Hello everyone, I'm Jacob Davis.
I claim myself to be "The Autistic Power User of the Internet," and before I begin, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year 2019.
Recently, my brother had given me back his old laptop, because he didn't need it anymore. It meant that I would now be able to test something out on it. Cue the installation of Cloudready. My findings are below.
This laptop is a Toshiba Satellite C675D-S7109, with 4 GB of RAM, an AMD E-series APU with Radeon graphics, and a 120 GB hard drive paired with a DVD burner. I've decided to use it as a Chromebook, but not before testing it out.
Boot up on the live USB was successful, and the screen shown off the system in its native resolution, 1600x900. The internal Wi-fi card and sound system (even the headphones jack) actually work, as I was able to log on to the Wi-Fi and play some sound online. However, the trackpad wouldn't let me scroll. Maybe if I installed the system, that will work? In short: yes it did. Before testing video playback on YouTube, I installed Flash and the proprietary codecs, and then began to play some videos. It worked, even in full screen.
I don't really care for the DVD burner, though, although I'll update if it can read it under Files.
Some negligible issues remain, however, because they didn't crash the computer:
- The keyboard's Num Lock light is off, but the keypad works as if it isn't (My Dell Windows laptop doesn't have a Num Lock light, so I'm used to it.)
- To my knowledge, parts of the browser window duplicate themselves after I get out of full screen on YouTube videos. Oh well, maximize the browser window and restore it again, and you'll be fine.
I'm glad I decided to do this, because I gave an old clunker a new life as a Chromebook.
Update #1 - 1 January 2019, 10:04 PM Pacific Time:
I discovered, and later posted in the comments, that the DVD burner was accessible through the Files app. However, I don't think I'll be doing much with that.
I have also updated my newly christened Chromebook to the latest Dev build. Initially, VirtualBox wouldn't display, but it does now. I also said in the comments that when I closed my laptop's lid, the keyboard and mouse wouldn't work after I opened it up again. I've changed a few settings in the Power section, and it got cleared up. In an unreated note, I really didn't realize I could update the main document after I created it. Whoops.
Update #2 - 8 January 2019, 10:39 AM Pacific Time:
New build 72.1.30 installed. Everything is the same, but I found out that the problems with my keyboard and mouse when putting the laptop to sleep were intermittent and (possibly) random. Also, I found out that playback of music files from an SMB1 share (I'm using an external plugin to access my network storage) stutters here and there.
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