Refurbished Linx 8 inch Tablet Windows 8 OS 1GB RAM 32GB Storage Front and Rear Camera Black £62.99 Delivered, Free DPD Next-Day Delivery @ electrical-deals ebay
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Refurbished Linx 8 inch Tablet Windows 8 OS 1GB RAM 32GB Storage Front and Rear Camera Black £62.99 Delivered, Free DPD Next-Day Delivery @ electrical-deals ebay

£62.99eBay Deals
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Found 5th May 2015
Refurbished - 12 month warranty - 60 day refund policy, Free DPD Next-Day Delivery (Postage to: United Kingdom. Excludes: Scottish Islands, Channel Islands, Scilly Isles, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, PO Box).

I was lucky enough to get a Linx 10 from the Staples pre-Xmas deal, thought this was decent for the Linx 8, though a refurb (see below for definition), may put some off?

Windows 8 Operating System
•1GB RAM + 32GB Internal Storage
•Front & Rear Camera
•1280x800 IPS display

The stylish and modern Linx 8 tablet is the perfect size to stay entertained, connected and informed from almost anywhere. The ultra-portable Linx 8 combines a simplistic and lightweight design, with the familiarity and exceptional user experience associated with a Windows® operating system, all while packing in a powerful Quad-Core performance, guaranteed to bring fun and productivity together via a stunning 8" 1280 x 800 IPS display.

With a 32GB internal storage and up to 7 hours of battery life, the Linx 8 is the perfect place to discover and download a world of apps in the Windows® Store to share, play, interact and enjoy. Don't forget being a Windows® based product, there are a range of easy to use family safety features for protecting your kids while browsing the internet so you never have to worry, making it the perfect all round tablet the entire family can enjoy.

Condition: Manufacturer Refurbished - Comes with Remote Control, user manual and mains lead if applicable only (Coffee machines etc not included). Other accessories (batteries/cables etc.) may NOT be supplied.
Dimensions: 125 x 215 x 90 (W x H x D in mm)
Warranty: 12 Month Return To Base Parts and Labour Warranty

"At Electrotec we buy major manufacturer returns and refurbish them to graded standard for sale to the public or retailers. The usual reasons for these returns are because they are either; unwanted presents, delivered to the wrong address, packaging damaged, minor cosmetic blemishes, missing accessories or because of minor faults."

Quad-Core Intel Baytrail-T Processor Processor Speed - 1.83 GHz
Supported Video Files: H.264, VC-1/ WMV, MP4, AVI, ASF
Supported Audio Files: AAC, WMA, MP3, PCM, M4A, WAV, ASF
Ports & Expansion: USB ports - 1 x Micro-USB, 1 x Micro HDMI Port, 1 x 3.5mm Headphone Jack, MicroSD Memory Card Reader

99p OTG cable that allows you to use USB devices (for some reason the Linx 8 doesn't have one in the box, the 7 and 10 do, though)!: ebay.co.uk/itm…049

(How to use a MicroSD into a "Hard Drive" on your Linx: linxtablet.co.uk/vie…426 )

See post #26 with info on how to charge and use USB simultaneously (confirmed working with Linx 7 and 8). Though there are warnings to be careful with BIOS settings on post #35.

I did read that the Exertis trade-in offer is only eligible at Staples and Linx 10 only now, can't verify this though.

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http://images.linnlive.com/fc892a4f15ab5405d7b70a93ab505f6f/4790af32-3a9e-4667-b729-32b3995b1c29.jpg

http://blogs-images.forbes.com/ewanspence/files/2014/12/linx_8_feature_1.jpg

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Edited by: "louiselouise" 5th May 2015

Original Poster

The Electrical-Deals eBay shop is operated by a company called Electrotec. Electrotec is a multi-channel e-commerce business based in Manchester, UK. We specialise in the selling of refurbished consumer electrical products onto you the customer. Because of the units being refurbished it means you can get your hands on some fantastic products in an almost ‘as new’ condition at an amazing saving. Often up to 20-30% off the RRP price.

At Electrotec we buy major manufacturer returns and refurbish them to graded standard for sale to the public or retailers. The usual reasons for these returns are because they are either; unwanted presents, delivered to the wrong address, packaging damaged, minor cosmetic blemishes, missing accessories or because of minor faults.

