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Hardware / Re: Latitude e6430
« on: April 12, 2019, 04:27:37 am »
Probably not for most 'web browsing', faster wifi really comes into its own for file transfers .. such as writing to/reading from a NAS.

Right. And yeah, I'm mostly just surfing the web. And with regard to the RAM issue. I could certainly easily upgrade to 8GB. But honestly, I've been monitoring it with sys info, and it takes a hell of a lot for me to max out 4GB of RAM on PM9. Lots and lots of tabs open, a second browser, still not there... I suppose I should thank the good folks at Peppermint for designing a (cough/ahem) lightweight OS??  :D :D I think my Chromebook comes a lot closer to maxing out its 4GB than this does...

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Hardware / Re: Latitude e6430
« on: April 12, 2019, 03:52:47 am »
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If you're after Wireless-AC .. how much do you want to spend because they range in speed and price considerably.

Well the thing is... more that I think about it, it's probably not worth a lot to me. It'd definitely be less than $100 to answer your question in quick fashion.

My desktop computer connects directly via ethernet cable. I have the dock for the laptop, and so it could be that I'm also hard-connecting the laptop to the internet when I'm at home. (I really haven't thought about how I'm going to do this.) Otherwise I have a Chromebook that probably isn't upgradable beyond whatever it's got - probably wireless N. And then there's my iPhone, which... you know. I honestly don't care about the dang phone,

Probably more pertinent over speed might be range for the Latitude. Sometimes I pull up (I work nights) in the cab and use my own WiFi, which is positioned maybe 25 or 30ft from the street curb. There's that. My apartment is something like 200sq ft. It's not like I'm lounging around in one part (the toilet, perhaps?) or another (the bedroom/kitchen/living area) with whatever wireless device.

I dunno. It's hard to justify throwing a lot of money at this issue, given those considerations. I'm all about having the best technology I can afford. It's just that I can't afford much.

The Ookla broadband test registers usually around 180Mbps downstream and 8Mbps up. (<---it actually varies a bit. Occasionally slower than that.) With my current wireless setup I get 25 or 30Mbps down and the upstream number is pretty similar to the ethernet connection. I mean not great, but hardly insufferable, right?

I may have just talked myself out of it. The truth is that when I think about it, I could almost do without WiFi here at home...  :-\ :-\ Not that I will. I'm just saying.

So maybe the next question would be is it worth the upgrade to AC on the laptop for surfing at remote locations? Airports and hotels and coffee shops and... whatever?

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Hardware / Re: Latitude e6430
« on: April 11, 2019, 09:35:44 am »
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As far as the dock, the ones I am familiar with will charge/power the laptop if you plug your power supply into the dock.

Oh! You're right! I didn't see that! Thanks! That rather changes my thoughts about the whole docking setup!

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Hardware / Re: Latitude e6430
« on: April 11, 2019, 09:10:21 am »
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That said, the one on the right is only going to give you increased speed if you also have a wireless AC router.

Yeah good point. I'll have to look at all this stuff. I have a Motorola SBG6580.

I'm running some speed tests and this thing is pretty slow. Not the modem (ethernet) itself, but the wireless is pretty slow. I do have another modem that the cable company issued to me recently, I might feel inclined to upgrade to a wireless AC router. I believe this thing only broadcasts a, b, g and n. That's sort of sad and outdated, huh?

I didn't realize my WiFi was so slow. Well I'm not gonna bother upgrading my WiFi card until I upgrade my router!

Any thoughts about wireless routers? Anyone?

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Hardware / Re: Latitude e6430
« on: April 11, 2019, 08:34:50 am »
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The docks are most useful, IMO, for desktop replacement type setups, with an external  monitor, keyboard and mouse. Then you can just dock and un-dock without worrying about all the peripheral connections.

Sure. I get it - now. I think I was actually (originally) thinking that the dock charged the laptop. Now I understand it's actually the other way around, the laptop powers the dock. I think if I didn't already have a very capable desktop system (eighth-gen i3/NVMe SSD/16GB RAM) I might be more inclined to go with the docking setup. Actually I do have two monitors, it occurs to me that I could set up one monitor with the dock and the other with the desktop system. Not sure what's the point (I live in a one-room apartment) but... yeah. I have two sets of speakers, also...

Actually I even have spare mouse/keyboard etc... lordie. I have a lot of stuff.

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Hardware / Re: Latitude e6430
« on: April 11, 2019, 07:21:58 am »
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You can set the touchpad to disable itself when typing .. run:
xfce4-mouse-settings
and on the

Device > Touchpad

tab, tick "Disable touchpad whilst typing", and set the "Duration" slider to the amount of time before it becomes active again.

Probably best not to mess with other settings in there as they might conflict with those in the Peppermint Control Center.


Oh good. That's a real simple fix to something that was causing me considerable consternation! Thanks!

