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Oh-No! More NUC

The Logitech Unifying USB module (dongle) may be the culprit in my NUC freeze up problems. I have moved the tiny module away from the computer and the through-the-case USB ports using a USB extension cable. I have done this with both of my NUC computers.

I do not know the actual cause of issues within the Logitech module. Internet speculations suggest it may be some harmonic problem with the new higher speed USB3 ports now in common use on most all PC’s. Logitech Unifying Transceivers were designed when USB2 was standard.  But this suggestion is speculation.

What happens and is most important, is if moving the modules away […] Continue reading » Oh-No! More NUC

NUC, NUC… Who’s There?

Yeah, another post about my NUC10.

I discovered a new system software update for my Intel NUC10. I occasionally wander to the Intel website and do a systems upgrade check.

The Intel NUC has a website: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/intel-driver-support-assistant.html  It will test the NUC real time and advise and provide proper updates for the machine that is asking. Very cool, IMHO.

I have posted the paragraph above in a previous article.

My NUC10 has continued doing its lockup (seizure) tricks. It was well behaved for a couple of weeks and I thought the issue was resolved. Wrong. It continued but far less often. But any system lockup is unacceptable.

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Some Space in the Attic

The BLOG for “The Hobbyist Machine Shop” has lived with it own private URL (http://thmsblog.com) since conception. It always was a bit extravagant for it to have a private domain. I was young and reckless in those days and new domain registrations were cheap.

Now retired, I look for more conservative ways to do things. A blog for “The hobbyist Machine Store” should live in a sub-domain of “The Hobbyist Machine Store”. It does not need to have it own domain and I don’t need to pay the rent for that private domain. What have I been thinking?  Ha!

A dozen mouse […] Continue reading » Some Space in the Attic

Can’t Stand the Heat?

The Intel NUC has been having “fainting” spells. Lots of write up about the problem in the Intel NUC forums and elsewhere on the internet. No one has the cause so therefore no solution. It is a random but re-occurring act.

I thought it might be the new embedded Linux feature. I disabled that feature but it has not proven to have been a contributing cause.

Just about every component and accessory has been questioned. Most users experiencing this action think it is some sort of driver software problem. It is certainly tied to the video in some fashion.

I think it acts like a thermal problem. That would […] Continue reading » Can’t Stand the Heat?

Seizure Research

I thought researching something as mundane as what type of anti-seize compound would be proper for my 3D printer nozzle would be an easy task. What I found was a few standard ingredients for a variety of applications. But then a very poor (meaning non-specific) explanation of how, when, where each “blend” of materials should be selected.

What this indicates is not many makers of the anti-seize material have taken the time and effort to publish (on the internet) a substantial product selection guide. It may exist but it is just been difficult for me to discover with a  key word search.

Suffice to say, I did find enough […] Continue reading » Seizure Research