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    Re: It seems one can still do it even after all this while

    Found while looking for a front panel add-on from the Far East:
    the fan controller also can hand set up the computer's alarming temperature range
    Been there, seen that happen.
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    Re: It seems one can still do it even after all this while

    That 3 year old desktop is still behaving impeccably, though the boy switched his operating system a while ago to simplify a few things.

    I just surprised myself. I have a long train trip tomorrow and I'm not going to carry my 15" ten year old laptop, it weighs too much. I walked over to Curry's and paid £150 for a brand new 11" 1150g laptop with an N4000 processor, 4GB DDR4-2133 memory, 64GB eMMC storage, 1366x768 resolution, a Lenovo IdeaPad S130-11IGM. I'm not sure my eyes would cope with FHD on an 11" screen, though I'd insist if it were 14"+.

    It comes supplied with Windows 10 S. I powered it on using Fn-F2 to BIOS, turned all options like UEFI to legacy, changed the default boot order to USB HDD then internal storage and installed Linux Mint 19.2. I hope Microsoft are having to pay Lenovo to put their trap of an operating system on the machine, it's a dreadfully crippled OS which can't install programs and the system overhead wrecks the hardware's potential performance. For those who might not see it, there's a pinhole cold reboot button by the micro-SD card slot.

    I knew getting WiFi up was a manual effort so I started with an Edimax Nano Wireless Adaptor USB, usually in a Raspberry Pi and problem-free. Once I'd updated, brought in the patch from https://github.com/tomaspinho/rtl8821ce for the onboard WiFi, ran the DKMS script and rebooted, the laptop was ready. It has space inside for a 2TB M.2 SSD, or I could add a 512GB Micro SD card in the side, but I don't need to for the moment.

    As far as I can tell, looking at the 118-page maintenance manual, there's no internal fan. There's certainly no noise, the screen is bright enough, the sound is 1W abysmal but I use headphones, the touchpad works but I always plug in a full-size USB mouse anyway. As far as I can feel there's no heat in the case anywhere and the power draw from the mains, with the screen on full brightness, has been a steady 18W.

    Every keyboard needs time for my fingers to get acquainted, the power button is where I press for delete so that's something to adjust. The home.pg.end keys are Fn overlays on the arrow keys which is not my preference. Other than that, all my files transferred on a USB stick, the storage is all encrypted, nothing I've run feels slow.

    I made Curry's plug it in and power it up to check it worked before I took it from the shop, which gave me an excuse to leave all the cardboard and polystyrene with them. I can't remember when I last had a new laptop but it may have been in the 1980s. Laptops used to cost more than desktops but that's definitely reversed now.
    Last edited by spot; 12-03-2019 at 05:49 AM. Reason: correct power draw
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    From the upper tier of the Leppings Lane End of the Hillsborough Stadium, I watched the events of that day unfold with horror.
    When the flowers want to oxygen and nutrition, or you’re a wedding or party planner, I will help you too much.
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    Re: It seems one can still do it even after all this while

    And I'm now on the train and it works quite well. There's no Kensington lock slot which I admit I didn't check before buying. Very odd. Maybe there's no internal frame to keep it this light.
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    The watch of your vision has become reasonable today.

    England's troubles will increase until the bishops open Joanna Southcott's box.
    It’s normal. You must provoke. You must insult the belief of all monotheists. You must make fun of the belief of all monotheists.
    From the upper tier of the Leppings Lane End of the Hillsborough Stadium, I watched the events of that day unfold with horror.
    When the flowers want to oxygen and nutrition, or you’re a wedding or party planner, I will help you too much.
    Write that word in the blood

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    Re: It seems one can still do it even after all this while

    We are held at Camborne by the train stopped at Redruth for a replacement driver following a near-miss of a trespasser at the local crossing. Dolcoath.
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    The watch of your vision has become reasonable today.

