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Hardware / Re: desktop wireless card for P10
« on: August 19, 2019, 05:55:03 pm »
I'd be fairly confident it'll work, the comments seem to suggest it works out-of-the-box with no additional drivers required in Ubuntu and therefore Peppermint :)

You were right. Snapped it in the PCIE slot, one screw, powered on the computer, and entered the password. That was it. Works fine.

Hardware / desktop wireless card for P10
« on: August 14, 2019, 02:54:28 pm »
I'm looking for advice with regards to a wireless card for my desktop computer. I was eyeing this card:

I'm running Peppermint 10. I'm only broadcasting across the room at the moment, nothing special. Thx.

Hardware / Re: Printer for PM9
« on: July 04, 2019, 09:06:46 am »
I don't know about HP printers but my Brother laser printer has worked well for me. They even have Linux drivers available to download on their site. They're a bit more expensive but I prefer laser over inkjet because the ink cartridge lasts much longer and I find the print quality to be much nicer.

Thanks. Do you have this up and running on some version of Peppermint? I imagine if they have Linux drivers, they probably have them for Ubuntu/Debian, which probably work for Peppermint. (Just a guess.) Yeah I had a laser printer and it did produce sharp printouts. Until it died. I'm also imagining that you might get a more full-featured printing experience hooked up to a usb-cable than with wireless, but maybe I'm wrong.

Realistically I'm probably going to upgrade to PM10 pretty soon, I doubt that will make much dif - PM9 vs PM10.

Hardware / Printer for PM9
« on: July 04, 2019, 07:09:57 am »
Haven't been on this forum in a while, generally just extremely content with desktop and laptop systems running PM9.

I've chosen for quite a while, now, not to have a printer. I use it so rarely that it seemed best just to print over at the central library a few blocks from here. But now it seems like I'm printing things (typically it's some sort of return label) more frequently, and maybe it'd be easier to have a printer at home. I had a Samsung wireless laser printer that just stopped working. I had it printing via Google Cloud Print as opposed to computer operating system. That worked for a while and then. Yeah, not so well. I was printing things so rarely, like I said, that I simply tossed the printer and decided $0.10/copy at the library was a fine deal.

But... if I were to get another printer... I've heard that HP printers are generally Linux compatible. I'm not sure whether I'd get ink jet or laser. I guess what I was thinking was something cheap to print an occasional mailing label, that sort of thing. I'm not sure I care about wireless. It could have a cable. I don't care whether I can tap my phone or teach it to sit up or roll over, or whatever. The main idea would just be to not have to walk over to the library every time I want to print a  shipping label.  I was looking at this one, which I presume would even come with deluxe ink and power button. Would I be able to find the drivers to run this printer on PM9? (10, 11, etc)

I'm also certainly open to suggestions. Thanks.

APPENDED: quite frankly I don't even care about color printing. B/W works.

Hardware / Re: Running primary and secondary drives on Dell laptop.
« on: April 25, 2019, 02:05:18 pm »
ok thx.

Hardware / Re: Running primary and secondary drives on Dell laptop.
« on: April 25, 2019, 01:47:56 pm »
Yeah I think the latter. I'm running PM9 on the primary drive - the SSD. I just installed a secondary HDD in that  DVD slot, a new(ish) blank drive and I guess what I want is for the HDD to function as storage, so saving files of all sorts to the HDD - documents/download/music/pictures/desktop etc.

Yes, I think that /home option you mentioned.

Hardware / Running primary and secondary drives on Dell laptop.
« on: April 25, 2019, 01:37:49 pm »
So I replaced the DVD-RW drive on this Dell e6430 laptop with a caddy and a second (toshiba/1TB) HDD. I have a 64GB SSD in the primary drive slot. I intend for this to be my boot drive and the large HDD as storage. I know I've  been through all this before on this forum, but I need a bit of hand-holding, as per usual. I can do this from "disks" right? What do I need to do to set up this sort of hybrid operation?
CPU~Dual core Intel Core i5-3340M (-MT-MCP-) speed/max~1409/3400 MHz Kernel~4.15.0-47-generic x86_64 Up~1:07 Mem~1036.0/7880.1MB HDD~1064.2GB(0.9% used) Procs~204 Client~Shell inxi~2.3.56 

Hardware / Re: upgrade to wireless ac
« on: April 19, 2019, 01:00:49 pm »
It's cool that the parts for these laptops are cheap and easily available. Especially on eBay. I got the WLAN for $20 and another 4GB of the identical (Micron) RAM for $15. I always try to order from North America. Those "from China" shipments are the worst! Weeks! The slow boat from China!