Electrotec is a wholly owned subsidiary of Servicecare Support Services Ltd and has been specifically formed in partnership with many leading manufacturers to re-market graded products. Servicecare have many years experience in the refurbishment of electronic products. This has been gained by working in partnership with many catalogue companies, retailers and manufacturers.

These returns to Servicecare are tested, processed, repackaged and offered for sale. Where a repair is required this is done by one of our qualified electronic engineers, using manufacturer provided parts.

Acting as the returns centre and warranty provision agent has enabled Servicecare to gain the unique skills to ensure the graded products meet exacting standards and are suitable for re-sale. We are an authorised service centre and warranty provider for many leading manufacturers.

We pride ourselves on our level of customer service and our guarantee is backed by the resources of Servicecare, a major electronic repair company, based in Greater Manchester.

All products sold through eBay Buy It Now carry a 2 month money back or exchange policy in the event of a fault and a 12 month RTB product warranty provided by Servicecare.

Edited by: "louiselouise" 6th May 2015

louiselouise


thats the 7 inch

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SeanMurrayRothbard

thats the 7 inch

Woops. I was using Google Images (from this page eurogamer.net/art…nce ) and it definitely says 8. I'll change it!
Edited by: "louiselouise" 5th May 2015

hot from me. great device. i do practically everything on it, aside from play TF2.

Has any one had a refurb from these before? What type of condition do they arrive in

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TomSerb

Has any one had a refurb from these before? What type of condition do … Has any one had a refurb from these before? What type of condition do they arrive in

There doesn't seem to be any Feedback about the Linx 8 yet, but I will let you know what I receive

comes with remote control?

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theaccountant

comes with remote control?

Think they're just covering all bases, a catch-all for every item they sell.
Condition: Manufacturer Refurbished - Comes with Remote Control, user manual and mains lead if applicable only (Coffee machines etc not included). Other accessories (batteries/cables etc.) may NOT be supplied.
Edited by: "louiselouise" 6th May 2015

Definitely interested to know what your thoughts are written it arrives

Definitely interested to know what your thoughts are when it arrives

Keep in mind that this probably won't come with the free MS Office 365 one-year subscription which you get when buying a new one --> because it is refurbished the original buyer might have activated Office 365 on their Microsoft account.

The Windows OS is pants.. Will just annoy you like crazy trying to press tiny buttons on the screen. Get an android tab so much more user friendly.

fishleg

The Windows OS is pants.. Will just annoy you like crazy trying to press … The Windows OS is pants.. Will just annoy you like crazy trying to press tiny buttons on the screen. Get an android tab so much more user friendly.



for you personally maybe, but as I have owned all 3 sized models of these I can honestly say they are great bits of kit and are extremely usable.
I currently have the linx 7 for use as a media unit around the house and the linx 10 as my main tablet.
Full desktop experience is much more versatile in my opinion & most people who have a pop at Windows 8.1 are stuck in the past and won't let go.
It's a great OS if used correctly.

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I love my Linx 10 (I'm well-versed with Android, but nothing can beat having full Windows on a tablet). If it was Windows RT I would steer clear.

Add Classic Shell classicshell.net/dow…ds/ and TouchMousePointer lovesummertrue.com/tou…tml and it's perfect to use (I read the Linx 10 Origami Keyboard is terrible, so I avoided it: just use my Argos-bought wireless (slim) Logitech keyboard and mouse, which comes with a Unifying dongle that allows me to use multiple Logitech devices.). *I'm pretty sure the Linx 8 (which I don't have) would need the OTG cable to use a USB dongle for mouse/keyboard or pen drive etc ebay.co.uk/itm…554 )

One HUKD member recommended buying "Learn With Pokemon", a typing DS game, to get the bluetooth keyboard, which is another option. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Learn-with-Pok-eacute-mon-Typing-Adventure-DS-Game-/331207541173

I posted this a while ago, may be useful for those wanting to use a MicroSD card as a bootable drive on their Linx: linxtablet.co.uk/vie…php?f=14&t=426#gs.e9a044e0807f40a9b09a4cc36ebc1a40

Edit: The Eurogamer review is actually very helpful, with some insightful comments from users below the article. Worth a read if you're on the fence about a budget Windows tablet. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2015-linx-8-review-the-sub-100-windows-tablet-experience

And yes, the Windows App Store is pants, but you won't miss it.
Edited by: "louiselouise" 6th May 2015

has anyone found a way of charging and using a USB port at the same time yet?

pc5020

has anyone found a way of charging and using a USB port at the same time … has anyone found a way of charging and using a USB port at the same time yet?



