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  1. This would basically lead you into the world of Hackintosh. LTT (unsurprisingly orchestrated by Anthony) did some videos about that and also a video about running MacOS in a VM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATnpEOo3GJA However I'd not count on Apple not to introduce some changes that make virtualisation more difficult or break your VM with an update
  2. During regular operation probably not. However, in the light of safety I'd strongly recommend against it. The earthing/ grounding is meant to protect you (as a user) from electric shock in case of a failure. Should the live wire (phase) come in contact with the case or really any part you could touch (be it through a faulty cable or a damaged PSU) you could get yourself electrocuted in the worst case, if the earthing is not connected.
  3. I disagree with @Nayr438. While it certainly is subjective which features make sense or not, the development in recent years has not been at a point I could remember at which the devs stated they were planning to end the development of Mint. I guess you're referring to LMDE (the Debian based version of Mint). LMDE has been around for several years parallel to the Ubuntu based mainline Mint. It is, apart from being an OS for it self, a "backup" if you like in case Ubuntu should not be available or viable to use as a base for Mint any more in the future. So far the devs are not stating that development will be moving away from using Ubuntu imminently. That's partly a feature rather than a bug and lies within the nature of a LTS (Long Term Support) release in contrast to a rolling release: Packages are less frequently (or not at all) updated during the life cycle (typically five years) of the OS to maintain compatibility. This does not mean, however, that all packages are kept untouched. A lot of them get frequent security updates and some (like Firefox, Thunderbird) also feature updates. Whether you prefer Mint over Ubuntu, vice versa or whether you like a completely different OS like Manjaro, CentOS or openSUSE the most is a personal thing
  4. That's an important info Mobile hardware (in my experience) is more likely to have hickups. Standard PC parts (I assume you're going to build a tower PC of some kind) are pretty good as far as compatibility is concerned. Also, a 2011 i7 is very well capable of running Linux (Mint) perfectly well (way over minimum recommended specs). I have an old laptop from 2011 featuring an i5 that runs on Linux without any problems. I believe the thing you'll want to look out for is whether the software you need runs on Linux (natively or via emulation or a VM) or whether there are alternatives for you.
  5. I'm not an expert in JSON, but to me it seems as if the closing "}" in the last line was too much.
  6. So do I understand correctly that you can still access your NTFS partition on your D drive? Also, could you try getting an overview of how the HDD is partitioned from within Linux?
  7. Updating between major OS versions is always something that can fail, independently of the OS. I've updated my system (Mint) four times or so (I believe I started out with 18.3) up to the recent version. And so far it still runs fine
  8. You can try, I wouldn't see a problem in doing so
  9. I've been using Mint for a little over two years now as my main OS and am very pleased. Also, development of Mint is nowhere near of being stopped. The contrary is the case according to the Mint blog. I also haven't heard complaints about Mint being more unstable than Ubuntu. Regarding the OPs problem: I'd recommend reinstalling Mint if that's an option for you, or as @Ohsnaps recommended, try a live USB stick with both Ubuntu and Mint 19.3. Be informed about the snap package system being part of Ubuntu 20.04, though. I'm personally not a fan of it (and thus happy that it won't be enabled by default in the upcoming Mint 20).
  10. A very good and interesting video. Even though I've been playing games on Linux already for a while now it did give me some new input. Thanks Anthony and Linus :)
  11. Is the 100% disk usage also present after a reboot without any programs (manually) started, after the computer has been idle for two or three minutes? You could also check the default programs starting on boot/ login and check whether programs are shown that you don't actually need to run in the background.
  12. Did the drop in speed happen gradually or out of the blue, how full is your drive? Also, did you check the SMART values of your drive already and if so are they ok?
  13. Usually standard parts like keyboards, mice and the like don't require more than the basic drivers to function (fancy extras like setting RGB probably won't work with these standard drivers, though). Having spoken about the device manager in my last post: Have you tried re-installing the driver for your keyboard from there?
