T440s Have Some Wonderful Cooling

2020-02-09 2 min read Fails Hardware Rants Teknikal_Domain Unable to load comment count

It’s safe to say that I’ve seen my fair share of T440 ThinkPads in my time, and there’s one common element on all of them that just downright bugs me.

If you ever take the back off one (and not snap it off somehow), and decide to unscrew the heatsink, you’ll see two dies: a larger one on the right (CPU) and a smaller one on the left (GPU). Those little shiny blocks are the heart of that machine… and they’re so tiny too!

Now if you look closer, you’ll see that the GPU die is bare. Oops.

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The Mouse Is Dead, Long Live the Mouse

2019-09-30 2 min read Hardware My stuff Teknikal_Domain Unable to load comment count
So we all know I use Razer keyboards , but as of now I’ve got a Razer mouse. Why? The mouse died. I used to use a Logitech M705, the one where you can disengage the scroll wheel feedback and just freewheel it. Unfortunately, multiple years of use and it has met its end. Holding down any button is intermittent to the point where I could swear the mouse was communicating in Morse code with it’s click and releases, occasionally the scroll wheel decided I tried to scroll up, and any time I tried a normal click, it was a toss-up between click, nothing, and double-click. Continue reading

RED ALERT: Emergency Laptop Brain Transplant

2019-09-26 4 min read Fails Hardware My stuff Maintenance Teknikal_Domain Unable to load comment count
Incident Report Sept. 26, 2019: Was upgrading Mint from 19.1 to 19.2, midway through, the update fails with read-only filesystem. I was cleaning up the drive at the time (getting rid of some unneeded files) and was encountering the same error. When Nemo refreshed, every icon on my desktop had a big “✖️” icon, signifying that there was an error accessing - the entire laptop was actually read-only. Being a sensible person, I tried to reboot. Continue reading