Date Joined: 08/23/06
Pros: Plugged it in and it immediately showed up in the Xfce volume control utility (pavucontrol). Was able to switch the output of Parole Media Player to it and back without problems. Microphone input worked also.
Cons: Could be a bit shorter.
Overall Review: lsusb reports: ID 0d8c:0008 C-Media Electronics, Inc.
Pros: No problems with Xubuntu 16.04 when connecting an IDE/PATA drive to an eSATA port. Was able to check SMART status with smartctl (from smartmontools package).
Cons: Would have preferred an eSATA connection for external usage but a Rosewill SATA/eSATA cable (RC-3.28-SATA-MM-BK) solved that problem.
Overall Review: Tested on an AMD Phenom 9550 system with an Asus M3A78-EM motherboard. Used externally so it was powered using a Flypower (Shenzhen Flypower Tech) SPP34-12.0/5.0-2000 SATA IDE MOLEX power supply. This supply has both a 4-pin Molex and SATA power connector along with an in-line power switch. Output voltage within 5% of spec. Highly recommended. Note that the "SPP34-12.0/5.0-2000" portion of the model number is shared with a wide range of supplies with different connectors so you have to search specifically for "SATA" and/or "Molex" to find it.
Pros: Worked perfectly with eSATA and USB 3. Able to check drive SMART status with smartctl (from smartmontools package) with either connection.
Cons: Could use a dust cover on top to protect the SATA connectors.
Overall Review: Tested USB with a PCIe card based on the VIA Technologies VL805 controller, eSATA on AMD SB700.
Pros: No driver required on Win8.1 or Xubuntu Linux 14.04.
Cons: None noticed.
Overall Review: No problems playing Half Life through Steam on my Dell Inspiron 11z running Xubuntu 14.04 other than it defaulting to 1024x768 (my Samsung 712N supports 1280x1024) and the game refusing to use the second monitor if the notebook display was enabled (Steam bug).
Pros: Close to a full-size mouse. Looks good. Cheap. Light is nifty but can be turned off (3-position power switch) to save battery.
Cons: Not laser. No instructions included (hold down all three main buttons to enable pairing discovery).
Overall Review: Slimmer and slightly lighter (79g vs. 86g) than a Verbatim Easy Riser notebook mouse but also longer and wider. Length is 4 3/8in (111mm), longer than what the description says. No problems playing Half Life through Steam on with my Dell Inspiron 11z notebook running Xubuntu Linux 14.04.
Pros: Good performance and stability with Xubuntu Linux 14.04. No problems with Brütal Legend, Serious Sam 3, and Bioshock Infinite.
Cons: None yet
Overall Review: The GV-N75TOC2-2GI is the newer version of this card. Changes include:
DirectX 12 vs. 11.2 (both support OpenGL 4.4)
Slightly higher clock/burst rate
For details go to Gigabyte's site and use their comparison tool.
Pros: Vs. GV-N75TOC-2GI:
DirectX 12 vs. 11.2 (both have OpenGL 4.4)
Slightly higher clock/burst rate
Slightly smaller dimensions.
Overall Review: I don't own this but I have a GV-N75TOC-2GI (which works great with Xubuntu Linux 14.04) and wanted to know what the changes were versus the new version. For details go to Gigabyte's site and use their comparison tool.
Cons: Two DoA boards. Neither would POST. Tried two different CPUs, power supplies, and DDR2 RAM modules. No sign of damage to board so it is either a bad design or a bad production batch.
Pros: The unit I received was different than pictured but similar. Its current capacity was 1 Amp instead of 500mA (an improvement).
Cons: The unit I received did not have an LED light.
Overall Review: Adequate to power the USB laptop cooler I bought. The laptop I'm using is short on USB ports.
Pros: Worked immediately in Ubuntu Linux 12.04 (Precise Pangolin). Tested with USB Flash drive, CF and MicroSD/T-Flash.
Cons: Of the two I bought, the CF connector of one had bent pins. Easily corrected.
Overall Review: Blue LED is a little too bright.
Pros: Worked immediately in Ubuntu Linux 12.04 (Precise Pangolin). Was connected as /dev/ttyUSB0. Tested with C-Kermit.
Cons: DE-9 connector case is rather flimsy. Very easy to pop apart.
Pros: Worked imediately with Ubuntu Linux 12.04 (Precise Pangolin).
Cons: Gets a little warm.
Pros: Not a bad design considering it is USB with two antennas.
Cons: Flimsy. As others have reported it is easy to break the antenna mounts off. I suggest mounting it to a piece of plastic using nylon ties to immobilize the adapter and antennas then use a USB extension cable to connect it.
The RealTek RTL8192CU drivers are rather poor. On Ubuntu Linux 12.04 (Precise Pangolin), it could see my 802.11g router but no other networks. An old Belkin and a Comp USA 802.11g adapters both found several other networks in the area. It also refuses to connect again if disconnected. Installing the updated driver from RealTek's site didn't fix these problems.
Pros: Quiet fan. Machining on the heatsink bottom allows for a selection of positions (rotation) to achieve adequate capacitor clearance.
Cons: The fan mounting screws are only partially threaded. If you tighten them too much, the unthreaded portion can strip the nuts making it difficult to remove the screws. The nuts can be popped out and replaced.
Overall Review: The locking tabs for the press-in pins need to have their handles parallel to the sides of the frame else they can block the heat sink and keep it from laying flat on the CPU package. When looking from above it's not obvious when this occurs. To be safe, examine the heatsink/CPU fit from the side before installing the motherboard into the case.
