New computer!

I mention in an earlier post that I had bought a new computer (plus a Chromecast!). I’ve been long thinking about buying a desktop computer (since I started working and earning money), but I never got around or felt I had a good reason. Also, before the summer I was packing down because I was selling my apartment, so that wasn’t a good time to buy a new computer.

This fall I got a small game development job making a game for UIO:Energi called Energispillet, so since I got a small fee for that, and I was tired of working on my laptop, which I just found out that I forgot to blog about. It was a Acer TimelineX 3830TG 13.3″, a nice laptop! That is why I decided to order my self a brand new desktop computer with just the hardware I wanted! Or, nearly just the hardware I wanted. I had a limit, so no fancy PSU or abandons of RAM and memory. So this is what I ended up with.

  • BitFenix Phenom M Sort
    • Vifter: 1x 120mm Bunn, 1x 120mm Bak, mATX, mITX,
  • Intel Core i7-4770 Processor -Demo
    • Socket-LGA1150, Quad Core, 3.4GHz, 8MB, 84W, HD460
  • ASUS Z97M-PLUS, Socket-1150
    • m-ATX, Z97, DDR3, 2xPCIe-x16, CFX, VGA, DVI, HDMI,
  • Samsung 24″ LED SyncMaster S24D390H
    • 1920×1080 PLS, 5ms, 1m:1, VGA/HDMI
  • Razer DeathStalker
    • Expert Gaming Keyboard – USB, Nordic layout
  • HyperX 3K SSD 240GB 2.5″ w/Watchdogs vou
    • SATA 6 Gb/s (SATA3.0), 555MB/510MB/s read/write, S
  • HyperX Fury DDR3 1600MHz 16GB Black
    • 2x8GB 1600MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM (Kit of 2) HyperX Fur
  • Cooler Master V650S, 650W PSU -Demo
    • ATX 12V V2.3, 80 Plus Gold, Modular, 2x 6+2pin PCI
  • Noctua NT-H1 Kjølepasta
    • 3.5 gram, High-Performance Hybrid
  • Crucial MX100 SSD 128GB 2,5″ 7mm
    • SATA 3.0 6GB/s, 9,5mm adapter, 550/150Mb/s read/wr
  • ASUS USB-N13 11n USB Adapter
    • PSP XLink Kai Support, Secure and Consistent conne

I’m pretty pleased with the setup, and it is working as a charm both with Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 (even though I had some problem with the wifi).

See some images after the jump.

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Trials Fusion glitches

Funny. This was a draft made way back in May, when I was playing a lot of Trails Fusion. Not as good as the previous ones (or more, not that inovation as the previous), but still a good game. Was a ton of fun to play through. And I would probably start playing it again when I move! “Anywho”, I took screenshots with my phone of some of the glitches I experienced. Nothing game breaking, just funny.

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This is a rather funny looking tree. I even think there are some games that use this as game art.

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What a strange bush.

About the Asus USB-N14 Wireless-N300 adapter

Some of you know that I’m running Ubuntu at home (and at work, most of the time). So when I bought a new computer two weeks ago (have forgotten to blog about that (stay tuned)), I needed a USB wifi adapter as the motherboard dindn’t have an integrated one. I forgot to search high and low before ordering, so I just took the newest Asus (as I have an Asus router) adapter that had a fair price.

The Asus USB-N14 Wireless-N300 USB Adapter (that is one long name) did (not surprisingly) not work out of the box on Ubuntu 14.04. So I downloaded the driver using my phone and extracted it to my computer, but when I tried to compile the code I always got two compile errors. So after a lot of googling and trying to fix the error I just have up.

So I decided to send it back and order a new one. I went for the little sibling USB-N13 Wireless-N300 Adapter, this was mostly because most of the answers that I tried for myy N14 where reported to work with the N13. So when I hooked it up it was detected automagically by my computer, but of course couldn’t use it to use the internet. It would only connect. So I went to my backup plan and followed these simple steps (that are taken from this GitHub-page https://github.com/pvaret/rtl8192cu-fixes):

Ensure you have the necessary prerequisites installed:

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential dkms

Clone this repository:

git clone https://github.com/pvaret/rtl8192cu-fixes.git

Set it up as a DKMS module:

sudo dkms add ./rtl8192cu-fixes

Build and install it (the version at the end may be updated, so double check with the git repo to be sure):

sudo dkms install 8192cu/1.9

Refresh the module list:

sudo depmod -a

Ensure the native (and broken) kernel driver is blacklisted:

sudo cp ./rtl8192cu-fixes/blacklist-native-rtl8192.conf /etc/modprobe.d/

And reboot. You’re done.

Thanks to P. Varet!