Recent content by Stephen M | PCSPECIALIST

Recent content by Stephen M

  1. Stephen M


    Welcome along. Am not quite getting my State pension yet but not far off, unless I have a heart attack during a swearing session when trying to "fix" my computer.
  2. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Advice required on spec please!

    Agree with Oussebon, plus once your 30-day Microsoft Office has expired you can save money by going with Libre or Open Office, both free and very good.
  3. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Unable to install Linux

    Hope you can get it sorted. A thought, PCS are generally very good but they specify they do not support Linux and it can frighten some people. As this is a BIOS, Intel etc issue perhaps it best not to mention Linux unless you have to but just point out you are unable to see the NVMe to partition it.
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Unable to install Linux

    That looks the best option, I cannot see the drive itself being a problem, I have run Samsung NVMes on a number of 'nix systems. The problem is whether the BIOS can simply be changed on this machine. Mine is the older Lafitte but is using the same Intel CPU dependant graphics and a Samsung EVO...
  5. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Unable to install Linux

    Still struggling but another thought. If you can get a "try Ubuntu" to work by USB of if you can run Ubunbtu from a USB drive (it is possible to install Ubuntu on a stick with another computer then use that). If you can get that to boot use the "disks" option in "utilities" on the Ubuntu menu. I...
  6. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Unable to install Linux

    Unfortunately I m at a loss at the moment, have read those links and they provide info but not much help. Not a solution but it would be interesting to know if you are able to install Ubuntu on another drive connected to the Lafitte, either internal or USB, at least it would give you another...
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Unable to install Linux

    Did not realise you had Windows already installed on it. What exactly is showing when get to the partition screen when you try to install Ubuntu? It seems odd that the disc is not being recognised by GParted if Windows is successfully running on it, what, if anything, is GParted showing?
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Unable to install Linux

    If it is not showing on Gparted it sounds like either the drive is kaput or has come disconnected. Is anything showing on Gparted, there is a drop down top right to choose drives, on mine the M2 shows as /dev/nvme0n1, while the SATA drives are /dev/sda and /dev/sdb. Have you looked inside, PCS...
  9. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Unable to install Linux

    I have a Lafitte with Ubuntu on, albeit an older model and had no problems. Have you tried using Gparted to check the drive is OK: You could also try reformatting the drive before an install attempt. I will have a further think on this but not come across a problem like this...
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Careful when updating your kernel to 5.5

    There has been a bit of a foul up with the 5.5 'nix kernel missing much-needed Intel graphics driver patches and this will cause system hangs forcing a reboot. Check here:
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    I have run a variety of Linux distros on PCS machines, including the Octane and Mint should be fine. I do not game but know there will be limitations and it will be worth checking whether the games you wish to play are OK with 'nix. There is software such as WINE or PlayonLinux but I would never...
  12. Stephen M


    As one use is coding I expect you will be well up to date with Linux distros on AMD, things have gone very well and apart from a couple of early issues with the latest Ryzens, which AMD had sorted immediately, it has all been good. There has been quite a bit about them on this site...
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    These are benchmarks for Linux but worth reading anyway as give a good idea what the new Ryzen is like:
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    Agree with Scotster about RAM, 16 GB is ideal but it is worth bearing in mind that PCS allow us to work on our machines without voiding the warranty. So you could go with 8GB now and add more when your budget allows.
  15. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Help finding a laptop for music production and video gaming

    External storage can sometimes be quite cheap, Amazon have offers from time to time. What DAW and music software do you use, if it is Linux compatible you may want to consider a dual-boot system with Window and a Linux Studio Distro, they have low latency kernels which makes them far better for...