Pros: Fairly comfortable but the behind-the-head style takes some getting used to. Controls are easy to use.
Cons: USB connector cover is nearly useless. Too flimsly to stay closed.
Overall Review: Works as an audio sink (headphones) in Ubuntu Linux 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) with Blueman and PulseAudio. Connects as a headset also but Mumble didn't detect it.
Pros: Good color light output but not equivalent coverage due to the directional nature of LED lamps.
Cons: Minor turn-on delay of about 1/2 second.
Overall Review: Heavy. Not significant for a single-bulb fixture but with a large multi-bulb hanging fixture it may be a problem.
Cons: Having a sleeve bearing fan on a video card in 2010+ is stupid.
Fan: Power Logic #PLD06010S 12L
Pros: Small, cheap, good heat sink.
Cons: Didn't seem to get along with my MB BIOS (latest from Gigabyte). Updated the card to the latest BIOS (6.6.00). Often it's BIOS wouldn't load, or the system would hang during POST, or reboot when it tried to load GRUB. Ubuntu would lock up randomly during boot. Sometimes it would boot off a LiveCD fully but the drive devices wouldn't be present. Sometimes they would exist but the system would freeze as soon as I tried fdisk on them. Inserting the kernel sata_sil module or setting noapic or irqpoll didn't seem to change anything. Very unpredictable. Tried disabling the MB SATA controller (SB600), resetting CMOS, changing slot positions.
Overall Review: I've seen reports by other Linux users where they didn't have problems. It may be something wrong with my MB.
Pros: Very good picture.
Cons: Clear camera shell easy to scratch.
Overall Review: I bought an Orbit/Sphere a while ago from another store. I'm not sure if this is the same model or not (lsusb shows 046d:08cc). Mine works well on Ubuntu Linux 9.10 (Karmic Koala) 64-bit with Xawtv, Skype, and TokBox with Flash. If the Flash plugin has video disabled and you can't find its settings manager to enable it, search with Google for "flash Global Security Settings panel" and access it from Adobe's site. Command line tools for pan/tilt motor control are available from Logitech's QuickCam Team but I haven't tried them yet. A support forum is also available. Search with Google for "quickcam team" to find it.
Pros: According to an April 02, 2010 review at Phoronix.com titled "Lexmark's Linux Secret", Lexmark supplies Linux drivers and a firmware update utility. They support Ubuntu, Fedora, and OpenSUSE.
Cons: They didn't the scanner working with SANE but the scanner can be operated from the printer directly and the image (JPEG or PDF) can be sent via email. Drivers are 32-bit but work with 64-bit systems. 64-bit drivers will be available with 2010 models.
Pros: Cheap. Blue LEDs for power and signal.
Cons: Current Linux support incomplete.
Overall Review: Tested with Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) x86. RaLink RT2800 series chip. Works well on normal networks but can't maintain a connection with WPA2. A new driver, RT2800PCI, will be in Linux kernel 2.6.33 and should fix these problems.
Pros: Good performance with moderate power consumption (TDP 80W).
Cons: Rather large fan almost requires three slots.
Overall Review: Tested running dual-head on Ubuntu Linux 9.10 (Karmic Koala) x86_64 on a M4A78-EM with a Phenom 9550. No problems at all. Just used Jockey to install the ATI fglrx drivers automatically. Tested UT2004, Doom3, Quake4, Prey, Alien Arena, and Open Arena. Generally max settings on everything. Didn't notice any artifacts or slow-downs.
Pros: Small, fast, economical. Works with Charter in Michigan and saves $5/month since I don't have to lease one from them.
Cons: My unit wouldn't connect via Ethernet but I got a connection over USB with my laptop running Ubuntu Linux. I didn't want to wait for a replacement and since I'm a technician I opened it to see if I could find the problem. I discovered that the RJ45 jack (an Amp/Tyco part) had a dislocated pin. I relocated it and was able to connect with Ethernet. I have good quality cables and so I suspect that it was a problem overlooked during the recertification process. No problems since then. Currently connected to a firewall/router PC running IPCop.
Overall Review: When replacing a Charter leased modem, just connect it to the coax cable and your PC. Then use Firefox and try to browse to any web page. Charter will redirect it to their configuration server web page where you can deactivate the old modem and activate the new one by supplying your login and account number. If you can't get it working (including a power off/wait/power on cycle), then just take both of them to your local office where they will activate it for you and give you a receipt for the old one.
Pros: No software driver needed. Works on any OS with USB support. Don't have to worry about the manufacturer not supporting a new Windows release or deal with third-party reverse-engineered Linux drivers. Works great on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) with Gnome-PPP.
Cons: Should get rid of the driver CD and telephone cable. Drivers aren't needed and most people have extra cords already.
Overall Review: On Linux the modem device was /dev/ttyACM0. If you are using Ubuntu (or Debian) and your dialer can't connect to it, remove modemmanager. It's for mobile broadband modems only and may grab USB analog modems by mistake (Ubuntu bug #496206). Gnome-PPP may set the DTE speed too high (460800 baud) and the modem gets annoyed and will only connect at 9600 baud. Unless you're nostalgic for an '80s Internet experience you'll want to set it to 230400 baud maximum. I didn't test facsimile.
Pros: Works well with Ubuntu Linux 8.04 (Hardy Heron) and a Phenom 9550. Integrated video handles UT2004 and Doom3 well. Lots of BIOS options for ECC memory.
Cons: Second video port doesn't support analog displays at all. Had to use a PCI-E card until I get around to upgrading my monitors. No integrated storage for Express Gate on this board - requires a hard drive partition.
Overall Review: Didn't test DVI/HDMI support.