Hey y’all. most posts I’ve made here in the past couple years have been me trying to get a cursed T495 to work.
It’s been touch and go with this thing. here’s a recap:
- It won’t undock without losing all of its USB functionality until a reboot.
- it would lose it’s USB function intermittently (seemingly unrelated, occasionally fixed with power settings)
- it will crash 75% of the time it’s suspended
- the screen has ghosting
- the audio just crashes until reboot occasionally
I have done all of the recommended fixes I could find everywhere and this goddamn thing just won’t seem to stay working. I fear I bought a lemon.
I like to do all of my non-gaming, non-music production in linux, but these couple years with this cursed laptop have really slowed all of that down. I miss it dearly, and I want to feel like I can be productive again like I used to be. Linux is my favorite way to get things done.
Now I’m dreaming of a system76 or a framework, but I’m also kinda just worrying that a better world isn’t possible. I’m so confused by the amount of people who say that they use linux on a T495 seamlessly. Or that they say “I love my linux laptop. everything works except (insert absolutely vital functionality)”
Is linux running reliably on some laptops? Is it a crapshoot? am I catastrophizing? Can I really just get a freaking working laptop and expect it to work reliably between occasional update hiccups?
I just wish this T495 would do what it’s supposed to. It should be much simpler than this!