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Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
August 18, 2021, 10:30:36 PM
Hello Mad Penguin,

Thanks for that and apologies for the late response. Truth is, everything has been behaving itself recently so it slipped my mind.

The rig in your link looks interesting. I'm tempted to replicate it as closely as possible and hopefully have a faster, more reliable computer. Mine dates back to 2007/8 so it's done it's bit. I fancied a smaller form factor than ATX but I can live without it. I'll try to source the components and let you know what happens...
Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
August 01, 2021, 12:11:11 AM
Me again!

The fans are running fine, but I had a re-occurence of the problem yesterday. It seemed to be a kernel panic. Keyboard shortcuts didn't work.

I ran Memtest which showed no errors.

Just now I booted up and the keyboard didn't work, although I could move the cursor, but clicking had no effect. A restart got me running but my ethernet connection was resolutely offline. A change of cable fixed that and cast doubt over the faulty motherboard theory!

It's an old rig and I'd hapilly replace it with a nice new SFF box, but the thought of all the research into which combinations support Linux makes me want to sit in a corner and rock... I used to enjoy that kind of stuff, but these days I'd just like the hardware to work!

Anyway, I'm monitoring the situation.
Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
July 25, 2021, 08:45:05 PM
Thanks again guys for the useful information.

I'm waiting for the problem to re-occur so I can try some of your ideas. So far the system is behaving itself...

I doubt it's heat related though. There's a single SSD in the box. No HDDs.

I'll install im-sensors and smartmontools though, and check.
Actually Keith, Linux isn't even an operating system. It's the kernel around which each distro builds an operating system.

Your point is absolutely correct though. Linux isn't a single entity and is maintained by volunteers, whether the kernel itself or the distros based on it.

Besides which, creating and supporting a search engine is a very different challenge from writing an OS and presumably involves massively more investment in hardware.
Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
July 21, 2021, 10:29:48 PM
Thanks Keith,

I'll try memtest first, complete reinstall as last resort.

If the problem doesn't happen too often I can sort of live with it, at least for a while. I just wondered whether it was a known problem.

Come to think of it, it could also be a motherboard problem. One of my front USB ports has stopped working, and the mouse is USB (plugged in at the back). I'll dig out a PS2 mouse or a PS2/USB adapter and try that route...
Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
July 21, 2021, 09:39:36 PM
Hello folks,

Sorry about the delayed response - life keeps getting in the way!

They usually freeze just after boot up but in time to stop me from inputting my user password. I seem to remember it happening once after I'd been working for a while but can't remember how long it took.

I think it's completely unresponsive but I didn't know that combination caused a shutdown. I'll try it next time.

By the way, I upgraded to Xubuntu 20.04 but it's still happening.
Hello Folks,

I've been running Xubuntu 18.04 for a very long time with no problems, but recently the mouse and keyboard keep freezing and I have to push the reboot button on the case to get them back.

Any ideas please? Is anyone else experiencing this? Could it be a recent update?

Thanks for any suggestions. Seems weird to be here knowing that Mark won't be among the first responders...
Linux Support / Re: Advice needed on new PC [solved]
December 18, 2020, 10:10:33 PM
Where do I begin? After all the questions and answers above (and thanks for all the help folks), I had an epiphany moment last night.

I said my motherboard was on it's last legs because strange things kept happening. Some USB ports stopped working, the boot process would stop sometimes and say that the processor had been changed. Other times it was fine. I assumed the board was gradually failing. Then last night the system clock switched to the year 2059. Bingo! Motherboard battery failure... I swapped the battery this evening and everything looks fine so far.

All this has got me interested in a more modern computer though, so I'll probably build one soon. Or I might just get a pcie M.2 drive and increase my RAM in the short term. I'm taking a break from all this researching for a while - I'm also spending a lot of time looking for a new car, and that really is getting urgent. I don't think a £2.50 battery will solve that one.