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Hardware / Latitude e6430
« on: April 11, 2019, 03:23:58 am »
I got a Latitude e6430 for $90. Works fine, I have it up and running PM9. It didn't come with a HDD or OS, just sort of bare drive bay or slot or whatever you call it. So I plugged my SSD in there and all seems well, so far. The SSD is, thus, unsecured in that drive bay, but I did order a HDD caddy cover. I should get that later today via USPS. Seems like there might be rubber rails or something that fit onto the sides of a HDD that would have originally fit into that drive slot? Do you need those for an SSD? I'm guessing I probably need some additional screws. I do have some computer screws, but mostly just for desktop cases, I don't know whether any of of them will be usable for this.

I think think this is one of those 9 cell batteries, sort of sticks out at the back of the computer? 97Wh?

I bought a dock, which looked great on paper. Not so much in practice. Just takes up quite a bit of space. I don't have much space.

I seem to be brushing my hand up against the touchpad when I'm typing and sometimes highlight/deleting what I just typed, or else some other funky business where I inadvertently close the browser or something. I guess I just have clumsy hands and I'm not used to this whole touchpad/keypad configuration. I'm trying to keep my hands away from the touchpad when I'm typing.

This machine came with 4GB RAM so I think I'll add some memory. Probably 8GB will do me. I have 16GB RAM in my desktop sort of "just because and why-not" but it's overkill - for me, I mean. I was going to look at what's already in there so that I know just what to order. Keep in mind I still haven't had this machine for 24hrs...

Maybe some other upgrades... backlit keypad, 2nd drive there where there's currently a disk drive. I know someone in this forum told me there's also improved WiFi to be had since this machine was built and originally sold.  :-\ :-\

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CPU~Dual core Intel Core i5-3340M (-MT-MCP-) speed/max~1312/3400 MHz Kernel~4.15.0-47-generic x86_64 Up~12:54 Mem~1269.3/3848.3MB HDD~64.0GB(13.2% used) Procs~203 Client~Shell inxi~2.3.56 

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Hardware / Re: NVMe
« on: January 31, 2019, 05:34:56 am »
You just slot it in, push down, and screw it until you can screw no more .. hmm, well you did ask :o

Man, you are really feisty today!    :D

No, that's fine. That was exactly my question, as silly and basic as it must have seemed!

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Hardware / Re: NVMe
« on: January 28, 2019, 01:49:46 pm »
Thanks. Alway appreciate your take on these things. You probably just confirmed some of my own thoughts and impulses about the thing, but I appreciate having someone else articulate it. So I found the 970 EVO Plus drives on Amazon, after all. I guess you have to look harder. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07M7Q21N7/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I pre-ordered the 500GB drive. $130. It ships on Feb 10. I was right, they haven't quite hit the shelves, here. I'll never come anywhere close to filling up a 500GB drive. I was more concerned or interested in the performance than the capacity, of course, and they seem to have improved the write speeds rather significantly... Next up? How do I install this thing?? I sort of looked at that socket, but not real closely. I think I'll need my reading glasses!

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Hardware / NVMe
« on: January 28, 2019, 08:39:00 am »
I'm looking at NVMe SSD's to fill that gaping void in my motherboard's M.2 slot. If I just want an SSD to fill that M.2 slot and don't want my brain to hurt from reading-and-thinking, should I just go with the Samsung 970 EVO? One wouldn't want to die from overexposure to specs and benchmarks, right?? There's apparently a 970 EVO Plus but I only saw it on Amazon.uk. I'm not sure the thing has really hit the shelves in North America. I'm afraid amazon.uk might charge a few bob or tuppence for shipping. You know how the Brits are.

I was looking at these drives. Company called addlink. Never heard of them: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F8TVSLT/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=ATXWRH05YYYX5&psc=1 The warranty isn't great, but the endurance rating (TBW) for some reason rather dramatically exceeds the Samsung drives, but maybe that's hype or bs. I wonder if it's accurate? I've also heard that most manufacturers greatly underestimate the endurance of their drives in the specs. So maybe Samsung did, and the other manufacturer didn't?

Let me clarify that I use my drive primarily, almost exlusively, as a boot drive. Not much else. I don't have much, or any, data that is like. You know. Ark Of The Covenant-type stuff. I think what I have on this drive, right now, is... oh, let's see. Ah yes! The operating system. How much space does PM9 take? 7 or 8GB? Many times have I simply wiped my drive clean and installed a new OS, maybe store a few things in the cloud beforehand, but I'm really not much of a packrat. Probably a few times I've wiped something I meant to keep and thought oh well, I can find and replace it later... I'm a minimalist, I'm a low-power user, etc. I probably can't stress this enough. I'm always wondering how many of these numbers really only existsin the head of a prospective buyer, and maybe you benchmark it once and say yep, that's what they said it would do (or hopefully not "nope, that's really bad.") and then never again, and forget about it. I mean, I do get the sense that some of these lunatics really do spend a lot of time benchmarking. And that's fine, I'm not saying it's not normal.