So there are two slots for the RAM, right? So if you wanted 16GB (I don't) of RAM you'd use 2x8GB? I think that's right. I was sort of squinting at it. My eyesight ain't what it once was.

I have no use for the CD/DVD drive. There's a caddy for that where I could put a second SSD, right? Maybe I'll do that. I don't really need a second drive, but I suppose I need it more than a dvd-rom.

Hardware / Re: upgrade to wireless ac
« on: April 19, 2019, 10:42:25 am »
I ordered that wireless router, and the Intel wireless ac card you showed me in the other thread. I realize now that my Chromebook actually has wireless ac. I looked up the specs. I probably should have looked to make sure that it's a wireless N card in that Dell laptop, but I'm (almost) sure it is. I wasn't going to add more RAM, but I was looking at Sysinfo, and I'm actually using more of that 4GB than I originally thought...

update: yes, here under "Network Controller" in Sysinfo it says Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6205 [Taylor Peak](rev 34)

Hardware / Re: upgrade to wireless ac
« on: April 18, 2019, 08:57:11 am »
Well I suppose a lot of these things are sort of trial and error. Probably no one can guarantee you any certain speed, either. Mine varies from my IP anywhere from like 100 to over 200Mbps. The speed isn't going to be any faster than whatever you're getting from your internet provider. This router is supposed to have "beamforming" which supposedly helps with range...

Hardware / upgrade to wireless ac
« on: April 18, 2019, 07:41:19 am »
I'm thinking of upgrading my wireless network. Right now I've got this Motorola SBG6580 - combo modem/router. It's not that bad. Wired I generally get in excess of 200Mbps, downstream. Upstream, meh... 10? Today it was 11. My desktop's hard-wired into an ethernet cable. My Latitude laptop sits over there across the room with its older WiFi card, and it gets... well ok, today it's getting 24 (downstream) and 7 (up). That's the wireless I'm getting from a few feet away from the Motorola unit. I've gotten as high as 40 downstream. (yesterday I tested it, it was around 40)

I'm thinking of upgrading to a wireless ac router. I have this Cisco DPC3008 modem that the cable company gave me, that I'm not currently using. I looked at the specs, it'll handle speed of up to 340Mbps. So what I'm thinking is that I'd be using this modem with a new wireless ac router. Not that I want to throw a lot of money at this thing. First of all, these speeds aren't that bad, as is. I mean, it's functional, especially inside my apartment. There's no one else besides me in this household, maximum 2 or 3 devices going at once. And not even actively going, just connected. (Maybe/sometimes) My phone, the Dell laptop, the Chromebook. That's absolute maximum. I don't give my WiFi password out to anyone else. Just me. The desktop is (and will continue to be) wired.

Really more to the point might be range. Sometimes I pull up to the curb, I live downtown Madison, WI, and then I'm about 25 or 30ft from the modem/router. But the signal out there is actually pretty weak. So there's that - improving the range.

I think I can get the wireless ac card for the e-series laptop for... maybe what? $20 or $25, Amazon or eBay.

I'm thinking this Motorola modem/router sort the bottleneck in both range and speed. The other day I pulled up in the cab to the performing arts center, downtown. Just or the hell of it, I decided to test the WiFi that I was getting there, and was very surprised that it was like 100Mbps down and... I don't remember what it was upstream, but a lot faster than what I have at home. 40 or 60. Something. And I was getting this with my Chromebook. Wireless N, I think. I guess I'm just used to getting sort of sad, slow connections in public places, but maybe that's getting better as technology marches forward...

