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#26 2019-01-05 19:53:42

glittersloth
...always giving it to you straight
Registered: 2015-09-30
Posts: 691

Re: Hardware Recommendations for Laptop Please

^ Noted. Honestly, I hadn't even heard of GearBest, but then again, I don't think I've ever bought a new laptop outside the manufacturer's official site before. Sorry for your (non-monetary) loss. Also, I'm sorry, but that bit at the end about the whole order falling apart because of the freebie HDMI cable was kind of hilarious. That and the Hebrew surname you used.   lol

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#27 2019-01-06 09:51:23

ohnonot
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Registered: 2015-09-29
Posts: 3,287
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Re: Hardware Recommendations for Laptop Please

glittersloth wrote:

That and the Hebrew surname you used.   lol

i used my real name, but edited the PDF before i put it online.

it's a pity; that particular jumper ezbook 3 (stupid name) ticked (almost) all my boxes - and at that price!

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#28 2019-01-06 12:57:08

glittersloth
...always giving it to you straight
Registered: 2015-09-30
Posts: 691

Re: Hardware Recommendations for Laptop Please

^ Aaawww, that's disappointing. I figured you were the type to use a prepaid debit card purchased with cryptocurrency under an alias (all done via multiple encrypted tunnels) and have deliveries sent to a mail forwarding service owned by one of your shell companies sad

Joking aside, it is a pity. I was lurking the day you started the thread, hoping to get a review of what you eventually bought, for future reference.

Last edited by glittersloth (2019-01-06 12:58:26)

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#29 2019-01-07 03:08:59

stevep
MX Linux Developer
Registered: 2016-08-08
Posts: 331

Re: Hardware Recommendations for Laptop Please

About accelerated video--I doubt that BL or Debian has it just work out of the box with Intel GPUs; you have to install some va-api packages and have the correct player set up,as well as use the intel driver and not the modesetting one. MX Linux still needs those installs, too. Older machines like the Dells mentioned probably don't support hevc codecs in hardware, either.

I do have working with VLC 3.0.5 in the MX test repo in MX 18, as well as QMPlay2. Since we updated Mesa and the libva packages to support newer hardware OOTB, that broke the va-api in Debian's vlc-3.0.3 we shipped in MX 18.

$ vlc BigBuckBunny_2000hevc.mp4 
VLC media player 3.0.5 Vetinari (revision 3.0.5-1-0-g653c0c1ca8)
[000055cbbe1041a0] main libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
Could not resolve property : linearGradient4837
Could not resolve property : linearGradient4837
Could not resolve property : linearGradient4837
libva info: VA-API version 1.3.0
libva info: va_getDriverName() returns 0
libva info: Trying to open /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/dri/i965_drv_video.so
libva info: Found init function __vaDriverInit_1_3
libva info: va_openDriver() returns 0
[00007f31f4c05990] avcodec decoder: Using Intel i965 driver for Intel(R) Coffee Lake - 2.2.0 for hardware decoding
QObject::~QObject: Timers cannot be stopped from another thread

Last edited by stevep (2019-01-07 03:10:28)

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#30 2019-01-07 20:18:58

ohnonot
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Re: Hardware Recommendations for Laptop Please

not sure i'm going to go with debian on a new laptop.

in any case, it's a hardware thing - if the GPU doesn't support decoding HEVC, it doesn't matter which distro/kernel you use - your machine will get very hot and you're much more likely to get stuttering - all depending on how powerful the CPU is.

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