It comes a time when I have to update my Windows devices manually because sometimes, on my Intel Atom machines, Windows Update fails to install a Windows Insider build. I know I’m not the only one who have had this happened. One thing one can do to solve this is to go ahead and download a Windows Insider ISO and then create a bootable micro SD card, with tools like Rufus. Now, the bootable part is not important, as I’m upgrading my Windows install rather than doing a clean install.
I used an 8gb MicroSD card that I have and used Rufus on my AMD Ryzen desktop machine. I then used my Hidizs AP80 in USB Storage mode to make the microSD card appear in the PC and format and prepare the card with the ISO. Once that was ready, I used the Hidizs USB-C to Micro USB cable that came with my Hidizs DH1000 (the Hidizs AP80 also comes with this cable) to connect the USB-C port of the AP80 to the Micro USB port of the tablet. From there, I was able to go to “This PC” -> The Micro SD card and launch the Windows 10 setup to begin upgrading my tablet. It is really nice that the Hiby OS that this DAP use has different modes when it comes to USB, because you can either use it as a Storage device or as a DAC.
Here’s the image where I have my AP80 connected to my tablet:
Battery Replacement for HP Stream 7 and 8 tablets done!
Today, I’ll share this picture of what I did during these weeks:
That’s right! I’ve replaced the batteries of both my old HP Stream 7 and HP Stream 8 batteries with these Cameron Sino batteries designed for the HP Stream 7 but that also works with the HP Stream 8. You can see that there is plenty of additional space in the HP Stream 8 and that I applied a tape to secure the battery in place.
Right now, the tablets are back at crunching BOINC Tasks and helping humanity toward scientific research and also they are finding aliens (Really, they are!).
During this week, I’ll be sharing the Unboxing video of this battery in both English and Spanish, so stay tuned!
Doing some cable management to my Tablet mining rig
Today, I spent some time in the morning doing some cable management to the area where I have my mining tablets:
Those tablets are contributing to distributed computing projects that runs using the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing software, which is also available for Android devices, so my Android tablets are currently contributing to the [email protected] project and to World Community Grid if there’s no yoyo tasks available for them.
You can see I made use of the holes there to pass the cables and have a cleaner area. I’m also using some Aukey 5-port charging hubs to provide power to them. It works excellent. Also, you can see the router at the left which provides wifi to the tablets.
That’s all for this post. I hope this inspires you to do some cable cleanups 😁
Tablets placed in their new place crunching BOINC Tasks!
Today, I show you my tablets also crunching tasks in their new place as well. They are all crunching BOINC projects. The ones with the heatsinks are Intel-based tablets that overheat. Placing the heatsink and the fan cools them down:
In this post, I’m gonna talk about the HP Stream tablets and how to work around the overheating issues you may have with them.
These tablets works really good most of the time, that is, as long as you are in a well ventilated room, or a room with Air Conditioner. However, on tropical weather, it does not performs good sometimes. This is because the temperature is mostly in the mid 70s to 90s F, and in the summer, it can reach 100 F or more, and this causes the tablet to overheat and therefore, the CPU starts to throttle.
The tablet has a Quad-Core Intel Atom Z3735G clocked at 1.33Ghz. However, the CPU can reach up to 1.57Ghz given the CPU temperature is not extremely hot.
Now, the other issue is that the tablet is mostly plastic, and plastic is not a good heat conductor as compared with metal, but also, it is good that it is plastic as it would not transfer the heat to the battery and it is therefore concentrated in the CPU area, which prevents damage to the battery as the battery is kept cool. If it were metal, the heat could easily transfer to the battery and this could result in the battery getting swollen due to heat. So, each, plastic and metal has its pros and cons.
Mainly, when it runs a BOINC CPU project, the throttle will not be severe in most cases, but when you add a GPU project to crunch, then that’s when the tablet will throttle severe enough to make it unresponsive until it cools down and the CPU clock restores to more than 1Ghz.
In this video, I will be unboxing the HP Stream 8 tablet. This tablet has basically the same specs as the HP Stream 7 I showed you yesterday, as it comes with an Intel Atom Z3735G @ 1.33Ghz, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, Wifi/Bluetooth connectivity, and it came with Windows 8.1 but is fully compatible with Windows 10. The main difference between the HP Stream 7 and HP Stream 8 is that the HP Stream 8 is 8 inches while the HP Stream 7 is 7 inches. Also, the HP Stream 8 comes with an HSPA Modem so you can use the internet whenever you go as long as you’re subscribed to a Wireless Carrier Data Plan. The tablet came with a T-Mobile SIM Card which offered 200MB of free data every month, but for just $10, I could add 5GB of High-Speed Data and then it would throttle to 128kbit/s, which is a very good deal considering that music data doesn’t count the High-Speed Data Allotment.
The tablet itself is actually good for lightweight tasks, however, like the HP Stream 7, the 1GB of RAM is pretty much the limiting factor as Windows 10 uses some 800MB most of the time out of the 1GB available, so it uses the Page File frequently, making the performance of it a little slow sometimes. What I like most about this tablet is having Windows 10 in it and using the internet whenever I go.
In this video, I will be unboxing the HP Stream 7 tablet. This tablet comes with an Intel Atom Z3735G @ 1.33Ghz, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, Wifi/Bluetooth connectivity, and initially comes with Windows 8.1. The tablet itself is actually good for lightweight tasks, however, the 1GB of RAM is pretty much the limiting factor.
Do you have this tablet? How does it work for you? Let me know in the comments.
Did you know that on December 9, 2016, there was a tablet for just $50 dollars at the Microsoft Store? No? Well, bad luck for you then, as this tablet was only available for $50 bucks that day only, and yesterday, December 10, it was available for $100, still $30 off its main price.
For those of you who did get the tablet, Congratulations! You already know how powerful the tablet is for just the $50 dollar price it had.
For those of you who didn’t get it, here are the specs of the tablet as well as some videos:
Intel Atom Z3735F 1.33Ghz up to 1.84Ghz
32GB eMMC Storage
Micro HDMI connector
Micro USB for charging and using a USB OTG adapter (included)
In this post I’ll talk to you about the amazing Gole1 Mini PC.
The Gole1 Mini PC can be considered a hybrid PC, as you can use it as a desktop or as a tablet. You can even use it as a secondaty monitor while using it as a desktop replacement! The Gole1 offers 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, 10/100 Ethernet port, HDMI port, Headset jack, MicroSD port, Wireless A/B/G/N/AC connectivity, and an Intel Atom X5-Z8300 CPU clocked at 1.44Ghz and can turbo boost as well, all for $149 for 4GB/32GB, $169 for 4GB/64GB and $199 for 4GB/64GB with the 2.5″ HDD case, according to their latest update. So as you can see, it packs a lot and is cheaper too!
Oh, did I mention it also has a battery? While it is not extraordinary, the battery can last up to 3 hours based on my tests, and you can charge it or turn it on with either a Micro USB cable or using the supplied power adapter (which unfortunately mine came with the Europe Plug adapter and I had to get a Europe to USA power adapter… Well, this kind of things usually happens to me with crowdfunding projects, but thankfully it is not a biggie for me :p
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