Look for a powered usb OTG cable. Allows you to connect a charger and another USB device at the same time.
e.g.
amazon.co.uk/Mic…1R4

Original Poster

Here's a 99p one here (every penny counts, will take a while from HK) http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brand-New-Micro-USB-Host-OTG-Cable-with-USB-Power-for-Galaxy-i9100-i9300-I9500-/141362587554

I saw a Lexar 64GB MicroSD card from MyMemory at £15.99 recently, might be worth keeping an eye out for (I've got a price watch on Camelcamelcamel as Amazon tend to match their prices).
Edited by: "louiselouise" 6th May 2015

mrew42

Look for a powered usb OTG cable. Allows you to connect a charger and … Look for a powered usb OTG cable. Allows you to connect a charger and another USB device at the same time.e.g.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Micro-Cable-Power-Samsung-I9100/dp/B00C4521R4



cheers but im not ordering any cable until someone confirms that particular cable works with the Lynx tablets, ive not found anybody yet to confirm any cable that works, everyone says every cable they have tried doesnt work

louiselouise

Here's a 99p one here (every penny counts, will take a while from HK) … Here's a 99p one here (every penny counts, will take a while from HK) http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brand-New-Micro-USB-Host-OTG-Cable-with-USB-Power-for-Galaxy-i9100-i9300-I9500-/141362587554I saw a Lexar 64GB MicroSD card from MyMemory at £15.99 recently, might be worth keeping an eye out for (I've got a price watch on Camelcamelcamel as Amazon tend to match their prices).


Good find (can't search eBay at work ).

louiselouise

Here's a 99p one here (every penny counts, will take a while from HK) … Here's a 99p one here (every penny counts, will take a while from HK) http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brand-New-Micro-USB-Host-OTG-Cable-with-USB-Power-for-Galaxy-i9100-i9300-I9500-/141362587554I saw a Lexar 64GB MicroSD card from MyMemory at £15.99 recently, might be worth keeping an eye out for (I've got a price watch on Camelcamelcamel as Amazon tend to match their prices).



cheers but see my above comment

pc5020

cheers but im not ordering any cable until someone confirms that … cheers but im not ordering any cable until someone confirms that particular cable works with the Lynx tablets, ive not found anybody yet to confirm any cable that works, everyone says every cable they have tried doesnt work



Ah OK, i see what you mean.
I found a comment on here for a Linx 7 where someone said they'd managed ot power the tablet AND get a perirpheral working using a generic powered USB hub.

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pc5020

cheers but see my above comment

The Linx 7 and the 10 (I can confirm the 10 does, at least, as I have one) come with an OTG cable in the box. For some reason the Linx 8 doesn't.

Re charging and simultaneously using the USB port, I've seen this topic crop up a few times, and I'm pretty sure it's a No. Could be wrong, though!

http://www.hotukdeals.com/tag/ask/a-way-charge-linx-8-tablet-usb-devices-same-time-2135878

This was recommended at the end of the above thread by soza: amazon.co.uk/dp/…1O/"This one works for the Linx 8. If you're trying to charge the Tablet while it's plugged into the hub then the tablet will lose power quicker than it can charge itself, but it doesn't power down the tablet when it's running low. So as long as you leave it alone while you're away then it will charge to 100%."
Edited by: "louiselouise" 6th May 2015

pc5020

cheers but im not ordering any cable until someone confirms that … cheers but im not ordering any cable until someone confirms that particular cable works with the Lynx tablets, ive not found anybody yet to confirm any cable that works, everyone says every cable they have tried doesnt work


Ditto. Apparently the 8" is from a different manufacturer to the 7" and 10". What is needed is a link to a solution that is known to work on the 8".

louiselouise

The Linx 7 and the 10 (I can confirm the 10 does, at least, as I have … The Linx 7 and the 10 (I can confirm the 10 does, at least, as I have one) comes with an OTG cable in the box. For some reason the Linx 8 doesn't.Re charging and simultaneously using the USB port, I've seen this topic crop up a few times, and I'm pretty sure it's a No. Could be wrong, though!http://www.hotukdeals.com/tag/ask/a-way-charge-linx-8-tablet-usb-devices-same-time-2135878This was recommended at the end of the above thread: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00PF9AB1O/?tag=codshe-21


That link/recommendation suggests it is possible, but unfortunately that specific gadget doesn't supply sufficient power to do the job properly.

