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  1. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Custom laptop with Ubuntu crashes unexpectedly

    RAM can be a problem i Linux and when memory gets low it will hang and freeze. This is one article on the subject: There are others about low RAM on Phoronix as well but not in the best condition to go searching as just had...
  2. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Lafité III and Intel SSD 760p / Mint

    The Samsung m2 drives are OK with Ubuntu in the 14" Lafitte and I have run Ubuntu on a variety of machines with Samsung m2 drives.
  3. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Crashing in All Games (New Laptop)

    Glad you have got it fixed and agree with Ubuysa, it is a good help for others to provide this sort of information.
  4. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST dual boot W10/vista

    Good advice from Scotster and I would second the XP option over Vista, although I only use my XP machine off line and would not do otherwise.
  5. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Graphic tablet drivers

    Found this useful in getting my Huion tablet going plus they have drivers for many others as well:
  6. Stephen M


    Agree, they have been really impressive in many areas. I am very pleased with my i9 desk top so will not need a new PC and cannot justify getting one but AMD would certainly be my first choice CPU now.
  7. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Desktop replacement Laptop for Linux, gaming and dev work.

    The Octane runs well with 'nix, I mainly use Ubuntu but have tried a few other distros on it. The i9 for the laptop is undervolted and I have not heard of heat issues with it, although my machine is the i7. Any reason for 2 nvme drives, one 1TB drive would be simpler and free up a little space.
  8. Stephen M


    Really good to see the effort AMD are putting in these days, especially for 'nix users:
  9. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST 16Gb RAM but only 13.9 usable?

    Agree with Oussebon that losing that much RAM is more than a conversion thing. As for the other, I hope that the use of gibi, mebi, kibi etc become standard. It may be annoying to some but it is an unfortunate situation that needs addressing. Using a decimal prefix for a binary number was never...
  10. Stephen M


    Same here, I keep two back ups of everything, can seem a bit OTT but drives can fail at any time even with surge protectors and stuff like that so it is worth being a bit over-cautious.
  11. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Interesting Linux site

    Just found this, can be a bit slow but a good way of having a look at Distros:
  12. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST User Benchmark totally manipulating already misleading results!!!

    That benchmark stuff has got to be some of the most biased junk I have seen and as a former editor I have seen a lot of biased junk.
  13. Stephen M


    This is a great site for looking at Linux distros: What other uses will you have for the computer, any gaming? I would certainly reconsider and go with an AMD build, they are by far the best CPUs at the moment and although there were a couple of issues with Linux on the...
  14. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST hi, bit of a computer dummy

    For what you have mentioned the GPU is fine, although if you intend to use the machine for a lot of gaming you would need a better one. I run Vms on and Intel set up which was bought before AMD rejoined the the world of the living but looking at Spydertracks config I would say that is fine...
  15. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST What Are Some Good Sub £100 Headphones for "Gaming" and Listening to Audiophile Music

    I am happy with these for music:
  16. Stephen M


    The two pin is the standard European. This is a handy site if you travel a lot:
  17. Stephen M


    It is a great shame that AMD spent such a long time not competing at all, I find it hard to believe they were just concentrating on development all that time and the result was they gave Intel an easy ride. AMD are not just producing good stuff now but are listening to people, if you go over to...
  18. Stephen M

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Purchase computer for students

    There is a lot of good free software about which you can save money on, either Libre or Open Office are as good as the Microsoft version and do all it does. Unless you use specific software that requires Windows you could consider transferring to Linux, that will save almost 100 quid a machine...
  19. Stephen M


    I know people who have used Matlab and it benefits from a good CPU so I think the i9 would be a better choice for you. My experience of Minitab and Veusz ( suggest going for the best CPU. The i9 in my desk top has been fine, although I am not a gamer so unsure about any...
  20. Stephen M


    Nice to see AMD quickly address the problem with trying to run some 'nix distros on their new CPUs: