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  1. Framework’s modular DIY laptop is available to pre-order The company promises an end to disposable laptops. Framework Framework, a startup creating a modular laptop for easy repair, is today opening pre-orders for its first product. The Framework Laptop is available to order with four variants up for selection right now. When it first announced the laptop, the company insisted that it wouldn’t charge people a premium to get their hands on one of its machines. And so far, it seems like the company is true to its word, since you can pick up the base model for just $999, or a DIY version for $749. The units are differentiated by their CPU, RAM and storage options. The $999 base model packs Intel’s Core i5-1135G7 processor, paired with 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and Windows 10 Home. The $1,399 Performance model, meanwhile, gets a Core i7-1165G7 with 16GB DDR4 RAM, a 512GB SSD and Windows 10 Home. The $1,999 Professional Model tops the range, offering a Core i7-1185G7, 32GB RAM, a 1TB SSD and Windows 10 Pro. And, if your budget stretches that far, you can also spec up further, with up to 64GB RAM and 4TB of SSD storage. The rest of the spec list is certainly enough for the majority of people, with a 13-inch, 3:2, 2,256 x 1,504 display, a 55Wh battery and a keyboard with 1.5mm of travel. Speaking to Engadget, founder Nirav Patel said that his team — spurred on in part by the pandemic — also wanted to ensure the Framework was good at video conferencing. Consequently, the laptop is packing a 1080p, 60fps webcam with a hardware privacy switch. He added that the components were at least as good as what you’d find in other industry-leading devices. In terms of Framework’s environmental bona fides, the machine uses at least 50 percent post-consumer recycled aluminum in its enclosure. Modularity hasn’t affected the size of the body too much either, with the Framework Laptop measuring in thinner and lighter than a 13-inch MacBook Pro. Plus, of course, you can hot-swap the quartet of ports attached to the laptop — connected in fact via USB-C inside the chassis. Alternative options include USB-A, HDMI, DisplayPort, MicroSD and additional storage. For those people who would be leery about opening up any sort of device, let alone a laptop, Patel said that you shouldn’t worry. Swapping out and replacing a module should take even the most fearful of users less than 10 minutes. And each component will carry a QR code that leads you straight to a website offering step-by-step instructions and video in the style of iFixit. And users should only need the screwdriver that is included in the box to carry out any repair. The only repair that likely to take longer than 10 minutes is if, or when, you so choose to swap out the CPU and mainboard. The chips aren’t socketed, so when it comes time to upgrade the brain, you’ll need to disassemble the whole unit for a replacement. In terms of longevity, Patel said that there were, broadly, two periods of time when you use any computer. The first is when it’s relatively new and the hardware can keep up with the technical standards of the time. The second is when performance begins to sag as software and web standards move forward. Patel’s aim with Framework is to double the amount of those “happy years” when using your computer doesn’t feel like a chore. For the braver amongst you, Framework’s DIY edition, priced at $749, offers the whole machine disassembled. You can then select the components you want to include, and pick the operating system to be pre-installed, or bring your own. The pandemic has, for a lot of companies, slowed their ability to get product out of the door and that’s the situation here. Framework has begun producing the machine but expects the volume of units available to sell to be limited for the next few months. It will, instead, be offering pre-orders in batches, with early adopters putting $100 down now to get their machine in June. When those orders are fulfilled, pre-orders will open up in Canada, with European and Asian availability coming towards the end of the year. Source: Framework’s modular DIY laptop is available to pre-order
  2. Customizable Framework Laptop Lets You Pick Ports, Reduces E-Waste The DIY Laptop dream? (Image credit: Framework) Most people by a laptop, never upgrade it, and toss it when it's time for a new model. Framework, a San Francisco-based startup, hopes to upend that paradigm with its Framework Laptop, a 13.5-inch notebook that appears to be an easily upgradeable, customizable portable unlike any other. It could also greatly reduce e-waste. To start, the laptop will run off of 11th Gen Intel Core processors, and will support up to 64DB of DDR4 RAM and up to 4tB of PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD storage. It will offer a 13.5-inch, 3:2 display with a 2256 x 1504 resolution. It won't be saddled with a 720p webcam — instead, it will offer 1080p at 60 fps. CPU 11th Gen Intel Core Processors RAM Up to 64GB DDR4 Storage Up to 4TB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD Display 13.5-inch, 3:2, 2256 x 1504 Webcam 1080p, 60 fps Connectivity Wi-Fi 6 But for tinkerers and environmentalists alike, it's the repair system that sounds awesome. The ports are housed in a series of expansion cards, so you can choose the inputs and outputs you want on the laptop, as well as on which side they go. There are four port bays, from which you can choose from USB Type-C, USB Type-A, DisplayPort, HDMI, a microSD card slot, a headphone amp, or an "ultra-fast storage" bay. The Wi-Fi, two memory slots and the SSD are all replaceable, rather than soldered. But the entire motherboard will