So it turns out the charger was faulty and the laptop ran out of battery during a bios restart. All is fine now, and I don’t need to send the laptop back.
The setting was called
Optional ROM Launch Policy and it needs to be set to
Been playing with the laptop for the last 3 days and it’s working great. It looks like a full battery can do 8 hours of meme browsing and 4 hours of YouTube 1080p, and steam games work OK.
I’ll ask questions related to the annoyances still left in a different thread, it’s time to put this one to rest (finally).
So to make this laptop work you need:
- Kernel with the following versions, or greater:
- 4.20-rc5 (commit 60c8144afc28)
- 4.19.7 (commit 00f91adf52af)
- 4.14.86 (commit 855eefd9124a)
- Disable Secure Boot
- Make sure
Optional ROM Launch Policy is set to
Annoyances still remaining:
- The yellow LED on the F11 button (wireless toggle) never turns off
- The F8 button (toggle microphone) and it’s LED don’t work (at least it’s turned off)
- There are 3 more buttons (a monitor, answer phone, close phone) next to the F12 button (that also have LEDs) that don’t work.
- The touch-pad is horrible, it is unclickable in the top section (no matter how hard you press) and it sensitivity is weird when
tap to click is enabled, dragging your fingers around sometimes makes it accidentally tap stuff.
- The screen glitches right after transitioning from lightdm to xfce on first log in.
- It’s still reporting hardware errors from the CPU in the console (see images in my other posts about them).
I can ignore / work around / try to fix some of these things… but if you’re reading thing thinking you should buy this laptop, please spare the frustration and shop somewhere else.
Anyway, thank you everybody for your support!