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Please see Post #35 for words of caution about changing BIOS settings on your Linx 7 or 8. http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/refurbished-linx-8-inch-tablet-windows-8-os-1gb-ram-32gb-storage-front-rear-camera-2201095?p=25054559#post25054649

Bit-tech forum forums.bit-tech.net/sho…=16 directs Linx users to this post from user mbuckhurst (non-members can't view it so I will copy/paste), seems he has a Linx 7 from his profile, but Bit-tech users say this fix works with Linx 7 and 8: linxtablet.co.uk/vie…php?t=38&p=48&sid=4d900360b1636ee17704d903b427553c#gs.53ba15d01c7642f3965177f2705f5f60

"Power + Data using OTG
Firstly some disclaimers:

1) The manufacturing of these leads is seriously poor
2) There are definite differences between batches of the cables, so an identical cable may not work
3) I resoldered my microusb plug, so potentially I fixed a problem

The cable I used is a 4 USB port (3 data + 1 power) from Ebay, ebay.co.uk/itm…647 you can purchase this in the UK or from Hong Kong, it only took a couple of days to arrive.

My cable arrived with the micro usb port case apart in transit, initially it worked for data or charge, but not both, but very quickly one of the cables broke of, I had to resolder all the cables back onto the micro usb plug, shortening them to get clean wire first. I don't think this is relevant but until I get a new replacement I can't test.

I had been experimenting with the BIOS and noticed there's an OTG option, that's disabled, I'd turned it on and off in the past, but under no circumstances would it allow charging using a standard OTG cable, hence the purchase of the 4 port cable that supposedly worked with a Galaxy S4.

I'd forgotten about this setting in the BIOS, until it was mentioned on the HUKD deal for the 8" (Soza), I'd not tried it before, anyway, setting this option to PCI, rebooting the tablet with the cable plugged in and set to charge, and a couple of devices connected, for the first time ever, I see activity on the data wires, into the OS and it's working, I've got it charging and can still see a wireless keyboard + USB memory chip, I suspect the charge may be slower, but it's stopped Windows complaining of low battery, so it seems to at least be recognised by the OS.

The exact method I followed:

1) Plug 4 port cable into USB on tablet, with the switch set to data and keyboard plugged into one of the data ports.
2) Boot to BIOS - Hold DEL key as soon as you see the LINX logo.
3) Navigate to the Chipset menu using the arrow keys on your keyboard
4) Using the down arrow select the South Bridge option (it goes white when selected)
5) Press Enter
6) Using the down arrow select USB Configuration
7) Press Enter
8 ) Using the down arrow select USB OTG Support
9) Press Enter and select PCI mode from the popup menu
10) Press Esc twice to get back to the main menu
11) Use the arrow keys to get to the Save & Exit menu
12) Select Save Changes and Exit"

Initially I had the cable plugged in, set to charge, plus the USB devices in their sockets, booting the tablet had them recognised and working. I've since tested plugging in and out of the tablet, and in all cases if it's set to charge, it will charge and have data.

I've tried with a Playbook micro-usb charger and external battery pack (2.1A) and in all cases the tablet believes it's charging whilst still showing data devices.

Changing power sources disconnects the USB devices, which promptly reconnect once power is re-applied."


A further response to the original thread here (after someone asks about the Linx 8 ):
forums.bit-tech.net/sho…351 which directs you to this post
forums.bit-tech.net/sho…php?p=3720333&postcount=308

(from Linx 8 user RichCreedy): "following the instructions on that thread does now result in the otg hub I have charging and using data at same time.
basically goto bios. once there chipset, south bridge, change otg mode to pci, and turn off vbus
restart tablet, and it now works.
you need to restart once not just let boot to windows, you can boot to windows and then restart, but it wont work until the restart has been done"


forums.bit-tech.net/sho…311 "The BIOS on the Linx8 is slightly different and the USB settings are under Advanced, USB Configuration."

Edit: (From that linxtablet.co.uk post, comments by littlefeck, about the Linx 8 ): "It does charge but remember the standard charger is only designed to charge the device and not power usb devices at the same time. When using the otg charging cable, all connected devices use the power from the adapter not the tablet. I have reservations if the included charger does in fact output the claimed 1.5 amps. Your best bet is to use a minimum of a 2 amp adapter and you will see dramatic improvement."

