I got Ubuntu 18.04 installed well enough to run memtester. Hopefully that'll help me persuade Dell to RMA the device. That or the high heat.
The problem with the Ubuntu 18.04 install was that I needed to do the install in UEFI mode.
I've decided to go with Debian instead of Mint. Debian 10.4.0 seems to like this hardware.
Software will require an amount of RAM to run and will need a certain amount of CPU to perform efficiently.
A virtual machine would need to be assigned the correct amount of RAM and CPU based on what software you plan on running with it. Some software wants lots of CPU but can get away with little RAM, others want lots of RAM but do not need much CPU.
Something like this should work better (all others answers didn't work 100% here):
for file in `ls -1 /sys/class/drm/*/edid`; do text=$(tr -d '\0' <"$file"); if [ -n "$text" ]; then edid-decode "$file" | grep -e Manufacturer: -e Product; sleep 0.0001; fi done
I tested here with 2 monitors. My primary is a builtin laptop ...
After replacing SATA cables (notably, the SATA v1 one)
So, what actually happened after replacing both SATA cables?
First, as mentioned in my question, I read both drives, no error there!
Second, I had an idea of the errors could have been write-specific, so I made a write test!
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The only other thing I can think of is using smartctl to check if there are any problems with the hard drive. Run:
smartctl -a -x /dev/sdX
Replacing the last X with the appropriate letter and pay close attention to any unrecoverable sectors or note if the bad sectors keep increasing.
Especially if the hard drive looks like it's not failing according to the ...
The relevant SATA versions have been published 2002 (1.5G), 2005 (3.0G), and 2008 (6.0G). So your cable is from the 1.5 or 3.0 age. In theory the old cables should work with the newer, faster devices but problems with such combinations are known.
You can get the current SATA link speed with
smartctl -a /dev/sda | grep SATA
You can force the kernel to ...
Xorg will try to autodetect your graphics card but the driver needs to be available. You do not write you have done anything to fetch a driver.
The dmesg output shows you what the FreeBSD kernel has detected. It can help you identify the graphics card you have available. It is however not something Xorg uses. As default Xorg on FreeBSD comes with a few ...