also be replaceable so that you can put in newer processors later on. This, of course, is the tough part for a startup. Framework will ultimately have to succeed to put out new versions for the full potential to come through. Alienware had promised replaceable GPUs for the Alienware Area-51m gaming laptop, and those ultimately never truly came to fruition, and that was an established company. Framework also states that "high-use" components, including the battery, display, keyboard and a bezel with customizable color options will be easy to replace and that you will be able to buy parts directly from the company. It is pledging to release updates "regularly" to the components, and that it is going to have an open system so that partners can sell their own modules through Framework's market. Additionally, the laptop is made from 50% recycled aluminum and roughly 30% recycled plastic. There will be pre-configured models with either Windows 10 Home or Pro, as well as a DIY Edition, which lets you customize and assemble the modules yourself and choose either Windows or a distribution of Linux. The company says it will include a screwdriver either way for when you eventually want to open the laptop up to upgrade or repair. Framework hasn't yet announced the full specs, prices or configurations. It says those will come in "the next weeks," along with a shipping date that’s more than the curent Summer 2021. The company was founded by Nirav Patel, who worked at Oculus near the start back in 2012, and also has talent that has worked at Google, Lenovo, Apple and others. We'll be curious to see how it fares and if Framework ultimately manages to deliver, both at launch and years down the road. It's a lofty goal, but one that could be game-changing if it succeeds. Source: Customizable Framework Laptop Lets You Pick Ports, Reduces E-Waste
  3. Exynos 2200 SoC with AMD GPU could debut in a laptop later this year Samsung’s next-generation Exynos chipset powered by AMD graphics will make its debut later this year under the Exynos 2200 brand, claims a new report from the local media citing unnamed major component suppliers and partners. More importantly, the report suggests that the Exynos 2200 solution will power an ARM Windows 10 Samsung laptop scheduled to hit the shelves in the second half of 2021. Samsung confirmed last month that it is working with AMD to create a next-gen mobile GPU that will be launched in the next flagship product. The company hasn’t specified exactly what type of device this ‘next flagship product’ will be but most Samsung fans assumed it’s a Galaxy smartphone. It turns out that the Exynos 2200 SoC could be part of Samsung’s longer-term plans to challenge Qualcomm in the portable PC segment. Samsung might want to challenge Qualcomm’s ARM laptop dominance Samsung’s mysterious Exynos 2200-powered Windows 10 laptop will apparently lay down the foundation of the company’s long-term plans to challenge Qualcomm in the ARM notebook market. Samsung has previously released a few ARM Windows 10 notebooks of its own, but they were powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets. With ARM-based Windows 10 notebooks seemingly increasing in popularity, Samsung may want to capture a larger share of the ARM-based PC chipset market and / or cut its dependency on Qualcomm, so the AMD-powered Exynos 2200 SoC could be the answer. Where does this leave the smartphone segment? The Exynos 2100 chipset that was released with the Galaxy S21 series was a step in the right direction for Samsung’s mobile AP arm. It ditched the custom cores in favor of ARM cores, and many fans expect the next-gen solution to replace the Mali GPU with an AMD-made graphics chip. The Exynos 2200 SoC is said to achieve exactly that, though exact specifications are unknown. More to the point at hand, it’s unclear whether the so-called Exynos 2200 SoC will be Samsung’s only AMD-powered high-end chipset to debut this year — and therefore power both smartphones and laptops alike — or if said chipset is designed specifically for notebooks and Samsung’s planning another AMD-SoC for the mobile segment. Whatever the case may be, rumors suggest that we should be getting the opportunity to test Samsung’s first Exynos chipset equipped with AMD graphics, in one form or another, before the end of 2021. Source: Exynos 2200 SoC with AMD GPU could debut in a laptop later this year
  4. Tired of Windows, Mac OS X, and other Operating Systems paid up gradation and support? Do you feel like trying out something new? Or perhaps you want to test the cutting edge in operating system design or find out what the platform of the future is going to be. Or you may simply want to try a system that your friends are using to see whether you can use it on your computer. There are plenty of operating systems available and introducing new OS day by day with so many features and fast processing capability. This page lists a variety of free operating systems available that you can download and install on your computer. Many of the systems are also open source so you can also tinker with the system, find out how it works, and learn from it. Here is the list of best 8 Free Light Weight Antivirus that can save Computer Memory and CPU Power. Related: 7 Best Portable Linux Distro to Boot and Run from USB Are you searching for a lightweight operating system for a netbook? Here is a list of the free lightweight operating system for old laptops that can operate without using much hardware resources and probably boot from the USB itself. Ubuntu Most Linux netbook operating systems seem to be based on this one, so it’s worth starting with Ubuntu. Ubuntu is an operating system built by a worldwide team of expert