"As long as the voltage is 5v youll be fine. if you had a 5 amp adapter it only means it can supply up to 5 amps. if the tablet only needs 1 amp then it will only take 1 amp. The wall adapter will not "push" more current providing the 5 volts is correct."
Edited by: "louiselouise" 6th May 2015

louiselouise

Bit-tech forum http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?p=3723158 … Bit-tech forum http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?p=3723158 directs Linx users to this post from user mbuckhurst (non-members can't view it so I will copy/paste): http://www.linxtablet.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=38&p=48&sid=4d900360b1636ee17704d903b427553c#gs.53ba15d01c7642f3965177f2705f5f60"Power + Data using OTGFirstly some disclaimers:1) The manufacturing of these leads is seriously poor2) There are definite differences between batches of the cables, so an identical cable may not work3) I resoldered my microusb plug, so potentially I fixed a problemThe cable I used is a 4 USB port (3 data + 1 power) from Ebay, http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271641277647 you can purchase this in the UK or from Hong Kong, it only took a couple of days to arrive.My cable arrived with the micro usb port case apart in transit, initially it worked for data or charge, but not both, but very quickly one of the cables broke of, I had to resolder all the cables back onto the micro usb plug, shortening them to get clean wire first. I don't think this is relevant but until I get a new replacement I can't test.I had been experimenting with the BIOS and noticed there's an OTG option, that's disabled, I'd turned it on and off in the past, but under no circumstances would it allow charging using a standard OTG cable, hence the purchase of the 4 port cable that supposedly worked with a Galaxy S4.I'd forgotten about this setting in the BIOS, until it was mentioned on the HUKD deal for the 8" (Soza), I'd not tried it before, anyway, setting this option to PCI, rebooting the tablet with the cable plugged in and set to charge, and a couple of devices connected, for the first time ever, I see activity on the data wires, into the OS and it's working, I've got it charging and can still see a wireless keyboard + USB memory chip, I suspect the charge may be slower, but it's stopped Windows complaining of low battery, so it seems to at least be recognised by the OS.The exact method I followed:1) Plug 4 port cable into USB on tablet, with the switch set to data and keyboard plugged into one of the data ports.2) Boot to BIOS - Hold DEL key as soon as you see the LINX logo.3) Navigate to the Chipset menu using the arrow keys on your keyboard4) Using the down arrow select the South Bridge option (it goes white when selected)5) Press Enter6) Using the down arrow select USB Configuration7) Press Enter8 ) Using the down arrow select USB OTG Support9) Press Enter and select PCI mode from the popup menu10) Press Esc twice to get back to the main menu11) Use the arrow keys to get to the Save & Exit menu12) Select Save Changes and Exit"Initially I had the cable plugged in, set to charge, plus the USB devices in their sockets, booting the tablet had them recognised and working. I've since tested plugging in and out of the tablet, and in all cases if it's set to charge, it will charge and have data.I've tried with a Playbook micro-usb charger and external battery pack (2.1A) and in all cases the tablet believes it's charging whilst still showing data devices.Changing power sources disconnects the USB devices, which promptly reconnect once power is re-applied."A further response to the original thread here: http://forums.bit-tech.net/showpost.php?p=3720333&postcount=308"following the instructions on that thread does now result in the otg hub I have charging and using data at same time.basically goto bios. once there chipset, south bridge, change otg mode to pci, and turn off vbusrestart tablet, and it now works.you need to restart once not just let boot to windows, you can boot to windows and then restart, but it wont work until the restart has been done"



that's awesome cheers! i have that exact cable but haven't got it working yet so will give this a try tonight and confirm if it works or not! thanks BTW I have the Lynx 7
Edited by: "pc5020" 6th May 2015

Hot from me. After using my Linx 8 since Xmas I must say it is really good device. Smooth and easy to use.

Ps.Good deal but not as good as 49.99 at Staples where I grab mine last year:-)

Original Poster

pc5020

BTW I have the Lynx 7

Oh that's good, it was only after a closer look I realised the OP owned a Linx 7. Good luck!

louiselouise

"following the instructions on that thread does now result in the otg hub … "following the instructions on that thread does now result in the otg hub I have charging and using data at same time. basically goto bios. once there chipset, south bridge, change otg mode to pci, and turn off vbus restart tablet, and it now works. you need to restart once not just let boot to windows, you can boot to windows and then restart, but it wont work until the restart has been done"


He's got a 7", not an 8".

