I didn’t need to write this post, but I did anyway, because I felt the need to document my ~2 hours of ferocious searching to figure out why something went wrong. I wanted to test WebGL and VA-API hardware acceleration on Wayland on Firefox, new in FF 75. VA-API has been implented on Wayland before (!) X11 (bug), which gives me a sliver of hope for the future of Linux, and I suppose shows where priorities lie.
I had a grand idea, as I usually do, and decided to execute it swiftly. My wallet feels pain when my mind gets on its singular track, but there isn’t anything that can be done to steer it off. 2020 is quite possibly the year of the Linux gaming desktop. Let’s explore. Why would you do this to yourself Why? You had an eGPU setup that was working fine, right?
What’s an appropriate operating temperature for a CPU under load? 70C? 75C? How about 95C? That’s what Lenovo apparently thought when designing the T480s. Thermals are important with this build. I didn’t focus too much on it initially, because remember when I opened the Stealth up? It had cooling on lock, even though the fans were noisy. Keep that in mind for later. Let me regale you with my encounter.
Everything was supposed to be perfect. It was supposed to all work. Yet, here I am with another post. You might remember one of the things I noticed way back in my first post. NotebookCheck reported that the Blade will drain battery even when plugged in, and it’s definitely happened to me in eGPU mode, though I’m not sure why… Well, that came back to bite me - hard.
As a follow-up to my previous post, I thought I’d write about my experience using Arch Linux, the Blade Stealth 2019, and an eGPU docking setup as my daily driver for about three weeks now. After telling one of my friends about the hell I’d been going through, he remarked that it seemed like all the issues that I was complaining about had their roots in the hardware I’d chosen.
The idea holed up in my brain and would not let go. For whatever reason, I had to try it. Below is the result of about a week off-and-on configuring this setup and aggressively documenting everything in my personal vimwiki. Please enjoy my retelling of my introduction to the world of eGPUs on Linux. For a while now, I’ve been running a Thinkpad X1 Carbon (5th gen) at work, with a docking Thunderbolt setup.