Luckily I'm the kinda guy who also has a laptop, but nvidia drivers seem to just be some exe files, not the dll type thing I'd expect.
Putting them on anither USB drive (I'm the kinda guy with multiple USB keys around) and navigating to it in browse doesn't show any matching files.
Oh. The mother board came with a dvd. Maybe it's the mother board, Maybe it's on there?
Is this further, or less far? I've unplugged everything except the install USB key, the keyboard.
Usually I take the approach that I should have everything plugged in at install coz it'll probably get scanned and auto installed.
I guess it's not like that in windows land.
At least this time it's saying what type of device it can't grok: media.
The bios update files come with a exe that has to be run to work out a file name. But I don't have a currently working windows machine on which to run the renamer.
So I need a working windows machine to run the bios update the get the windows machine working.
Why does this file need renaming? Why not just name it right? Hummm.
Okay, so if you use Ubuntu's iso burner or you dd from the command line you build a broken boot image.
Instead, you need to format the drive with ex fat and then copy the individual files from the iso archive onto the newly formatted partition.
Don't use fat32. Some files are too large for fat32.
It's got as far as asking for my registration key now.
Day two of trying to install windows.
People online say that error might indicate bad ram or a bad install disk.
So I removed most of the ram and tried this sd card reader that I have to hold together with an elastic band.
And we have some success.
Dunno if it's the ram or install disk that's questionable now though. Poor scientific method changing both at once.
Localization, keyboard input selection, network connection selection, updates, name the machine after a buffy character, and it does the second reboot.
Now it's asking for a pin
Oh, apparently it can be a full password. Phew!
Location services? No thanks. It never moves.
Find my device? It's huge and lives in a cupboard! What? No.
Diagnostics to MS? No thanks. Though there is no "no", only a "required only" :(
Inkling any typing can be sent directly to ms to be "improved". Ugh. God no.
If I want the adverts I see to be tailored to my tastes I can let ms spy on me to decide which ones. There is no option to have no adverts in my os, so best option is "the ads you see will be more generic" :(
Let aps use an advertising id?? Fuck no.
Needed a shell to fetch my passwords from my unix machines so installed git for git bash.
Graphics drivers seem to have installed okay. Reboot required again though. Seemed a very quick reboot but wasn't paying much attention. Hopefully there was a moment I could press an f key to boot from another drive or the duel boot to Linux could be tricky.
Changed graphics setting: nvidia control panel / manage 3d / power management = Max performance. We don't need do save battery with this machine.
Apparently I need to "activate" windows before I can pick a dark theme. And I guess my old motherboards licence key ain't gonna cut it.
No free upgrade for me :(
It wants to update and restart again.
But at a quick glance, and baring in mind it's just been installed in about the fastest computer I could buy, it seemed okay.
Assuming there's a dark theme the task-bar and widgets work well together and the widgets can be easily turned the fuck off.
The chat-app and the link to the microsoft store in the chat app could be easily removed with just four quick clicks.
The search feels creepy the way it combines web-results with on-machine results and so presumably shares all on-machine queries with the web. Someone on the web at least.
It too can be removed from the task bar easily.
Git-bash worked well and Firefox is fast.
The start-menu is fast sane and not ugly, but again feels a bit creepy with search and adverts of sorts in it.
Now I'm going to close it down and remove the hard-drive, plug in the other one and boot the Debian installer.
I've done this one more like a dozen times this millennium but very new hardware is often a pain and I've never tried to do it with a ZFS partition before.
I will not have to pay 200 pounds, whether I pass "go" on the upgrade escalator monopoly game or not.
A few minutes is quite vague.
Well. Ideally that. But you have to turn off X-11 to do that. Which means using the console.
And the console is filled with rude error messages about failing to read a bluetooth device.
I don't care if bluetooth works or not, but I do need it to not fill my screen with errors constantly.
Everyone seems to love their graphical splashes. Showing a nice graphic instead of showing what's actually going on.
I hate that.
I don't want a Graphical Login Manager.
Makes it awkward to do graphics-drives jobs, means you can't see what's going on.
> vi /etc/default/grub
Change GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT to ="text"
Then disable the stupid display-manager:
> sudo systemctl disable lightdm
Now X won't start until I want X to start.