developers. This fast operating system contains all the applications you need: a web browser, office suite, media apps, instant messaging and much more. Ubuntu is an open-source alternative to Windows and Office that can speed up Netbook. This operating system for an old laptop wasn’t precisely designed from the ground up. Ubuntu is the Linux distro based on the Debian architecture. This ideal OS for old laptop comes with most of the built-in Ubuntu apps (Firefox, Open Office, F-Spot, LibreOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Transmission, etc.) that makes this setup different is the compatibility with computer hardware. The GUI is tailor-made to take advantage of the limited real estate laptop screens feature. The Ubuntu platform comes in two forms – LTS(Long Term Support) and non-LTS. The last stable LTS version is 16.04, and the non-LTS is the 17.04. The naming is done with respect to the year(16) and month(04) of the release. Most noteworthy is that this will be the final versions with the Unity-based desktop as the newer releases will switch back to the GNOME-based desktop. Furthermore, as Ubuntu has been the most popular Linux Distribution, it has an excellent hardware compatibility, and the users need not install additional drivers. The software is downloadable from the official Ubuntu Software Center. Download Link: Ubuntu for desktop/laptop | Ubuntu for Netbook | Ubuntu for Servers Related: 10 Best Android Antivirus & Mobile Security Apps with Antitheft Protection Linux Mint Linux Mint provides a modern, powerful and elegant operating system for notebook and netbook. Mint works out of the box, with full multimedia support and easy to use. This fast operating is based on the Ubuntu distribution and is currently the most popular operating system among experts and beginners alike. Based on Debian and Ubuntu, Mint provides about 30,000 packages and one of the best software managers with a unique Update Manager and the robustness of its Linux architecture. Updates come slower than Ubuntu, but for those who want better performance and visual aesthetics can surely go for Linux Mint. Download Link: Linux Mint Related: Please check our suggestions for the tools to clean your PC for better performance. Linux Lite Linux lite just as the name suggests was introduced for the systems with lower end hardware. This Linux Lite is a straightforward lite operating system that can benefit especially the news users who have limited knowledge of the Linux operating system as a whole. This Linux operating system is a right combination of programs, tools, desktop, and functionality. The Netbook Linux Lite is based on the Ubuntu distribution and presents a simple interface. As such it is quite stable and has update support for up to five years. The Linux distribution is fully functional right after installation, and the users need not worry about driver issues. As far as best lightweight operating systems are concerned, Linux Lite is right up there on the top. Download Link: Linux Lite Fedora Fedora is the second most popular Linux-based operating system as of early 2010, after Ubuntu. Fedora is an RPM-based, general purpose operating system built on top of the Linux kernel, developed by the community-supported Fedora Project and sponsored by Red Hat. One of Fedora’s primary objectives is not only to contain software distributed under a free and open source license but also to be on the leading edge of such technologies. Fedora developers prefer to make upstream changes instead of applying fixes specifically for Fedora—this ensures that their updates are available for all GNU/Linux distributions. The best lite Linux operating system has a GNOME desktop by default which you can change to your wish. Fedora’s latest projects include the Fedora Spins by which you can customize and implement variations in the operating system desktop environment and UI. It uses the RPM package management system. Fedora has a comparatively short life cycle: version X is maintained until one month after version X+2 is released. With six months between releases, the maintenance period is about 13 months for each release. Fedora had reasonably good support for PowerPC when he used that processor architecture. Fedora comes with the default DNF package manager or GNOME software to install software and software repositories Download Link: Fedora for Desktop / Laptop Kubuntu Kubuntu is an official derivative of the Ubuntu operating system using the KDE graphical environment instead of GNOME. This netbook OS is part of the Ubuntu project and uses the same underlying system. It is possible to run both the KDE desktop (Kubuntu-desktop) as well as the Gnome desktop (Ubuntu-desktop) interchangeably on the same machine. The Kubuntu desktop is supporting to full customization. Originally designed to ease the transition for users from other operating systems (such as Microsoft Windows) by allowing a similar desktop layout, and the KDE 4 Plasma Desktop incorporates widget-centric modularity that allows the user to integrate function identical to all other operating systems. It is also creating new functionality not found in other operating system desktops. 