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General Help & Advice / Re: Advice needed on new PC
« on: 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?

General Help & Advice / Re: Advice needed on new PC
« on: 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.


General Help & Advice / Re: Advice needed on new PC
« on: November 13, 2020, 12:25:52 am »
Thanks Keith, and hello folks.

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

Novatech says no onboard graphics. suggests otherwise.

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.


General Help & Advice / Re: Advice needed on new PC
« on: November 12, 2020, 12:32:09 am »
Just found this.

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.


General Help & Advice / Re: Advice needed on new PC
« on: November 11, 2020, 01:50:25 am »
Sorry guys,

Had a few distractions to deal with but I'll make a decision in the next two or three days and report back..

General Help & Advice / Re: Advice needed on new PC
« on: November 05, 2020, 10:24:26 pm »
Hello Mad Penguin.

I'm always willing to be proved wrong, but doesn't the Adata XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB M.2 beat the WD Blue SN550 500Gb M.2 hands down?

And something else which confuses me. Is an M.2 on a PCIe card as good as the same M.2 in a 'native' slot on the motherboard?

Things have changed since my last build. My head hurts!

General Discussion / Re: WTF!
« on: November 05, 2020, 09:53:44 pm »
I take your points, but surely, providing the capabilty is causing the problem. If the bad guys didn't have it, the good guys wouldn't need it.

A bit like saying "Here's how to split the atom. Please don't use this information to create bombs".

General Help & Advice / Re: Problems with search engines
« on: November 03, 2020, 09:57:23 pm »
Thanks Keith.

At least now I know I'm (probably) not going mad.

Gotta love google. I keep expecting to wake up and find a note from them on my pillow...

General Discussion / WTF!
« on: November 03, 2020, 09:37:09 pm »
I'm in the market for a new motherboard, so I did a search for "linux compatible chipset" and this popped up!

Is anybody safe online anymore? Is Kali a bad guy? Why does anyone legitimately need a wireless adapter with Monitor Mode or Packet Injection? Why aren't these wannabe hackers getting arrested when they haven't even got the sense to hide their intentions, or their tracks?

Answers on parchment please. I'm off to buy an abacus...

General Help & Advice / Re: New pc and vitual machine
« on: November 01, 2020, 08:34:14 pm »

But does it compromise the host system? For me the whole point of a VM is for doing stuff I wouldn't risk otherwise - such as letting XP access the internet (very occasionally), for downloading and testing programs I might use on my old (physical) XP workhorse which I keep for running things that are not available in Linux - or which I haven't discovered yet...

General Help & Advice / Re: Advice needed on new PC
« on: November 01, 2020, 07:22:23 pm »
Thanks Penguin,

Interesting. I'll check your link and give it some thought.

I'm tempted to go for a lot of RAM, although somewhere on this board I seem to remember Mark telling me that if I wasn't using swap, more memory would be a waste of money. I suppose things get more memory intensive all the time, so get prepared...

There used to be a problem with adding too much RAM, whereby the OS couldn't address it all so wouldn't even boot. Do we still need to worry about that?

KVM is new to me (except as the acronym for keyboard video and mouse switch). I may pick your brains about it if you don't mind. Don't want to steer us off topic though so I'll start a new thread sometime.

General Help & Advice / Re: Advice needed on new PC
« on: November 01, 2020, 05:44:24 pm »
Thanks both.

I could install two 8GB modules, but I'm already running Virtualbox in a 4GB machine without using swap. I suppose the extra cost would provide a bit of future-proofing, but I'm never likely to get into gaming. Well, not the first person shooter kind. VR seems to be getting quite interesting. Would 16GB be enough for that?

And if I go the AMD route I'll have to spend time identifying a chipset that works with linux and a board which has an M.2 slot...

General Help & Advice / Re: CD Ripping
« on: November 01, 2020, 12:50:00 am »
Just a thought, Melissa,

Can't you use the data stick and chromebook to burn CDs?

I'm not familiar with the chromebook so I may be completely wrong...

General Help & Advice / Re: New pc and vitual machine
« on: October 31, 2020, 10:51:18 pm »
You're welcome Zorba.

I would have responded sooner, but I've hardly been here lately.

Hope it helps. I really find Virtualbox indispensible. I can run Office97 perfectly in it, and '97 has all the features I need. I can't be bothered to share the virtual drive with Xubuntu, although I think that's possible. I just copy anything I need to print onto a usb stick. It works for me.

The beauty of it is, if you want to download something you're not sure of, in windows, you can always revert to an earlier snapshot of the VM if it goes wrong. I install a nice clean version, take a snapshot, then go from there.

General Help & Advice / Problems with search engines
« on: October 31, 2020, 10:09:03 pm »
For a while now I've found that parameters in my searches (eg: +UK, -$) have no apparent effect. Neither does checking 'United Kingdom' in Duckduckgo. Same with google.

Am I missing something? Is it me? Or is it happening to everybody?

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