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So it Has Been Awhile Since I Posted a Video of Any Sort, This One Covers the Asus Z580CA Game Performance.

Dead Trigger on The Z580CA
Dead Trigger on The Z580CA

Tonight I did a short video on game performance with the Asus Z580CA Super Tablet. The game performance on this device is absolutely incredible! Obviously one must take that with a grain of salt, considering my abilities as a gamer are nil.

However, I have found that by and large there is simply nothing this little 8 inch, (ok, not so little), tablet won’t do, primarily because of the 2.3 gHz processor and the 4gb ram.

Keep in mind when watching the video, that this is a screen capture and possibly suffers a bit from the software and whatever processing Google does to it when posting to YouTube.

Now onto the the video, and remember, you can buy THIS tablet for a mere $175 by checking out Craigslist at this link! Before you think about this at all, you have to ask yourself one question…is there another tablet that could be a server/play games and be a great movie viewing platform, at this price?

Tim

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Just a Short Crappy Video Explaining the Difference Between the Asus Z580CA and the Inferior Z580C Zenpads

This will be a very short post, but, it has finally occurred to me that folks simply don’t read details when shopping online…

Watch the video below, learn and be happy. Then go here for details!

Incidentally, to speed things up I have reduced the price for one week, (June 10th-18th), only!

Tim

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A followup on the Dragon Touch Android 5.1.1 Update…Fine for Most folks, Horrible for Me.

meltdown-1So I installed the latest update available from Dragon Touch, for the X10 Tablet the other night. The install went fine and most applications ran okay. There were some disturbing things that I did find and that is why I am now back on Kit-Kat 4.4.4.

First of all, the device identified itself to Google, during my first login, as a Sony Ericsson X10. That was enough to set off a few bells for me. My first thought was, what the hell? Then I noticed a disturbing item in that the MAC address kept changing. Folks the MAC address should be coded into the WiFi chip, not randomly adjusted during reboots by software!

Lastly the server software (KSWeb) that runs this web site when the Dragon Touch is turned on and running would crash if ANY other application that used the WiFi was run. This wasn’t an occasional thing, it was every damned time.

My conclusion was that for most folks this might be an okay update, but for me, using an obviously half-assed version of Android 5.1.1 that was meant for a different device, simply wasn’t the way to go.

Thankfully I was able to go back to the 4.4.4 Android version and all seems well again. I recommend downloading both versions before doing any upgrades.

Below you can view another stunningly crappy video explaining the details of my woes with the update. By no means is the update terrible, it just has some issues one should be aware of and prepared for.

Tim

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Dragon Touch X10 Update to Android 5.1.1 was a Success! With One Minor Glitch…

IMG_20160520_224620So tonight’s project was to update the DTX10 to Android 5.1.1 and the update went great and all has been returned to functional, including the server, on the tablet.

At first glance, no one would know that the system was updated. But it is a bit different in how the menus work and the dropdown for the notifications and settings are now in the center. The image below shows the relocated dropdown/notification section.

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Overall I would rate this as a worthwhile update, but it does have one minor glitch that probably won’t affect 99% of those using this tablet. But…the glitch involves the MAC address changing after every restart. No big deal for most people, but I am used to reserved IP addresses on my router and those are based on the MAC address of the device. That means extra work every time I either reboot or turn the tablet off.

Other than that and since very few folks will ever run a server on their tablet the glitch is simply a non-issue. So if you have one of the older versions with Android 4.4.4, go ahead and do the upgrade!

The real irony here is that my flagship Asus Z580CA is still on Android 5.0. That is indeed a sad commentary on a company that used to value customer support.

Here is the link to get the Tool and update file needed to do the update. Click for the files.

Before you run this update, watch this video at least twice before running the update! It isn’t difficult, but it sure pays to know what you are going to do before you start! Not all the info is up to date, get the latest version when downloading.  (X10-HT-PW-V2-AL-5.1-20150115)

Tim

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For the non-believers out there, here is how you get your Asus to run 8-12 hrs as a Server: video

Asus Tablet Server after about 8 hrs on.
Asus Tablet Server after about 8 hrs on.

A few folks have questioned me about the Asus Z580CA lasting as long as it does as a server when running as a backup here, and I am now going to show you how to get that battery life extended, well beyond what you might expect from this less than easy on a battery device!

It is really quite simple. There are but a few steps that you need to do to use a fully charged tablet for pretty much half the day as a server. You will be surprised just how easy this is…

The steps are as follows:

  • Start with a fully charged Tablet. Clear anything in the applications list!
  • Turn on your web server, in this case KSweb. Now point your router to it.
  • Go into display settings and set the display to sleep: never
  • Now turn your display brightness to minimum,
  • Last open Chrome and close the default tab and you have a nice dark screen.
  • Charge your Asus after about 10-11 hrs of use.

For those who must have video see below.

Tim

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