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[06:53:37] <janrinok> Fully understand the reasoning behind using the big screen. You seem to have several projects on the go at the same time. Transferring W7 to a new lappy, setting up a network, installing KVM and big screen, etc
[06:55:38] <janrinok> It makes is slightly more difficult to provide help when there are so many different projects to think about. I would suggest that you consider prioritising them in order of importance and taking smaller steps to reach the same final goal.
[06:57:05] <janrinok> If I'm not being too prescriptive, I would suggest either getting the network running (it will considerably aid in transferring data between machines) OR going through the W7 plan that we discussed a few days back, as your next step.
[06:57:40] <janrinok> just my $0.02 - it is entirely up to you what we do and in which order we do it.
[16:17:52] <Bytram> janrinok: Thanks a lot for the perspective! KVM is an alternative means-to-and-end in allowing use of multiple computers with one monitor (UHD 3840x2560 HDR TV). Was entertaining the thought of KVM when I found that Win7 on old lappy fell back to just internal LCD display when I selected a different input to TV for using a different lappy and switched back. IOW, I lost access to the big screen display. There is also the issue that old lappy
[16:17:57] <Bytram> cannot drive TV at full UHD resolution; best I can get with internal GPU is 2200x1200. Hence the desire to move Win7 to new lappy which *seem* to be able to use full resolution (have seen what appears to be a UHD display on Ubuntu).
[16:19:43] <Bytram> The new lappys have an i5 which should provide a performance boost over the Core 2 Duo in the old lappy. (Moah Powah!)
[16:19:45] <Bytram> 2) I would like to get up-to-speed on using Linux, so getting that installed and working on a lappy is a parallel goal. Also becomes a separate means to try and verify I can drive the TV at UHD resolution using one of the new lappys.
[16:21:50] <Bytram> It may well be that Win7 on new lappy will not fall back to internal display when switch away and then back to that lappy by using the TV's HDMI input selector. There are 3 inputs. 1 and 2 are 'plain old' HDMI, input 3 has ARC (audio return channel).
[16:22:25] <Bytram> 3) Networking is yet another parallel effort which, as you pointed out, should simplify moving files around.
[16:24:27] <Bytram> Ideally, UHD at 3840x2560 provides, effectively, the screen real estate of four 1920x1280 displays, all on one panel. It also affords the ability to display much larger windows so more information can be displayed at once (e.g. viewing log files without line wrapping)
[16:26:53] <Bytram> FYI, I had picked up a new charger for Louie, but did not seem to work. Charging indicator at outset was blue when I plugged in charger, and then about 5 seconds later turned yellow suggesting it was not working. :/ Swapped the battery from yet another E6410 new lappy (Not Huey or Dewey, let's call it Louie) and now it seems to be charging just fine. =)
[16:29:55] <Bytram> SO, all 3 lappys have their own battery charger, are connected to a 1 gig ethernet hub, and (atm are going through a HDMI switch to choose among lappys to feed into a single HDMI port on the TV; except the HDMI switch seems to not present a continually active output to each of the lappys when I switch away and then back.)
[16:30:33] <Bytram> Lastly, I have a blu-ray player that I would like to use with the TV.
[16:33:23] <Bytram> If/when I can get Win7 ported from old lappy (Huey) to a new lappy (Louie), I should then have 1 working win7 install on a new lappy and 1 working Ubuntu/mate install on another new lappy, and a blu-ray player. If all goes well, then the new lappys will be able to maintain a full UHD display on the TV even when I switch between different lappys.
[16:33:35] <Bytram> Whew!
[16:34:53] <Bytram> Back in '83 or so, I happened upon some sayings by a guy in the tech industry. This is one of them that really stuck with me:
[16:35:25] <Bytram> "Strive to understand your problem, don't try to solve it. A fully stated problem embodies its solution."
[16:36:09] <Bytram> Writing the preceding seems to follow that exact line of reasoning -- thanks for helping me gather all the factors in one place!
[17:22:45] <chromas> Buuuuuuutttt
[17:23:07] <chromas> That means striving to understand the problem is trying to solve it.
[18:09:40] <janrinok> let me know what you want to tackle next
[18:30:37] <janrinok> chromas, or it means that once you fully understand the problem the solution is self evident. Can't say that I've notice that too often though...