  14. I'd suggest to do the following: Plug the keyboard into another USB-Port. Check the device manager for input devices/ "Human Interface Devices" (with the keyboard plugged in). There you should also be able to see info about the driver you're using. If you have another computer at hand: Try the keyboard with your other machine. Good luck
  15. I'd like to bring forward another aspect that I feel to have come short in the video. There are a lot of (pro) work fields where you don't have sustained high CPU loads that bring your laptop to thermal "distress". Let me give one example. I'm at a natural sciences faculty at a university and while there are very demanding workloads (CPU, RAM, sometimes GPU) like simulations or the analysis of gigabytes or even terabytes of experimental data that frequently occur, these jobs usually don't run on laptops anyway. For these kinds of jobs there are workstations with more CPU horsepower and RAM or even dedicated compute servers/ compute clusters. What people here from my experience do with their laptops (including me) is writing scrips, preparing presentations (LaTex, MS/ Libre Office), read papers, (in these times especially) do video calls and occasionally programming. "Normal" workloads like writing and running an average Python, Matlab or Mathematica script don't require an Alienware Area-51M type of computer These tasks often involve only short demands for high computational power, like when compiling a LaTex document or a small auxiliary script. The short term boost performance to me thus seems to be quite a bit more important than the long term computing power. In fact I've very well worked and sometimes still do work on a machine equipped with an i5-2520M from 2011... It gets the job done for most of the things I'd ever want to do for work and is in every respect slower than the MacBook So conclusion time then. While the thermals of the MacBook certainly are a problem for computationally intense jobs/ work fields (e.g. CAD modelling and engineering I would assume) there are also a lot of areas that don't need this kind of sustained high performance or where the work loads are offloaded to dedicated computing machines. I therefore think that the MacBook is not so much a "niche of a niche" product but instead does appeal to quite a number of professionals from different fields, be it for the ease of use of MacOS or whatever people value about a MacBook. That said a MacBook is certainly not the only device on the market for the professional segment and for some tasks a different (Windows/ Linux) laptop is going to be better. The point I'm trying to make is that the situation for the MacBook Pro does not appear to be so poor to me after all. @GabenJr: While I'm not a MacBook user myself I'd generally (i.e. in laptop reviews) like to have more mentioning of such workflows as well Other than that you're review videos are interesting and entertaining to watch. Keep up the good work
  16. That's an interesting problem. As you mentioned that ‘Reset to default values and continue.’ and ‘Load last known good values.’ seem to at least solve the POST problem you could try taking a look at your BIOS to see whether any settings seem off limits (even though you did a CMOS clear). Just in case. As far as crashes are concerned: Do you have a Windows recovery medium you can boot into to check for OS errors? Alternatively, if you have a spare drive you could try to install a fresh copy of Windows to see whether it runs stable.
  17. Whether your machine is connected to your Network via WIFI or PowerLAN does not make a difference.
  18. Glad we could help :) I hope you can your Office key back
  19. Your personal files (i.e. documents, photos) have nothing to do with the core functionality of Windows. If you have them backed up you can copy them to wherever you want (on a newly installed system for instance). I don't know what you exactly mean by "UEFI backup". Should you be referring to your recovery partition: Recovery means either fixing a broken installation of Windows (e.g. by replacing system relevant files) or re-installing Windows from scratch. It does explicitly not mean that you can simply restore Windows to the current state (with your programs installed and your personal settings) from a new installation. For that you need a restore point of Windows (don't quote me on the restore point, though. I've never been in a situation where something like that would have been necessary to do for me.). This restoration point however is independent of your recovery partition.
  20. I learned programming by writing a lot of code. There are great books for beginners out there that show you how to get into programming step by step and often tell you something about algorithms on the way. Depending what you want to use Python for (natural sciences, maths, technology, fun ) it might a good idea to look at books specifically tailored towards that field.
  21. Not in the way that you could then boot into recovery mode from your external HDD. The medium you copy the recovery partition on to must be bootable which requires more to it than just doing a simple copy-paste. I'd get a 32 GB USB drive and clone the partition in question onto it. Then try to boot of the USB stick you just created. If that works you're good to go and can delete the partition on your drive.
  22. Google is your friend here I quickly dug out these two links to give you a starting point. The take home message is that the processes you mentioned are known for being able to cause high CPU usage https://appuals.com/fix-dcom-sever-process-launcher-high-usage/ https://windowsreport.com/ctf-loader-windows-10/
  23. Anyway, as long as it works for you just keep it running
  24. Fair enough. But the levels of CPU usage you are reporting don't seem reasonable at all. Before you go out and buy a completely new laptop you could save some money by just getting this back to it's full potential
  25. Which OS do you run (presumeably Windows 10)? I have an old laptop from 2011 with an i5 2520M and it still runs like a charm (also with a SSD). Your CPU shouldn't be overwhelmed by running a modern OS anyway. It might be worth checking whether you have a lot of programs starting at boot and which kind of background processes are running during normal operation. Edit: 100% CPU utilisation is what lead me to my thoughts above. Maybe it's time to do a fresh install of your OS. It can do wonders