But the old graphics drives will still start, and we wanna stop that so we can replace them with the new ones:
> vi /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-nouveau.conf
Add the lines:
options nouveau modeset=0
Then reboot (boo!)
Once we once again re-stop that torrent of bluetooth errors we can actually run the graphics drivers!
Spent far too long wondering why the second monitor wouldn't work until I realized I unplugged it when the curry arrived so I could maneuver the projector screen open.
So NVidia on Debian is working, and I get to actually watch the text of the boot-up instead of being blind-folded by a graphics start screen.
And also have a console to fix any graphics issues.
Now I'm not blind-folded, I can see boot up is delayed massively by this on-board bluetooth device flooding errors and trying to re-connect over and over again.
I assume this is some proprietary driver that I have to download but I wonder how I find out how to do that...
Both Bluetooth and Wiki look like they might tale some figuring out, whereas I'm gonna need to be able to Video-Talk with my family in the morning!
So can I get my webcam running through Jitsi? With the mic?
First, we need to shut off these damn Bluetooth errors by just disabling bluetooth and wifi:
> vi /etc/modprobe.d/bluetooth-blacklist.conf
Ah. no more bluetooth errors.
And Jitsi appears to work, both from the USB mic and from the camera and the speakers are working.
So I'm good to go for meeting tomorrow. Probably a long way away from having Steam and Unity and VR installed yet.
Looks like Bluetooth and WIfi may be tricky in Debian.
New computers eh?
Things were going okay, got ZFS up and running, got the old drives mounted to copy things.
How strange, networking has stopped. Networking's not working.
I did "apt autoremove" at some point, and it's removed network-manager.
Why the hell would it do that?
How on earth am I gonna get it back with no network?
Fuck. Is this a re-install moment. God damnit.
Solution to that: Fetch all these .deb files manually with the laptop, copy 'em over via a usb key and install with dpkg.
I have so much data. Why must I now decide to re-organize it? Why not just mount /home and suffer the cruft like usual?
Got enough of the migration and reorganisation done that all the dot files and config I want is there, and all I have decided to ditch is gone.
Most of my apps aren't installed. For some reason a font is wrong. But that's my desktop back on the new machine.
I think In theory I have a list of everything I installed after last time. Wonder if I can find it, and how up to date I kept it.
Man, I have so much data. Amazing how distracting a data-copy that's clearly going to take like two days can be.
Meanwhile, here are all the #Firefox extensions I installed on my new computer yesterday:
Element Blocker: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/element-blocker
Cookie Editor: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/edit-cookie/
New-Tab Override: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/new-tab-override
You're welcome, but don't everyone start using the theme in your screenshots, it'll confuse me.
@pre Whatever you do, don't think: I can throw out the dotfiles after porting my config.
Lost my .blender directory that way and a ton of work with it.
@rook Top tip. Yeah. I'll avoid any actual deletion of things for a while.
I think I have about three generations of just-in-case co/pies of /etc/ too
@pre If I may, I would consider using uBlock Origin instead of Adblock Plus. Adblock Plus has an "Acceptable Ads" program.
@gedvondur Hummm. I believe my home-directory config has some kind of extra blocking lists for ad-block plus to make it include way more social-trackers and things.
Been ages since I installed it. Should check it's made it though the move really.
Are there any similar lists I should know about and subscribe to for uBlock? Or does it already just block all of Facebook and things with a setting?
@pre Honestly, I'm not sure. I block most things with Pihole and I don't really use facebook. I do know that uBlock hasn't been intrusive in terms of breaking functionality.
@pre Although I have to thank you, there are one or two extensions you listed I did not know about, so thanks!
@gedvondur Okay, didn't have that or indeed any other settings in Adblock.
Have switched on uBlock instead for a bit, with Fanboy's full list.
If I start seeing more ads I'm switching back.
@pre you won't be using a graphical display manager, but will you instead be using a text based one like 'ly'? 🙂👍
@RyuKurisu yes. This is what a computer should look like as it boots. Informative logging, not a logo on a splash screen.
And this is what it should look like when it's finished booting. Just a text login and no fancy graphics.
Then I can startx if I need it. Or more usually run my start script which also ensures drives are mounted and v4loopback starts and stuff.
@pre I'm thinking of doing Alpine Linux and use 'ly' as display manager (considering I'm actually a graphical laptop user) and the Lumina Desktop. Just because I can 🙂👍
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