3-D effects are available in the standard KDE4 installation. Download Link: Kubuntu for desktop/laptop Mandriva Linux Mandriva Linux (formerly Mandrakelinux or Mandrake Linux) is a French Linux distribution, distributed by Mandriva (formerly Mandrakesoft). Mandriva OS uses the RPM Package Manager. The product lifetime of Mandriva Linux releases is 18 months for base updates (Linux, system software, etc.) and 12 months for desktop updates (window managers, desktop environments, web browsers, etc.). Server products receive full updates for at least 24 months after their release. Download Link: Open Mandriva Lx Editors Note: There are new OS on the market and growing up the user base of these New Operating System in the year 2017 and deserve to list them here. LXLE OS ‘Revive your Old Pc!’ is the LXLE OS main motto and we can see why. This is the most resource efficient Linux operating system that you can ever find. It offers a ton of features and functionality that can help you get your work done without any hiccups. The LXLE OS is based on the Ubuntu LTS distribution so the stability and security are very much on point. Using an optimized LXDE interface, the best lightweight operating system delivers the best possible performance and memory management information. The boot and startup take less than 1 minute, make your laptop fast with this fastest operating systme for laptop! If you want to make your old device perform brand new, LXLE OS is surely the way to go. Download Link: LXLE OS Manjaro Linux Manjaro Linux is based on the highly popular Arch distribution which is the go-to system for Linux experts. But the Arch distribution is very hard for the beginners and presents a steep learning curve for the entry-level users who are just stepping into the Linux world. This is where the Manjaro Linux comes in. Manjaro Linux concentrates on the user perception and the user-friendliness. The best lightweight Linux operating system presents fast, stable and powerful functionality with the bleeding edge software. The simplified approach to the Arch distribution means that even beginners can harness the power of the Arch repository and architecture to the fullest. The system hardware is automatically analyzed and the necessary drivers have downloaded accordingly. Having dedicated software and an easy installation means that this free Lite operating system is a must-have. Download Link: Manjaro Linux Crunchbang / Cruncheee This one’s not exactly a netbook operating system per se, but it can make a pretty good one. Crunchbang is based on Ubuntu but focuses on “speed, style, and substance” to quote their website. Based on the lightweight open box window manager, Crunchbang certainly fast and could run well on your netbook. I highly suggest trying this out if traditional netbook operating systems don’t work out for you. It’s worth noting that in 2008, a group of EEE enthusiasts made a custom Crunchbang for EEE users: CrunchEEE. Check out Cruncheee here, but know that it’s over a year out of date. Download Link: CrunchBang Linux Moblin/MeeGo Moblin Linux is the light-weight Linux distribution Intel developed to run on low power netbooks with small screens and Intel Atom processors. The Meego is the lightweight Linux distribution that Nokia developed to run on its handheld internet tablets including the Nokia N900 and N810. Both of these operating systems are made way to Samsung’s Tizen OS. Download Link: Moblin | MeeGo Editors Note: There are few of the OS discontinued their support and further development. If you have any of them on the give list below, it is time to select another one from the top list of Operating Systems. EasyPeasy (Update: EasyPeasy has been discontinued).The Ubuntu Netbook Edition is an excellent fast operating system for laptops, but a lot of things don’t work out of the box. MP3s, for example, can’t be played until you install the codecs. EasyPeasy aims to be simple by offering proprietary applications and codecs out of the box. You’ll be pleased to find your favorites including Skype and Picasa included by default. Installing EasyPeasy is rather straightforward. Check out downloads and installation instructions over at easypeasy.com Download Link: EasyPeasy RemixOS (Android Based Build) (Update: RemixOS has been discontinued).The perfect solution for those who want to make an Android PC. Whether it is desktop or laptop, you can run this Android-based OS from USB or direct from PC hard disk. Instead of installing Remix OS direct on PC, you can boot from USB; there is an .exe file available to convert USB that can load Remix OS later. Remix OS is not limiting you to doing the PC activities; you can still browse the web, office applications, prepare presentations, Taskbar, File manager, etc. With Remix OS, you can enjoy all the Android Apps and wonderful games on your Desktop or Laptop PC. Download Link: RemixOS for PC Jolicloud Update: Jolicloud OS discontinued. Do you have a small memory low-speed netbook? Then Jolicloud is the best operating system for you. It is a Linux based operating system that is currently in development and Pre-Final testing. This Operating system is built upon Debian and Ubuntu 9.10 but is tweaked to be more suitable for computers that have weaker specifications regarding disk storage, memory, and screen size, like netbook computers. Jolicloud relies heavily on Chromium-based packages for running web-based applications. For Windows-only products it uses Wine. Download Link: Jolicloud Website There are many great operating systems worth trying out. I have only highlighted a few of them worth checking out, but there’s a lot more beneath the surface if you’re willing to dig around. If you want to try any of these OS without altering your current PC setup, please check our article to try a new operating system without harming my computer? No matter how high-speed your processor, the latest motherboard, or the most recent operating system you get or the best brand name, your Windows PC performance may degrade day by day. These fast operating system for the laptop can improve the speed and work fats with even low resource laptops. Source