So what I mean to say is that I think this drive would be reading a lot more than it would be writing. Not that it doesn't appeal to me to have faster write speeds, you know, but I'm not sure at what price. I've heard some folks suggest that a 500GB drive might be the sweet spot for a lot of people - price/performance/capacity. Maybe. I think with most of these drives, the write speed nearly doubles when you move from the 250GB to the 500GB unit. That might actually compel me to spend a little more for the larger drive. Or maybe I'll just go with the slower write speed and buy a new sweater. I've always wanted a powder-blue lambswool sweater.

This is my desktop system:

System:    Host: mike-B360M-DS3H Kernel: 4.15.0-43-generic x86_64 bits: 64
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Nine
Machine:   Device: desktop System: Gigabyte product: B360M-DS3H serial: N/A
           Mobo: Gigabyte model: B360M DS3H v: x.x serial: N/A
           UEFI [Legacy]: American Megatrends v: F6 date: 07/13/2018
Battery    hidpp__0: charge: N/A condition: NA/NA Wh
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i3-8100 (-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB
           clock speeds: max: 3600 MHz 1: 800 MHz 2: 800 MHz 3: 800 MHz 4: 800 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Device 3e91
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )
           drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics (Coffeelake 3x8 GT2)
           version: 4.5 Mesa 18.0.5
Audio:     Card-1 Intel Device a348 driver: snd_hda_intel
           Card-2 C-Media CM108 Audio Controller driver: USB Audio
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-43-generic
Network:   Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCIE Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: enp1s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: e0:d5:5e:ae:0e:64
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 64.0GB (13.6% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: Drevo_X1_pro_64G size: 64.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 59G used: 8.2G (15%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0C mobo: 27.8C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 219 Uptime: 1 day Memory: 3795.3/15903.0MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56

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If you suffer screen tearing with your new hardware, open a topic about it and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Thanks. As I've indicated, I don't think I've ever had it happen with PM7. But I wouldn't mind getting up and running on PM9.

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I did, indeed, order the i3 cpu, and a couple 4GB modules of DDR4 2400 for a total of 16GB. Gigabyte B360M motherboard with four RAM slots. Should all arrive Wednesday.

With the next generation of Intel cpu, and slightly upgraded iGPU I'm wondering if it might mitigate the whole issue I was having with screen tearing in PM8 and 9. Although for the time being, I'm perfectly content to stick with Peppermint 7 at least until support expires in... what was it? 2021?

Is this screen tearing very common, does it trace back to this particular kernal of Linux or edition of Ubuntu, etc?? Just curious. Maybe as it interacts with one or another GPU? I never experienced it I don't think until PM8. Or maybe it's the 7th gen Celeron?

I guess if I was more adventurous or devout or something I'd load PM9 and just work through the thing until I conquered it... Am I too much of a PM fair weather fan??

In my defense, I'm completely devoted and sold on PM7!

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Sounds to me like there's a little devil on your shoulder trying to talk you into it .. you do realise that little devil is YOU right ? .. if you want one, go ahead and buy one ;)

You can never have too much computing horsepower .. even if it's just (as you suggested) futureproofing :)

Hah hah. Busted! Yeah, there's the Puritan in me or something, telling me that one can live without extravagances. I guess that's the "angel" on the one shoulder. I think if this was a Warner Bros. cartoon, we'd slap her and tell her to get lost, you ninny! I probably will do the upgrade. I'll need a new mobo for the 8th gen cpu. And I'll probably get a bit more RAM. A motherboard with four slots so that I can make use of my existing DDR4. Maybe a 1TB nvme SSD could come with tax refunds in a couple months.

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,,,Celeron is basically the previous year's Pentium, which is the year before that's i3...

Certainly the 8th gen i3's are roughly equivalent to the 7th gen i5's.

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Not that I've really ruled anything out. These gift cards are more or less windfalls. I might not come up with any more pressing or vital way to spend my Scrooge McDuck good fortune. PCNetSpec has alluded to longevity of SSD's as it pertains to the sanctity of one's data. I don't really keep a whole lot of data. But still, point taken. I think we've discussed this before, that a 1TB SSD is going to last significantly longer than what I've got, here - 64GB. (At the time, the larger SSD's seemed pricey, and I got this one - Drevo - for about $35) Similarly, if the Celeron cpu seems sufficient right now, what about five years from now? Seven, eight? We'll all be zipping around in flying saucers and living in cloud cities or on the moon, or Mars,  by then, of course... My point is five years from now the Celeron might seem (even to me) underpowered, whereas the quad-core i3... I dunno. Hard to say, but seems unlikely.

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