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Who's treated themselves to some new hardware recently?
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sheldonisaac

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PostPosted: Wed 28 Nov 2018, 20:04    Post subject:
Subject description: splurging
 

Puppyt, your splurging makes mine look puny.

Last week somewhere online I saw a 64GB microSDXC card, and got it with part of the $50 from Amazon for signing up for their credit card (hope it doesn't get me into trouble).

Anyhow, I'd wondered whether it would work with my oldish equipment:

The card slot on this Dell E6410 laptop saw it as a blank 64GB exFAT drive.

The 2003 Casio Exilim camera wouldn't turn on with the card in it.

The LG cell phone didn't like it, offered to format; I said OK.
As a result, it became FAT32; and the phone accepts it.

So does the Sony Blu-Ray player, via a USB card reader.

The computer still recognizes it.

And a years-old Sansa Clip+ media player does, too.

But the camera still won't use it.


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Mike Walsh


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PostPosted: Thu 29 Nov 2018, 06:48    Post subject:  

@ Sheldon:-

Probably won't work with the camera simply due to its age. I believe that support for SDXC cards wouldn't have become 'standard' until several years after that camera was built.

Just my two-penn'orth, FWIW.


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Flash
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PostPosted: Thu 29 Nov 2018, 09:18    Post subject:  

There might be a firmware upgrade for the camera that you can download for free and install. Firmware upgrades often include the ability to use larger memories.
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sheldonisaac

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PostPosted: Thu 29 Nov 2018, 10:06    Post subject:  

Flash wrote:
There might be a firmware upgrade for the camera that you can download for free and install. Firmware upgrades often include the ability to use larger memories.
Oh, thanks! I looked there, and got to
https://support.casio.com/download.php?cid=001&pid=1389
It seems they don't have a firmware upgrade for my model EX-Z40

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BarryK
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PostPosted: Fri 30 Nov 2018, 05:28    Post subject:  

Well, this is "new" for me!

I picked up a 10 year old Compaq Presario PC from the road verge.

Posted about it, with photo, on my blog:

http://bkhome.org/news/201811/compaq-presario-pc-rescued-from-road-verge.html

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Mike Walsh


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PostPosted: Fri 30 Nov 2018, 11:59    Post subject:  

BarryK wrote:
Well, this is "new" for me!

I picked up a 10 year old Compaq Presario PC from the road verge.

Posted about it, with photo, on my blog:

http://bkhome.org/news/201811/compaq-presario-pc-rescued-from-road-verge.html


@ Barry:-

Jammy beggar!

That was a nice 'find'. Like you say, it's astounding what some folks will deem to be 'fit for the scrapheap'.

Our local council have a somewhat strange policy at their re-cycling centres. If you fancy having a look through someone else's 'throwouts', you're quite free to do so.....so long as you do it while it's still in the other person's boot/trunk/loading-bay, whatever. As far as the Council's concerned, the instant it touches the concrete apron of the recycling centre, it then becomes 'their' property. If you get one of the self-officious staff watching you while you unload, put something down, then have second thoughts, and pick it up & decide to take it away with you again, you're summarily accused of stealing 'council property'..!

(I guess this probably has something to do with the fact that, like all cash-strapped UK county councils, they take every opportunity to generate extra income. In this case, there's a 'shop' on the premises, where tidy items are cleaned up & sold for a small nominal fee.)

Moral of the story? Make very certain you want to part with stuff before even entering the premises..... Rolling Eyes


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PostPosted: Fri 30 Nov 2018, 12:05    Post subject:  

WE have the same rules at our trash collection/recycle center! Evil or Very Mad Twisted Evil
I see all kinds of stuff I could use, if they would let you take it.


I have a HP Chromebook 14 I got at discount, because it was from an open box return. Whoever did not like Chrome OS.

Put Puppy on a micro USB flash drive.
Internal storage is 16GB.
The micro USB is 32GB.
Still have a sdcard slot to put something in, if I need more storage.
Flashed the bios to one that lets you boot something other than Chrome OS.

Brand new Puppy laptop for less than $200. Very Happy

Touchpad works, but I do not like using them.

Got a basic Logitech wireless mouse.

For all you people that think having stuff sticking out of a laptop is not good.
The micro USB flash drive sticks out about 1/2 inch.
The mouse wireless USB transmitter also about 1/2 inch.

It boots all the Puppies I have tried, but Bionicpup64 7.9.7 seems to have best support for the hardware.