  5. I admit I’m kind of a sucker when it comes to Porsche Design gadgets (I once bought a Porsche Design lighter for well over $100 for no real good reason) because even though devices like the Porsche Design Book One, multiple Huawei phones, and others are typically wildly expensive, there’s something about their ultra-sleek styling that I kind of like. And now, in a somewhat surprising move, Porsche Design has teamed up with Acer to create a minimalist laptop that’s actually kind of reasonably priced. Image: Acer Featuring an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU and an optional Nvidia MX350 GPU crammed inside a metal and carbon fiber body, the Porsche Design Acer Book RS combines a simple MacBook-style body with harder edges and some touches from the auto world, and I think it looks damn good. On the computing side, the Porsche Design Acer Book RS has been Intel Evo certified to support things like instant wakes time, a bright display, and support for both Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6. You even get a full-size HDMI port, which is something you rarely get on 14-inch ultraportables. Here’s the full Travelpack including the Porsche Design Acer Book RS, leather carrying case, and custom Porsche Design wireless mouse. Image: Acer The rest of the Porsche Design Acer Book RS’ specs look solid too, including standard Intel Iris XE graphics, 16GB of RAM, a 1920 x 1080 IPS display with a 90% screen-to-body ratio, and a claimed 17 hours of battery life. Elsewhere, diamond-cut CNC sides and a nifty hinge that elevates the laptop slightly when open for better airflow help marry form and function. And weighing in at 2.76 pounds and measuring 0.63-inches thick, the Porsche Design Acer Book isn’t that much bigger or heavier than a typical 14-inch notebook. Meanwhile, in addition to its carbon fiber lid, the Porsche Design Acer Travelpack adds some extra flair to the kit thanks to a water-repellent carrying case made from Ecco Palermo leather and a wireless Bluetooth mouse that has carbon fiber panels on the left-mouse button and the bottom of the mouse (because of course they did). Image: Acer But the most impressive thing for people familiar with the price of most Porsche Design electronics is that with a starting price at $1,400 (or $2,000 if you opt for the full travel pack), the Porsche Design Acer Book RS won’t totally break the bank. Sure, it’s a bit higher than you might normally expect for the specs, but it’s not completely outlandish. So even though I’ve largely learned to appreciate Porsche Design electronics from afar, it’s still nice seeing Acer and Porsche design team up to create another slick and minimalist laptop. The Porsche Design Acer Book RS is expected to go on sale sometime later this year. Image Gallery at the source. Source
  6. Linux computer manufacturer System76 launched today their first ever AMD powered Linux laptop, which features 3rd generation AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors and a cool price tag. A few weeks ago, TUXEDO Computers unveiled what they called the world’s first AMD-only Linux laptop, and now System76 follows in their footsteps to announce a new Linux laptop that’s powered by an AMD processor. Meet the 12th generation Serval WS. System76 Serval WS is now the first AMD laptop from the company known for numerous powerful Linux machines and the gorgeous, Ubuntu-based Pop_OS! Linux, which comes preloaded on all new computers manufactured by System76. In other words, customers can finally own an AMD-only Linux laptop from System76, powered by a 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processor. Available options include AMD Ryzen 5 3600, AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or AMD Ryzen 9 3900, providing up to 12 cores and 24 threads of pure AMD power under the hood. “AMD Ryzen CPUs offer the best bang for your buck, which is especially helpful when your work requires mountains of bang,” said System76. “Create 3D models, simulate transitions, and test your predictions at breakneck speeds with up to 12 CPU Cores on the AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 3900.” Apart from the powerful AMD CPUs, the new Serval WS laptop can be configured with either an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card, up to 64GB upgradeable RAM, and up to 4TB NVMe flash storage for desktop-level gaming performance. The laptop also features a beautiful 15.6-inch Full HD (1920×1080) 120 Hz display with a matte finish, a multi-color backlit chiclet US QWERTY keyboard, Gigabit Ethernet, Intel Wireless Wi-Fi 6, 1.0MP HD video camera, a multitouch touchpad, and a removable 6-cell smart Lithium-Ion battery. The Serval WS has base price of $1,299 USD, but can go as high as $5,102 USD with max options and 3-year warranty. Without further ado, you can configure and buy yours right now from System76’s online store. It comes with the latest Pop_OS! Linux 20.04 LTS or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS pre-installed. More Images at the source ! Source
  7. Hi all, I am in need of a good laptop, my budget is around 600-700 EUR (Prefer to spend 600), and the best deal I can find is this laptop: Acer A315-53G-551Y https://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B07FWBPJM4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A11IL2PNWYJU7H&psc=1 At time of posting, 610 EUR. Yes, I know that the screen is HD not FHD, but my budget is limited. I will use the computer for internet browsing, watching videos, playing games like AOE, and some light PS work. Is the graphics card able to handle PS or should I look at an Intel HD 520-620? I like NVidia but I am uncertain if this particular card is powerful enough. (It does say 2GB dedicated though). Any thoughts? I need to purchase a laptop very soon. Thanks in advance all! .
