Re: ASUS X540S notebook.
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2019, 08:53:39 am »
@  clatterfordslim.

Nah, the monitor is about 5 years old and is actually a medium sized HD-TV with a VGA and a HDMI (haven't tried that yet) connection among others. Have been using it for that period of time as a monitor only.

I can choose from other resolutions too in Peppermint (1200-something and 1300-something) but that messes things up so I stick with the current configuration which works quite well.

I'm not picky lol.

I made a Peppermint machine for one of the members of the band I'm in and he says he has not got a HD monitor, after I include a discrete Nvidia graphic card a 710 one, sort out screen tearing for him. He said he cannot tell the difference between 1024x768 and HD quality. Apparently a lot of people are still using  1024 resolution, it doesn't look right on a HD TV through a HD lead tilts the screen image backwards slightly, it seems to on mine.  ;D

Though before I got my HD monitor I swore by using 1024x768 resolution and that was the resolution to have, way before the 1280x720, 1920x1080, 1440x900, 3840x2160(4k) 4096x2160(4k too) resolutions, were invented. Just goes to show how far monitors and TV's have come along over the years.  :o ing
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Re: ASUS X540S notebook.
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2019, 09:39:31 am »
@  clatterfordslim.

Nah, the monitor is about 5 years old and is actually a medium sized HD-TV with a VGA and a HDMI (haven't tried that yet) connection among others. Have been using it for that period of time as a monitor only.

I can choose from other resolutions too in Peppermint (1200-something and 1300-something) but that messes things up so I stick with the current configuration which works quite well.

I'm not picky lol.

I made a Peppermint machine for one of the members of the band I'm in and he says he has not got a HD monitor, after I include a discrete Nvidia graphic card a 710 one, sort out screen tearing for him. He said he cannot tell the difference between 1024x768 and HD quality. Apparently a lot of people are still using  1024 resolution, it doesn't look right on a HD TV through a HD lead tilts the screen image backwards slightly, it seems to on mine.  ;D

Though before I got my HD monitor I swore by using 1024x768 resolution and that was the resolution to have, way before the 1280x720, 1920x1080, 1440x900, 3840x2160(4k) 4096x2160(4k too) resolutions, were invented. Just goes to show how far monitors and TV's have come along over the years.  :o ing

You are right about the tilting of the screen image but that's the only flaw in resolution on my end. Windows of applications are fine, font rendering and display is superb, images in webpages are sharp as well is video.

That's the thing with hardware. It generally outlives an OS or the popularity (read: proper long time support) and then we are "forced" to upgrade the hardware. I mean, OLD hardware is more in use than supported in general in terms of software including OS's.
32 bit systems is widely in use but more and more Linux distro's are dropping support........shame. That's how I found Peppermint, I needed a stable 32bit system and online Peppermint was praised for stability. Stuck with it ever since.
And now 64bit...........loving it so far.  :D
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Re: ASUS X540S notebook.
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2019, 11:35:05 am »
On the issue of the aforementioned tilting of the screen image I just found a solution on getting the image right:

* Right click on the (empty) desktop and select change desktop background.
* Choose a background but don't "apply" yet.
* In the lower left corner you will see a drop down menu which currently reads "Automatic". Click that and change into "Scaled".

That's it All sorted now.  ;)
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