Anyway, I'll mark this solved. Thank you all for the advice and for your time. It was much appreciated.
Linux Support / Re: Advice needed on new PC
December 09, 2020, 10:12:40 PM
Me too.

I think I'm going to have to stop looking for an easy fix and get down to some serious research. A quick look at scan.co.uk seems to suggest that Asrock boards look promising..
Linux Support / Re: Advice needed on new PC
December 09, 2020, 08:50:57 PM
Quote from: Keith on November 13, 2020, 10:16:43 AM
The Gigabyte page includes the following note:
    1. Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors' website or 3rd party website.

The B450 board that I bought works fine with Ubuntu 18.04 but not with Ubuntu 20.04 which wouldn't let me log in, so I might explore that issue. 

I just checked the AMD website Keith and there is no sign of a linux driver for that chipset...
Linux Support / Re: Advice needed on new PC
December 04, 2020, 10:55:12 PM
Still no word from Gigabyte. Customer service or what?

Plus I've been sidetracked by work and other problems. I'll have to get back to this soon though.

Linux Support / Re: Advice needed on new PC
November 17, 2020, 11:39:41 PM
Not ignoring you guys, it's just that I asked Gigabyte for some information and I'm waiting for their reply...

Thanks for the links Keith. The number of options with SSDs  is a bit bewildering. Remember when it was just ATA (IDE) or SATA?
Linux Support / Re: Advice needed on new PC
November 13, 2020, 11:56:10 PM
Thanks Keith,

It does help. If I go for this option I'll reuse my old PCIe graphics card at first and replace it if necessary. I hate the way manufacturers muddy the water with half-truths - like 2 16x PCIe slots when one of them will almost certainly run at 8x

I think I need to ask some questions of Novatech now. Such as does the motherboard support NVMe. Might as well go the whole hog. Only 1 left in stock now, so that's the next nuisance..

I'm running Xubuntu 18.04 so I presume (hope) it should work on this kit. I'd be very interested to hear what happens when you download the driver from AMD and try Ubuntu 20.04. Still, nice to see motherboard vendors even acknowledging Linux..the world has truly tilted on it's axis. Trump out. Cummings going. The world in Lockdown. Now Linux being acknowledged. I don't know which is most surprising.

Thanks again for your time.

Linux Support / Re: Advice needed on new PC
November 13, 2020, 12:25:52 AM
Thanks Keith, and hello folks.

Sorry to keep throwing questions at you, but how does this look?

https://www.novatech.co.uk/barebonebundles/view/bb-36008d.html (https://www.novatech.co.uk/barebonebundles/view/bb-36008d.html)

Novatech says no onboard graphics. Gigabyte.com suggests otherwise.

https://www.gigabyte.com/uk/Motherboard/B450M-DS3H-rev-10/sp#sp (https://www.gigabyte.com/uk/Motherboard/B450M-DS3H-rev-10/sp#sp)

Obviously I'd add another 8GB of ram and an M.2 SSD.

I'm finding the idea of a self build to be more of a chore than a challenge these days. I just need a reliable, modern, fairly fast machine that will run Linux and I'd rather someone else built it and tested it so I can get on with other things and just use it.

Thank you all for your input. Much appreciated.

Linux Support / Re: Advice needed on new PC
November 12, 2020, 12:32:09 AM
Just found this.

https://www.novatech.co.uk/motherboardbundles/view/mbb-360x16.html (https://www.novatech.co.uk/motherboardbundles/view/mbb-360x16.html)

Unless I'm missing something, it ticks all the boxes and then some, and comes pre-built and tested. The chipset looks to support Linux...

I'm a bit baffled by..

"Supports 1st, 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ / Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics and 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Graphics / Athlon™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics Desktop Processors for Socket AM4".

and.. whether there are any PCIE 4x slots although it apparently has an onboard M.2 slot

Any thoughts much appreciated. I need to get this sorted ASAP now. My current box is dying on it's @rse.