I bought one of these recently from Amazon vendor 'like new' for £60, 1st one touch screen didn't work, but the company replaced swiftly, unfortunately, battery on this one seems only 3 hours tops (dies as soon as it hits 15% - even after bios update I found after searching possible solutions on the web) other than that a great device, very handy micro hdmi out as well

Original Poster

steve252

He's got a 7", not an 8".


Bit-tech forums users imply you can do that fix on the Linx 7 and 8. Updated my post to make it a bit clearer.

louiselouise

Bit-tech forums users imply you can do that fix on the Linx 7 and 8. … Bit-tech forums users imply you can do that fix on the Linx 7 and 8. Updated my post to make it a bit clearer.


Thanks - sounds promising!

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steve252

Thanks - sounds promising!

Partly my fault as I was reading through the thread and there's many tangents, it only becomes apparent later on that it works for the 7" and 8". Dunno if it works for the Linx 10 yet as I'm still reading.

Original Poster

Hm, maybe a word of caution about changing BIOS settings from RichCreedy later on in the thread:

forums.bit-tech.net/sho…php?p=3731307&postcount=390

"...be very careful when playing in the bios of the linx tablets, mine is currently a brick, with at the moment no way to recover, will be phoning linxtablets to find out if they have any ideas.
don't ask which settings I changed, cos I cant remember"


Reply from Flibblebot: forums.bit-tech.net/sho…php?p=3731613&postcount=398

"Be careful when playing around with the BIOS - it seems that there is a setting that bricks the device with no way of recovering (no CMOS battery - at the moment, the only suggestion is to let the battery drain completely, but that could take weeks without the tablet being on...). More here (linxtablet.co.uk forum link) - sadly nobody can remember what setting they changed"

Trying to find the linxtablet.co.uk forum thread they talk of (re the BIOS). Think it's this thread: http://www.linxtablet.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=94#gs.f8ebb8e20f6b47b4a169d3ff9c225a9e

Another here: http://www.linxtablet.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=62#gs.0fc612b42c6d490ab9a273f9d8676d4f
And here: (more detailed post) linxtablet.co.uk/vie…699 "A word of warning with the LINX7, you can easily totally hard brick it (as I did) by toggling a BIOS setting which changes the behavior of what happens when you connect power.
The setting is something like: "External power device power state" (off the top of my head) With two possible options: S0 or S5 (S0 is the default option, *S5 will brick*)"


These are about the Linx 7 though.

About the Linx 8: "Enabling enhanced C7 states on the Linx 8 results in a device which will not respond any longer.": http://www.linxtablet.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=247&p=1430#gs.d74f49138ac94008a76bb774f7909b68

Guide to entering the BIOS/UEFI: http://www.linxtablet.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=44&p=385#gs.6d66580751a74a69ae7b6fa82d093c9b

Guide to reflashing the Firmware (BIOS): linxtablet.co.uk/vie…537
Edited by: "louiselouise" 6th May 2015

louiselouise

Hm, maybe a word of caution about changing BIOS settings from RichCreedy … Hm, maybe a word of caution about changing BIOS settings from RichCreedy later on in the thread:http://forums.bit-tech.net/showpost.php?p=3731307&postcount=390"...be very careful when playing in the bios of the linx tablets, mine is currently a brick, with at the moment no way to recover, will be phoning linxtablets to find out if they have any ideas.don't ask which settings I changed, cos I cant remember"Reply from Flibblebot: http://forums.bit-tech.net/showpost.php?p=3731613&postcount=398"Be careful when playing around with the BIOS - it seems that there is a setting that bricks the device with no way of recovering (no CMOS battery - at the moment, the only suggestion is to let the battery drain completely, but that could take weeks without the tablet being on...). More here (linxtablet.co.uk forum link) - sadly nobody can remember what setting they changed"Trying to find the linxtablet.co.uk forum thread they talk of (re the BIOS). Think it's this thread: http://www.linxtablet.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=94#gs.f8ebb8e20f6b47b4a169d3ff9c225a9eAnother here: http://www.linxtablet.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=62#gs.0fc612b42c6d490ab9a273f9d8676d4fAnd here: (more detailed post) http://www.linxtablet.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=273&p=1699#gs.bab7ef42a70546d0bd7c4110ae0f13bb "A word of warning with the LINX7, you can easily totally hard brick it (as I did) by toggling a BIOS setting which changes the behavior of what happens when you connect power.The setting is something like: "External power device power state" (off the top of my head) With two possible options: S0 or S5 (S0 is the default option, *S5 will brick*)"These are about the Linx 7 though.About the Linx 8: "Enabling enhanced C7 states on the Linx 8 results in a device which will not respond any longer.": http://www.linxtablet.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=247&p=1430#gs.d74f49138ac94008a76bb774f7909b68Guide to entering the BIOS/UEFI: http://www.linxtablet.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=44&p=385#gs.6d66580751a74a69ae7b6fa82d093c9bGuide to reflashing the Firmware (BIOS): http://www.linxtablet.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=614&p=4537#gs.95f62c5e402a4f7583806ca4f913332c




