The story of how I lost control:

It all started today with a game of counter strike. We were winning big and my game was strong. It was probably the 6th match when suddenly the bottom part of the screen turned pink and green.

I dismissed this to be just another glitch in old faithful AMD drivers, sure it'll go away when I switch to ubuntu. No worries.

So when the game finishes, I restart my laptop to fix this annoying driver issue.

Windows winds down.
System silent for 2 seconds.
Power button lights up.
I anticipate the boot logo and there it is..

The pink-green bar, during boot, sweat started to appear on my forehead.

Accepting this new reality, I boot up ubuntu and immediately search for a fix.
Just a display issue, must be a fix out there!

"Loose display connector"
Ah! Adventurous day ahead mate!

Equip myself with all the tools and start digging into this faithful 6 year old hp n203-tx.

Cleaned all connectors.
Boot up.

The bars still there on boot screen.
I reach grub.
Press down arrow key to select ubuntu.
No arrow keys!
No space bar!
No fn key,
No windows key,
No Ctrl key!!

I recheck keyboard connector multiple times but to no avail.

So now I am left with a damaged eyesore display with a keyboard whose all bottom keys don't work.

Since I have lost control, *eyes tearing up*

This means I can no longer copy paste using keyboard,
therefore I am no longer a developer,
no longer worthy of this platform.

Farewell guys. It has been an good time.
I wish things would have been better.

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    switch to PopOS, the actually working Ubuntu with drivers that work instead of pretending to work
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    @shakur it's funny. what should pop_os do or any other os, when in reality the hardware is fucked?

    This is not how this works.

    @sudocode that's sad.

    Some of the flat cables die of age :/

    Nothing you can do then. :(

    At least not with the laptop parts, additional keyboard / monitor is - I guess - not an option?
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    @IntrusionCM i had several issues with my hardware (gpu) and installed debian, ubuntu and popos, but the only one working was popos, the awful chip of my gpu was only working on popos
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    @shakur Replacing the display is the only option as hardware is gone. Same for keyboard.

    @IntrusionCM I'll probably get a new laptop. This one has earned its value! This is the first issues I've had in 6 years which is above all expectations. Anyway wanted to upgrade, so this is it
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    At least he died in honor. :)
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    what's curious is that both the kbd and the screen have rotted on bottom lines only. On the same day.

    I mean what are the chances for those two facts to be irrelevant to each other?
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    @netikras Holy shit! Good point! Totally failed to notice! Odds are slim and seems to be a rare coincidence unless there is a missing piece yet to be found.
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    If you're a developer, you should be using an external keyboard anyway. Time to try mechanical!
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    @bahua Arriving this Wednesday! Not a mechanical one though, dont prefer the clickity clackity
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    Sounds exactly like a consumer grade HP laptop.
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    @electrineer Is that a complement for HP or an attack? Honestly cant figure out
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    @sudocode i can confirm that this is the typical HP experience, i.e. fucking garbage
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    @Parzi My own experience with HP has been good but that might be an exception. Never had a major issue with this bad boy in last 6 years until 2 days ago.

    Asus on the other hand is what I'll never get again, the laptop hinge developed crack just few days into 13th month
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    @sudocode unless you're paying too much for a laptop (i.e. gaming range) HP laptops are the worst. I've got one that is both still sold and was made in '09 or so (because board and chassis reuse, all that changes are CPU/RAM/pre-installed OS) for anywhere from $400 to $850 or so?

    Anyways, standard on this laptop is (nowadays) lack of disabling secure boot or enabling CSM, refusing to boot from "unknown" bootloaders/bootsectors once Secure Boot is disabled (nowadays, via CMOS tampering, and only used to force you to use whatever edition of Windows came with it without a reflash) and the camera is behind 3 layers of hardware abstraction (rest of laptop > USB > PCI-e > USB > camera, *why*)

    also shit design, but y'know, if the super-flimsy battery eject slider breaks off, you totally won't ever need a battery again, right? Or if you have to open it more than twice, do all the screwholes need to stay intact? Does the case need to fit together more than once? Or do you need hinges after...
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    @Parzi Don't know what HP laptop you've.

    I've a 840 G1 Probook.

    Ordered via Business Support (as a regular customer) and built after my selection, shipped from the US to Germany...

    It's over ... 5 years? old. I love it.

    It's one of the best companions I ever had.

    It might be worthwile to write down what model you have.

    Cause yeah. Cheap models for the entry market will fall apart easily. Very easily.

    And that's not HP, that's simply cheap.
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    @IntrusionCM there are better and worse products even on the lower end. Consumer grade HP laptops are reliably unreliable.
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    @electrineer might be.

    but a laptop in cheap is always an tradeoff.

    Be it a clevo chassis, a cheap display, a suboptimal keyboard, bad combination of system components...

    It's very rare to have a good cheap laptop, unless it's an old model (eg exhib / sample device).
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    @IntrusionCM generic HP 2000 series, specifically the 2000-2b09wm. Friend bought it for like $900 new, then hated it and threw it in a closet. 3 years later, I got it free. (And for that price, it still ticks all the boxes you just laid out.)
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    @Parzi Ok... 900 US $ sounds like alot to me. Quick googling shows poor to mediocre ratings :/
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    @IntrusionCM Yup.

    Welcome to HP.
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