Browsing Category: hardware

  • SOUNDPEATS TRUENGINE2 In Ear Headphones (Happy Father’s Day!)

    For father’s day (2020), my family got me a pair of SOUNDPEATS TRUENGINE2 in-ear headphones. I had a pair of Sony WF-1000X headphones years ago, and while functional, they left a lot to be desired for staying in your ear. They were IMPOSSIBLE to use while moving quickly, and at a walking pace they were …

    June 23, 2020
  • XPS 13 9350 – 16.10 and Broadcom (DW 1820A) woes (with Intel 8260NGW fix!)

    After upgrading to 16.10, when I would resume from sleep my xps 13 would reconnect to my network but not have any DNS (it had a connection, but couldn’t navigate to sites by name, IP addresses worked). I was able to issue a sudo systemctl restart network-manager And this generally brought the network back online …

    November 6, 2016
  • How to flash your bios for Dell XPS 9350

    Dell’s firmware flash process isn’t built for linux. They do have instructions posted here but this requires making a thumb drive bootable with FreeDOS. I tried these steps and didn’t have any luck. Instead, I wanted to summarize a simpler solution and one that’s BUILT INTO THE LAPTOP (why they recommend a process that involves more complicated …

    August 13, 2016
  • Ubuntu 16.04 Release + Dell XPS 13 9350

    UPDATE 5/11/2016 – The flicker is apparently Chrome only and has a report to Google. If you use firefox you won’t see this screen flickering. You can also run Chrome via “google-chrome –disable-gpu-driver-bug-workarounds –enable-native-gpu-memory-buffers” and the flickering will stop. You can also edit the desktop file which will allow you to launch the app as you would normally …

    April 23, 2016
  • Dell XPS 9350 + Ubuntu 16.04 (beta1, Feb 27th)

    Summary I have been DYING to try Mir every since it was announced. Moving X forward, new libinput integrated for a solid touchpad experience .. the entire thing is very exciting. Since I’m lucky enough to have a System76 Galago Ultrapro AND Dell XPS 13 9350 I figured I’d try to install 16.04beta1 (ubuntu/unity) on …

    February 27, 2016
  • Dell XPS 9350 (4.4.0 kernel)

    The laptop has been running well on 4.4-rc7 but the new 4.4.0 kernel came out and I’d rather be on the newest officially released kernel (until Dell releases the official XPS 13 with an official kernel that is). So I grabbed the newest kernel and installed it by running cd /tmp wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.4-wily/linux-headers-4.4.0-040400_4.4.0-040400.201601101930_all.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.4-wily/linux-headers-4.4.0-040400-generic_4.4.0-040400.201601101930_amd64.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.4-wily/linux-image-4.4.0-040400-generic_4.4.0-040400.201601101930_amd64.deb …

    January 22, 2016
  • Dell XPS 13 9350 – External Display

    UPDATE: 2/24/2016 – Haven’t tried for awhile with external monitor, but did recently and no luck in 16.10. Updated to 17.04, still no dice (everything else works fine though, so that’s nice). Hopefully this will get fixed. 🙁 UPDATE: 6/1/2016 – To stop the flickering in chrome run chrome non-maximized. Fixes it. ‘Fix’ is in …

    January 5, 2016
  • Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Ergonomic Desktop

    Summary I recently purchased the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop (link goes to keyboard only, I purchased with the mouse as well) and wanted to post my thoughts about it. Background Previously I had the wired keyboard from work and I really liked the keyboard a lot. It took some getting used to initially to break myself …

    January 1, 2016
  • Back to the future – Dell XPS 9350 (4.4-rc7 kernel)

    My previous post on this topic talked about a mechanism for installing a custom 4.3 kernel that has the broadcom wireless drivers built in. I found a cleaner way to run a 4.4rc7 kernel from ubuntu that supports wifi, has no audio sizzle/static, and seems to run everything wonderfully. It’s as simple as the following …

    December 29, 2015
  • Back to the future – Dell XPS 9350 (4.3 kernel – old)

    The Present So my first post on this blog was about the Dell XPS 9333 compared to the System76 Galago UltraPro – I bought the System76 and don’t regret it at all. It’s a beast. The GPU is VERY strong (not as good as a discrete GPU but much better than the normal laptop level …

    December 28, 2015