IOXO M133-N: A Good Cloudready device that no longer exists..

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  • Ilya G

    Hi Kuan He

    Have you tried Flex on the IOXO M133-N? I am not sure I understood your comment fully. Did you run into issues with Flex and this device? What were the issues?

     

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  • Kuan He

    Ilya G Yes, I have. Not sure what you guys have done, but Flex doesn't include the IOXO M133-N trackpad drivers. I was told it was built into the kernel, so I am confused. Isn't Flex using the same kernel as Cloudready or is it different? Anyways, here is a list of what's wrong.

    1. The trackpad doesn't work. I have only been able to install Flex with a separate thunderbolt hub that I bought and I had to connect my own mouse to click the buttons and install Flex. After installation, the trackpad doesn't work even after the recent v102 dev build. 
    2. Linux works, but doesn't. On the IOXO, the laptop worked with Linux on v101 of the Flex dev build. On v102 after a powerwash to experience all the new features, I found out that even with chrome://flags changes, linux doesn't install and boots with a https://postimg.cc/NyrVCNGX error like this. 
    3. I don't think this third one is a IOXO specific issue, but WiFi kept on disconnecting and it was difficult to use. (had to use my phone to tether)

     

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  • Joel R.

    Hi Kuan He, you seem to have *some* success in using Chrome OS Flex so far, obviously some issues as well. Wanted to chime in to recommend moving to and staying on the Beta channel (still on v101), just in case you haven't considered this yet. Random, new niggly issues have tended to pop up in the Dev channel releases. I've kept one of my devices on the Beta channel since it opened on v100 and the experience has been very stable so far, including Linux/Crostini. This probably won't solve all your other compatibility issues such as with the trackpad -- I'll let Ilya answer that -- but you might get somewhat of a better working, more consistent experience.

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  • Kuan He

    Thanks for the tip Joel R. 

    I will do that on the spare IOXO M133-N laptop I have that I haven't used much like my main. I do want to know if anyone on the Neverware team has actually worked on Flex for the IOXO laptop though. All I do know is that it seems like after Google announced the acquisition of Neverware, IOXO stopped selling their laptops on their website and the eBay seller stopped communicating and selling these laptops. The last thing I got from them was batteries and a message saying that "We've run out of stock and will stop selling the laptops, sorry.". 

    Anyways, if people from Neverware truly want to support this device until 2033 as it says on their website, I would recommend actually fixing bugs with the device that are all software-based. My theory as to why charging stops at 60-70% is that it's the OS stopping it. I have an old v94 and v87 build of Cloudready and both stop the device from charging after 60% or 70%. It seems that v96 has fixed charging for now and it actually charges to 100% if you disconnect it after 60% a few times. 

    Other than that, if IOXO can sell these laptops again, I would be more than happy to buy a few more as I've lost the rubber feet on the laptop and had to get replacements that don't like to stick on. 

    Hopefully, Forrest Smith or Ilya G can have the team fix these issues that I listed in the post as well as the battery charging issue I keep on mentioning. (ChromeOS Flex also breaks charging to stop at 60 or 70%.

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  • Kuan He

    And I also forgot to mention this last one, the camera on the IOXO laptop is good, but the OS seems to brick it? Like on v87 I can see myself in the camera even with harsh lighting, but v94 and onward, it seems that either Google or Neverware have changed the camera algorithm to where now with harsh lighting, the laptop can barely understand what it's looking at. 

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