  8. Any laptop or PC can get Wi-Fi 6 with this single upgrade One small component, one huge difference (Image credit: Intel) The new Wi-Fi 6 standard is here in a pre-release form, replacing the older 802.11ac Wi-Fi found on many recent laptops, desktops, and mobile devices with 802.11ax. But, just because the standard is available for manufacturers doesn't mean devices are getting hardware to support it. It's still new, and even some of the best laptops come without it. But, we've got good news: In many cases, you can add Wi-Fi 6 to your device after you've bought it. How you get Wi-Fi 6 support on your device will depend on the type of device you have. Right now, there are few Wi-Fi 6 modules, and support for AMD systems doesn't appear available just yet. But, if you have a device powered by a 64-bit Intel processor, you can likely make the upgrade. Intel and Killer Networking have cards available, and more options will surely be coming in time. If you have a desktop computer, you can use PCIe connections to add in networking cards, while laptops can use an M.2 slot to fit in the necessary module. We'll go into a bit more detail below. Adding Wi-Fi 6 to a desktop The currently available Wi-Fi 6 modules from Killer Networking and Intel are M.2 cards targeted at laptops, and they won't work in desktop M.2 slots as is. But, that doesn't stop them from working in desktops. You can add in one of these cards by using a PCIe adapter like this one. The M.2 card will slot into the converter, and then the converter will go into an open PCIe slot on your desktop's motherboard. The converter should also provide antennae that connect to small slots on the Wi-Fi 6 module. Once that's slotted into your computer, a quick driver installation will have you up and running on Wi-Fi 6. Adding Wi-Fi 6 to a laptop Laptops are becoming less and less upgradeable, with manufacturers soldering on components and sealing up cases. But, that doesn't mean you can't make this upgrade happen. All but the thinnest laptops and 2-in-1 tablets, like the Surface Pro X, tend to still have some level of access to the internals. And, even if components like RAM are getting soldered onto motherboards, networking adapters can still often be found as add-in cards. If you can open up your laptop (it may take a specialized toolkit), there's a good chance you'll be able to spot the small M.2 module currently powering your device's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. You'll simply unscrew the screw holding the Wi-Fi module in place, and unplug the antenna wires connected to your existing Wi-Fi module. Then, you'll just do the process in reverse to install your new Wi-Fi module. Future solutions may get even easier While the current processes for upgrading are simple, in the near future, it's likely even simpler solutions will come out. We'd expect PCIe cards with the Wi-Fi module built in to make upgrading desktop Wi-Fi much easier. And, we wouldn't be surprised to eventually see Wi-Fi 6 USB dongles that add the new connectivity in a simple, plug-and-play device. So, if you're on the market for a new computer and can't wait for models pre-fitted with Wi-Fi 6 support, you take some comfort knowing that simple upgrade solutions are available. You shouldn't need to upgrade your whole machine just to get a faster, more stable Wi-Fi connection. You will need to get a new Wi-Fi 6 router, like the Asus ZenWiFi mesh router, though. Source: Any laptop or PC can get Wi-Fi 6 with this single upgrade (TechRadar)
  9. My laptop just hung without any error and I had to restart by long pressing the power button. There was no indication of what caused the issue. I was simply browsing in my firefox to purchase some steam games and suddenly mouse and keyboard all stopped. Is there a way to figure out the exact cause for Windows 10 hanging issue? Is there any log of error somewhere even though it didn't display any error, neither before nor after restart. My laptop is still in warranty period so if there is any hardware issue, I can get it fixed/replaced. Any Idea.. Thanks.
  10. Hello experts, I have a Dell Latitude 3490 Laptop. It comes with Windows 10 Pro Pre-installed. Around 3 months before I did a Windows Update after that I have witnessed a "Yellow" "Lock" Icon present in the Drive volumes, I thought the Windows is protecting the drives, but i didn't know that it was "BitLocker Encryption" at that time. Three days before i had given my laptop to the Dell Service center as it couldn't power on. They have replaced the Motherboard. Now Windows is asking for BicLocker Recover Key which i don't have, The Laptop HDD is 1TB with 3 partitions, c = 150GB, d = 390GB, e = 390GB all three are encrypted with BitLocker. Note: I never enabled the BitLocker Encryption by myself so I don't have the password / Recovery Keys. Any help would be appreciated Thanks ppu
  11. I tried to install an operating system on a friend's laptop and I can't find out what language the keyboard has Can someone help me?
