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DarkAvenger211
Jun 29, 2011

Damnit Steve, you know I'm a sucker for Back to the Future references.
Is there any way to force my Chromebook to sync with Google drive? I've got some files there that aren't showing up on my local device and I'm not sure how to force it to go back and check

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Atomizer
Jun 24, 2007



DarkAvenger211 posted:

Is there any way to force my Chromebook to sync with Google drive? I've got some files there that aren't showing up on my local device and I'm not sure how to force it to go back and check

Ah, I've had that same issue on occasion. I'm not aware of a way to specifically force a sync, but I've found that visiting the changed directory both via the file explorer and from drive.google.com can get it to wake up and transfer the changed files.

WattsvilleBlues
Jan 25, 2005

Every demon wants his pound of flesh
Friend of mine has an HP Stream (13?) from years ago. He got in touch the other week when he started getting error messages for installing VLC, turns out the poor 32GB onboard storage had about 8 bits left on a Windows 10 installation - presumably a release that's now end of life, or it certainly can't update itself even if it isn't.

I got him to uninstall some stuff and run the Windows cleanup utility but these are obviously only temporary mitigations. Longer term he needs either a Linux distro or ChromeOS Flex. He wants to store music and some video locally on the onboard storage.

ChromeOS is the obvious choice, but I don't know what apps/extensions or whatever it uses to play local media or if that works as it does on Windows. Can anyone comment?

cruft
Oct 25, 2007

WattsvilleBlues posted:

Friend of mine has an HP Stream (13?) from years ago. He got in touch the other week when he started getting error messages for installing VLC, turns out the poor 32GB onboard storage had about 8 bits left on a Windows 10 installation - presumably a release that's now end of life, or it certainly can't update itself even if it isn't.

I got him to uninstall some stuff and run the Windows cleanup utility but these are obviously only temporary mitigations. Longer term he needs either a Linux distro or ChromeOS Flex. He wants to store music and some video locally on the onboard storage.

ChromeOS is the obvious choice, but I don't know what apps/extensions or whatever it uses to play local media or if that works as it does on Windows. Can anyone comment?

You can use VLC https://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-chromeos.html

The interface is bonkers but it works. Some media types work natively, too.

WattsvilleBlues
Jan 25, 2005

Every demon wants his pound of flesh

cruft posted:

You can use VLC https://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-chromeos.html

The interface is bonkers but it works. Some media types work natively, too.

Thanks, I'll bear this in mind. Any recommendations for music players on ChromeOS?

cruft
Oct 25, 2007

WattsvilleBlues posted:

Thanks, I'll bear this in mind. Any recommendations for music players on ChromeOS?

I use PlexAmp for my Plex media, and the built-in thing for stuff I've downloaded to the MicroSD card. But you can run a whole bunch of Android apps on a Chromebook, so you've got pantloads to choose from.

cruft
Oct 25, 2007

We just did a big chromebook shuffle.

I'm back on the OG Pixelbook. Cruft Jr now has a Lenovo Duet, and Ms Cruft takes the HP X2.

Jr tried Windows for a full year in college and is sick of it. I know Google will eventually crap this OS up, but for the time being, it sure is nice to have a computer that you can turn on and start doing work, without having to fight the OS to install updates or make the sound card work or whatever.

WattsvilleBlues
Jan 25, 2005

Every demon wants his pound of flesh

cruft posted:

I use PlexAmp for my Plex media, and the built-in thing for stuff I've downloaded to the MicroSD card. But you can run a whole bunch of Android apps on a Chromebook, so you've got pantloads to choose from.

Thank you kind goon. I think I'll try Winamp for the nostalgia.

cruft
Oct 25, 2007

WattsvilleBlues posted:

Thank you kind goon. I think I'll try Winamp for the nostalgia.

Please report back to the thread! We need to know if it still whips the llama's rear end.

Powered Descent
Jul 13, 2008

We haven't had that spirit here since 1969.

Got a favorite winamp skin you used to use back in the day? It's probably at https://skins.webamp.org/. (All the skins are fully functional webamp instances, and can play local media and everything.)

Wankie
Sep 11, 2002

Look Glenn we're saved!
If you want to rock out to the best Winamp setup just grab the version 5.666 redux (removes dead AOL stuff and other annoyances, Album List 2.06 and the FUSION AMPman skin. Conveniently located here so you don't have to search around old sketchy websites and dead links:
http://wankie.net/Winamp/

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cruft
Oct 25, 2007

The HP Chromebook x2 11 I've been using crashed again.

It does this all the time, usually after I've launched an android app and then shut the lid/flap to suspend. No biggie, it's ChromeOS, it booted back up in seconds... but now the stylus doesn't work.

The tool thingy says the stylus is charging, but there's just nothing happening. I tried rebooting. I tried holding down refresh and power for 60 seconds, which I read on a web page somewhere. I'm not going to power wash it just yet because there's crap I need on this box.

For the time being, I'm back on the Pixelbook, which is a really nice machine! Maybe I'll just stay here. It also has a stylus, which works, and when you put it into tablet mode, you don't have to find someplace to stash the keyboard. But it won't run Minecraft, and the battery only lasts like 4 hours :(

cruft fucked around with this message at 20:02 on Jun 28, 2024

Xiphas
Nov 5, 2004

cruft posted:

For the time being, I'm back on the Pixelbook, which is a really nice machine! Maybe I'll just stay here. It also has a stylus, which works, and when you put it into tablet mode, you don't have to find someplace to stash the keyboard. But it won't run Minecraft :(

I don't know what your Minecraft use case is, but the one time I had to bust out Minecraft on my Pixelbook, Minecraft Java worked fine in Crostini.

cruft
Oct 25, 2007

Xiphas posted:

I don't know what your Minecraft use case is, but the one time I had to bust out Minecraft on my Pixelbook, Minecraft Java worked fine in Crostini.

I don't want to have to start a whole VM just to run Minecraft! :argh:

arcvm

Atomizer
Jun 24, 2007



cruft posted:

I tried holding down refresh and power for 60 seconds, which I read on a web page somewhere.

I'm not sure about the "60 seconds" thing, but you should try an actual hardware reset which usually resolves symptoms like those you're describing.

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cruft
Oct 25, 2007

Atomizer posted:

I'm not sure about the "60 seconds" thing, but you should try an actual hardware reset which usually resolves symptoms like those you're describing.

Thanks for the pointer, I hadn't tried that!

The stylus is still dead :(

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