    England's troubles will increase until the bishops open Joanna Southcott's box.
    It’s normal. You must provoke. You must insult the belief of all monotheists. You must make fun of the belief of all monotheists.
    From the upper tier of the Leppings Lane End of the Hillsborough Stadium, I watched the events of that day unfold with horror.
    When the flowers want to oxygen and nutrition, or you’re a wedding or party planner, I will help you too much.
    Write that word in the blood

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    Re: It seems one can still do it even after all this while

    That was an hour and 7 minutes to Truro. The train is now packed with 90 minutes worth of backed-up cancelled travellers.

    The warranty on this machine is interesting. I'm covered for 420 days hardware.

    For £110 Lenovo will extend that with an impressive offer. I can have an additional 3 years beyond January 2021, with next-day on-site hardware repair or immediate product replacement with new, and they include accidental damage in that.

    I'm not even tempted, but it's a good deal.

    Parts & Labor Advanced Phone Support with Dedicated Lenovo Experts Fastest - Repairs done at your location, Next Business Day Comprehensive Hardware & Software Support Getting Started & "How To" Assistance Comprehensive Yearly Health Check

    Additional protection covering common accidents outside of the system warranty such as damage from accidental drops, spills, electrical surges. Repairs completed in depot or onsite, depending on the issue.

    All systems repaired with genuine Lenovo parts by certified technicians.

    If the unit cannot be repaired, we’ll replace it once.
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    Who has a spare two minutes to play in this month's FG Trivia game!

    The watch of your vision has become reasonable today.

    England's troubles will increase until the bishops open Joanna Southcott's box.
    It’s normal. You must provoke. You must insult the belief of all monotheists. You must make fun of the belief of all monotheists.
    From the upper tier of the Leppings Lane End of the Hillsborough Stadium, I watched the events of that day unfold with horror.
    When the flowers want to oxygen and nutrition, or you’re a wedding or party planner, I will help you too much.
    Write that word in the blood

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    Re: It seems one can still do it even after all this while

    I've just left Taunton on the stopping train, being 45 minutes late. If I manage a 3 minute switch at Temple Meads I'll be in Bath before 10, otherwise not. At least I have Über on my phone once I get that far.
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    Who has a spare two minutes to play in this month's FG Trivia game!

    The watch of your vision has become reasonable today.

    England's troubles will increase until the bishops open Joanna Southcott's box.
    It’s normal. You must provoke. You must insult the belief of all monotheists. You must make fun of the belief of all monotheists.
    From the upper tier of the Leppings Lane End of the Hillsborough Stadium, I watched the events of that day unfold with horror.
    When the flowers want to oxygen and nutrition, or you’re a wedding or party planner, I will help you too much.
    Write that word in the blood

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    Re: It seems one can still do it even after all this while

    I've arrived in time for a coffee and sleep at least - being a Sunday I could have been stranded in Taunton instead.
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    Who has a spare two minutes to play in this month's FG Trivia game!

    The watch of your vision has become reasonable today.

    England's troubles will increase until the bishops open Joanna Southcott's box.
    It’s normal. You must provoke. You must insult the belief of all monotheists. You must make fun of the belief of all monotheists.
    From the upper tier of the Leppings Lane End of the Hillsborough Stadium, I watched the events of that day unfold with horror.
    When the flowers want to oxygen and nutrition, or you’re a wedding or party planner, I will help you too much.
    Write that word in the blood

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    Re: It seems one can still do it even after all this while

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    Nullius in verba|||||||||||
    Who has a spare two minutes to play in this month's FG Trivia game!

    The watch of your vision has become reasonable today.

    England's troubles will increase until the bishops open Joanna Southcott's box.
    It’s normal. You must provoke. You must insult the belief of all monotheists. You must make fun of the belief of all monotheists.
    From the upper tier of the Leppings Lane End of the Hillsborough Stadium, I watched the events of that day unfold with horror.
    When the flowers want to oxygen and nutrition, or you’re a wedding or party planner, I will help you too much.
    Write that word in the blood

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