  12. This post will introduce a simple udev rule and ~$20 in USB hardware that effectively implements a kill cord Dead Man Switch to trigger your machine to self-destruct in the event that you’re kicked out of the helm position. Let's consider a scenario: You're at a public location (let's say a cafe) while necessarily authenticated into some super important service (let's say online banking). But what if–after you've carefully authenticated–someone snatch-and-runs with your laptop? Maybe you can call your bank to freeze your accounts before they've done significant financial harm. Maybe you can't. Or maybe your laptop was connected to your work VPN. In less than 60 seconds and with the help of a rubber ducky, the thief could literally cause millions of dollars in damages to your organization. Surely there must be some solution to trigger your computer to lock, shutdown, or self-destruct when it’s physically separated from you! There is: I call it BusKill. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find a low-tech solution that implements a laptop kill cord, so I decided to build one myself for ~$20 and a simple udev rule. Demo Here’s a quick video demo showing BusKill triggering a kill signal when the magnetic breakaway is tripped. https://tech.michaelaltfield.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/12/busKillDemo.webm?_=1 Hardware The key to BusKill is using a cable that will trigger a udev remove action when your laptop is stolen. You could just have a usb thumb drive on a retractable lanyard (think RFID badges or DoD Common Access Cards), but what if that thin retractable cord just snaps–leaving the USB drive snugly in-place in the laptop? My $20 in BusKill hardware (USB-A) A better solution is to attach the USB device as close & snugly connected to your body as possible and run a data cable all the way to the computer. This can further be improved using a break-away magnet connector as close to the machine as possible. For example, the following items are sufficient to build this USB kill cord: A cheap $4 USB drive with durable keyring hole A small & strong carabiner keyring for attaching the above drive to your belt loop (I like this $6 one because it’s small, well-made, and has a clever locking mechanism) A $7 USB magnetic breakaway adapter to plug into the computer’s USB-A port And finally, a $3 1-meter USB extension cable to connect them It’s 2020, and a lot of laptops no longer have USB-A ports on them. If you only have a USB-C, you can either go hybrid by adding this: $9 USB-C to USB-A converter Or go full USB-C with: A cheap $9 USB-C drive A $24 USB-C magnetic breakaway adapter And a $13 1-meter USB-C extension cable Software To set this up, we need to add a new udev rule file to /etc/udev/rules.d/. Here’s a simple rule that will trigger xscreensaver to lock the screen every time any USB drive is removed: cat << EOF | sudo tee /etc/udev/rules.d/busKill.rules ACTION=="remove", SUBSYSTEM=="usb", RUN+="DISPLAY=:0 xscreensaver-command -lock" EOF sudo udevadm control --reload But that rule may be a bit too broad. If you want to have a specific brand of USB drive trigger the lockscreen, first we need to do some debugging to find some properties that are triggered by your BusKill-specific usb drive when it’s ejected. To get those, follow this procedure Step 1: Insert your USB drive Step 2: Run udevadm monitor --environment --udev Step 3: Remove your USB drive Check the output of the udevadm command. You should see a bunch of potentially uniquely identifiable properties about your drive, such as the manufacturer, model, filesystem uuid, etc. For example, let’s say we see the following line indicating that the ID_MODEL property of your USB drive is Micromax_A74. $ udevadm monitor --environment --udev ... ACTION=remove ... ID_MODEL="Micromax_A74" ... SUBSYSTEM=usb ... Then we can update the udev rule to be: cat << EOF | sudo tee /etc/udev/rules.d/busKill.rules ACTION=="remove", SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ENV{ID_MODEL}=="Micromax_A74", RUN+="DISPLAY=:0 xscreensaver-command -lock" EOF sudo udevadm control --reload And, of course–depending on the risk model–you may want the kill signal to actually shut down your machine: cat << EOF | sudo tee /etc/udev/rules.d/busKill.rules ACTION=="remove", SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ENV{ID_MODEL}=="Micromax_A74", RUN+="shutdown -h now" EOF sudo udevadm control --reload Conclusion We do what we can to increase our OpSec when using our laptop in public–such as using a good VPN provider, 2FA, and password database auto-fill to prevent network or shoulder-based eavesdropping. But even then, there’s always a risk that someone could just steal your laptop after you’ve authenticated! As of yesterday, that’s a hard attack to defend against. As of today, we have BusKill. The BusKill solution described in this article can trigger your laptop to self-destruct if it’s physically separated from you. Because the data cable runs all-the-way from your body to the laptop, cutting the cable will still result in BusKill triggering. BusKill is simple. There is no need for anything to actually be stored on the USB drive. And if the USB drive suddenly failed, BusKill would still be triggered. If an attacker quickly inserted a clone of your USB drive before or after stealing your laptop, BusKill would still be triggered. And because it’s just a cable, there’s no risks of the attacker using some complex vector of attack over bluetooth, RFID, etc. Source
