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Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: January 23, 2022, 07:42:07 pm »
Hello Everybody,

I finally built the new computer last thursday and so far it's been fine. Much faster than the old one and very quiet (no spinners).

ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming ATX Motherboard, AMD Socket AM4, Ryzen 3000 Ready (£108.48)
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler (£214)
Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4 DRAM 2666MHz C16 Memory Kit - Black (£32.49)
Kingston 250GB NV1 NVMe PCIe SSD (£23.74)
Total £378.71

I'm very pleased with it. Thank you all  for your help and your time. In the end it was a satisfying experience to build another computer and have it boot first time. I went for 8GB of RAM because that's more than enough for my needs and easily doubled if my requirements change. I'm still marveling at how much easier a build is without all those bulky HDDs and ribbon cables. Not to mention that the motherboard doesn't need an I/O shield.I've always found them to be the thing that made me curse the most after the first three or four attempts to get them in place.

Keith - I didn't need a new PSU. The existing one was younger than the rest of the box. I replaced it when the original one failed and killed a couple of hard drives!

All in all very pleased, but here's the surprise. It didn't fix the original problem! Unbelievable. It's essentially a completely different computer yet the problem persisted. I swapped the keyboard and that didn't work, so I swapped the mouse. So far so good...

I won't close this thread right now as I'm waiting to see whether the mouse was the culprit, If it was I'm down about £350 but, as I said, I'm very pleased with the new build. Not least because it's capable of running more VMs without breaking a sweat. And £378.71 isn't a lot to pay for this kind of upgrade.

Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: December 21, 2021, 08:48:50 pm »
Thanks again Keith,

Here we go then. My first build in over twelve years. I'm interested to see the performance difference, although I'm not a gamer, so it may not be that obvious. The build looks pretty straightforward, with hardly any cables involved and no ribbon cables at all. Hooray!

I'll report back once it's up and running.

Happy Christmas everybody.


Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: December 21, 2021, 08:20:30 pm »
Thanks Keith,

I'll order it and the RAM tonight then. Hopefully they'll arrive in time to be assembled over the Christmas holiday.

Do you happen to know whether it will run as NVME?


Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: December 20, 2021, 11:40:07 pm »
Evening all,
I'm just about to order the RAM and an M.2 drive, then I should be able to put this thing together at long last.

The latest problem is that Asus' user guide is the most inadequate I've ever seen. It consists of a lot of stupid diagrams and too few words. The 'specifications summary' gives no clue as to whether NVME is supported for M.2 drives, unless I'm missing something.

This is the M.2 I'm thinking of ordering.

Any opinions gratefully accepted...


Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: December 01, 2021, 09:12:23 pm »
Hello Folks.

Sorry for the protracted absence. Personal stuff. I won't bore you with the details.

Anyway, I've ordered the motherboard and processor now so I'm commited to a self-build. I'll order the rest of the components I'll need in the next 2 -3  weeks with a view to building the computer over the Christmas bank holiday. It feels like a chore, but it's got to be better than watching the festive drivel on TV.

I'll report back as and when.

Thanks again for all the help and advice.


Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: November 05, 2021, 11:21:32 pm »
Thanks Keith,

I disabled Adblock Plus for the CCL site and things got a bit better, as in links actually working, but now I keep getting 'page not found' errors. I find it hard to see that as anything but shoddy website design/maintenance.

When I said "That makes me worry about Linux compatibility.." I meant with CCL's systems. They seem very Microsoft-centric. Maybe David was just lucky that his works...

Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: October 27, 2021, 01:39:50 am »
CCL's site doesn't even work on my PC, either in Firefox or in Chrome, and they don't seem very bothered about that. They say they're a Microsoft accredited partner and can't advise on Linux (or words to that effect). That makes me worry about Linux compatibility...

Looks like I'm going to have to go for another self build, tedious though I find that these days.

Again, thanks guys. Watch this space.

Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: October 19, 2021, 11:33:12 pm »
If you built up your £250 PC yourself I am sure many readers would be very interested in your solution - perhaps a post in General discussion? 


I'd certainly be interested...

Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: October 19, 2021, 01:44:20 am »
Blimey. This gets more tiresome by the day. The motherboard offers Displayport and HDMI interfaces but I'm gathering they are dependent on which CPU you install.

Nonetheless. Onward and upward...

Thanks for the advice folks. I'll think about a wireless keyboard and mouse. The convenience is very appealing, but I like my Cherry Black keyboard and Microsoft mouse. I'm tempted to dabble with gaming/virtual reality so maybe I need a decent graphics card anyway.

Watch this space.

(I'm off now to look up multikey-rollover).

Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: October 18, 2021, 03:57:47 am »
Thanks Keith,

I think I'll go ahead with this, but what's with the single PS2 keyboard/mouse connector? And are there onboard graphics? Either the tech specs are a bit garbled or I'm a bit older and dafter than I thought.

I haven't built a PC for over a decade and everything seems to have changed...

Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: October 15, 2021, 11:29:26 pm »
Keith, can you throw any light on this please? Mad Penguin seems to be otherwise preoccupied. I hope he's OK....

Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: October 02, 2021, 09:31:25 pm »
Hello Mad Penguin,

I'm now shopping for the motherboard and processor you recommended. The processor is available on amazon but says 6 cores (12 threads). Is that the same one you used?

Also, which of these motherboards would you say is the one you have?

Thanks for any help...

Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: 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
« on: 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
« on: 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.

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