Using the Mini DisplayPort on the Clevo N151CU / Lafité IV / System76 Darter Pro / Entroware Proteus

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Display port config.

Sorry for the title gore. But it’s the only way to let people know that all four of these laptops are identical. These laptops come with an HDMI port and a Mini DisplayPort. Here’s how to get both working simultaneously so you can have three screens. Enter the Dragon BIOS Restart your laptop. Press the…

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Review: Yanmai USB Microphone

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An upright microphone.

We’re in the age of endless conference calls. So I decided to spruce up my audio hardware. Sadly, I don’t have the budget for a professional podcaster’s microphone. Luckily, I was sent this cheapo model to review. And, I’m pleased to say, it’s pretty good! Comes with a reasonably long USB cord, and a pop-shield.…

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Wanted – audio output based on screen output for Linux

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OS displaying a long list of options.

I think what I’m asking for is impossible… I have a Linux laptop with built in speakers and an external monitor with speakers. The laptop connects to the screen via HDMI. I have my Linux desktop set up for dual screens. If I drag a window from one screen to the other, I want the…

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Configuring Pop!_OS – Keyboard lights, fonts, and more

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Font selection panel.

I’ve got a new laptop which runs Linux! These are mostly notes to myself. Fonts First, from the console, install Gnome Tweaks sudo apt install gnome-tweaks Run Tweaks and select “Fonts”. You can swap fonts, boost them, and generally have a good fiddle. Increasing the scaling factor is a good way to boost the size…

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Fix screen tearing on rotated external monitors (Ubuntu / POP!_OS)

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Pop up window with several login options.

I have a vertical monitor for my new Linux laptop. Because it is rotated 90 degrees, this causes problems with some graphics drivers on Linux (and Mac!). Here’s a solution I found for my Intel graphics card. Edit this file: sudo nano /etc/gdm3/custom.conf Find this line: WaylandEnable=false Change it to: #WaylandEnable=false Reboot. On Pop!_OS, there…

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Gadget Review: Perixx Trackball (PERIPRO-506) on Linux / Mac

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A red trackball set in black plastic.

I haven’t used a trackball in earnest since about 1998 – when they were briefly all the rage at school. But we’re all working from home during lockdown, and my desk isn’t big enough to accommodate a full-sized keyboard and mouse. So I thought I’d try a trackball. This doesn’t need an unboxing video, or…

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Review – Clevo N151CU / Lafité IV / System76 Darter Pro / Entroware Proteus

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A laptop showing off its ports.

Sorry for the title gore. But it’s the only way to let people know that all four of these laptops are identical. Taiwanese manufacturer Clevo makes the N151CU laptop. They sell it directly to resellers, who in turn sell it on to consumers. It has excellent Linux support. Both Entroware (in the UK) and System76…

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Things I can’t do on MacOS which I can do on Ubuntu

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A MacBook running Linux.

I’ve never “got” the appeal of a Mac. But I have to use one for work. Here’s a partial list of everything I cannot do on a Mac, but I can do on Ubuntu. These are all objective facts. These are things which either are impossible, or require adding unsupported 3rd party software – sometimes…

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Dude! I’m getting a (Linux) Dell! Maybe…

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Two Dell laptops next to each other.

I need a new laptop. My old one is dying a long, slow death. My requirements are modest – runs Ubuntu and charges via USB-C. Cheap would be a bonus – as would a num-pad – but I’ll take what I can get! Loads of people have recommended the Dell XPS13 series. I’m looking at…

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The Laptop of Theseus

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Laptop covered in stickers.

My laptop battery has died. It was working fine yesterday, but today I shifted slightly on the sofa, dislodging the power cable and the laptop blinked out. It still works when tethered to the wall – but the battery is shot. TIME TO BUY A NEW LAPTOP! Because shipping in non-essentials from China is so…

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