  13. The slightly cheaper member of the premium laptop family is still as elegant. Samsung has really impressed me with its laptop game lately, delivering super thin and premium machines like the Galaxy Book Flex and Ion, as well as the Snapdragon-powered Book S. But those devices cost upwards of $999, which cuts the budget-conscious user out of Samsung's reach. For those who would like something just a little cheaper, though, the company announced a new Galaxy Book last week called the Flex Alpha. That rings in at $830, compared to the roughly $1,100 that the Flex and Ion are expected to cost. I was concerned that to drop the few hundred dollars, Samsung would have had to sacrifice build quality and deliver a machine that felt cheaper. But once I picked up the Flex Alpha here at CES 2020, I was relieved. The laptop is just as premium to the touch as its costlier siblings, with a similarly sturdy, thin and light frame. It has the same sumptuous QLED screen, running at full HD, and can also hit an impressive 600 nits of brightness in a "Outdoor Mode" you can activate when needed. Thanks to the energy-saving benefits of QLEDs, the Flex Alpha should offer plenty of battery life, though it has a smaller 54Whr battery compared to the 69.7Whr cells in the more-expensive pair. The 2.6-pound Flex Alpha isn't the slimmest or lightest laptop around, but it certainly seems like one of the most attractive for its price. I'm glad Samsung didn't have to sacrifice too much -- you'll still get the same fingerprint sensor on the keyboard for convenient logins, as well as two USB-A 3.0 sockets, one USB C port, a microSD card reader, an HDMI slot and a headphone jack. The main tradeoffs Samsung had to make here in addition to the smaller battery, were limiting the graphics card and storage choices. You'll only get integrated Intel UHD graphics, instead of having the option to upgrade to more powerful Iris Pro or NVIDIA MX 250 cards. Still, you can get the Flex Alpha with tenth-generation Intel Core processors, which is reasonable for the price. The new laptop will be available by the first half of the year, so if you've been looking for a stylish QLED laptop under $900, this might be worth your time. Source
  14. How much higher could proposed tariffs against China push laptop prices? A new report claims that the Trump administration's latest tariff proposal on goods imported from China could raise prices on new laptops by 17 percent in the U.S. On average the report finds that a new laptop would cost $120 more if the tariffs go into effect. A new report has attempted to quantify just how much proposed tariffs against Chinese imported goods could raise prices on electronic devices, with the results concluding that you could wind up paying an additional $100 or more on your next laptop. The report was commissioned by the Consumer Technology Association, which obviously has a vested interest in how the Trump administration's proposal (tariffs up to 25 percent that would affect many tech items) would impact its members' bottom lines. Nonetheless, its central premise -- that phones, laptops, drones, and video game consoles would face price increases due to the proposed tariffs -- doesn't require much of a stretch of the imagination to envision, given how many of these products either come from China or are built with Chinese-sourced components. One notable finding from the report is that prices for laptops would likely increase across the board, not just for systems directly imported from China. While those notebooks would see the biggest increase -- an estimated 21-percent jump in the price for Chinese imported laptops and tablets -- the report believes that prices for all models would rise 19 percent. This is a bit more extreme than the report's estimates for cell phones, where it thinks Chinese import prices would increase 22 percent, but overall price would "only" rise 14 percent. The report calculates that the price of an average laptop would rise roughly $120 if the proposed tariffs were enacted, pushing the average laptop cost to over $600 for U.S. consumers. As a result of the tariffs, laptop and tablet purchases would decline by 35 percent, according to the report. Manufacturing in Vietnam, Taiwan, and Mexico would be the biggest beneficiary of what would be a major salvo in the U.S.-China trade war, and in fact the Taiwanese tech industry is apparently already feeling the effects of the proposed tariffs. The accuracy of the report's findings could be put to the test when and if the administration goes through with the tariffs, but one of its conclusions would still seem indisputable: Despite the tariffs, China would remain the largest importer of laptops and tablets into the U.S., commanding 80 percent of the market. The Chinese economy would definitely be hurt by the proposed tariffs, but it seems like the wallets of American consumers looking to buy a new laptop could be hurt just as much. Source
  15. hitminion

    Laptop Cost

    How much does this laptop cost: - HP DV6 - i7 1.6GHz - 2GB VGA up to 3GB (NVIDIA GeForce GT 320M) - 4GB RAM - 500GB HDD - 17" Screen
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    Need Help Buying New Laptop

    Hi Guys, i need help buying new laptop with good performance and the processor should be atleast i3 and iam not concerned about getting OS with the laptop and my budget is 20,000-25,000 rupees so your welcome to suggest Thank you.
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