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PostPosted: Fri 30 Nov 2018, 12:37    Post subject:  

bigpup wrote:

For all you people that think having stuff sticking out of a laptop is not good.
The micro USB flash drive sticks out about 1/2 inch.
The mouse wireless USB transmitter also about 1/2 inch.


the even smaller ones (the size of the logitech transmitters) are great though.

usb ports dont break themselves (well, eventually) and you cant put that laptop in a bag (or most laptop cases) with that usb stuff there.

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PostPosted: Fri 30 Nov 2018, 13:19    Post subject:  

Quote:
you cant put that laptop in a bag (or most laptop cases) with that usb stuff there.

Laptop bag.
We don't need no laptop bag!

Is it really that hard to unplug a USB device, to put laptop in bag and plug it in, when you remove laptop from bag?
When warranty runs out. Chrome OS is gone and Puppy goes on internal storage.

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PostPosted: Fri 30 Nov 2018, 18:40    Post subject:  

bigpup wrote:
Is it really that hard to unplug a USB device, to put laptop in bag and plug it in


it is if the os is mounted on it, plus people forget. note that im a fan of bootable usbs, i usually boot them to ram (and this is part of the reason.) i got an hp laptop with 2 gb of ram a few years ago, and i decided it would be great to give to someones grandniece, but with all i figured it would be taking i didnt put in a hard drive. i just left a small usb (the logitech size) to boot debian 7 from. it had lxde and i made a second partition on it for files.

solutions arent one-size-fits-all and if it works for you, it probably works for someone else too. a 1/2 inch usb is a step forward because it is less of a lever.

if you drop something fairly lightweight on it, thats better than a normal size usb which is more likely to do more damage on average for the same amount of pressure.

when i find a broken usb i try to pull out the pins so they cant touch (every other pin is probably even better.) then i cover it with tape because someone is sure to try to stick something in there sooner or later. people dont always look before they plug things in, even if they know better.

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PostPosted: Thu 13 Dec 2018, 08:07    Post subject:  

Walked into that big box super store in the US.
They had a 11.6" laptop called a HP Stream for $129.

full featured laptop with 4GB RAM, Celeron N4000 processor (1.1GHZ, Burst Frequency 2.60 GHz), 32GB internal eMMC storage, 2 USB 3.0 ports, speaker/microphone compo port, microSD slot, WIFI, Bluetooth.
Battery life: Up to 12 hours and 30 minutes (video playback); up to 10 hours (wireless streaming) Shocked
Windows 10s Evil or Very Mad

Told my wife this is for you as a Christmas present!
Well , that seemed to work!
She smiled, said thank you and merry Christmas, with a kiss!!

I do not think that is going to work, when I bring home a new boat!! Shocked Laughing Laughing

Puppy is going to run from a USB drive until the warranty runs out.

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ozsouth

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PostPosted: Fri 14 Dec 2018, 18:58    Post subject:  

@bigpup - nice cpu - beats N3060 in earlier models. BTW - a tip for anyone puppifying eMMC drives - I couldn't boot Puppy from them until I discovered via gparted that boot partition has 'hidden' flag on, & turned it off.
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PostPosted: Sat 15 Dec 2018, 04:25    Post subject:  

ozsouth,

Thanks for that info!

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PostPosted: Sun 19 May 2019, 14:34    Post subject:  

Not a new computer but another and even older second hand one than the Acer - a Packard Bell machine from 2006 with an AMD 3800 single core processor and a 250 GB hard drive.

It does have 4 GB of RAM though, unlike the Acer which has only 3, and the DVD drive works a lot better.

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PostPosted: Sun 19 May 2019, 21:30    Post subject:  

New hardware?

Yeah baby!

When the power supply went on my main Puppy powered machine last year ... great excuse NOT to just get a free power supply ...
https://uk.freecycle.org/

Instead I got a cheap complete AMD Zoostorm computer with no OS. No keyboard or mouse ... I have those ...
This years deal:
https://www.ebuyer.com/862857-zoostorm-amd-desktop-pc-7290-3128
Though I think I would get the Ryzen model ...
or the cheaper Celeron Punch computer

Also got a cheap HDMI TV.
So am using EUFI BIOS, SATA drive and USB 3
The graphic card was from my old machine (think I paid £20 for it new) It has a solid state cooler, rather than a fan and 4 gig of memory.

Gosh I am so modern ...
Runs Puppy 8 well ...

That was last year.

This year got a Raspberry Pi 3 B+
and having to run Raspbian but hoping Puppy will be compiled for it soon enough.
So working on my limited cli skills.

I may get a Chrome laptop later this year if I can run Puppy on it.

Your OS is free. Save your money for hardware ... or be a green Puppy and recycle hardware ...

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