Rich Mingin (PLUG) on 14 Sep 2015 11:40:39 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Cheap x86 Windows tablet?

As a tinkering project, I had a Microcenter TW700 back around Xmas with zero success, ended up reloading the stock Win8 and returning it.

I picked up a TW802 from them for the same ~100$ back in July and had identical lack of success. In those cases, the single USB really held me back. I hooked up a USB hub to get USB keyboard, USB mouse, and USB ethernet all connected and never had more than two of the three devices working at a time. I did get a picture and no touchscreen on a few occasions, and I was using Arch, so I got newest everything, which gave me a major advantage over Linux Mint (Ubuntu 14.04 based) and Ubuntu itself.

Even so, it was absolutely not a single afternoon, 100% functional afterwards project. None of the tablets I've dabbled with have been.

On Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 1:48 PM, Greg Helledy <> wrote:

While that is cheap, as are Microcenter's equally cheap and equally crappy
BayTrail-based tablets, you won't be running anything but WIndows on them
for some time to come, at least not well.

It's been a while since I looked at the HP Stream 7, but last I looked it
was major tinkering needed for wifi and nonfunctional or buggy touchscreen,
along with only booting Linux one time in three, which really reduces the
usefulness of a tablet, IMO.

With all the progress that has been made in recent years, I may have made an overly-optimistic assumption, that I'd be able to get a current release of Mint/Ubuntu running on one of these Win 8 machines with little work.  I don't have hours to tinker to end up with something that *almost* works.

It sounds like I might be better off going with either a small laptop I *can* put linux on, or getting an ARM tablet with android.

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