Ok, because I have big brass balls I gave this a shot anyway...

AND IT WORKS!

Bear in mind I did this on a LINX 7" Tablet!!!!!

I have this cable:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271641277647?clk_rvr_id=826365108815&rmvSB=true

And I did this:

1) Plug 4 port cable into USB on tablet, with the switch set to data and keyboard plugged into one of the data ports.
2) Boot to BIOS - Hold DEL key as soon as you see the LINX logo.
3) Navigate to the Chipset menu using the arrow keys on your keyboard
4) Select the South Bridge option (it goes white when selected)
5) Press Enter
6) Select 'USB Configuration'
7) Press Enter
8 ) Select 'USB OTG Support'
9) Select PCI mode from the popup menu
10) Press Esc twice to get back to the main menu
11) Select "Save Changes and Exit"
12) Let the tablet boot into Windows, it didn't appear to be working once in Windows, so I shut down and restarted Windows and after loading back up I am now charging and able to use a USB device simultaneously!!!!!

I am able to unplug a USB device and re-connect it without issue while in Windows. I don't know what effect this setup will have on the charging, i.e. will it not charge properly, I've got it on charge now with a 2A supply so will see what happens and post another comment later. I've currently got a Logitech K400 keyboard/touchpad connected and a 1TB portable HDD, and everything is working without issue.

So far so good though, this is now a fully functional PC/Kodi setup which is lightning fast and costs peanuts!


Edited by: "pc5020" 6th May 2015

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pc5020

Ok, because I have big brass balls I gave this a shot anyway...AND IT … Ok, because I have big brass balls I gave this a shot anyway...AND IT WORKS!Bear in mind I did this on a LYNX 7" Tablet!!!!!I have this cable:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271641277647?clk_rvr_id=826365108815&rmvSB=trueAnd I did this:1) Plug 4 port cable into USB on tablet, with the switch set to data and keyboard plugged into one of the data ports.2) Boot to BIOS - Hold DEL key as soon as you see the LINX logo.3) Navigate to the Chipset menu using the arrow keys on your keyboard4) Select the South Bridge option (it goes white when selected)5) Press Enter6) Select 'USB Configuration'7) Press Enter8 ) Select 'USB OTG Support'9) Select PCI mode from the popup menu10) Press Esc twice to get back to the main menu11) Select "Save Changes and Exit"12) Let the tablet boot into Windows, it didn't appear to be working once in Windows, so I shut down and restarted Windows and after loading back up I am now charging and able to use a USB device simultaneously!!!!!I am able to unplug a USB device and re-connect it without issue while in Windows. I don't know what effect this setup will have on the charging, i.e. will it not charge properly, I've got it on charge now with a 2A supply so will see what happens and post another comment later. I've currently got a Logitech K400 keyboard/touchpad connected and a 1TB portable HDD, and everything is working without issue.So far so good though, this is now a fully functional PC/Kodi setup which is lightning fast and costs peanuts!

Great! Just thought it's better to be on the safe side and let people know what others are saying I've been tinkering around with Kodi on my desktop recently too, going to add it on my Linx 10

I can confirm the tablet charges fine, albeit slowly. If you already have 100% charge it wont drain, so it can be kept on permanently if you want to use it as a 24hr torrent server or media center. The USB 4 port dongle doesnt get hot and I found no issues with my 1TB portable HDD. All in all the 7" Linx is amazing for the money!

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Was going to update about the Linx 8 (re refurb condition) as I ordered on Tuesday night, and expected it to be delivered by now (DPD Next-Day). Seems if it's going to the Highlands it's delayed by an extra day, it's sitting at Linwood currently. Hmph.

I got mine today - lovely device. The Office 365 subscription had been used on mine though.
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