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It’s the Weekend And Time For More Insanity Here at HiBook Labs! Testing out More Linux on the HiBook Tablet. (video)

Originally posted 2016-12-04 01:52:53.

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It’s Linux Time Again!

Tonight I decided to try out some more Linux distributions on the Chuwi HiBook Tablet. This of course meant that I needed to dump one of my virtual machines so I could have extra space on the microSD card for anything new. It really is amazing how quickly one can use up 64gb of storage space.

My first distro install was called SparkyLinux and it was very good. The new (to me) windows manager had me searching all over for what I can easily find in Linux Lite 3, but it was a very decent lightweight distro, unfortunately it didn’t play well with the audio recording portion of SimpleScreenCapture and was quickly deleted. It’s too bad I had to move on because it actually allowed me to install Chrome rather than Chromium and the performance was extremely fast! Alas, because it wasn’t good for videos, it just had to go. Below is a picture I snapped of the basic desktop.

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Next on the list was Puppy Linux. It did work but the mouse pointer kept disappearing. Although it was just a bit glitchy and it worked well otherwise I simply decided to scrap it and move on.  Having used Puppy previously I can attest it is rather stellar on a PC with older hardware, simply not so good in a Virtual Machine.

So not to be deterred I am currently exploring the wonders of Ubuntu-Mate. This is a lightweight version of Ubuntu and so far is working nicely. The install took roughly 30 minutes and now I am adding the items I need/want, such as Chrome or Chromium, SimpleScreenRecorder and of course the Gimp graphics editor.

After a bit more testing we have some screenshots and a short video! How about those screenshots first? Click any image to see the gallery, (click outside the image to return here, if you have a high resolution display, you will see the X to exit the gallery).

I now have the video uploaded and ready for viewing. This was all shot on the Chuwi HiBook, in a VM, and all editing and uploads were done from the tablet. Capture was done using SimpleScreenRecorder and the videos were stitched together and processed using Openshot. In the video below I mention an install of Chrome, not Chromium, but the same program that impressed me when testing SparkyLinux. The link to a site with easy instructions is right here.

So ends another night of testing…

Tim

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The HiBook News: OBS Studio Running on a HiBook? Can This Be Real?

Infinity Screen Captures?

Today I ran across a video on YouTube about running OBS Studio on an old, low powered tablet PC called a HiBook! I said to myself, well this can’t be true, but then I remember of course it is!

After all it was me who spent literally hours, to finally get OBS to work on High End Cheap Tech!

So after about a few dozen tries, I figured out how to get a decent screen capture (display capture) video on OBS on a supposedly obsolete/under-powered tablet.

The best part is, after shooting this in two segments, I edited the video on the very same, lowly X5 Z8300 Intel Atom tablet.  Yes, Openshot failed to add a transition at one point, but I’ll take success over disdain anytime!

The video below will mention how to remove background noise and show you that sometimes hardware decoding can get the job done even when you are saying to yourself, “hardware decoding, are you fuc&%$g kidding me?”

That’s all for now kiddies, maybe later I will try this again on the HI12? Leave a comment on YouTube if you want me to try it also!

Tim

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Time Again For The HiBook News! Yes I Am Selling The HiBook! (video)

The HiBook has basically outlived its usefulness as a test bed and I need to find another new High End Cheap Tech tablet to carry on the work! (see how I subtlety mentioned our new YouTube Channel?)

The HiBook has served me well and I still use it to watch videos and play the very occasional game in Android. However, since what I do is test tablets/notebooks as servers, etc, it has gone well beyond its useful life although it can still get the job done. But since we need an infusion of stuff to test here, I need to sell it to get something else to test.

Of course if folks would donate a wee bit to the site here, I could keep the HiBook, but in reality, I would love to move on and test new stuff!

These little thin and light tablets are perfect these days for use by children and even adults who simply want to watch videos and surf the web. The dual boot feature is great because there are things you can do in Android that you can’t do in Win 10.

So all that being said, here is the latest video on the new channel and please do like and subscribe and share. Note here: this was all shot on the super cheap Blu Studio Energy 2 at 1080p and edited on Openshot in Win 10 on my Zotac Ci323 with an N3150 processor and 8 GB ram.

That is all I have for this evening,

Tim

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It is The HiBook News Sunday Edition! Today, Freeing Up Disk Space After A Windows 10 Update!

Low Disk Space Sucks!

So we are all stuck getting these Windows 10 updates and yes, they are a good thing, but if you are on a system that doesn’t have a ton of disk space, they can be a royal pain in the ass!

Today I was greeted with the HiBook getting the latest update and afterwards, yeah, I had 999 MB free! What? Yeah 999 MB, no GB here…less than a single GB!  So what to do. Well you can run disk cleanup, but oh no, it won’t even show you the mysterious Windows.old folder for a month. You can go into the file manager (explorer) and you will see it, but nope, it won’t let you just delete it.

If you need that space now you have a few options, change your time settings to not be automatic, then move the date/time to a few months ahead. After a reboot Windows will ask you if you want to delete previous versions, just say yes. That might take an hour or so to occur whilst Windows is dutifully checking for the latest update.

The next option is simple, quick and direct, involves no changing of dates and destroys that folder in a few seconds. It is called a batch file! Yep a simple text file that you can save somewhere where you can remember it (LIKE YOUR DESKTOP) and then simply right click and run as administrator.

So below is the text file you need to save and edit in notepad and then save as a .bat file. I found this info at this link. Yeah, if you do not know how to do stuff, Google it kiddies!

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takeown /F C:\Windows.old\* /R /A
pause
cacls C:\Windows.old\*.* /T /grant administrators:F
pause
rmdir /S /Q C:\Windows.old\
pause

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Below is the video I shot of the painful process today….

That is all I have for now, except for asking folks to donate, comment on the videos and subscribe to the new channel!

Tim

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The HiBook News: This Edition; The HiBook Saves The Day Again!

This is a short post, but it gets the point across I hope…

The HiBook is always here charged up and ready to go for whatever I need it for and once again it saved my bacon today!

I woke up sick as a dog this morning and when I finally decided to do some web stuff I ran into an issue while posting up a video to YouTube on our new channel. The Bluetooth keyboard no longer wanted to talk (type) to the Zotac desktop!

Well that’s a bitch ain’t it? Yeah it is, but after uploading the video using only the mouse I was left with the prospect of having  to purchase a new key board. But wait! Yeah I tried the K480 on the HiBook and it worked just dandy! That eliminated BT as the issue.

Next I tried to reconnect it to the Zotac desktop and it simply didn’t work. Uh oh…..perhaps the Bluetooth on the Zotac was dead? Did not think so, so I rebooted the Zotac and could not login! Well crap! What to do now?

Well fortunately for me I run VNC server on the Zotac, only available on the internal network and…wait for it….yeah the HiBook has VNC viewer installed! Once I ascertained the IP of the Zotac I was able to connect to it and login in. I then used the remote software to re-pair my K480 keyboard and all is well again!

For those wondering how I found the IP of the Zotac, I used an Android app called “Fing” It will show every single device on a network and the basic version costs nothing.

So after rebooting and coming back in to the Zotac I was finally able to reconnect Bluetooth (the K480) and all is well again. I have no clue why the BT dropped previously but the problem is fixed, the HiBook stands ready for future disasters and all is well again at HiBook Labs!

That is all for now,

Tim

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