This is the modem I'm looking at: from the manufacturer's website. It's about $50 on Amazon.

Any thoughts?

Hardware / Re: Latitude e6430
« on: April 15, 2019, 07:11:21 am »
Is there any reason to buy the 65W (19.5V/3.34A) ac adapter, as opposed to the 90W (19.5V/4.62A) adapter? Smaller, fits better in your bag, perhaps? Does the 90W adapter charge the battery faster? I have a 90W adapter hooked up to my dock, but I thought I'd get another one to take with in the computer case... is there anything I'm missing, here?

Hardware / Re: Latitude e6430
« on: April 14, 2019, 09:20:43 pm »
Plus I have to say my experience with other "Amazon Basics" stuff has been stellar so far, just what you'd expect no frills but solid and functional ..

Agreed. I think I paid $15 for these Amazon Basics USB-powered speakers that I have connected to my laptop dock. They're fine. But I'm not an audiophile, either. And various cables, a neoprene case for my Chromebook. All Amazon Basics stuff. All fine.

I'm thinking about ordering that 15.6" case you linked, and maybe both the 14" and 15.6" neoprene ('Basics) sleeve and just see which fits better with my 14" laptop, with whatever battery. I'm gonna get a 6-cell battery, so that I have the option of the smaller footprint. I have this feeling that - generally speaking - most of the places that I might take this laptop, I'm probably going to be within a few feet of a power outlet. Just a hunch. About 95% of the time.

Just as an aside, I feel like these machines are more portable than laptop. I mean, in the sense that, sure, you can put an Irish Wolfhound or a St. Bernard on your lap, technically speaking... (They used to call them "portable TV's" if they weren't bolted to the concrete floor and chained to the wall...) Well ok, it's a generic term, laptop, I get it.

But I do like this Dell laptop. When I ordered it, I thought well, maybe I'll put x-amount$$ into upgrading it... but I already had an SSD, I ordered the HDD caddy cover for a few bucks. Since it didn't ship with a HDD/OS it was also missing a couple of those bottom screws. I researched that and figured out they're m2.5x5. I ordered ten of those for $5. I also originally thought I'd upgrade the RAM. But like I said, monitoring my RAM usage on Peppermint 9... you know. Meh. 4GB suffices for now. I reserve the right to change my mind, of course. I'm honestly pretty happy with this laptop as-is and straight out of the box, so to speak.

Oh and I stumbled on your post about fixing screen tearing on Intel machines... thanks much for that!  ;D ;D It's a quick easy fix, and it worked on both my desktop and laptop computers...  I appreciate having an OS that's intuitive and "just works."  Thanks for all your good work!! 8) 8)

Hardware / Re: Latitude e6430
« on: April 12, 2019, 09:01:02 am »
I was just about to order that 15.6" case, but the first negative review I read is one guy saying the strap came undone as he's walking down the street and the corner of the laptop struck the concrete and... you know. Shattered screen and he has pictures of the horror of it all.  :o :o I know, I know, there are always the one-star and two-star reviews and disgruntled customers. But this guy didn't seem disgruntled, he just said: Do yourself a favor. Just get a backpack.

It was just sort of compelling.

In fact, how much inferior is a 6-cell battery from the 9-cell? If the battery was flush with the back edge of the computer, I could probably get a neoprene case and then put it in a dedicated backpack... Well, we'll see. Thanks for the input.

Of course... one could just use the handles, and disregard/remove the shoulder strap...

Hardware / Re: Latitude e6430
« on: April 12, 2019, 06:02:16 am »
What about a carrying case? I was accustomed to carrying my Chromebook around in a neoprene sleeve that I put in my backpack. This laptop is a bit larger and heavier and bulkier, and it has that battery sticking out in the back. Perhaps I'll still use the Chromebook for carrying around in my backpack. The 14" Latitude is large enough that it might call for being carried around separately in it's own separate case - maybe it'll fit in the backpack. I dunno... :-\ :-\

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